The Burning Page

The Burning Page

Paperback - 2017
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Librarian spy Irene and her apprentice Kai return for another "tremendously fun, rip-roaring adventure," (A Fantastical Librarian) third in the bibliophilic fantasy series from the author of The Masked City.
Never judge a book by its cover...
Due to her involvement in an unfortunate set of mishaps between the dragons and the Fae, Librarian spy Irene is stuck on probation, doing what should be simple fetch-and-retrieve projects for the mysterious Library. But trouble has a tendency to find both Irene and her apprentice, Kai--a dragon prince--and, before they know it, they are entangled in more danger than they can handle...
Irene's longtime nemesis, Alberich, has once again been making waves across multiple worlds, and, this time, his goals are much larger than obtaining a single book or wreaking vengeance upon a single Librarian. He aims to destroy the entire Library--and make sure Irene goes down with it.
With so much at stake, Irene will need every tool at her disposal to stay alive. But even as she draws her allies close around her, the greatest danger might be lurking from somewhere close--someone she never expected to betray her...
Publisher: New York : ROC, [2017]
Edition: Roc trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101988688
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 21 cm.


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Jul 17, 2017

3rd title in the "Invisible Library" trilogy

Jul 03, 2017

Cogman produces what I think is the best in the series to date. The first two titles were very good, but frenetic in the last chapters. Here, she constructs a much better plot line - and brings several characters into better focus, including Irene herself. Good to see a series getting better!

Jun 27, 2017

Digression from novels and mysteries to fantasy for me. Any genre delving into a literary world draws my attention, and I was not disappointed in this discovery.
Fascinating is the thought that parallel worlds exist and are connected by threads with passageways to and from. A great truth in that that books reveal much about the society they were created in. Add a pinch of magic, travel, and the struggle between good and evil and you have endless possibilities.
I want to spend more time in this fantasy world, reading those books that came before and looking forward to those yet to appear.

May 14, 2017

This 3rd book in the series finally presents a clearer explanation of the Library's role in Cogman's universe of alternate realities, as well as having more action and use of magic than its predecessors. I did find the brief moment of romantic tension between Irene and Vale contrived, particularly since Vale's role in this novel is pretty minor compared to other secondary characters. Cogman does a decent job of an open-ended finish that doesn't have "to be continued" written all over it, but the secret that seemed obvious in the first book still hasn't been revealed. I'm looking forward to reading how a 4th book will top near-destruction of the Library.

May 05, 2017

This was my favorite book in the series thus far. Particular things I enjoyed:

*A shift in the relationship between Irene and Vale. It didn't feel forced, overdone, or become a distraction to the main plot, but it was still a fulfilling and interesting moment, and allowed space for the character to become more than a Holmes stand in going forward.
* Li Ming having a (ever so brief) moment reminding everyone he's a dragon. Not just a servant. Oh snap.
*The return of a care character from the first book (I'm trying to avoid spoilers)
*Irene's competency. She's getting more confident, more skilled, and more competent without becoming a Violent Strong Female Action Hero. I don't need my Librarian to be Black Widow, but I do like that she can handle herself better and better as the series goes on, commiserate with all the crap she's already put up with.
*Talk of the politics within the Library, and the idea that both opponents and villains can and have raised valid points about the Library, particularly when those critiques seem to echo Vale's earlier in the series. When friends & enemies alike agree something stinks with your organization, well, boo, something probably stinks.
*I enjoy the fact that Irene's two dearest friends, both male, have required some degree of saving by our heroine, but that she also relies on them to get her out of jams, provide physical and emotional support, guidance, etc. I enjoy the dynamic.

Things I hope improve going forward: Kai feels a little stuck, not developing as quickly or as well as Irene. I realize he's a secondary character, but in "Masked City," he became a Plot Point and here I didn't feel him develop. His character is beginning to stagnate a little and feel like a check list in a sexy skin.

I hope Vale continues to be developed as a character, there was definitive progress this time!

I don't care if Irene ends up with Kai, Vale, both (ok I'm lying a little, I think I'd love to see her explore having her cake and her dragon too), or neither but I do hope the continually shifting dynamics are well written.

I'd love to see REAL exploration of a world with magic! The alternate world's magic, in the Russian Empire, was ever so brief and ever so GOOD! I loved that the political wasn't divorced from it, and that there was (brief) talk of other colonized/conquered European nations wanting their customs, power, and traditions back in their hands.

To make a long story short: please keep developing the secondary characters, gimme more magic, keep Irene growing in skill and confidence, and I can't wait for the next book.

Mar 09, 2017

The third book in the Invisible Library. As the previous books, it was fun and full of adventure.


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