Review - The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman @GenevieveCogman @AceRocBooks

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #2
Penguin Publishing Group - Roc
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Date Read: September 4, 2016
Source: NetGalley

Librarian-spy Irene and her apprentice Kai are back in the second in this book-filled fantasy series from the author of The Invisible Library.

Librarian-spy Irene collects important fiction for the mysterious Library at her post in an alternate Victorian London. But when her apprentice, Kai—a dragon of royal descent—is kidnapped by the Fae, her carefully crafted undercover operation begins to crumble. Kai’s abduction could incite a conflict between the forces of chaos and order that would devastate all worlds and all dimensions, and it’s up to Irene to travel to a strange alternate version of Venice to make sure the catastrophic war never starts. But to ward off Armaggedon and save her friend, Irene might have to sacrifice everything she holds dear…

My Review

I enjoyed this book quite a bit.  This series has so many things going for it.  There are dragons, the fae, werewolves, and librarian spies along with nearly non-stop action.  This story started with a bang and kept me guessing until the very end.  I love how unique this series really is and I enjoyed every part of this second installment.

Kai is kidnapped early on in the book leaving Irene to figure out what to do to get him back.  When her normal methods of traveling to different dimensions won't work, she has to make plans to get to where Kai is being held.  All of the great characters from the first book are back plus we meet some ones including member of Kai's family.  Even the villains in this story are fun to read about!

Not only is Kai's life in jeopardy, there is a threat of war if Irene isn't successful.  She is on her own in a chaos filled Venice trying to figure out how to save her apprentice.  She relies on her quick thinking and ability to blend in as she works to rescue Kai.  Her power of voice is pretty handy in quite a few situations as well.  As the story progresses, the excitement builds and I couldn't wait to see how everything would work out.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This is such a fun and fast paced series with wonderful characters.  This is the second book in the series and I do think it is best to try to read this series in order so that you have all of the background information.  I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Publishing Group - Roc via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

Genevieve Cogman is a freelance author, who has written for several role-playing game companies. She currently works for the NHS in England as a clinical classifications specialist.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter


  1. I can't believe I haven't read this series yet! It sounds like the kind of book I could enjoy.

  2. I am excited about this series! I hope to read the first book this month. It sounds so wonderful!


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