Publisher: Berkely Publishing Group
Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Published Date: 1/9/18
The fourth title in Genevieve Cogman’s witty and wonderful The Invisible Library series, The Lost Plot is an action-packed literary adventure.
In a 1930s-esque Chicago, Prohibition is in force, fedoras, flapper dresses and Tommy guns are in fashion, and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon vs dragon contest. It seems a young librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can’t extricate him there could be serious political repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war.
Irene and Kai find themselves trapped in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They’ll face gangsters, blackmail and fiendish security systems. And if this doesn’t end well, it could have dire consequences for Irene’s job. And, incidentally, for her life . . .
I quite enjoyed this book. When I read the description of it, I knew that it sounded like something I would pick up. Therefore, I really wanted to read it. Little did I realize, until I picked it up, that it is the fourth book in a series called The Invisible Library series.
You could certainly read this as a stand-alone. The plot seems to be new and you can pick up on the rules of the world fairly easily. However, for me, I feel like I could have gotten more out of it if I had read the books in order. This would have let me get to know the main characters (Irene and Kai) better and understand their relationship more. For this reason, it got a three out of five stars from me, but if you have read all of the other books and liked them, then you should definitely pick this up.
The part of this book that I enjoyed the most is Irene’s character. She is so incredibly clever and witty! She seemed almost like the female version of Sherlock Holmes because of how well she was able to analyze a situation, figure out other people’s motives, and get herself out of sticky situations. I had so much confidence in her intelligence that whenever she was in a trap, I knew she would find the best way out of it that would end up benefitting her in the end. Irene’s thought dialogue contributed so much towards the intricacy of the plot.
Ultimately, if you are a book lover, a lover of fantasy, or a lover of mystery and intense storylines, then you should definitely read this book.
I received this ARC on NetGalley from Berkely Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.