The Masked City (Invisible Library)
by Genevieve Cogman
Review by Gayle Surrette
Roc Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781101988664
Date: 06 September 2016
The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman is the second book of The Invisible Library series. As a result of the events in The Invisible Library, Irene Winter has been named Librarian-in-Residence in a world where Fae, werewolves, and steam technology exist in a pseudo-Victorian London. Her apprentice, Kai Strongrock, who happens to be a dragon in human form, seems to deal quite well with the danger that goes with the job of being a librarian, which sometimes involves being only noddingly acquainted with rules, regulations, and the law.
Irene and Kai got a particularly vague warning from Lord Silver that they may be in trouble. Being vague, they assumed he was late in warning them of an altercation that had already occurred an hour before his warning. Therefore while they determined to be a bit more careful, they thought no more about it until Kai didn't show up to meet her as expected. He'd also missed a meeting with their friend, private investigator Peregrine Vale. Now the warning seemed to be something much bigger than their little altercation. Kai had been kidnapped.
Investigating Kai's disappearance, Irene learns that two new fae have arrived on the scene, Lord and Lady Guantes. Lord Guantes and Lord Silver, another fae, have been feuding for years. Whether this unrelated feud has anything to do with Kai's kidnapping is unknown, but it is a thread Irene can pull. She also needs to notify Kai's family. Kai is a dragon, and they do not mix or get along with the fae. If Guantes and/or Silver is involved, it could result in severe consequences for the world Irene now inhabits.
She needs to use all her deductive skills to learn where Kai has been taken, why he was the chosen victim, and how she can get him back. Any one of these tasks would be daunting on its own, but she needs do all in her power to solve all of them, and quickly, because dragons aren't known for their patience. And if Kai is where she thinks he might be, he doesn't have much time.
All of the characters who return in The Masked City maintain their core identities but get fleshed out as the action moves into high gear and some backstory is revealed. Irene must think quick, blend in, and save Kai, all without knowing the rules of the game, or even if there are rules. An edge of the seat story that will keep the pages turning. The book also has some more information on the library and how it operates.
I'm really looking forward to book three in this series, The Burning Page (The Invisible Library), which will be available in January of 2017.