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The Burning Page (Invisible Library) by Genevieve Cogman
Cover Artist: Adam Auerbach
Review by Gayle Surrette
Roc Trade Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781101988688
Date: 10 January 2017

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Still dealing with the aftermath of the events in The Masked City, Irene is on probation and Kai believes that it was all his own fault. So, they aren't getting plum assignments. They may not be getting the absolute dregs, but the latest assignment is pretty close to bottom of the barrel.

Irene and Kai have been sent to acquire, by any means necessary, a specific edition of a book from a higher order world than the one they reside in. Difficulty arises when the door they attempt to use to return to The Library bursts into flames and Irene can't put out the fire using the Language. Luckily, Kai uses his own abilities to get them back to their world. That's only the first of a number of problems that grow ever more dangerous.

Alberich is back. He's sent Irene a message. He plans to end The Library. When Irene follows up with her supervisor in The Library, she learns that Librarians are being killed, The Library is under attack, and everyone is afraid of what will happen next.

Irene and Kai, her apprentice, need to formulate a plan to track down Alberich and save The Library before he can totally destroy it. To do that they need to have a plan that they can agree on, and that means they may have to accept help from Vine, who has worked with them in the past.

The Invisible Library novels are so filled with action that it's difficult to say enough about the story to interest a new reader and yet not give away all the action. Each of these books has enough backstory worked into the current book to allow new readers to start anywhere in the series. However, I think you get a better feel for the universe in which the stories are set and the workings of the Library if you read the books in order.

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