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Publisher's Summary

The second title in Genevieve Cogman's The Invisible Library series, The Masked City is a wonderful listen for all those who enjoyed Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair or Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London.

Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he's been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds. 

Kai's dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people - and the forces of order and chaos themselves. 

Irene's mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it's always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk and fight. Or face death.  

The Masked City contains bonus extra content - secrets from the Library! Continue the bookish magic with The Burning Page.

©2015 Genevieve Cogman (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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Excellent Story, Mediocre Reading

Great sequel to the fantastic first book! The performance is okay, but a little annoying - some of the characters have similar voices, and long pauses between words makes speed adjustment frustrating.

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Will be a regular listen!

The story is quick, fun, and adventurous! I love the narrator and her character voices.

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This series is fun!

Inventive and adventurous, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is the 2nd in a series and I recommend them.

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Another

excellent Invisible Library installment. Easy to recommend as a wonderful reading experience with characters to be enjoyed.

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  • kit
  • 05-08-21

Disappointed

After reading book 1 and enjoying it, I was looking forward to book 2, sadly it did not hold the same interest. Quite simply I was bored. I would say that It might interest a young teenager. Unfortunately, that’s the only encouraging thing I can say.

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  • 01-19-22

Another success!

It's a great story and well read. It's unpredictable which makes for more enjoyment and draws you further in. I had a couple moments of genuine shock. I'm off to buy the next installment!

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  • 01-12-22

Too much stuff

This second instalment in the series started well and showed promise. We had an abduction, a dangerous rescue mission, the masquerades of Venice, and the frisson of the protagonists’, Irene and Kai’s, relationship to look forward to. Sadly, the character dynamics that had been such a driver in the first book were lacking in The Masked City simply because Cogman prioritised an incredibly repetitive plot sequence. Action does not automatically create tension and the ‘adventure’ element in this book can be summarised thus: tussle, capture; tussle, capture, escape; tussle, capture, escape… ad nauseam.

Another thing I will admit to being a bit disappointed about is that I was hoping for something a little more titillating in the Irene/Kai line. After all, the first book and opening of this story was suggestive of something going on. However, when they are eventually reunited the author peremptorily shoves any amative expectations the reader may have been harbouring very firmly under a cold shower.

“Don’t get be wrong, Genevieve. I wasn’t expecting Fifty Shades style details, give me some credit, but I was hoping that you might recognised the lexical stress on the union part of reunion.”

Was this good? It was alright. Will I read the next title in the series? I’m totally hooked on whether Irene will do Kai so, yeah.

The narrator is great with a solid range of accents and gender registers.

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  • 10-01-21

The first book was very good

This second novel even better. Thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series this one was greatly appreciated.