• The Masked City

  • The Invisible Library, Book 2
  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (179 ratings)

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The Masked City

By: Genevieve Cogman
Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
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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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I am hooked

I loved this book. Some of it may be a little predictable, but I find that for me the balance is good.

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Delicious humor, lighthearted, engrossing escape!

LOVED it!  So refreshingly original.  Bonus for being action packed fantasy with delicious humor, satiating my dystopian appetite, just enough darkness while delivering a lighthearted and engrossing story.  Cogman, you have scooped me up, an instant fan. 


The gender dynamics, the delightful side characters... THANK YOU. Not once did I have a 'scream at stupid character' moment.  And oh, so many little moments to love. 


Narrator Atherton did an EXCELLENT job. Accents, pacing speech and exciting plot moments. Production team and Narrator thank you - the first books in a while i haven't had to keep adjusting volume!  Protag yelling into abysses, then whispering her thoughts? - handled.

Overall, LOVE these books. Haven't been able to put them down. Now on to book 4.  Will be re-reading soon.

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Not quite as good but still lots of fun

I’m well into the series and while I still found lots to enjoy, so far this is my least favorite, partly because we have relatively little interaction with Kai and Vale. On the other hand there are some new characters who add fun and a little humor, and the alternate world where most of it takes place has good twists and turns.

Irene continues to develop, with hints of the full-on “spy girl” one of the new characters supposes her to be, which augers well for adventures to come.

I will be sticking with this series for at least several more books. It’s not something I can’t put down - I stop in odd places and listen to another book or a podcast from time to time - but as I said in my review of book 1, that’s just what I’m in the mood for right now. If you want something “challenging”, go elsewhere. If you just want/need a diversion from reality this may be exactly what you are looking for.

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another great tale!

A second book in a series can make or break the series as a whole. I normally expect a second book to be a bridge book with a lot of plot set up. That is not the case for The Masked City. It is another adventure for Irene Vale and Kai (Kai's adventure being not so great) while providing more world building, and character relationship development. I love the dynamic of this trio.

Another great performance by Ms. Atherton in the narration.

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I enjoy the story. The concepts of alternate/parallel worlds

I love Irene, the heroine. BUT it drives me constantly nuts that the story isn’t told from Irene’s first person perspective. The books are dialogue heavy, and performed very well, which makes up for the frustrating third person narration.
The narrator, and sometimes Irene in “thought-bubble dialogue” tends to soliloquize or start detailed environmental descriptions at the most frustrating moments. While I appreciate the additional perspective, it would have been nice to have prior to the scene getting tense and all I care about is what is actually happened next… not the scenery in that moment.
Which leads me to the scenery… this is a complex set of worlds which all have their own unique complexity, and for the most part, I have no problem following Irene and the band around seeing what they see. Until I can’t. Sometimes the scene setting is confusing and, try as I might, I physically cannot imagine where the hell they are (The prison in Venice in this book is my for-instance) but maybe it’s just me.
Other than that, I really do love these books. They would be brilliant if those changes were made. They would also make an incredible TV series if treated properly and not rushed and ruined like what happens to so many screen adaptations.
This book series, so far, is a fun romp. More for the mature reader than I expected them to be at first go, which was a pleasant surprise given that YA series get on my nerves more often than not, but it’s hard to find decent fantasy anywhere else that I haven’t already read, so I’m glad I stumbled upon this series. I will keep listening.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dan
  • 11-19-22

Disappointing

I thought the book prior to this had more structure and unfortunately this book was just painful.
Very disappointed.

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  • Corina Joy
  • 11-09-22

Very good second instalment!!

Fantastic story and a great second instalment to my new favourite series!! Worth the listen

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  • MACK BLACK
  • 10-21-22

Really enjoyable book.

The narrator was very good.
I particularly like the new characters who joined in this book.
It was exciting.

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  • Loui
  • 08-26-22

different and entertaining

I'm really enjoying this series, it's different but engaging and were I was concerned that the plot was more suited to a teen audience I'm glad I was proved wrong. the narrator is excellent and I'm looking forwards to working my way through the series

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  • lisa white
  • 06-30-22

great story and reader is awesome

the story is a really well written and detailed.
you can tell there has been lots of research done, also a lot of made up magical 'stuff' that you need a great imagination to come up with!
the reader is great, her speech follows the ebb and flow of the drama, without sounding rushed or unclear. I love it! really pulls you in.

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  • W. King
  • 06-28-22

Okay but not brilliant.

This is the second book in the series - I was suitably intrigued after the first one to read this one. However, I still had the impression that the writing is very simple and the narrator came across like she was reading to children. I don't think I will go for the next book in the series.

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  • Mr D L Parker
  • 06-06-22

Edge of your seat.

This is my second book in this series. It had everything one needed to keep you on the edge of your seat while listening.

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  • Mrs S Price
  • 05-20-22

Stunning series,

I really enjoyed the narration again and revisiting the story from the first book in the series. It's a magical book and it's based around a library and librarians...what's not to lobe ?

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  • Sharon
  • 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.