Series: The Invisible Library #3
Published by Roc on January 10, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Sexual Content: Brief references to sex
Reviewed by: Kate
Librarian spy Irene and her apprentice Kai return for another “tremendously fun, rip-roaring adventure,” (A Fantastical Librarian) third in the bibliophilic fantasy series from the author of The Masked City.
Never judge a book by its cover...
Due to her involvement in an unfortunate set of mishaps between the dragons and the Fae, Librarian spy Irene is stuck on probation, doing what should be simple fetch-and-retrieve projects for the mysterious Library. But trouble has a tendency of finding both Irene and her apprentice, Kai—a dragon prince—and, before they know it, they are entangled in more danger than they can handle...
Irene’s longtime nemesis, Alberich, has once again been making waves across multiple worlds, and, this time, his goals are much larger than obtaining a single book or wreaking vengeance upon a single Librarian. He aims to destroy the entire Library—and make sure Irene goes down with it.
With so much at stake, Irene will need every tool at her disposal to stay alive. But even as she draws her allies close around her, the greatest danger might be lurking from somewhere close—someone she never expected to betray her...
THE BURNING PAGE combines the best of THE MASKED CITY and THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY to produce a madcap, world-jumping caper. With the return of Alberich, stakes are high and Irene and Kai have no idea who they can trust, inside or outside the Library. A thrilling read, THE BURNING PAGE should delight any fan of the Invisible Library series.
In THE BURNING PAGE, Irene cements her place as one of my favorite fantasy protagonists. She is competent and smart, and doesn't let her mistakes cause herself to second-guess every decision she makes in the future. She gets the job done but is able to ask for help when she needs it (mostly). She's a remarkably compelling heroine, in my opinion, as though there are some small bits of romantic tension between her and the various men in her life, she doesn't ever let that get between her and her job, which I love. In a genre sometimes littered with unnecessary sex scenes, I enjoy the muted romance in THE BURNING PAGE.
The world expands even further in THE BURNING PAGE, as Irene and Kai go to even more alternate worlds on missions. We're treated to a trip to a world with magic and high-order, and Irene gets to use the Language to get her and Kai out of quite a few sticky situations. If I have one complaint about the book, it's that the Language seems to be a catch-all "get out of jail free" card, sometimes making a situation almost too easy to escape from. Regardless, there still is plenty of danger, and Irene manages to think her way creatively out of all of it (did I mention I loved how competent she is?).
All in all, THE BURNING PAGE manages to answer some questions, but also brings new ones to the front of the reader's mind, and I, for one, am desperately wanting to read the next book, THE LOST PLOT. Unfortunately, there's a bit of a longer wait for this one, so I'll be over here, stewing on the mysteries Cogman introduces.Series Titles: