Series: The Invisible Library #4
Published by Ace Books on January 9, 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romantic
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae.
In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon political contest. It seems a young Librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can't extricate him, there could be serious repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war.
Irene and Kai are locked in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They'll face gangsters, blackmail, and the Library's own Internal Affairs department. And if it doesn't end well, it could have dire consequences on Irene's job. And, incidentally, on her life...
The Invisible Library series consistently provides an entertaining and enjoyable reading experience. I love Irene and Kai, and I love the concept of the Library. While THE LOST PLOT felt like a side quest to the main, overarching plot of the series (no super evil librarians in sight here, or questions answered from previous books), it was still a great deal of fun to read.
THE LOST PLOT was full of danger around every corner for Irene and Kai, and I can honestly say I felt a little stressed out at times, trying to figure out how Irene was going to talk her way out of certain situations. She remains as capable and creative as ever, though, something that I very much appreciate about her character. Plus, she gets to play a lady gangster in a 1920s-esque New York, how badass is that?!
This book, while it felt a little like a detour from the main plot of Alberich trying to destroy the Library, still developed Irene and Kai as characters and developed their relationship in a way I was not really expecting. While they didn't get as much page time together as I would have liked, and I'm not 100% sure I love the way the relationship is going, I still liked the resolution at the end of the book.
All in all, THE LOST PLOT is an excellent installment in The Invisible Library series. This book also would work well as a stand alone, so readers new to the series could definitely jump in here without needing too much backstory. However, I do recommend the series as a whole!