Book Review: The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman
March 9, 2016 Book Reviews

the masked city review


Title: The Masked City ( Invisible Library #2)the masked city
Author: Genevieve Cogman
Publication Date: Dec 3, 2015
Genre: Fantasy


Goodreads Summary:
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.



My Review

Another roller-coaster ride with amazing prose and imagery, The Masked City takes place mostly in an alternate Venice, a city that sounds so romantic and picturesque and if I didn’t suffer from motion-sickness especially on boats, I would love to visit.

Kai is kidnapped under mysterious circumstance and Irene has to do everything to get him back or risk the alternate London where she is librarian in residence being annihilated as retribution if she fails. She is forced to make unlikely alliances and to even use the Language in ways she hadn’t thought possible. She is also aided by Vale of course.

What an adventure this was and so addictive. I had to leave it off for a couple of days to read and review another book or two but it was never far from my thoughts and I counted the days until I could dive back into this world. Once I resumed reading, I read it in one sitting!

I really love Irene’s character. Even though she can come off as cold and facetious, she is really just controlled and keeps her true emotions hidden most of the time and actually reminds me a lot of myself, often misjudged.

I loved that the Language is used more in this and I got to see how when used in certain ways and situations, it had an effect equitable to magic and achieved disastrous results to the detriment of the villains. Irene too also learned more about the language and found new ways to use it.

Kai’s vulnerability was welcome in this because I don’t like too perfect characters and this just endeared him to me even more. The fae and the roles they expect everyone else to play in their story is explained in more detail and I now have a better grasp of it now. I also liked the “extras’ at the back of the book giving a peek into some of Irene’s missions and the requirements for a good librarian. Guess what I want to be? You guessed it….a librarian for the Invisible Library. Hell yeah!

Needless to say I enjoyed The Masked City just as much if not more that Invisible Library but Silver’s character seemed a bit off to me. Maybe because it turns out he is not as powerful a fae as I thought and he found himself at a great disadvantage which I wasn’t too happy about.

The Masked City is simply gripping. It’s prose draws you in, its characters will captivate you and impress you with their development, its action-packed scenes will leave you breathless, and at the end, when you have arrived at its stunning conclusion, you will be thoroughly satisfied yet wanting more. I highly recommend it to all booklovers especially to librarians who have the coolest job in the world.

My Rating

4 1_2



genevieve cogmanGenevieve Cogman got started on Tolkien and Sherlock Holmes at an early age, and has never looked back. But on a perhaps more prosaic note, she has an MSC in Statistics with Medical Applications and has wielded this in an assortment of jobs: clinical coder, data analyst and classifications specialist. Although The Invisible Library is her debut novel, she has also previously worked as a freelance roleplaying game writer. Genevieve Cogman’s hobbies include patchwork, beading, knitting and gaming, and she lives in the north of England.

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