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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Book Review: The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library #4) By Genevieve Cogman

The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library #4)
By Genevieve Cogman
January 9, 2018
Publisher: Ace
Paperback Pages: 384
eBook Pages: 372.
ASIN: B06XR1NH33 ISBN: 9780399587429
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 fourth title in Genevieve Cogman's witty and wonderful The Invisible Library series, this current novel has plenty of action and adventure, and of course, books! After being commissioned to find not only a rare book but a young Librarian connected to the book they also might be helping dragons searching for it. This is not good as the Library has always remained neutral between dragon and Fae politics. Librarian Irene and her assistant, dragon, Kai, land in Prohibition-era Boston, only to find the library there destroyed and neither the Librarian nor the book in sight. After a run-in with a dragon, Hu, they escape and take a train to New York City, where they are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae.

This fantasy mixed with Steampunk has been set in Victorian-like 
worlds (except the Library—which is a more modern setting), this time we get a world set in the 1920s, which is one of my favorite eras of history. There’s something about gangsters, flappers, and more during this time, that has always fascinated me. The Lost Plot delivers the time well. If like me, you enjoy the Roaring Twenties, adventures concerning libraries, Librarian heroes, and fantasy and traveling between alternate realities, The Lost Plot, will give you what you want.

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I give The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library #4) 5 sheep.

Pamela K. Kinney

About the author:
Genevieve Cogman is a freelance author, who has written for several role-playing game companies. Her work includes GURPS Vorkosigan and contributions to the In Nomine role-playing game line for Steve Jackson Games: contributions to Exalted 2nd Edition and other contributions to the Exalted and Orpheuslines for White Wolf Publishing: Hearts, Swords and Flowers: The Art of Shoujo for Magnum Opus: and contributions to the Dresden Files RPG for Evil Hat Productions. She currently works for the NHS in England in the HSCIC as a clinical classifications specialist.

She has had three books of her series about the multidimensional Library accepted by Tor Books, and the first two books, The Invisible Library and The Masked City, are now available. Her novels are represented by Lucienne Diver of the Knight Agency.

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