The Burning Page by Genevieve CogmanThe Invisible Library #3
Published on January 10, 2017 by Roc
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
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...
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Upon finishing The Burning Page, I had the overwhelming urge to scream and hug the book to my chest. Because I am slightly more dignified than that I settled for silent sobbing and petting the book because now I must wait until the next one releases.
Because OH MY GOODNESS we’re getting 2 more books!
The Invisible Library series happens to be one of my new favorite series (if you doubt me you can read my reviews of The Invisible Library and The Masked City). Librarian. Spies. Just let that sink in for a minute. Oh, and dragons. That’s a thing. The Burning Page didn’t disappoint as Irene and Kai are off once more with the stakes higher than ever.
In the last book, we met the devious Alberich, an ex-Librarian hell-bent on destroying the Library. He and Irene have a score to settle and he isn’t backing down. But Irene’s on the shit list at work, stuck with the more dangerous missions that no one else wants. Irene isn’t the sort of woman to let that stop her from doing her duty, though, and it doesn’t take long for chaos to erupt once more.
There’s a lot going on this time around as the danger of Alberich’s looming attack approaches. So much, in fact, that my first observation of Cogman’s work back in book 1 was far from the truth. Instead of description bogging down the story, The Burning Page moves fast. REALLY fast. I’m not sure I breathed through my binge-read of it. Just as the characters were thrown into one situation or another, growing increasingly worse, you’re right there with them.
I loved Irene. She’s one of my favorite fantasy heroines. I mean, she’s a Librarian spy. That’s pretty badass. I think her character did suffer a bit this time around because of the constant action. It’s her story, but there isn’t as much time spent with the rest of the cast which is something I really enjoyed in the previous books. Though there was one attempt at a romantic interlude between her and someone-not-Kai and it felt really out of place for this book (and the story in general) as there hadn’t been anything more than friendship developed before this. I also want to know more about her parents. They came up several times in this book and we really don’t know all that much about her history so I have my fingers crossed that it’s going to play a big role in one of the next 2 books.
Now for the last couple books, Irene and her trainee Kai have been going on ALL the adventures. And the pair of them make an excellent team. SO much so that I ship these two harder than I have a fictional couple in a while. They’re not even a thing! (Yet. I have hope still.) I don’t even know if they will be but if this book is any indication, my dreams are starting to shatter. Kai didn’t really get as much page time in The Burning Page. To be fair, he just had a whole book based on his rescue. But their detective friend Vale played a somewhat larger role in this installment. I like him, a lot in fact. He’s the alternate world Sherlock. But I also wanted more Kai. End fangirl complaints.
By the end of this book, I had been expecting the story to truly end (this was before I heard that there would be 2 more books in the series). And for the most part, this book could have been a solid ending. Maybe with another chapter to wrap up the rest of the storylines but otherwise I could’ve been content with it. The Burning Page had that finality vibe to it that you get with the end of a series, when all the action builds to the finale. So I’ll be interested in seeing how Cogman ups the excitement with the next ones as this book is a hard act to follow.
If this series hasn’t been on your radar, it should be! One of my top recommendations for the year!