The Lost Plot
The Invisible Library #4
A covert mission
A royal demand
And a race against time
The fourth title in Genevieve Cogman’s witty and wonderful The Invisible Library series, The Lost Plot is an action-packed literary adventure.
In a 1930s-esque Chicago, 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 vs dragon contest. It seems a young librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can’t extricate him there could be serious political 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 find themselves trapped in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They’ll face gangsters, blackmail and fiendish security systems. And if this doesn’t end well, it could have dire consequences for Irene’s job. And, incidentally, for her life . . .
Publisher: Pan Mcmillan
Published: January 9th 2018
Possible Spoilers For: The Invisible Library; The Masked City; The Burning Page
At first, I couldn’t decide if this one was better than The Masked City, but I have just made the decision that the second book will remain my favorite. Not saying that I didn’t enjoy this one! I had a lot of fun. However, I of course had my issues with the ending and some plot points that seemed to be mentioned and then discarded.
Keeping it short: There’s a competition with the dragons for a chance to climb up in the ranks and a librarian is helping one of them… which isn’t good considering The Library is a neutral force. So now Irene and Kai have to fix this without bringing The Library’s name in the mix. We’re in the 20’s! Flappers! Tommy guns! Prohibition! And of course, dragons.
There was a lot of escaping and Irene making secret plans without telling Kai and Kai’s unwavering loyalty and Irene gets even more awesome in this installment. She’s more self sacrificing here, not wanting to put Kai in danger— which is a running theme, but it’s presence is made even more known here, making her daring and calculating times 3. Yet, I feel like the Library is against her, always setting her up to do the dirty work with no payoff. It’s been shown over and over that she loves her job, so the sabotage is suspicious.
Like in previous installments, I am still wondering about her parents. We do get one minor piece of info on them, but it’s not enough. I feel like in the final book, everything is going to be so info-dumpy my brain will hurt. Then there’s Kai who’s suffering from sidekick syndrome here more than ever. But there’s some development in the romance section. Not saying that the romance is at the forefront, but it is discussed. And the ending conflicted my enjoyment of the story— on one hand, it wrapped up happily, but it left a lot of questions on certain developments.
However, in this book, I noticed Cogman is starting to bring things up and forget about it or not bring it up at all. For example, in the last two books, Kai is dealing with some issues after his kidnapping by the Fae— he’s claustrophobic and dealing with PTSD. Irene is also dealing with PTSD after the Alberich dealings
he’s disappeared as well… just letting you know. And it’s mentioned once? After that, it never affects their jobs or anything.
Another example: the kiss between Vale and Irene in the last book. WHY IS THIS NOT TALKED ABOUT? I’ve made it known that I don’t like Vale, but I still need some type of explanation. And now I have to wait a year for any type of answers… I’m sad.