Author: Genevieve Cogman | Publisher: Pan Books
I don’t know what more I can say about The Invisible Library series… I mean, at this point it’s just a given that I’m going to absolutely love every new book! The first book, The Invisible Library, completely blew me away, and, while I do think the second, The Masked City, was slightly lacking in background and depth, it was worth persevering. The third book, The Burning Page, was heart-rendingly wonderful and kept me on the edge of my seat to the very end. This series just keeps getting better and better!
And the fourth in the series, The Lost Plot, lives up to expectations and then some.
The characters continue to develop through the series, and in The Lost Plot we begin to see a few loose ends tied off (though there are definitely a few still trailing away there). Irene is as badass as ever, and Kai even grew on me a little (though I stand by my original assessment of him as a snotty-nosed brat). I was surprised at the lack of any screen-time for Vale, but I can’t say the book was the worse for it. It would have felt forced to drag him into the action with this particular storyline, and without him it gave Irene a chance to really shine. I was sort of hoping after the last book that there would be a romantic storyline between Vale and Irene. However, it wasn’t to be, and, in fact, the story takes a completely different turn. Some of the character trajectory was unexpected, for sure – including the romantic angle. But I like to be surprised, and I wasn’t disappointed with the way things turned out.
The storyline is quite dragon-focused, which was new and interesting, but carried on in the same vein as the rest of the series in terms of having a rollicking pace, plenty of action, and a twisty-turn-y mystery to be solved. As usual, the worldbuilding was both magical and realistically detailed. I like the way each book adds in a new world, like adding colour or shape to a familiar map, and weaves it into this Grand Scheme of a plot.
Without committing that cardinal sin of spoilers, be prepared: The Lost Plot ramps up all the feels. It’s more driven by subplot and character perhaps than the previous three books, and I loved the depth and richness that gave the plot.
This book, as the rest, could easily be read as a standalone. But why deprive yourself? Start at the beginning and read the series. And if you liked the rest of the series, The Lost Plot will not disappoint! I loved this book almost as much as the first…