The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
The Invisible Library series has finally hit its stride with The Lost Plot, book 4 of the series which was released earlier this year. Irene and Kai are finally coming into their own as Cogman becomes more familiar with their voices and the complex world she has built involving multiple versions of the known world with varying ranges of chaos (fae) and order (dragons).
The last three books in the series have mainly dealt with the fae and the chaos their involvement in the each of the worlds Cogman brings to light. The reader’s exposure to dragon has mainly been through Irene’s interactions with Kai and his family. The Lost Plot deals directly with dragon politics. Irene and Kai are caught between two dragons who are trying to gain a place of prominence. Much light is shed on how the dragons order their world and how the hierarchy of moving up in the ranks. Of course, this causes some friction as Irene and Kai need to keep a low profile because of their library duties as they try to prevent an alternate version of prohibition era Chicago from being torn to shreds.
Cogman litters the story with colorful characters and even Irene must take a more colorful role as famous female crime boss. Being the version of Chicago in The Lost Plot is set during prohibition, there are quite a few run-ins with suspicious police officers and rival crime bosses. The best tropes of the prohibition era shine throughout–there’s a daring escape from a speakeasy, an uneasy interrogation from the police and a quiet moll who’s more than what she seems.
The Lost Plot does veer away from the ongoing Alberich storyline present in the first three books. Does it seem like this mystery and rivalry has been put to bed? As a reader, I hope not. Since the whole series is an homage to Sherlock Holmes, Alberich is Irene’s Moriarity and a good villain is never truly dead. And even Irene seems to doubt that the battle fought in book 3 was the last.
“Alberich might have known more, but Alberich was dead. Probably. Hopefully.”
The Lost Plot could be read as a stand-alone novel. Irene and Kai work together on a singular mystery, solve it and are ready to move on to the next adventure. At the conclusion of the story, there seems to be little connection to the large plot strings present in books one, two and three.
The Lost Plot is full of action as any good story involving prohibition era America should. It almost moves too quickly. It’s over before you know it with Irene and Kai moving on to their next adventure which currently does not have a release date.
The Quick Book Review
The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library, #4)Author: Genevieve Cogman
Published on: December 14, 2017
Series: The Invisible Library #4
Genres: fantasy, adult, mystery
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My Rating: Thumbs Up
Also in this series: The Invisible Library, The Masked City, The Burning Page
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.