The Lost Plot

The Lost Plot

Book - 2018 | Ace trade paperback edition
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"After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae. 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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Ace,, 2018
Edition: Ace trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780399587429
Branch Call Number: FAN F COG
Characteristics: viii, 367 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 14, 2020

This was one of my favourite books in the series so far! It was so full of action and adventure and we get to see more of what the dragons are like

Jan 31, 2019

OK I am a sucker for books about libraries and this along with Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next's series are good fun with enough tongue in check to raise the series up a level. A great relief from heavier reading and I would recommend it to any reader from young adult to old fogies like me.

Oct 11, 2018

Fourth in her "Invisible Library" series. A very good entry in the series. Liked the setting (Prohibition-era Boston & New York) and the plot (dragon politics put a world at risk). A fantasy read with interesting characters and excellent world-building.

May 11, 2018

An improvement over the past couple of books in the series. Cogman appears to have realized at last that alternate worlds are the most interesting part of her series. She spends less time here on sappy, awkward romantic moments and pseudo-Voldemorts in favour of a more original plot, although she still wraps things up a little too conveniently.

JessicaGma May 08, 2018

Another solid entry into the Library series. Kai and Irene have to sort out some dragon issues in this entry and it is good. I anxiously await further books!

katbee Mar 16, 2018

I was not very interested in the dragon plot of this one. I think her earlier novels with the Alberich story line were stronger- they had more urgency. However, I still enjoyed reading about Irene and Kai again. This book felt more like a companion novel, rather than one that had to be read in a certain order.

Jan 23, 2018


About the edition itself though... As someone that grew up reading British and Canadian books, often from the early part of the 20th century, I don't like American spelling. And it seems there are a lot of people like me. This book, and a few others, tries to combine some British spellings, but with American punctuation. Which does not work! There are massive typos. They could not figure out if it was realize or realise, and both appear- in fact anything with a z in American English and s in British. It was annoying.

I'd prefer the straight British edition, with single quotation marks for speech, and no periods after Mr and Mrs, etc. But even a straight American edition would have had fewer typos. Also, dumpster was randomly capitalized (Dumpster) in the middle of a sentence for no obvious reason.

I felt sorry for the copy editors and proof readers.

minerva Jan 16, 2018

Love this series! The author has created an interesting fantasy universe, and she keeps me wanting to know what's going to happen to the characters...

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