This week’s Throwback Thursday is kind of more a F… Forgotten Friday? In that I forgot to post this post on Thursday, so here it is on Friday.
Okay, so that doesn’t work as well, but you get what I’m going for here. ANYWAY.
I’m all hyped up on Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series right now as I work my way through book #4, The Lost Plot, so I think we’ll take a look at The Masked City. Two weeks ago I talked about The Invisible Library and you can check out my thoughts on the beginning of the series here.
The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I left a lot of books unfinished in 2017, so with 2018 and a new challenge upon me, I’m trying to knock some of those out. This was one of those books. It wasn’t that I wasn’t enjoying it, I don’t think, but I sat it down one day, got distracted the next, and found I didn’t have much interest in picking it back up again. My interest in reading in general comes and goes in spurts, and I think this book was an unfortunate casualty to that indifference.
The Masked City is, like the first book, a fun, entertaining romp through a fantasy world that I really adore. It’s quick and snappy, and Cogman’s writing does a great job backing up that general tone. This time around, however, I was finding it hard to keep pushing through when it felt Irene wasn’t making much progress. I wasn’t as interested with the other Fae from the Train as I could’ve been, and by the time Irene had gone to Silver and stumbled into her plan of attack, I’d already fallen off. Picking it back up, it rushed through to the end after that point, so perhaps I just needed to stick it through for another 20 or so pages to get back into the groove.
Vale’s bit made me raise an eyebrow because of how convenient it all was, but this isn’t the sort of book that takes its plot very seriously, I don’t think, so I’m okay with letting it slide. Overall it’s still a fun and thrilling read, so I’ll be picking up the next two sometime this year.
Unlike the first novel, I wasn’t really into The Masked City. The premise was fine, but Irene doesn’t work as well as a lone agent, and her time away from both Vale and Kai really worked against this book’s favor. Silver’s an interesting character with a lot more complexities than we’re initially led to expect, but even he gets little page-time in the grand scheme of things. It’s not that Irene is a bad character, per se, but she really shines when she’s being bounced off the characters around her. Flying solo, she’s a little flatter than usual, and I struggled to stay focused during the center of this one as a result.
On the plus side, this book introduces us to the intricacies of both Fae and Dragon politics and lifestyle, which I was all about. We get introduced to an interesting Fae character we’ll see again later in the series and we get to see Irene taking matters into her own hands and kicking some butt while she’s at it, which I’m always a fan of.
It was a good read, but it was undeniably weaker than The Invisible Library. Don’t worry, though, because things pick back up with The Burning Page, and so far, The Lost Plot is shaping up to be just as engaging.
To top off the Library excitement, book #5 has a lovely cover and release date announcement up on Amazon:
Isn’t that gorgeous? The colors, the little black cat, the somewhat ominous title… I’m super, duper excited to see where Cogman takes us next.
That’s it for this week’s post! Thanks for stopping by and, as always, read on~