{Review} The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman


Author: Genevieve Cogman

Published Date: Dec 3, 2015

Length: 352 pages

Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy

Age Group: Young Adults

Series: The Invisible Library #2

External Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N



Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he’s been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.

Kai’s dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people – and the forces of order and chaos themselves.

Irene’s mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it’s always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.



If I ever think The Invisible City—this series’s 1st installment—is great (which I do, incredibly so), The Masked City is just way more phenomenon! It’s a heart-gripping action pack full with books and alternatives worlds. I mean, nobody can go wrong with that.

Kai’s secret as a dragon was reveal in the end of the 1st book. And now, someone has obtained that secret and kidnap him, trying to create a war between the two oppose forces, the Fae and Dragons. Irene determined to rescue him, but even with little assistance, this will be the toughest, and potentially most lethal assignment yet.

Genevieve Cogman’s world building is amazing. It was a blast to be back in the world I began missing when I last closed The Invisible Library. There are a great deal of kick-ass action scenes, story-telling, and a mystery night in the Masked City. The plot was fantastic, fast-paced and with well thought-out detail to make everything seem realistic but surreal at the same time. The master spy, the steampunk effect, the fairy tales, the enemy… All add up to how awesome this book is. And good-looking dragons, you can’t leave that out.

I love the characters, and I continue love them even more. Irene showed her full potential as a Librarian in this book, alongside with her braveness and her (hint hint 😉 ) still developing feeling toward Kai. Well, naturally I haven’t given up the job envy yet, and just cannot wait for more adventures with Irene and Kai and their awesome book heists.

The Masked City was a terrific, more-than-amazing read for me. I can’t wait for more from Genevieve Cogman (yes, I’m talking about a 10 books series).



“This is a place built to store books, by people who wanted to preserve books, and used by people who want to read those books. I am not alone.”

― Genevieve Cogman, The Masked City




Similar books: CinderSix of CrowsThe Paper Magician


And if you want to see my “blogging resignation letter” because of The Invisible Library, check it out! ❤

Love xxoo,



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