The Burning Page (The Invisible Library, #3)

By Genevieve Cogman

Rating: 5 stars

Irene is on probation after her escapades in The Masked City but now a new threat has arisen, one that is destroying gates back to the Library and possibly threatening the existence of the Library itself. Irene must go up against the traitor Alberich to save everything she holds dear. Oh, and her own life, if she can manage it.

I loved this book. I’m a big fan of the series as a whole but I think this may be my favourite entry so far. The threads of the previous two books are pulled together and the long-promised threat to the Library itself is realised. Irene has to try and protect Kai and Vale, not to mention try to separate friend from foe while avoiding assassination attempts left, right and centre. We see her fraying more than we have done before, and we see more of Inspector Singh, although he’s still just a face without really an awful lot of personality. The story went on at a cracking pace rarely giving the reader (as well as Irene) space to breathe before the next threat was upon us; it’s an effective device.

Although Tor have signed two more books in the sequence, this does feel like the end of an arc, with various things tied up and brought to some sort of a conclusion. Of course, there’s lots of things still left dangling: Irene’s relationships with Kai and Vale; the politics of the Library; Alberich’s fate and more, but this is a satisfying book and a decent enough end that I’m happy to reread the earlier books with this as a conclusion point, without waiting for the others (which I will, of course, buy as soon as they’re out).

Book details

ISBN: 9781447256274
Publisher: Pan
Year of publication: 2016

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