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Fantasy Audiobook Review: The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman (The Invisible Library #4)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
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...

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I always really enjoy listening to Genevieve Cogman's stories. The world-building of The Invisible Library is very original, and because it's a multitude of alternative worlds, I don't imagine we, as readers, would ever tire of it.

Irene is an extremely engaging, resourceful and self-possessed heroine. No matter what circumstances throw at her, she is able to wing it in a most spectacular fashion.

Kai is coming into his own as well, and while Vale is barely here in this book, he is a fabulous character even in his cameo appearance.

There are a few things Irene and Kai have to juggle in this book, but ultimately it involves dragons, big time. A competition between two powerful dragons endanger The Library's neutrality, and Irene and Kai very much like black ops, are given the mission to rectify it. If they succeed, no one will know; if they fail, all hell breaks loose, and The Library will deny all knowledge of what was happening. This is a tangle of bureaucracy and political intrigues, so business as usual for our duo.

The setting is what makes this book so immensely entertaining. Who doesn't love the atmosphere of Prohibition era's New York? Add to it, that Irene on arrival is mistaken for a British crime lord and spends her time manoeuvring between police and local gangsters making fake deals, while Kai works in the shadows on their mission, and the reader has a fabulous time with this book!

Of course, trying to keep it all quiet doesn't work, not with two dragons trying to outdo each other to the point of destabilisation of this whole world. Irene and Kai have to bring out the big guns and answer for the showdown later.

The ending is bittersweet, and puts Irene and Kai in an uncharted territory. Overall, this felt like a transitional read to give us a breather from the overall plot arch of battle between good and evil. Strong, neat, original series, peeps. I've been enjoying it very much. Recommended.

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Я всегда слушаю книги Женевьев Когман с огромным удовольствием. Построение мира Невидимой Библиотеки оригинально и, из-за бесконечных вариаций альтернативных миров, мы не скоро от него устанем.

Айрин как героиня исключительно хороша: смекалиста, уверена в себе, задорна. Я всегда восторгаюсь ее умению выкрутится из самых невозможных ситуаций, по большей части, полагаясь только на свой ум и блеф.

Кай несомненно вырос как персонаж. И хоть мне и не хватало в этой книге Вэйла, у которого всего лишь одно маленькое камео, Кай прекрасно эту пустоту заполнил.

По большей части, в Потерянном Сюжете все повествование сводится к драконам. Нейтральность Библиотеки поставлена под угрозу двумя соревнующимися друг с другом драконами, и Каю и Айрин поручена своеобразная черная операция - удалить слабое звено, за которое зацепились драконы. Если они успешны, то никто их не похвалит; если операция провалится, от них умоют руки.

Каю тоже приходится быть очень осторожным, ведь как принц из могущественной драконьей семьи он не может оказать предпочтение той или иной факции. В общем, да здравствуют бюрократия и политические интриги!

Самая шикарная часть этой книги, это альтернативный мир Нью-Йорка 30х гг. с его гангстерами, запретом на алкоголь и подпольными клубами. Добавьте к этому, что, по прибытию, Айрин ошибочно принята за британского криминального лорда и вынуждена лгать через зубы, чтобы от нее отстала полиция, заключать фиктивные сделки с местными гангстерами и вообще уворачиваться от махинаций драконов, пока Кай работает над их миссией,  и книга слушается как на лету!

Конечно, зная наш дуэт, по-тихому все разрешить у них не получается, и после грандиозной сцены им приходится оправдывать свои действия перед драконими властями. Однако, концовка меняет статус кво между Айрин и Каем, и оставляет читателя заинтригованным чего же ему от них ожидать дальше.

В общем, сильная, аккуратная серия, читать или слушать которую - одно удовольствие. Рекомендую.
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