The Lost Plot

The Lost Plot

A covert missionA royal demandAnd a race against timeThe fourth title in Genevieve Cogman's witty and wonderful The Invisible Library series, The Lost Plot is an action-packed literary adventure.In a 1930s-esque Chicago, Prohibition is in force, fedoras, flapper dresses and tommy guns are in fashion, and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves...

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The Lost Plot Reviews

  • Jessica Rodrigues

    I love these books.

    This is a rare situation where each book in the series is better than the last.

    What begins as a straightforward action adventure story becomes more of a mystery that is not easily solved. Dragon politics has taken a nasty turn, and evidence points to the involvement of a librarian, violating their neutrality pledge. Irene and Kai must find this rogue librarian and try to restore balance, but must do so without the institutional cover of the library; if they are discovered, th

    I love these books.

    This is a rare situation where each book in the series is better than the last.

    What begins as a straightforward action adventure story becomes more of a mystery that is not easily solved. Dragon politics has taken a nasty turn, and evidence points to the involvement of a librarian, violating their neutrality pledge. Irene and Kai must find this rogue librarian and try to restore balance, but must do so without the institutional cover of the library; if they are discovered, they're on their own.

    The setting is a slightly more dramatized version of prohibition-era America, with powerful mob bosses, weakened police departments, and entirely too many guns everywhere.

    Once again, even though Irene and Kai have some level of what could be considered magical abilities, their main asset is their cleverness and bravery.

    My only complaint is that there is not nearly enough Inspector Vale in this book. He is delightful.

    I apologize for the weak review, but man, having a newborn is SO MUCH WORK. <3

  • Hedwig

    Another wonderful installment in this series! Prohibition America, mob bosses, dragons, politics and ever-elusive books all combine to make another rollicking adventure for Irene & Kai. ūüėĄ

  • S.E. Anderson

    Best Book YET!

    A few months ago, I finished what I had assumed to be the last book in the Invisible Library... Until they announced not one, but two new books to follow! Naturally, I was over the moon. I could not wait for The Lost Plot to be released, and let me tell you, it did not let me down!

    Right off the bat, Irene is thrust once again into a no-win situation. Forced to play sides between two competing dragons, she needs to find a compromised Librarian before it's too late. And that means se

    Best Book YET!

    A few months ago, I finished what I had assumed to be the last book in the Invisible Library... Until they announced not one, but two new books to follow! Naturally, I was over the moon. I could not wait for The Lost Plot to be released, and let me tell you, it did not let me down!

    Right off the bat, Irene is thrust once again into a no-win situation. Forced to play sides between two competing dragons, she needs to find a compromised Librarian before it's too late. And that means searching the entirety of a world that seems a lot like the 1920s here on earth: prohibition, gangsters, and flappers... oh, and not to mention dragons!

    Unlike the first three books, here the entire focus is on a draconic feud, in an ordered world. That means less fae, more dragons, and of course, all that drama that they bring along! For a race that believes themselves to be so morally superior, they're such drama queens. We have a pack of wolves and the guns for hire, and Irene caught in the middle. I quite liked this change, as we got to learn a lot more about Kai and his people.

    The series improves with every new book, each one better than the last. The Lost Plot has to be my favorite so far of the series! Returning to the world and to Irene was like coming home after a long day: I'm hooked, and I love it. Not to mention I'm getting a bit of a crush on Irene - I mean, what's not to love about a badass librarian spy who loves books and kicks ass?

    If you like the series so far, then, of course, The Lost Plot is a must read. Only this time, it has more action, faster pace, more dragons, and even more librarians! Not to mention the ending will give you all the feels. This is not one to miss!

  • Mark Harrison

    Best book of the series and first five star award. Irene and Kai are sent to a world where gangsters and Prohibition remain to battle Dragon politics, dire wolves, kidnapping and the integrity of The Library. Just a first rate, steam punk adventure fest.

  • Lauren

    *minor spoilers*

    3.75 stars

    Hmmm...so this was the fourth instalment of The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman and whilst I did really enjoy this book (it was witty and all very prim and proper), I didn't love it (like I did the first two).

    I think the main reason for this was because there were quite a few characters who I love which didn't feature in this book at all :( For example: the Sherlock Holmes-like Peregrine Vale, the charming yet slightly creepy fae, Lord Silver, and yes, ev

    *minor spoilers*

    3.75 stars

    Hmmm...so this was the fourth instalment of The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman and whilst I did really enjoy this book (it was witty and all very prim and proper), I didn't love it (like I did the first two).

    I think the main reason for this was because there were quite a few characters who I love which didn't feature in this book at all :( For example: the Sherlock Holmes-like Peregrine Vale, the charming yet slightly creepy fae, Lord Silver, and yes, even the very sinister, flesh-wearing Alberich was missing (just a note: I do not LOVE Alberich) but I really wanted an arch nemesis in the book and we didn't get one.

    I didn't feel as tense whilst reading this book as I have with the others where quite a few gruesome murders occurred nor did I feel a strong attachment to the new characters in this book (Qing Song, Jin Zhu, Hu, Lily, George Ross, Evariste.) They were all a bit 'meh' and I didn't feel as though enough of their backgrounds were explored. I would have preferred a more in-depth insight into Lily's background as she would have been a very interesting character; however, she remains George's gun-wielding moll without much substance.

    As for Qing Song and Jin Zhu - they are both dragons who are rivals in a competition to become the Queen of the Southern Lands' new ambassador since the previous one has been assassinated, and their task is to retrieve a book all about dragon politics. Hence Irene and Kai's arrival in 1920s America. I did enjoy the description of prohibition America and the conversations which ensued between the various mobsters (ooh, and I loved how Irene escaped from Captain Venner!) but I just didn't feel as excited or invested as I did with Venice (location in The Masked City).

    I definitely do think the absence of certain characters affected my overall enjoyment of The Lost Plot. I was really disappointed Vale and Lord Silver didn't make an appearance and I hope Cogman's next instalment focuses on them. A lot. The Lost Plot was all about the dragons so I want the next book to be Sherlock Holmes meets Fae Lord!

    Hopefully my Christmas wish will come true!

  • M.

    is, without a doubt, my favorite book in

    series.

    Coming back from a mission to retrieve a book, Irene is stopped by a mysterious stranger who introduces herself as Jin Zhi, a dragon who serves the Queen of the Southern Lands. Jin Zhi and another dragon, Qing Song, are currently engaged in a sort of contest for the position of Minister, which has been recently vacated thanks to an unfortunate death of the pr

    is, without a doubt, my favorite book in

    series.

    Coming back from a mission to retrieve a book, Irene is stopped by a mysterious stranger who introduces herself as Jin Zhi, a dragon who serves the Queen of the Southern Lands. Jin Zhi and another dragon, Qing Song, are currently engaged in a sort of contest for the position of Minister, which has been recently vacated thanks to an unfortunate death of the previous Minister. Their goal is to find a certain edition of a book and present it to the Queen - the winner will become Minister while the loser faces death.

    Jin Zhi reveals that she has heard rumors of Qing Song aligning himself with a Librarian and seeks Irene's help as well. Now remember: Librarians are not supposed to be involved in any politics (whether it be fae vs. dragon, fae. vs. fae, dragon vs. dragon, etc.) and stay completely neutral; so naturally, Irene refuses. After escaping London, she goes on a mission with Kai to find this mysterious Librarian whose actions could have dire consequences for the Library and the balance of the worlds.

    The setting was absolutely fabulous - 1930's Chicago where mobsters run free and alcohol is prohibited. I seriously think my favorite part about these series is that we have different alternate settings in every book, which just adds to the fun. So far we've had London, Venice, Saint Petersburg, and now Chicago. I'm excited to see where Genevieve Cogman takes us in the next book!

    As always, I love how clever Irene is. She always manages to get herself out of tight situations and is just so incredible at adapting to her surroundings. Her and Kai's interactions are always the best and I find myself rooting for their relationship to go just one step further.

    One aspect of the story that I was a bit confused about was

    Overall, another fantastic piece of work from Genevieve Cogman.

  • Amber

    Anybody who loves books simply must love Irene Winters and the Library. In this fourth installment of The Invisible Library, Irene once again finds herself tangled in a mess. The setting? 1920s America. The players? Two dragons who are keen to steal a book and win a place of honor in their court. What follows can only be madness and mayhem, as well as all the delights followers of Cogman’s series have come to expect in these books.

    I would like to preface the rest of my review by confession a gra

    Anybody who loves books simply must love Irene Winters and the Library. In this fourth installment of The Invisible Library, Irene once again finds herself tangled in a mess. The setting? 1920s America. The players? Two dragons who are keen to steal a book and win a place of honor in their court. What follows can only be madness and mayhem, as well as all the delights followers of Cogman’s series have come to expect in these books.

    I would like to preface the rest of my review by confession a grave mistake. I have never read The Invisible Library. Or any of the books in this series. When I requested this ARC, I was short-sighted enough to miss the part where it said ‚Äúfourth installment‚ÄĚ. I want you all to know I am going into this review with no background whatsoever, because context is important. Ready?

    I will admit, it took me a little while to get into the swing of things.  The Language, for example, drove me bonkers until Amanda from Literary Weaponry explained to me that it was all well and covered in books 1-3 (again, I would like to repeat shame on me for requesting book 4).  Once the plot was well and running and we were in the 1920s, I was completely on board.  I always turn into the most obnoxious person about period books, so of course I found myself cross-referencing the internet to see if landmarks truly existed.  If anyone is wondering - Genevieve Cogman does her homework. She has perfectly and brilliantly captured the Big Apple in the Jazz Age, right down to prohibition and women's rights.

    It's not just the 1920s she gets right, however.  We start in a rainy mansion surrounded by vampires, and that is properly dreary and troublesome.  Followed up by the Library, which has a sense of dusty paranoia, all the settings are unique and striking.  And the dragon realms are truly fantastic.

    Irene is brilliant.

    A particular highlight of this book was Irene getting up on a podium and lecturing about the evils of alcohol to stall for time.  It's an amazing, hilarious scene and it's just such an excellent example of Irene's resourcefulness.  Loved it.  Irene is boisterous and clever, a perfect companion to Kai's cautious and reserved dragon personality.  Really, I couldn't be more pleased.  She's like Rey from Star Wars, like Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, and you really can't help but to love her.

    Of course, not every book is perfect.  Compared to Irene's shenanigans, I found Kai's scenes fairly flat.  And that is unfortunate, because in the middle of the book Kai is actually following the proper storyline while Irene's episodes are filler.  Is there something wonderful that makes fans fall for Kai in previous books?  I was not entirely impressed.

    Did I like it? You know what? Yes, yes I did. I really thought at the beginning I was going to end up hating it, but instead I got looped into Irene’s shenanigans. It was absolutely not what I was expecting.

    I was also at a disadvantage, not reading the previous books, but with a little suspension of disbelief and acceptance of the fantasy elements, I'm not sure that impacted my read.  I think it's safe to say anyone could pick up The Lost Plot and be enchanted by it.  I'm definitely going to add the first book on to my TBR, because I am now invested enough in Irene Winters that I want to know her whole story.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    To be reviewed!

  • Jenna

    I'm so excited for this! There's now a cover for it, and the title has been revealed!

    The summary is intriguing:

    "Their fourth adventure takes our intrepid pair of Librarians to a 1930s-esque Chicago. Prohibition is in force, fedoras, flapper dresses and tommyguns are in fashion, and intrigue is afoot. Irene and Kai find themselves in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book whose discovery could have serious political repercussions for Kai's people - and whose loss could have dire

    I'm so excited for this! There's now a cover for it, and the title has been revealed!

    The summary is intriguing:

    "Their fourth adventure takes our intrepid pair of Librarians to a 1930s-esque Chicago. Prohibition is in force, fedoras, flapper dresses and tommyguns are in fashion, and intrigue is afoot. Irene and Kai find themselves in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book whose discovery could have serious political repercussions for Kai's people - and whose loss could have dire consequences for Irene's job. Oh, and also possibly for her life . . ." (

    )

  • Oda

    WE HAVE A COVER AND A TITLE. I REPEAT WE HAVE COVER ! AND TITLE!

    EEEKKK! Sooo beautiful.

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