The Burning Page is the third book in the Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman. It is quite a book series, but will I ever finish it? Today I explore that question.
Librarian spy Irene has professional standards to maintain. Standards that absolutely do not include making hasty, unplanned escapes through a burning besieged building. But when the gateway back to your headquarters dramatically malfunctions, one must improvise. And after fleeing a version of Revolutionary France astride a dragon (also known as her assistant, Kai), Irene soon discovers she’s not the only one affected. Gates back to the Library are malfunctioning across a multitude of worlds, creating general havoc. She and Kai are tasked with a mission to St Petersburg’s Winter Palace, to retrieve a book which will help restore order.
However, such plans rarely survive first contact with the enemy – particularly when the enemy is the traitor Alberich. A nightmare figure bent on the Library’s destruction, Alberich gives Irene a tainted ‘join me or die’ job offer. Meanwhile, Irene’s old friend Vale has been damaged by exposure to Chaotic forces and she has no idea how to save him. When another figure from her past appears, begging for help, Irene has to take a good hard look at her priorities. And of course try to save the Library from absolute annihilation. Saving herself would be a bonus.
Why I Want To Read It:
This series is quite good, and I love the fact that it features a librarian who is also a strong badass hero. The steampunk, fantasy and sci-fi elements gripped me and made the worlds that the characters go through so interesting, which added to the high stakes nature of the plot.
Why I Probably Won’t:
I read the first two books quite a while ago now and have never felt a strong urge to reread them (which I’d have to do now as I have forgotten what happens). The Burning Page has been on my TBR for a while and it has never been important enough to me to buy them, so I think that I won’t get round to it, unless I make a conscious effort to set time and money aside to read them.