The Burning Page

The Burning Page

"The third title in Genevieve Cogman's clever and exciting The Invisible Library series, The Burning Page is an action-packed literary adventure! 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...

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Title:The Burning Page
Author:Genevieve Cogman
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:358 pages

The Burning Page Reviews

  • Mariana  Nguyen
    Mar 06, 2016

    Me after finished

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  • Beth The Vampire
    Jan 06, 2017

    was a return to form with this series, and had everything that I didn't like about

    , mainly that there was more of the actual Library.

    The Library is a place outside of time, it is neutral, and is home to millions of different books stolen across thousands of different worlds. What I love about this idea is that the possibilities are endless in terms of story, but more than that, it is the idea that books

    was a return to form with this series, and had everything that I didn't like about

    , mainly that there was more of the actual Library.

    The Library is a place outside of time, it is neutral, and is home to millions of different books stolen across thousands of different worlds. What I love about this idea is that the possibilities are endless in terms of story, but more than that, it is the idea that books are something to be cherished, to be fought over, and are just as important than the lives of those who inhabit those worlds. Irene is a dedicated Librarian, despite her recent indiscretions, and she wants to try and make up for her past mistakes. Rescuing her apprentice, Kai, who also happens to be dragon royalty, from a high chaos world cost her a lot in the eyes of the Library, but also for the people who tried to help her. Now Irene feels responsible for what has befallen her small group of friends, but there is a new danger arising from the traitor Alberich and it is direct threat to everything that Irene holds dear.

    I felt that the storyline was superior in this addition to the series. There was more on the line, not just for the Library, but for Irene, as she decides what matters to her and what she may be willing to sacrifice. There were multiple trips to the Library itself, and we met some new Librarians, which could have wider implications for the story later. Irene's use of the Language (which is basically her ability to alter people and objects around her) wasn't overused either, or if she did rely on it, it seemed that there were no other options so it wasn't a quick out. And I really do love Irene, she is so prim and proper at times, but then gives into her feelings in moments that show her true personality.

    All that being said, I was a bit disappointed by the ending in that Irene just seemed to cure Vale of his chaos infection(?) rather simply. Since it was a major subplot in the novel, I expected something a little bit more.....creative in how to deal with it. Something else I will mention is the continuation of some elements of past books. For example, at the end of the first book (which I read in 2014 when it was initially released) Irene comes into possessions of a rare book of Grimm's fairytales that has a entirely new story, which is what Alberich wants, but I couldn't entirely remember what it was about and why it was so important. This is why a little bit of an overview would have been good, to refresh my memory if anything else, just to remember what is on the line.

    There were some new questions raised at the end of the book which would completely justify a continuation of the series, and despite the conclusion, I don't think we have seen the end of Alberich and his quest to destroy the Library.

  • Wanda
    Feb 11, 2017

    I was so frustrated with the ending of

    , I could hardly wait to get my hands on this, book three of the series.

    answered the hanging questions from TMC and plunges the reader into more Library adventures with Irene and Kai.

    Thankfully, this volume ends on a better note for me—the story is wrapped up, although there is definitely room for more adventures (which I shall await impatiently). This installment has fewer Fae in it (a minus for me) but gets Irene back to t

    I was so frustrated with the ending of

    , I could hardly wait to get my hands on this, book three of the series.

    answered the hanging questions from TMC and plunges the reader into more Library adventures with Irene and Kai.

    Thankfully, this volume ends on a better note for me—the story is wrapped up, although there is definitely room for more adventures (which I shall await impatiently). This installment has fewer Fae in it (a minus for me) but gets Irene back to the fundamentals of being a Librarian, i.e. the pursuit of rare books (definitely a plus).

    I love the Library’s determined neutrality—they refuse to support either the forces of Chaos or those of Order, knowing that the optimum state is a balance in between those two poles. Like real libraries do, actually, trying to support the needs of their community, no matter which political party is currently forming government, while defending free speech, free flow of information, and freedom from censorship.

    I do hope that Irene and Vale manage to overcome their issues to become a couple in the next book (although if he is a Sherlock-Holmes-kind-of-guy, this may be a doomed relationship). Four books is an awful long distance to draw out the suspense of this courtship. And Kai is hinting that he’s in the running too, so will Irene have to deal with some awkward workplace romance? And will she regain her standing within the Library hierarchy, or is she doomed to probation forever? Perhaps

    will answer some of my questions.

    I’m ever so glad that I discovered this series—it is highly entertaining and I will be sad when I’ve finished reading it. Thankfully, that point seems to be some distance in the future right now, with books 4 and 5 promised, but no dates for publication yet available.

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Jan 14, 2017

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    I have to say this series is really starting to grow on me. While it’s still true that the books are more about the entertainment factor over the substance—not that there’s anything wrong with that, I might add—there’s no denying how great it feels to watch a series evolve over time. I for one can always go for a bit of fluffy fun, but I’m also enjoying how the story and characters have all come such a long way, making The

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    I have to say this series is really starting to grow on me. While it’s still true that the books are more about the entertainment factor over the substance—not that there’s anything wrong with that, I might add—there’s no denying how great it feels to watch a series evolve over time. I for one can always go for a bit of fluffy fun, but I’m also enjoying how the story and characters have all come such a long way, making The Burning Page my favorite book in The Invisible Library sequence so far.

    Last time we saw Irene and Kai, our two secret librarian agents have managed to survive a harrowing foray into the worlds of dragons and Fae, even if it’s only by the skin of their teeth. There have been repercussions, however. The higher-ups have placed Irene on probation, relegating her back to grunt work like simple fetch-and-retrieve missions for the great interdimensional library. Everything seems to be falling back into a routine—that is until one day Irene and Kai find themselves stymied when, after completing their latest assignment in an alternate world, their way back home inexplicably goes up in flames. It seems someone has been deliberately sabotaging the portals that lead in and out of the Library, and Irene has a good idea who that person might be.

    If you have not read the first two books, I recommend now that you skip to the end of this review to avoid possible spoilers. Still, even from the beginning we’ve been hearing about Alberich, the mysterious arch nemesis of our protagonist. Back then, he may have been nothing more than a “bogeyman” myth used to frighten young librarian agents-in-training, but he has since grown more powerful, becoming a very real and very dangerous threat to the Library. Alberich has been playing the long game, patiently carrying out plans that have been laid down long ago right underneath the librarians’ noses. Now the time has finally come for him to reveal himself, and he will not stop until the Library is destroyed.

    All throughout this book I wanted to cheer and shout, “Now we’re getting somewhere!” Genevieve Cogman has been teasing the Alberich angle for the last two books, and The Burning Page is where we finally get to have some answers. I also like how we’re seeing more threads come together. Instead of being presented with more throwaway scenarios, the story here actually builds upon events that came before so that the series as a whole is feeling a lot more cohesive and complete. Cogman is throwing out plenty of twists and surprises as well, definitely raising the stakes. For a “middle book” of a series, this one is surprisingly full of new and thrilling plot developments.

    I also felt more invested in this book than the two that came before, and I’m sure character growth had a lot to do with it. While it’s clear Irene, Kai and Vale are still based on literary ideas, they’re gradually filling out their personalities and becoming more than just their archetypes. And it’s not just the characters either. Overall there are steady improvements in every area, including world-building. In my reviews of both The Invisible Library and The Masked City I talked about the lack in the role of the Library itself. Not that I didn’t enjoy zipping to and from all these different, interesting worlds with our librarian protagonists, but at the end of the day I would have liked to learn more about the inner workings of their headquarters. The Burning Page offered a lot more on that front, giving readers a look at the hierarchy and politics within.

    All told I’m glad I’ve decided to continue with this series, as it’s only getting better and better. Not gonna lie; being a book lover, I might have initially jumped on board for the cool premise about a secret library and its network of universe-hopping librarian spies, but now I’m staying for the excitement and the awesome characters. It’s a very addicting series, and I can’t be more pleased to hear there are at least two more installments incoming.

    Audiobook Comments: Acting on the recommendations of a few audiophile friends, I decided that for this installment to also give the audiobook edition a try. I’ve heard some amazing things about narrator Susan Duerden, and it wasn’t until afterwards that I realized I’ve actually listened to her work before (for the audio of Daniel O’Malley’s The Rook). In my opinion she does an even better job as the narrator for this book because her voice is just so perfect for Irene, and when she reads her dialogue I can even picture the character’s mannerisms in my head. If you get the chance to listen to this series in audio, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

  • Magdalena
    Jan 06, 2017

    I would have preferred to read book two, The Masked City before I read this book. But, it just didn't turn out that way. Did the mentioning of the events from The Masked City make me want to read that book? Oh yes, so I will definitely try to get the book one day.

    I found this book's story just as captivating as the first book in the series The Invisible Library. All my favorite characters are back in this book Irene (of course), Kai and Vale. Vale has been to a chaotic world in the previous book

    I would have preferred to read book two, The Masked City before I read this book. But, it just didn't turn out that way. Did the mentioning of the events from The Masked City make me want to read that book? Oh yes, so I will definitely try to get the book one day.

    I found this book's story just as captivating as the first book in the series The Invisible Library. All my favorite characters are back in this book Irene (of course), Kai and Vale. Vale has been to a chaotic world in the previous books and it's affecting him badly and Irene ponders over how she could help him without damaging him in any way. I have a favorite scene in this book where they are discussing his condition and, well let's say the tension rises between them. It will be interesting to see what the future has in store for them.

    The Burning Page is a wonderful mix of adventure and humor. I love the characters, and I love the idea of an invisible library that collects books from alternative worlds. In this book, the Library is in danger from an old foe and Irene, of course, happen to cross path with this old foe and perhaps she is the one that could save the library? There is never a dull moment, it's action from the beginning until the end. And, it was with a bit of bittersweet that I came to the last page. I want more!

    Can you read this book as a stand-alone? Well, yes, but I think reading the first book will make it easier to come to grips with the story in this book.

    I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Jan 07, 2017

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    This was a great book! The whole series has been wonderful so far. Librarian spies, dragons, and alternate worlds are just some of the things that make this series great. This book gave me exactly what I have come to expect from this series. There was so much going on and I couldn't wait to see how things would turn out.

    This book starts shortly after the events of the previous book. The action starts right away and I knew that this story woul

    This review can also be found at

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    This was a great book! The whole series has been wonderful so far. Librarian spies, dragons, and alternate worlds are just some of the things that make this series great. This book gave me exactly what I have come to expect from this series. There was so much going on and I couldn't wait to see how things would turn out.

    This book starts shortly after the events of the previous book. The action starts right away and I knew that this story would be a lot of fun to read. Irene and Kai are in trouble again and things look pretty serious. The library is in danger and a lot of that danger seems to be aimed directly at Irene. To make matters worse, someone is trying to kill Irene and Vale is in danger of losing his mind. There is no shortage of excitement in this book but there is an equal amount of smart problem solving that adds a nice element.

    I love the characters in this series. Irene is smart and isn't afraid to make decisions. She is tough and can quickly analyze a situation to figure out the best option to achieve her goals. Kai is amazing. I mean he is a dragon so of course he is amazing just because of that. He doesn't hesitate to follow Irene's lead. He is highly competent and sometimes add the key piece to their plans. Each of the characters in this series are well developed and quite colorful.

    The world building in this series continues to be top notch. We get to see some parts of the reality that Irene and Kai spend most of there time in that we haven't had a chance to see before. We also get a chance to see how some of these realities are connected in a way that I had never imagined. One of the best things about this series is that every time Irene and Kai go on a new assignment, we get a chance to see a unique world.

    I would highly recommend this book to others. This is the third book in The Invisible Library series and I do recommend that this series be read in order. This book does have its own plot but so much is built upon events from the earlier books that I think readers new to the series will be at a disadvantage if they haven't read the earlier books. I can't wait to see what happens to Irene and Kai next!

    This one was pretty exciting with a few new developments. There are definitely a few questions that remain unanswered so I am looking forward to more in this series.

  • Jacob Overmark
    Jan 23, 2017

    Installment # 3 ...

    Irene and Kai on new adventures in time and space alternate.

    Still a fine and well written experience, but... the plot wears thin.

    I was looking forward to a tour de force in St. Petersburg while picking up - well stealing - "The Manuscript Found in Saragossa", a book I could have handed over to The Library against a handsome sum, paid i gold.

    It didnt go that way. Of course a lot of other interesting things happened, but some nicely wrapped YA ethical questions sneak in along t

    Installment # 3 ...

    Irene and Kai on new adventures in time and space alternate.

    Still a fine and well written experience, but... the plot wears thin.

    I was looking forward to a tour de force in St. Petersburg while picking up - well stealing - "The Manuscript Found in Saragossa", a book I could have handed over to The Library against a handsome sum, paid i gold.

    It didn´t go that way. Of course a lot of other interesting things happened, but some nicely wrapped YA ethical questions sneak in along the road and I´m just too old a dog to appreciate that.

    Final judgement, nice try, but no cigars. If I´m in a good mood I might extend my verdict to 3½- starish.

  • Book Riot Community
    Jan 12, 2017

    The third volume in Cogman’s excellent Invisible Library series sees the return of Irene’s archnemesis and librarian-gone-wrong, Alberich. While Irene struggles to save the Library from total destruction, she also has other problems to contend with, mainly that someone is trying to kill her. And there’s a whole host of drama revolving around Vale–Irene’s alternate world version of Sherlock Holmes–her apprentice, Kai, and an all-too-convenient visitor from their last adventure. While I didn’t enj

    The third volume in Cogman’s excellent Invisible Library series sees the return of Irene’s archnemesis and librarian-gone-wrong, Alberich. While Irene struggles to save the Library from total destruction, she also has other problems to contend with, mainly that someone is trying to kill her. And there’s a whole host of drama revolving around Vale–Irene’s alternate world version of Sherlock Holmes–her apprentice, Kai, and an all-too-convenient visitor from their last adventure. While I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as Masked City (hard to beat Venice as a setting!), there is one scene between Irene and Vale that made The Burning Page more than worthwhile. Bring on book four asap, please.

    — Tasha Brandstatter

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  • Phrynne
    Feb 12, 2017

    This is turning into an excellent series. Our super smart librarian/spy manages to survive through another frightening ordeal involving magic, double crossing fae, dragons and of course the acquiring of rare books from other worlds.

    It sounds outrageous but is actually good fun. It is well thought out by the author too with a very clever magic base and good world building. I like the feisty female main character. She keeps the men in their place and gets herself out of her own pickles. Mostly.

    I a

    This is turning into an excellent series. Our super smart librarian/spy manages to survive through another frightening ordeal involving magic, double crossing fae, dragons and of course the acquiring of rare books from other worlds.

    It sounds outrageous but is actually good fun. It is well thought out by the author too with a very clever magic base and good world building. I like the feisty female main character. She keeps the men in their place and gets herself out of her own pickles. Mostly.

    I always enjoy fiction set in libraries or based around books and this series certainly fits the bill.

  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Feb 24, 2017

    Meh. I'm done with this series. In the first book, it had hints of Jasper Fforde's excellent Thursday Next series, but it's kind of burned itself out. Aside from a somewhat lackluster plot this time around, this is the second book where the author has brought in a non gender-binary character (the character in question identifies as male and requests the use of male pronouns, but looks physically female, according to description) and then treats that character with disrespect. This happened in th

    Meh. I'm done with this series. In the first book, it had hints of Jasper Fforde's excellent Thursday Next series, but it's kind of burned itself out. Aside from a somewhat lackluster plot this time around, this is the second book where the author has brought in a non gender-binary character (the character in question identifies as male and requests the use of male pronouns, but looks physically female, according to description) and then treats that character with disrespect. This happened in the second book, and it made me really uncomfortable. I attributed it to the narrator rather than the author, but when the character returned in the third book and the same discomfort and disrespect was shown again, I can't help but feel the author doesn't know how to handle writing this type of character, in which case, she should have left the character out. It really ruined my ability to enjoy the book, and I won't be continuing the series.