The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

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

  • 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 . . ." (

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  • 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!

  • ☕ Kimberly

    Vampires, fae, and dragons all give Irene fits in The Lost Plot. Two dragons are tasked with a quest. The one who completes it gains favor with the Queen, and the one who does not faces a disgrace that will require sacrifice to atone.  When a new Librarian finds himself tangled up in their quest to retrieve a book, Irene and her young dragon apprentice Kai must travel to an alternate 1920s New York to save him and protect the Libraries neutrality. Once again, Cogman pulled me in as we traveled t

    Vampires, fae, and dragons all give Irene fits in The Lost Plot. Two dragons are tasked with a quest. The one who completes it gains favor with the Queen, and the one who does not faces a disgrace that will require sacrifice to atone.  When a new Librarian finds himself tangled up in their quest to retrieve a book, Irene and her young dragon apprentice Kai must travel to an alternate 1920s New York to save him and protect the Libraries neutrality. Once again, Cogman pulled me in as we traveled to this alternate world with gangsters, flapper dresses, and prohibition to face a ruthless dragon determined to win.

    From magic to worldbuilding Cogman holds me spellbound every time I step into the Invisible Library series. I love the idea of alternate worlds. Some are filled with chaos and others order. I can just picture the portals through libraries and the great library itself. A trip to security was fascinating as the inner workings of the library itself are still quite a mystery. Each piece of knowledge we gain in the series is a treat.

    I enjoy spending time with Irene Winters.  Her ability to access situations, devise plans and tapdance in high court never cease to amaze me. I loved meeting the Dragon Queen and pictured an Alice in Wonderland type court. I kept waiting for someone to shout, "Off with her head!"

    We see some development between Kai and Irene. I wouldn't call it a romance, and it is just a side thread to their friendship and partnership. I picture Irene with a much stronger, older man like a certain detective on Baker Street perhaps. Only time will tell.

  • Oda Renate

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

    EEEKKK! Sooo beautiful.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    After the last books thrilling plot was I eagerly awaiting the next book in this series. The Lost Plot takes librarians Irene and Kai to an alternative world set in 1930s America with gangsters (and dragons). They have to save the life of a librarian who has been caught up in a fight between two dragons. And, Irene and Kai most try to fix this situation since librarians have to stay outside conflicts like this.

    Now, this book was absolutely alright to read. I love Genevieve Cogman's writing style

    After the last books thrilling plot was I eagerly awaiting the next book in this series. The Lost Plot takes librarians Irene and Kai to an alternative world set in 1930s America with gangsters (and dragons). They have to save the life of a librarian who has been caught up in a fight between two dragons. And, Irene and Kai most try to fix this situation since librarians have to stay outside conflicts like this.

    Now, this book was absolutely alright to read. I love Genevieve Cogman's writing style, the humor, and the action and of course the supercool Invisible Library. However, I just want to say that there were two things that just made this book a little less interesting to read and that was that my favorite character, besides Irene, was pretty much absent all through the book. Yes, Vale is not in this book much. Which is perhaps logical since Irene and Kai are in another alt. world than Vale's. However, that doesn't mean that I don't miss him and that I didn't spend the whole book waiting for him to show up. Also, the romantic turn in this book is one that I was not at all thrilled about. I'm not sure I will handle this pairing in the next book. It just feels, not interesting.

    The plot, for the most part, was good with two dragons competing against each other. Nevertheless, There were moments when I felt that my interest would drop throughout the story. Irene's usually brightened the dull moments with some wisecrack comments or thoughts. However, I must admit that looking back do I realize that my heart was not really there. That the story just barely worked for me. It could be because of the big confrontation in the previous book and the fact that this dragon centralized storyline just didn't do the trick for me.

  • 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.

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

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    I had such a good time reading this book! This is the fourth book in The Invisible Library series and while it tells its own story, I do think that this series is best if read in order. One thing that I love about this series is that each installment can be completely unique and the types of worlds that they visit really has no limits. This was a very strong story that was incredibly entertaining from beginning to end.

    Irene finds her

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    I had such a good time reading this book! This is the fourth book in The Invisible Library series and while it tells its own story, I do think that this series is best if read in order. One thing that I love about this series is that each installment can be completely unique and the types of worlds that they visit really has no limits. This was a very strong story that was incredibly entertaining from beginning to end.

    Irene finds herself in a difficult situation once again. She is approached by a dragon regarding a very important contest for a rare book. The Library does not get involved in dragon politics and must maintain their neutrality so Irene reports the incident to her superiors. Irene is given the assignment of investigating the actions of another Librarian and to find out what is going on with this situation.

    Irene and Kai find themselves in a New York reminiscent of the 1920s complete with gangsters and other colorful individuals. Irene is in trouble right away once she enters the city and soon finds herself at odds with the local police. She must deal with them along with the local gangsters in addition to figuring out what is going on with the dragons and the other Librarian.

    This was my favorite book in the series thus far. I was completely charmed by the whole story. I like how Irene is able to think quickly and can seem to get herself out of almost any situation. Kai spent a lot of time away from Irene in this book but we get to see that he is equally capable. I really like both of these characters a lot. They are both willing to make sacrifices if necessary in order to make sure that the right thing is done. Not to mention that dragons play a dominant role in this story which I found really interesting.

    I would recommend this series to others. I found myself swept away in a wonderfully crafted world filled with a variety of interesting characters. I can't wait to read more of this delightful series!

    This was such a fun book! This installment takes Irene and Kai to New York in a period reminisent of the 1920's complete with gangsters. There wasn't a minute of boring in this book and I was highly entertained the whole time I was reading. Things look pretty dire for a while in this book but it is always interesting to see what Irene can come up with to everyone out of trouble.

  • 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 “fourth installment”. 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.

  • 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.


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