After reading The Invisible Library I was looking forward to this second volume of the series in which Library Agent, Irene Winters, faces another challenging mission in alternative worlds. Her handsome apprentice, Kai has been kidnapped and taken to an alternative Venice ruled by the Fae, therefore rampant with chaos.
Unaided, she must rescue Kai, before the Dragons, lords of “order,” declare war with the Fae. Setting out to find him before it is too late, Irene makes unlikely alliances with a group of followers of important Fae patrons, as they travel on an incredible train which can move between worlds. Adopting a carnival mask and an all covering cloak she attempts to move around the dark alleys and gloomy canals of Venice, incognito, but she constantly finds herself in increasing danger from the evil Lord and Lady Guantes.
The city is described in rich detail, maintaining its reputation for murder and fear. Irene is a bold, creative agent who uses her story telling powers to create narratives which bend reality to her purpose. Her powers of using the Library Language to open locks and change the state of matter, help her in her task, but cause her pain and exhaustion. This colourful story is full of vivid images of the iconic buildings in Venice and the sumptuous mythical train, which are a delight to read. Although all the essential background story is given, you will gain most by reading Book One The Invisible Library first.
The Masked City is available at Amazon UK
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