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The Lost Plot

The Invisible Library, Book 4
Written by: Genevieve Cogman
Narrated by: Susan Duerden
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)
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After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae.

In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon political contest. It seems a young Librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can't extricate him, there could be serious repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war.

Irene and Kai are locked in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They'll face gangsters, blackmail, and the Library's own Internal Affairs department. And if it doesn't end well, it could have dire consequences on Irene's job. And, incidentally, on her life....

Cover design by Adam Auerbach

©2017 Genevieve Cogman (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Marcus
  • 2018-02-06

A good entry in a great series

The Invisible Library is one of the series I eagerly await releases on. I've been hooked since the first, and immediately put aside anything I'm listening to when another hits my library.

The Lost Plot was no different, and I immediately fell back into the world I loved. The story opens with Irene making one of her usual daring heists, but almost immediately jumps right to the main storyline. Before you know it, Kai and Irene are headed to Prohibition-Era New York City.

Given the change of scenery, this book has a more distinctive feel than past entries in that it feels a bit more modern than fantastical (relatively-speaking in any case). It's different, but not jarring, especially because we still have plenty of Fai and Dragons to contend with. In fact, it was cool to see how those supernatural forces mixed with a relatively modern world.

I was slightly disappointed that "The Lost Plot" seemed to actually lose the main plot of the series however. I guess you could look at this entry as a stand-alone side-story that details the adventures of a Librarian, but doesn't have a whole lot of immediate effect on the overall story arc. What little effect the events of this book could have had on the overarching story seems to be somewhat nullified in the end.

Still a great listen though, if you enjoy it for what it is: relatively stand-alone.

As always, Susan Duerden did an excellent job narrating.

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  • Daniel
  • 2018-02-01

What a book!

Wow! Just love this books! A must read for any fantasy fan! And a big thanks to the author for writing this series, hopefully there will be more books!

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  • nillaplusbourbon
  • 2018-12-06

Horrible Accents, Solid Book

The American accents were horrifying. The story was solid. I recommend it if you can get past the narration.

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  • kara-karina
  • 2018-07-04

Strong, neat series, and I loved this installment!

I always really enjoy listening to Genevieve Cogman's stories. The world-building of The Invisible Library is very original, and because it's a multitude of alternative worlds, I don't imagine we, as readers, would ever tire of it.


Irene is an extremely engaging, resourceful and self-possessed heroine. No matter what circumstances throw at her, she is able to wing it in a most spectacular fashion.


Kai is coming into his own as well, and while Vale is barely here in this book, he is a fabulous character even in his cameo appearance.


There are a few things Irene and Kai have to juggle in this book, but ultimately it involves dragons, big time. A competition between two powerful dragons endanger The Library's neutrality, and Irene and Kai very much like black ops, are given the mission to rectify it. If they succeed, no one will know; if they fail, all hell breaks loose, and The Library will deny all knowledge of what was happening. This is a tangle of bureaucracy and political intrigues, so business as usual for our duo.


The setting is what makes this book so immensely entertaining. Who doesn't love the atmosphere of Prohibition era's New York? Add to it, that Irene on arrival is mistaken for a British crime lord and spends her time manoeuvring between police and local gangsters making fake deals, while Kai works in the shadows on their mission, and the reader has a fabulous time with this book!


Of course, trying to keep it all quiet doesn't work, not with two dragons trying to outdo each other to the point of destabilisation of this whole world. Irene and Kai have to bring out the big guns and answer for the showdown later.


The ending is bittersweet, and puts Irene and Kai in an uncharted territory. Overall, this felt like a transitional read to give us a breather from the overall plot arch of battle between good and evil. Strong, neat, original series, peeps. I've been enjoying it very much. Recommended.

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  • Aubrey Strange
  • 2018-06-23

Good story

These stories are so wonderful the narrator is just painful to listen to but if you can get past that the story is great.

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  • Ari Miller
  • 2018-05-19

Best in the Series so Far

Great book, doesn't end on a cliffhanger like others in the series. Good character development and world building.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2018-04-13

Lost in Books

If you could sum up The Lost Plot in three words, what would they be?

This book has Magic, Romance and Mystery. The story line is complex but entertaining. A great book for young readers.

What other book might you compare The Lost Plot to and why?

Genevieve Cogman has a wonderful way of telling a magical story as if it all just happens in everyday life. Her characters are smart and deep.

What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

She is wonderful changing her voice slightly for each character and speed appropriate to the text. It is a pleasure to listen to her.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for her next book!

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  • Lynda
  • 2018-03-28

Consistent complexity throughout the series

Rarely can an author maintain such consistent context. Excellently done.
A very satisfying experience. I am so please that I have a new author of quality to add to my go to reading list. I look forward to see more of her work.

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  • SCIFI_LOVER
  • 2018-02-16

Game of Dragons??

Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others. With all the politics involved, it reminded me of an episode of the Game of Thrones with mad New York accents and subpar support staff. Even junior librarians shouldn't be so whiny. I hope her next effort will be better especially with the new direction that our main characters are taking.

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  • Sandra Morgan
  • 2018-01-17

The story is good but the narrator was horrible!

Would you listen to The Lost Plot again? Why?

No, the narrator was painful to listen to. I like the story but listening to it was hard.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was well written and interesting and kept you listing but the narrator ruined the story.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Duerden?

Anyone else.

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