Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Berkley via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review (and trust me, honest is always what you’ll get).
Review: This is turning out to be one of my favorite series. It’s just so much damn fun!
Once again, we find ourselves even deeper into the world that the previous books have begun to build for us. Irene has grown closer to Kai and Vale, and the romantic questions of “if” and “whom” come further to the front. Her skills as a Librarian are once again put to the test as she faces her nemesis Alberach. As is par for the course, we traverse a few alternate universes, face all types of death and dismemberment scenarios, face off with werewolves and Fae, and learn more about Irene and the Library itself. We’re also presented with information (or misinformation?) that leaves us wondering if there isn’t something the Library might be hiding. And we learn a little more about Alberach and his past crimes.
For me, aside from the funtastic adventure I’ve grown to expect from this series, this book was a lot more introspective. Irene is a character who has always been very sure of who she is, what she wants, what her purpose is, and in the past, she’s been relatively inflexible in that regard. However, as she cultivates relationships outside of the Library, she begins to question the truth, not just about the Library, but about herself. As she is repeatedly faced with tough decisions throughout this installment, she is forced to confront her real priorities. Watching her grow and flex was immensely satisfying.
A wonderfully entertaining book. By far my favorite in the series, and I cannot wait for the 4th book, The Lost Plot, to be released in the US!