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The Masked City
The Masked City: An Invisible Library Novel | Genevieve Cogman
Librarian-spy Irene and her apprentice Kai are back in the second in this dazzling* book-filled fantasy series from the author of The Invisible Library. The written word is mightier than the swordmost of the time... Working in an alternate version of Victorian London, Librarian-spy Irene has settled into a routine, collecting important fiction for the mysterious Library and blending in nicely with the local culture. But when her apprentice, Kaia dragon of royal descentis kidnapped by the Fae, her carefully crafted undercover operation begins to crumble. Kais abduction could incite a conflict between the forces of chaos and order that would devastate all worlds and all dimensions. To keep humanity from getting caught in the crossfire, Irene will have to team up with a local Fae leader to travel deep into a version of Venice filled with dark magic, strange coincidences, and a perpetual celebration of Carnivaland save her friend before he becomes the first casualty of a catastrophic war. But navigating the tumultuous landscape of Fae politics will take more than Irenes book-smarts and fast-talkingto ward off Armageddon, she might have to sacrifice everything she holds dear.... INCLUDES AUTHOR INTERVIEW From the Trade Paperback edition.
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craftysilicate
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Mehso-so

I liked large parts of this book, and I plan to read the rest of the series, but I found myself frustrated with the characters' choices a little too often and I am pretty uncomfortable with the whole...teacher-student attraction...thing. A mixed bag. But I continue to enjoy Cogman's worldbuilding, anyway.

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craftysilicate
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I...really hope this is not going to be a continuing thread. I don't think I can survive an entire novel of somebody having sexual tension with her student.

shanaqui Ah, fair warning, think on the level of “whole series“... though for me it helps that Kai is an adult and there isn't much of a power differential for plot reasons. :) 2w
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QuoteQueen
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If that isn‘t a magnificent metaphor for anxiety‘s fear if something new then idk what is.

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QuoteQueen
Pickpick

4/5💚s

I finished this book in under a week. 😳 That almost never happens. It‘s safe to say I was HOOKED & couldn‘t get enough of the characters & unique story line. This one contained creatures who thrive in fiction & stories, a daring rescue, & the avoidance of war. Definitely gripping w/ some sexual tension in the background (can‘t help but love some of that). Now I wish I had book 3. 😢 no such luck, I was ill prepared to finish so soon.

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QuoteQueen
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I can‘t wait to get started!

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Rudis
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Pickpick

It‘s been a while since I read the first book in the series, but I remember why I liked the series so much! It‘s a lot of fun, and the characters are fantastic! Onto the third book!

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Buchbeeg
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Frequently when I fall in love with the first book in a series, the second book is always a little bit of a let down as the excitement is all used up.
Not so with this series. I am just eating these books up. Again, never a dull moment, fantastic vocabulary and imagery. Never before thought of worlds. I just adored every minute of this book.
Oh and cliffhangers! I swear every chapter ended with me turning the page to ensure everyone was okay!

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emmaturi
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Pickpick

This is the second book in The Invisible Library series. I enjoyed it and look forward to the third book! #books

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emmaturi
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A #bookhaul today. The bottom two books from the library and I give in and bought the other ones! #books

MayJasper Enjoy 😊 11mo
readordierachel Pretty covers! 11mo
emmaturi I know, so lovely! @readordierachel 11mo
emmaturi Thanks, already started one! @MayJasper 11mo
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BookaholicNatty
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In the car headed to the oral surgeon to have 4 back teeth pulled 😩😖The drive is a little over two hours so I‘ll enjoy some reading while I can! I adore Irene and Kai! Are there any other lovers of this series???

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick This is yet another series I'd like to read but haven't gotten around to it. 12mo
melissanorr I have the first 2 in the series but haven't read them yet. They sound fantastic! 12mo
Redwritinghood That‘s one I keep meaning to get to. I have the first one on my Kindle. Thanks for reminding me! 12mo
Jocelyn73c I loves the first one!! I fully intend to continue reading the series! 12mo
Freespirit I haven't heard of this series. Sounds great. Hope your teeth are ok😊 12mo
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meeshmom
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LOVED the first book SO, SO MUCH. And look at that lil comment from NK Jemisin! I mean... A) she says 'snarky', which is SO me AND B) she's NK Jemisin. 🤷

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LittleBug
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Pickpick

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I mean, an interdimensional library to stabilise worlds, a Language with the power to make words true and a librarian who saves the world. What‘s not to love?
The MC is brave, but with a few flaws, which only makes her more likeable.
There‘s a pace to the story, from start to end that makes the book impossible to put down.
👇🏼👇🏼

LittleBug There‘s something familiar about the way stories can shape life in this book...going to have to do a little research on that... 13mo
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Kathrin
Masked City | Genevieve Cogman
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Pickpick

The second installation of the Invisible Library follows Irene on her rescue mission for her apprentice. It took me a moment to get settled into the story again, but once there I can really appreciate the how the heroine is using arch typical narratives in her quest. It's a smart idea and good entertainment.
#booksaboutbooks

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nvhXesq
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The whole “story” concept is still something I‘m struggling to grasp with this series & it makes me wonder if I‘ve reached an age where my imagination is broken or if it‘s just the consequences of life. #themaskedcity #libraries #supportlibraries #overduebooks #paperback #morningcommute #fantasy

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Jerdencon
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Multi-tasking...
catching up on the @ReadingEnvy podcasts from July! 😮 and starting book #4 (and probably the last) for #makemereadit
@TheReadingMermaid

ReadingEnvy OMG can you listen to a podcast and read a book at the same time? I think that would break my brain 1y
Jerdencon @ReadingEnvy actually had to put the book down until the podcast ended because it was too hard! 😮😂 1y
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jfalkens
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Up next is book 2 of The Invisible Library series 😊

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nvhXesq
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yvo_about_books
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Mehso-so

I read the first book of this series last year, and I had a few issues with it. But I was curious about the sequel and it fitted one of the prompts for a challenge I'm doing this month, so I gave this series another go. While an improvement compared to the first book, I still had quite a few of the same issues relating to both the slow pace, lack of a plot that grabs you, a missing 'spark' and more.

3/5 stars.

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Amie
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This is how the cat and I are spending our afternoon 🐈📖

Bookzombie 💕🐱 2y
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shanaqui
Pickpick

It's amazing how fast I can read these books -- i just sit down and gulp, gulp, all gone! This one needs more of Vale, in my opinion, and less of the icky powerplay with Silver (although that might make for less of a good story).

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nvhXesq
Masked City | Genevieve Cogman
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Library pick-ups this week. Coincidentally, both are the second in their series. Funny story, I put a hold on Vol. 2 of “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” almost a year ago. The hold was about to expire mid-July. I had been in hold position #1 for many months. This week I got the email that it was finally available. 😂📚 #library #supportlibraries #graphicnovel #fantasyfiction #booksaboutbooks

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sherryvdh
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Got a little reading done outdoors this afternoon while this one napped in the stroller and big brother climbed trees. It was such a beautiful day! #ReadingInTheSun #nslittens

britt_brooke Cutie!! 2y
vkois88 😍😍 2y
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Leftik
Masked City | Genevieve Cogman
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Pickpick

Second books in series are always tricky and I was pretty impressed by this one. It slowed down more in parts than Book 1, but never enough for me to walk away from it. It will be interesting to see how long Cogman tries to sustain some of the larger, hinted-at mysteries, but Irene&Co have convinced me to stick around for Book 3!

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Leftik
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Yay, book 2!

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Loreen
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Lmstraubie I enjoy this series also. Just got this one 2y
Loreen @Lmstraubie I‘m reading that one next weekend during a readathon. I‘m so excited to get to it. 🙀 2y
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mayusteapot
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I'm so excited to get back into this world! The first book (The Invisible Library) was a booknerd's dream come true and now I have the rest of the series on my kitchen table.

Do I start now or wait until after work?

Ummm.. totally starting now.

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Loreen

People want stories. You should know that more than anybody. They want their lives to have meaning. They want to be part of something greater than themselves.

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Loreen
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OMG. ❤️❤️❤️. This is the 2nd book in this fun series. I just finished it over the weekend and am so happy I can use for this #Litsy challenge. #library #ReadingResolutions #marchphotochallenge #fantasy #invisiblelibrary

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Morr_Books
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Pickpick

This is the second book of the Invisible Library series. It was a fun quick read but character and plot development was much better in the first book.

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michiganvol
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Woke up to start my second hour of reading in hour 7 of #24in48, and found out I'm an hour 3 winner!! After jumping up and down for a few minutes, I got my tea going and ready to settle in with this book I started at hour 0. I loved the first of this series and this second one is meeting my high expectations! 📚

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okthislooksbad
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Imagine a world where I could sit in my comfy chair with a comfy blanket and a cup of tea and read without being used as a comfy bed. Then imagine a world where I would even want that. 😍😍

Bklover Exactly! What would we do without that warm lump lying on our lap?! 2y
okthislooksbad @Bklover Positively freeze! 2y
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okthislooksbad
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Some post New Years-dinner reading before I'm headed for the couch. Accidentally had a lot of lactose last night and have been miserable all day, so it's a quiet night for me. The happiest of New Years to all of you, stay safe and take care of yourself and yours! ❤️❤️ Four and a half hours to go in DK! 🇩🇰🎆

Suet624 Best wishes to you. 2y
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RiotMom
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My son comes back from his stay at my in-laws this afternoon. Dug and I plan on getting as much reading as possible done before he tornadoes through the door. #pugsoflitsy

Tamra It IS like a tornado coming in the door. I keep I thinking that‘s gonna change and it hasn‘t (9 & 10). 2y
RiotMom @Tamra oh no! I was hoping it gets better. Mine is five and showing no signs of slowing down 😂 2y
Tamra @RiotMom it‘s loud & messy! 😂 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Most pensive, contemplative pug photo ever! 😂 2y
RiotMom @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled he is both a thinker AND a stinker! 2y
NCNY Dug the pug. Awesome. 2y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 2y
Jinjer Dug!!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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RiotMom
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Dipping my toes into my New Years resolution to read more fantasy a little early. #notsorry This series is so fun!

ptkpepe98 I read the first one, loved it, and bought the others. I simply haven't had time to return to them. Yet. Maybe in 2018? If not, well, there's always 2019!🤞🤗 2y
Owlizabeth Yeah fantasy!! 2y
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coffeenebula
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Thank you for all the good wishes and prayers. I really appreciate it. My husband remains in ICU. He may have pneumonia now, and he‘s still intubated, but was awake enough to smile at me and follow a few basic commands. When I told him he‘d had a seizure, his eyebrows went way up in surprise—he doesn‘t remember the last couple days. I‘m hanging in there with friends, family, prayers, mac n cheese, 🍷and, of course, books. ❤️

DivineDiana ❤️🙏🏻 2y
Eggs So sorry about your husband; sending up 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 2y
Tamra Take care!! ❣️ 2y
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julesG 💚💚💚 2y
DeleteAcct Praying he recovers quickly. 2y
Redy2trvl Sending ❤️ and 🙏🏻! 2y
Laura317 Prayers for your husband and you! 💕🙏🏼 2y
Kalalalatja Hope he gets well soon 💕💕 2y
2BR02B Glad to hear he woke up. Hopefully he'll be on the mend soon. 2y
LiteraryinLititz Sending love and good thoughts. I‘m so sorry you are both going through this. 2y
BarbaraJean So sorry to hear this! Glad he‘s woken up and is responding... praying for lots more improvement soon! 2y
zezeki Sending love ❤, hope he recovers soon 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 Prayers to you, him, & your family. 2y
AmandaL ❤️ 2y
Jas16 ❤️❤️ 2y
Lcsmcat ❤️ I hope he can return home soon! 2y
Owlizabeth 💞💞💞 2y
stargazerblue49 Sending hugs and positive thoughts your way! 💜 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto Sending ❤️. Take care of yourself. 2y
CouronneDhiver I‘m so sorry... please know that we‘re praying for you both. This is such a hard time of year to suffer an illness. 🙏🏽❤️ 2y
Kshakal Thoughts and prayers to you my friend!! 2y
Purrfectpages I hope he gets better soon! 2y
Tanisha_A Hope he gets well soonly soon! 2y
Zelma I am so very sorry. Wishing a fast and positive recovery! 2y
Kendra.Diane Sending good thoughts for your family 💜 2y
LeahBergen 💕💕💕 to you both. 2y
Ddzmini 🙏🏽 2y
JacqMac Much love to you both. I hope he has a speedy recovery. 💕 2y
Cupofjo Sending good vibes 💕 2y
quietjenn Sending good and healing thoughts your way. 2y
megt Sending good vibes and hopes for a speedy recovery ❤️ 2y
daena Love to you, prayers and healing for your husband. So good to have a support system with you both. 💚 2y
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mcipher
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#allthebooksof2017
#bestsequelyouread
I think that, even though I read quite a few second books in series this year, this one was my favorite sequel. I can‘t wait for the next one to come out!

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Ilirwen
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I recently read these but couldn't include the title of the book on the right. Review later. I'll just say that I really liked them.

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amma-keep-reading
Pickpick

I savored this installment. I'm glad that Irene was totally the star of this book. Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

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FireHeartRattlerOfStars
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed the first book and the second one was alright. I am definitely interested enough to continue the series, this one was just kind of a let down.

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smilingshelves
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For once my most anticipated of the month also turned out to be my #bestofseptember. This is such a good series! #fallintobooks

@RealLifeReading

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smilingshelves
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I don't know if this is a book nerd confession, or just an I'm weird confession. I can't stop reading on page 99. I have to read at least a sentence onto page 100 before I can put the book down. #booknerdconfessions #fallintobooks

@RealLifeReading

Librarianaut You are not alone. I can't stop on a page if there's a sentence unfinished at the end. 2y
smilingshelves @Librarianaut Hmm... Sounds like a good excuse to never put your book down! ☺ 2y
BucklingBookshelves I wouldn't say I CAN'T, but I do love a round number to stop at -- like 100 -- or even 25 or 40 or whatever. Just feels like more progress I guess! 2y
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smilingshelves
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#Septembermostanticipated I read The Invisible Library a couple of months ago, and have been eagerly awaiting the time when the sequel was available at the library. That day is finally here! #fallintobooks
@RealLifeReading

litenthusiast I loved the first book in this series! 2y
smilingshelves @kcurtin Me, too! I usually wait months before picking up the next book in a series, but I couldn't wait that long for this one! 2y
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Nafiza
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Pickpick

I read both this one and The Burning Page one after the other and I am pleased to say that this series strengthens as it continues. 5☆ for both of them.

#fantasy

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ju.ca.no
Masked City | Genevieve Cogman
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I'm back from an amazing journey 😊 finishing up one last book on my dad's kindle before I can return to my massive TBR Pile😊 reading in the sun in my parent's garden makes it almost easy to enjoy being home after the beautiful seychelles 😊

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Skeeterisme
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Pickpick

Oh, how I love this series!

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Bookgoil
Masked City | Genevieve Cogman
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Pickpick

An amazing sequel and I just fell in love with the new setting as well as some new and intriguing characters. This is definitely a sequel that lives up to the first book.

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Expandingbookshelf
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"People want stories. You should know that more than anybody. They want their lives to have meaning. They want to be part of something greater than themselves."

❤️???????

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literaery-me

This is a place built to store books, by people who want to preserve books, and by people who want to read these books. I am not alone.

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MickyParis27
Die maskierte Stadt: Roman | Genevieve Cogman

Die maskierte Stadt ist der 2. Fall für Agentin Irene Winters und ihr Assistent Kai, der ein Drache ist.

Das Buch ist wieder spannend bis zum Schluss. Es ist sehr anschaulich geschrieben und detailgetreu. Man kann sich gut in die einzelnen Szenen hineinversetzten und die Sprache ist leicht verständlich. Allerdings sollte man vorher doch das Buch " die unsichtbare Bibliothek" gelesen haben.
Meiner Meinung ein muss für alle Sherlok Holmes Fans!!!