Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant, Kai, goes missing. She discovers he's been kidnapped by the fae faction, and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai but for whole worlds. Kai's dragon heritage means he has powerful allies but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people - and the forces of order and chaos themselves. Irene's mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it's always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.
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I've never been compelled to write a review but at the end of listening to this book, I just have to. The story is fairly predictable in terms of plot line. Not unenjoyable, but certainly it's an easy read. You can listen to this while your brain is doing other things and not miss much. But that's ok. I expect that from this genre and I still enjoy the genre. What made me almost stop listening was the voice of the narrator. Her range of tone is so limited during the narration parts of the book (as opposed to the conversational parts) that it becomes something of a repetitive singsong riff. It just about drove me crazy as I tried desperately to ignore the tone and focus on the actual words. I don't understand it because when she does conversation voices, she's not too bad. I probably will not buy the next book (if there is one) in this series because it's just too irritating.
More character development and a completely different narrator.
Please see above. The world of speech has unlimited numbers of tones to use. Use more of them.
Just want to say I'm not new to Audible. I listen to books all the time, and have literally hundreds of books in my library. It's the first time I've disliked a narration so much I felt compelled to comment. Listen before you buy this one. I hope your experience differs.
"The City of Dreams"
In some ways I liked this story a little more then book 1: the fay and dragons are detailed better and the effects of order and chaos start to be clear.
Enjoy. PS the narration is improved quiet a bit.
hated how I was left hanging, but can't wait to read the next one to come...
I am really enjoying this series. In a genre that seems to be the same story with different characters, this series is completely original and refreshing. The characters are quite likeable as well. Personally hoping for a little romance in book 3.
"much improved on same narrator"
I've heard this narrator several times before. Many times I have just forgone the book for another because of a certain monotone style she had while reading.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this same narrator had added more inflection and tone to her narrative style. It definitely made the listening experience 10 times better! !!
I'm so glad the next book is already available because there is a mega cliff hanger! !
Very interesting and exciting story.
I don't understand how the heroine has not collapsed from exhaustion!
"Great story and narrator"
I love this series and the narrator does a spectacular job of bringing the world to life.
probably the 3rd after the first book of the series and harry potter
all of them!!!
meeting place of Libraries , Dragons and FAEs
What I loved about the book is that it creats an imaginary world with its own comlete rules ... so as the story advances you will discovere new possibilities of interaction in the world which are not possible in real world. this sorts of tingles your imaginatio... :D
A bit slow to get going. (Irene visiting the dragons didn't really grip me.) But the sequence in Venice was glorious and had some wonderful character moments and spectacle. I didn’t know Kai could do that either. I continue to be amused at the pretty people throwing themselves at (she describes herself as not bad to look at but prone to fading into the background ) Irene. Clearly she has Heroic Charisma and hasn't noticed yet.
The reader does great villain voices, but puts a little gush of enthusiasm into every! single! sentence! which I found a bit off-putting. There's no tonal range for when the story gets fraught.
"Great story, disappointing performance"
No. I honestly could not stand the reader. Her different voices in general were ok, although confusing when two men were speaking to each other. But I could not get over how melodramatic her reading was. Every. Single. Sentence. Was. Dramatic. Thus when things were truly heart-wrenching, it wasn't as dramatic as it should have been because it was all on the same level.
It would probably be good for lovers of Sherlock Holmes (even though I've never actually read a Holmes story and so can't really compare) because of the good quality, intellectual, clean adventure and mystery. And generally lovers of fantasy/sci-fi.
See first question.
Can't say much without spoilers, but I would love to see the water scene in a movie. You'll know it when you get there.
Great story! But pick up the print version instead.
"Non-Carnival in Venice"
I never got into reading the first volume of this (not yet finished) trilogy, but I enjoyed listening to it, so this time, I went straight for the audio book. The narrator, Susan Duerden, did a great job again in bringing this to life, it was a joy listening to her.
What more can I say? I enjoyed the story, the world was different this time (Venice, but without the foul smells), as we entered a totally chaos infested reality, where Irene had to go in order to save Kai.
We learn more about the Fae, and about Irene's strengths and weaknesses.
It is clear, that the story doesn't end here, however, although it doesn't end in a mean cliffhanger.
If you like fantasy with Fae, werewolves, dragons, librarians, and humans, this is your book.
I love reading these books but I just can't stand the voice of the narrator -it's absolutely monotonous, totally void of emotion, and I keep checking that there isn't anything wrong with the recording. I had to give up and return the title. Back to the actual book!
"I couldn't stop!"
Irene's loyalty to Kai and the Library shines through this second novel. Her bravery in facing Dragons and Fae alike, speaks of her love for Kai - even if she's not ready or willing to acknowledge it.
The Masked City, just like the Invisible Library, was jam packed with action and danger leaving the reader to hold on and hope for the best.
Irene's ability to think on her feet and consider most of the consequences ahead of her actions make her a unique character, destined to become beloved among readers and formidable amongst the most powerful players of the different realities.
I cannot wait for what comes next. There is, after all still Alberich to deal with once and for all and she and Kai cannot forever ignore their attraction- but willingly have a HEA? Well, I certainly hope so! There are many successful heroes and heroines out there who have a personal and professional partnership.
Definitely another Must Buy due to the story and narration!
"Great Story, Poor Narration"
ThreThe book, definitely add it's a great story. audiobook, no add the narrator is really poor
The characters and settings are really well defined by the author
Every single line inflects up at the end add if the narrator is asking a question. Is very off putting and, for me, ruins the whole story.
I liked the first book, but this sequal was uninteresting. Cai, the dragon, is kidnapped and Irene sets up to rescue him. The general shape of the story is pretty predictable after that and i found it difficult to care. There is no real human interest or character development just a lot of running and exploding. this feels like a filler. it should have been condensed and used perhaps as part of another book if the author has a plan for this to lead to anything else. As a whole the story was uninspired and frankly boring. The redeeming quality lay in some very few nice descriptions of a parallel universe Venice, but there was too little of that to make it worth while for me.
"A fascinating view of a fae world"
This book exposes Irene to infiltrating a fae world, which details much about the fae nature.
Really looking forward to the third book.
"Delightful story, excellent narration"
Delightful follow up with much more focus on our intrepid heroine but corresponding less about libraries. Some of the prose was rather woolly, could have done with firmer editing.
Loved the narration, brought the chapters alive for me.
Excellent narration - you definitely come to love it if you don't at first. Never again will I read a book from a series as yet unfinished, I cannot wait for the next one. Better than the first, more surreal, clever, personal.
"loved this story"
well performed well written great and very interesting story in a fascinating series, waiting for more
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