The Leaning Pile of Books is a feature where I talk about books I got over the last week–old or new, bought or received for review consideration (usually unsolicited). Since I hope you will find new books you’re interested in reading in these posts, I try to be as informative as possible. If I can find them, links to excerpts, author’s websites, and places where you can find more information on the book are included.

Last week brought one book that I’m very excited about, but first, here are last week’s posts in case you missed any:

I’m working on a review of the most amazing book I’ve read this year, The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin. It’s out in just a couple of days, and I thought it was better than The Fifth Season (which I didn’t love the same way as many of N. K. Jemisin’s other books, even though I really liked it and thought it was incredibly well done).

Now, for the latest book…

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman

The Masked City will be released in the US on September 6 (paperback, ebook). It seems to already be available in audiobook, and this book has been available in the UK since last December. The Burning Page, the third book in the series, will be released in the UK in December and the US in January 2017.

Barnes and Noble has an excerpt from The Invisible Library, the first book in the series.

The Invisible Library is so much fun (my review), and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!


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 sword—most 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, Kai—a dragon of royal descent—is kidnapped by the Fae, her carefully crafted undercover operation begins to crumble.

Kai’s 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 Carnival—and 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 Irene’s book-smarts and fast-talking—to ward off Armageddon, she might have to sacrifice everything she holds dear….