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A fantasy novel by Genevieve Cogman, and the sequel to The Burning Page.

Irene and Kai are sent to 1920s New York on the trail of a librarian who may have compromised the neutrality of the Library by getting involved in dragon politics. Two dragons are competing to find a rare book, the reward for the winner being a high position in a dragon queen's court. The loser will have to fall on their sword - literally.

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With such high stakes, soon the entire world is at threat from the warring dragons. Irene and Kai have to find a way to avert the disaster, whilst dodging mobsters and a pack of wolves. Meanwhile, the case throws up uncomfortable truths about their own relationship and future as a partnership.

The Lost Plot is followed by The Mortal Word.

The Lost Plot contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: After several novels worrying about Kai's lack of input into planning, Irene sends him out on his own to stand on his own two feet.
  • The Speechless: To prevent Irene from using The Language, she is given a poison that temporarily prevents her from speaking.
  • Weredragon: All of the dragons in the series, including Kai.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Irene and Kai, ramped up to almost painful levels throughout the novel, and a major source of narrative tension.
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