My Review:In Ink and Bone, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, she continues the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library—and rewrite history…
With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.
Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.
Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.
But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…
What a fun read! If you are unfamiliar with this series, it imagines a world where the printing press was destroyed before it was ever allowed to be used and the Great Library instead controls all knowledge, only allowing individuals to review ebooks on tablets of selected content; original, physical books are banned and there is a dangerous black market for them. As you can imagine, this is a completely scary world where librarians are prized but also where the Library has so much power that violence erupts when anyone tries to challenge that power. In this series, we follow young scholars on their journey to become librarians, all from different parts of the world; the story is mostly told from the POV of Jess, who himself a bit of a checkered past in the black market world of physical books and the second book really coalesces behind what is means when the knowledge allowed to people is contrived and controlled. New allies are made and new truths are discovered and the entire time, no one is safe. Although I really liked the first book in this series, Ink and Bone, I have to say that this one was even better! Paper and Fire is just so action packed pretty much from beginning to end -- I really love Rachel Caine's MV series and this series is turning out to be another great work from her!
I would definitely recommend this to fans of YA fantasy -- book 2 was even better than the first book and I can't wait to see how the series continues. Rachel Caine is such an awesome writer! Paper and Fire comes out today! July 5, 2016, and you can enter to win a copy of the first book in this series, Ink and Bone, below!!
He ran his fingers over the smooth leather spine of a book. It was more of a talisman than a comfort; he just needed to remind himself of why the library was so important. Books had become a symbol of trust and libraries place of peace and stability. In all the chaos of the world that counted people as different levels of worthy, the Library served all equally. All genders, races, levels of ability. It was the one place they could all be safe.