Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Friday, September 18, 2015
Title: Ink and Bone
Author: Rachel Caine
Genre: historical fiction, supernatural fiction
Series: The Great Library #1
Pages: 351
Published: July 7 2015
Source: purchased
Rating: 4.5/5

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

So the wait for book two is gonna be a biiiitch. This is a book that really builds. The momentum starts slowly and before you know it, you're caught up in this alternate world, with these bright and diverse characters. It's a book that leaves you wanting more.

But at least I will have time to process all those clever twists and all these feels that I currently have. Ink and Bone is a clever novel, and it's a subtle one as well. It's creative and original and wholly, totally memorable. It boasts one of my favorite premises to date and Caine does not disappoint with the execution.

Well done, Ms. Caine. I liked your vampire books (in fact it's the only ongoing vampire series I still read) but I loved this. It was creative and inventive and diverse. I had so many ships but my main ship was sneaky and subtle and made me Feel Things.

So yeah.

This is a book about books, about the power of knowledge, and about knowledge of power. It's clever and it's full of action. It's a great blend of ideas and genres and holy shit gimme book two please.  

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