Ink and Bone

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Ink and Bone

The Great Library, #1

The best kinds of fantasy stories are those that stretch the imagination while telling a compelling tale, and this one definitely entertained me with its ‘what if’s’. Having been conditioned to celebrating the Gutenberg press and its far-reaching impact on the world, and as a strong proponent of the benefits of libraries, the premises in this book definitely made me stop and think about how much my life would be changed if I lived in this world. Being a lover of print books, I was already a little disturbed by the fact that an underground market was required in order to obtain them, even though I have grudgingly become accustomed to using an e-reader.

I enjoyed the twists and puzzles that help weed out the applicants to the Library and think the variety of personalities that Jess encounters are vivid and intriguing. There are many surprising revelations that keep the story flowing, although the violence and destruction is heartwrenching. I was dismayed by several of the developments and captivated by the struggle that takes place on several levels. Both tissues and a strong stomach are required when reading this tale that reinforces the power wielded by those with knowledge, and the dangling strings in this story make me impatient to read the next book in the series. Read this book and then I dare you to return a library book late once you have learned about the ruthless lion automatons guarding the treasures of the Library!

“Ink and Bone” by Rachel Caine is the first story in ‘The Great Library’ series and follows Jess Brightwell, who comes from a family of book runners. The monopoly that the Great Library has on the printed word fosters several forms of opposition, ranging from the radical burners to those who go to great lengths to ensure they will always own the only copy of a rare tome. The rare opportunity to vie for a spot at the Library places Jess in contact with a group of exceptional individuals who must survive all of the challenges and instruction to earn one of the few positions available. Unfortunately, the more Jess learns about the Library, the scarier the organization and the world around him becomes.


Book Blurb for Ink and Bone

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.…


Night Owl Reviews May, 2016 5.00