Book: Ink and Bone
Series: The Great Library #1
Author: Rachel Caine
Date of Publication: July 7, 2015
Genre: fiction, ya, fantasy, dystopian
Source: NetGalley and publisher
Rating: 5/5 Beans
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 his friend 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…
Well, that was a crazy ride now wasn’t it?? It felt like this book had nearly everything in it that you could want: books, mechanical sphinx, (possible) magic, friendships, books, a giant respected library, book smuggling, and even book burning (I know we don’t want that but still it was there). It actually felt a bit like magic and steampunk combined at points, which would be awesome btw. Anyways, moving on.
Jess is our protagonist, and he is no innocent. While he may not have blood on his hands, he knows enough people who do and has enough illegal activities on his metaphorical transcript. As a smuggler, he smuggles rare copies of books to wealthy buyers, but when he is given the opportunity to travel and study at the Library, he jumps at the chance. What follows is a series of events that lead to an unforgettable adventure wrought with danger and hard-learned lessons.
The setting was interesting and although supposedly set in the future, the London of the past kept appearing in my head. I couldn’t really help it. The descriptions of the cities and the actions of the people in and around them felt very World War II era to me. However, I had no problem getting drawing into this world and enjoyed it all, despite the threat of being killed by starving mobs and book-eating weirdos (seriously?!?).
The wonderful characters. Jess was likable in his frank way. I enjoyed that he barely ever hid the truth from anyone and was very regretful whenever he did. Thomas was my favorite, always the optimist and creative to boot! Kahlila was a bit odd for me because I only half warmed up to her, and the same goes for Dario. I’m curious where the next book will take them. Morgan was a puzzle, but I really loved her and I hope there’s more about her in the next book!!
Overall, I have pretty much nothing bad to say, I highly recommend this book, did I mention it’s about a Library? And books? And possible magic? Must read for sure!! Five beans from me!