Published by Penguin on July 7th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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.…
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Here is a world where The Great Library is a major presence in every major city, and for us book lovers, that doesn’t sound too bad, right? Wrong. While The Great Library allows reading and learning, it has to be from an approved list and it’s downloaded on “Blanks”. Ownership of any books is strictly forbidden and trust me when I say you do not want to be caught with any books in your possession.
Jess Brightwell, (our MC), is from a family that specializes in the book black market and even though Jess’s father is the mastermind behind the whole operation, he pulled his kids in early on. So when Jess gets offered a chance to become a Librarian, his father is all for it. Better to have someone on the inside, right?
Now, this is where I started getting invested.
The characters that we meet in Alexandria were all so important and unique in their own way and I loved them all. Although it took me a while to warm up to some *cough* Dario *cough*. I also loved the excerpts between chapters, we learn so much more about what’s really going on behind the scenes.
There were also a few surprises along the way and while I won’t go in to details because….spoilers, I’ll just say WOW, I didn’t see them coming, and leave it at that.
While I can’t say that I would ever want to live in a world where The Great Library was a major presence (I NEED MY BOOKS), it was really interesting to read about and it makes me appreciate the fact that I can own ALL THE BOOKS and not get in trouble for it.
Caine done a wonderful job with Ink and Bone and I’m excited to see where the story will go from here.