Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel CaineInk and Bone by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #1
Published by New American Library on April 5th 2016
ISBN: 9780451472397
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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…

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Disclosure: 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.

drey’s thoughts:

In a world where the Great Library knows all, and owns all knowledge, Jess Brightwell skirts the line as a runner for his family’s black market business. When he passes the entrance examination for an opportunity to serve at the Library, Jess expects to be pitted against fellow candidates for one of the limited spots in the Library’s service. But he doesn’t expect that death could be a consequence of failure…

Jess is bright and bookish, light on his feet, and quick on the uptake. He makes friends amongst his fellow candidates, kicking back with them even as he competes against them. And when loyalties are tested, Jess learns who’s friend and who’s foe. Unfortunately, his foes are many – and powerful.

Ink and Bone wraps history and technology together in an engrossing steampunk adventure; my bookworm self loved that it’s (very very loosely) based on the Great Library of Alexandria. There’s plenty of drama and action, and even some romance for those of you who like hearts going pitter-patter… All in all, Ink and Bone is a strong start to a new series from Rachel Caine!

drey’s rating: Excellent!

Have you read Ink and Bone? What did you think?

About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a fictional character herself … a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and the upcoming novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regular featured in anthology collections.


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