Review: Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Review: Paper and Fire by Rachel CainePaper and Fire by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #2
Published by New American Library on July 5th 2016
ISBN: 9780451472403
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 354
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

Let the world burn.

With an iron fist, the Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion and, in the name of the greater good, forbidding the personal ownership of books.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower, doomed to a life apart from everything she knows.

After embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, and the Library, which is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

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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:

Jess Brightwell survived his introduction and initiation into the Great Library’s service, and now knows that all is not as it seems. Between the covers of this institution of knowledge is tyrannical control and hunger for power. And Jess himself is in its sights…

Watched closely, all he can do is show up for guard training and keep his secrets – while trying to determine where his friend Thomas is being held. Because when you’re as talented as Thomas, the Great Library doesn’t end you – it uses you… And friends don’t let friends go crazy from being used, do they?

Jess et al (because his friends aren’t bloody likely to let him go haring off on his own, are they?) plot, plan, and eventually find out they’re just pawns in the mechanics of the Great Library’s plots and plans. There are more threats, more deaths, and more foolhardy measures. It would hardly be an adventure otherwise!

Paper and Fire continues the intrigue from Ink and Bone, reveals some of Wolfe’s history with the Library, and dumps our group in the middle of more unknowns when you turn the last page. It kept the story flowing, and left us hanging. I can’t wait to pick up Ash and Quill, but alas school’s most likely heaping homework on me again by now… See you on the flip side of this quarter!

drey’s rating: Excellent!

Have you read Paper and Fire? 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.