Review - Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine @rachelcaine

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #1
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group - New American Library
Publication Date: April 5, 2018
Date Read: October 1, 2017
Length: 384 pages
Source: Blogging for Books
★★★★☆
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. 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 knowledge is more valuable than any human life and soon both heretics and books will burn.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014705-does-this-beach-make-me-look-fat
My Review

I really enjoyed this story!  I have wanted to read this book ever since I first started seeing a lot of great reviews for it.  I then started noticing that people not only loved this book but they were loving the other books in the series.  That sealed the deal and I knew that I would have to work this book in very soon.  I ended up reading almost the entire book in a single day.  I am starting to understand why everyone seems to love Rachel Caine's work as much as they do.

One of the things that I really loved about this book was the world building.  What a vividly detailed world to spend some time in!  As the book progressed and we discovered more about how things worked, I was amazed.  The descriptions of the technology were so well done but I don't think I am going to be signing up to be transported in that world anytime soon.  The politics and inner workings of the library were intriguing.

The cast of characters in this book were wonderful.  We see things from Jess's point of view and I liked his character from the very start.  He proved that he was brave and able to think very quickly.  The other candidates for joining the library were all so different but each added something to the story.  I liked some of these characters quite a bit from the very start, like Thomas.  I needed a little more time to get to know some of the other characters a bit more before I really liked them but by the end of the story, they had all won my heart.

I highly recommend this book to others.  This book has really left me eager to see what is going to happen to everyone in the next book.  I will definitely be reading more from Rachel Caine in the very near future.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from Penguin Publishing Group via Blogging for Books.
The Series

Ink and Bone
Paper and Fire
Ash and Quill
About the Author
Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of more than forty novels, including Prince of Shadows, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Comments

  1. oh yes I have this one too, I'm curious to try it!

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  2. I just read it, the book was in my library, and I have requested 2nd part too! totally love it like you

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    1. I am really looking forward to reading the next one. It was such a great start to the series.

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  3. I loved her Morganville Vampires books so I know how good her writing can be. I was just never sure about the plot on these books and whether it was my kind of thing. I still don't know!

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  4. I've read this one so long ago but did love it. The only hold up on continuing is that I really need to reread book #1 and I'm horrible at rereading. Glad you enjoyed this one. I recall it being really great.

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    1. I hope that I can get to the rest of the series before I start forgetting what happened.

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  5. I've been hearing some good review about this book, I'm glad you enjoyed this one too Carole :)

    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

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  6. This has been on my TBR for such a long time. SO glad to see you enjoyed it so much. Great review!

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  7. This is one series that I would like to read. The world building sounds wonderful, and the characters do too. Great review.

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  8. I read this a while back, and remember a lot of great characters and a very intriguing world. I need to get back to the series. Great review.

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    1. I hope that I can squeeze in the other two books very soon.

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  9. I think I need to try this series. I have been hearing great things about it. Great review.

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    1. The world building is so wonderfully done. I do recommend this one.

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  10. Ohhh the library one :D Yes I am curious about this series

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  11. I love this series and the Invisible Library series.

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  12. I keep eyeing this one on my shelf and thinking I should pick it up to read. I am glad you liked it, Carole. I think I will too. :-)

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    1. I am glad that I finally got around to it. It was a great story.

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  13. The fact that this is centered around a library already makes it appeal to the reader within me. I am so glad you could love this one and enjoy reading it. Great review x

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  14. Oh yay! I'm so glad! Her books are really addictive. She has such a way of pulling you along. Hope you enjoy the rest of them!

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    1. I did really enjoy this one. Hopefully, I can get caught up with the series soon.

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