Book Review: Ink and Bone

The Great Library #1

Author: Rachel Caine

Pages: 352

Goodreads Synopsis: “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…”

Review: I was recommended this story by a friend because of my love of Discovery of Witches. This story reminded me of The Hunger Games but for Libraries and Books. It starts about who can excel the best and end as one of the last students, at least that’s what they think. It soon turns into a better understanding of the war that they just left. I have to admit, I did enjoy a lot of the characters in this story especially Christopher Wolfe (who somewhat reminded me of Snape) and Thomas Schreiber. While this story starts about excelling, it ends with friendship and a better understanding of the world they live in.

I did enjoy this story but I didn’t love it. I definitely want to know what happens next but I think I’ll stick with borrowing it from the library rather than buying it.

Overall Rating: 3/5 stars

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