Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Published by NAL
Published on July 7, 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.…
As absolutely crazy as it sounds when I see that this has been called a mix of Harry Potter, The Book Thief, and Fahrenheit 451, that actually makes complete sense after reading the book!!
I guess I have no clue what exactly I was expecting going into this book. When you compare it to the books listed above, you are already setting the bar pretty high, and if the book doesn’t live up to it, it becomes disappointing. I was definitely not disappointed.
“The Library holds itself to be the keeper of both knowledge and wisdom, but it is not true. So Much should never be held in the hands of so few, for it is a natural, venal habit of men to hold power. And knowledge is the purest form of power.”
So our main guy, Jess, helps his father run illegal books and works against everything the Library stands for. It’s the family business. Until one day everything changes, and his father has other plans for him. He wants him working from within the Great Library, to help him get access to rare books. His father had no idea what was in store for Jess, the kind of man he would become, or the kind of secrets the Great Library is hiding.
At first, Jess seems torn between being faithful to the Library, or being the spy his father hoped he would be. His character developed quickly, because things got intense pretty quickly. I loved Jess, and I also fell in love with the other postulants. Some of them seem hard to like at first, but they grow on you in the end. My favorite character though is probably Scholar Wolfe. He is clearly a tortured soul, and has his own secrets and reasons for being the way he is. Oh, and Santi!! Oh my gosh they are just too amazing! I freaking love them.
Another thing that I love about this book is the way the author rewrote history. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I will not go into detail on that, but it’s really interesting to imagine our history being the way it is in this book. I also really enjoy the world building. There is a war going on (among other things) and it is described in such great detail that I can easily imagine the images as if they were ripped right out of our history. This book has amazing settings. Really, this book has some of everything. War, humor, magic, love, heart-break… I could go on and on. I was pleasantly surprised Ink and Bone, and quickly became more invested than I imagined I would be. I am absolutely looking forward to the next book in the series!