Book Review: Ink and Bone | You Might Love this Series as Much as Harry Potter
June 11, 2015
Ink and Bone | The Great Library #1 by Rachel Caine Publisher: NAL (July 7, 2015) Pre-order on Amazon Today! Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Historical Fiction Pages: 352 Format: Kindle, Hardcover
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.
Wow! The way this book captivated me reminded me of Harry Potter! Is it possible that I could love this new series as much? Only time will tell but the first book was very promising.
Synopsis (via Goodreads)
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.…
Jess is a character I grew to love right away. His passion for knowledge and books and his bravery are so admirable. I was a bit confused in the beginning of the story but as it got further in and a clearer understanding of the different groups of people (the burners, the Library workers and the black market traders) the story made up for the bit of confusion in the beginning. Jess has a love for real books, not just the text that appears in blanks (which is mind mind is a kindle like device, in the form of a book) from the library but it is illegal to own books. Jess however respects the Library to an extent but once immersed in his training to become a library scholar he begins to learn that it might be more corrupt than he knows. I am so excited to see where this series takes us.
I recommend this book to:
This is a bold statement as I hold HP books to a high standard but if you are a fellow Harry Potter fan than I really think you will like this book. I have not read The Book Thief but I have seen it come up in other Ink and Bone reviews and I am adding it to my to read list.
5 of 5!!!! I Could not put the book down and I want to call all of my friends and tell them about this book.
I received this book from the First to Read program for my honest review.
Have you reviewed an early copy of Ink and Bone? I would love to chat about it via Google Hangout to be recorded for my new series, Hanging out With Books.