Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

IandBTitle: Ink and Bone

Author: Rachel Caine

Publisher:  NAL

Format: eBook

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

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 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…


Ink and Bone creates a world with intricate details and many moving parts. The plot of the series unfolds to reveal that the Great Library and ultimately the Archivist who runs it are deeply oppressive and will stop at nothing to maintain thousands of years of power. This story encourages you to think deeply about things like the accessibility of knowledge and freedom. It highlights that not everyone receives these things freely, and what might they be brought to if they were robbed of such opportunities. This story is rich in intrigue and secrets, and I spent most of the book hoping that it would move a little faster. However I was unwilling to skim any parts because it was clearly evident that all of the tiny pieces and build up that made this book feel like a slow starter were going to be important.

I liked Jess, the main character, he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. He doesn’t have the luxury of behaving as moral and ethical people do, because his family isn’t. He wants to do the right thing, but he comes to realize that neither his family nor the Great Library have that figured out. The characters in this book were multi-dimensional and multi-faceted. I greatly appreciated the fact that the author created characters that were not good or evil, but that mixture of in between that everyone is. I have many unanswered questions, but I did greatly enjoy this book. 4 out of 5 stars.

044/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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