Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

PaperandFireTitle: Paper and Fire

Author: Rachel Caine

Publisher:  NAL

Format: eBook

Publication Date: July 5, 2016 

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

In Ink and Bone, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, she continues the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library—and rewrite history…

With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

reviewPaper and Fire was a fantastic second installment. My biggest issue was the slightly slower pace in the beginning, and then the last half taking off and being packed with heartbreaking revelations and incidents. The writing was marvelous and the world building got even more specific and really started to separate itself from other similar works of fiction. I really appreciated the depth that the author went to, to convince me that this was a real world. The issue with The Library is that it isn’t all bad, at it’s heart its trying to do the right thing. It’s just in actuality its a hobbled and flawed system, just like most forms of government.

The characters actually grew on me in this book. I wasn’t really convinced of everyone being close by the end of Ink and Bone because it felt like it was so sudden. Paper and Fire really delved into those relationships, and sold me on the relationships between Jess, Glain, Khalila, Dario, Wolfe, Santi, Morgan and Thomas. Jess has such a calm and collected manner, that it actually made this book wonderful to read. He really tried to be objective as much as possible even though there were times that was very difficult. I also had some issues with the way the book ended, not only in betrayals, but in feeling like this book is ending in a completely different direction than where the resolution will be. 4 out of 5 stars.

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4/5 – 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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“One thing you learn early growing up a girl–people always talk, whatever you do,’ Glain said. ‘What bliss it must be to be male.”
Rachel Caine, Paper and Fire

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