Ash & Quill by Rachel Caine

Title: Ash & Quill

Author: Rachel Caine

Publisher:  Berkley

Format: eBook

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Publisher

The unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire unite to save the Great Library of Alexandria from itself in this electrifying adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny….

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library….

I won’t lie, I was super disappointed when I got to the end of this book only to realize there had to be more installments since nothing was close to resolved. Then I looked it up and there 2 more books planned for this series. This is seriously disheartening as the book was incredible good but I was hoping for a massive payout in the form a fantastic ending. This is probably just frustration born of the fact that I expected an ending and resolution. So for the rest of this review I will focus on what was really good about the book.

I loved the way that Philadelphia was shown in the book. It was absolutely amazing, and was wonderfully described. I could really feel the dank and dismal attitude of the people who lived there. It also created a sense of tension that I don’t think could have been duplicated any other way. Also the characters really started to show themselves in Philadelphia. It’s not that they didn’t before but that Philadelphia was a strain on them unlike others they had faced. We got to see the darkness that lives in Thomas and Morgan and my heart broke a little bit for both of them.

Also as much as I’ve discussed my disappointment in two more books, that ending and the choices 3 of them make were absolutely shaking. I definitely did not see that coming given everything that had occurred. I ended the book with my mouth wide open and wanting to scream “NOOOOOOOO”. I don’t know where they go from here, and I don’t have a sense of what the next step is. Caine weaved together a beautiful story, and I was hooked from the moment I started it. Her visualizations of this dystopian world are clear and allow me to truly picture where these characters are at any given time. Also the characters themselves are worthy of all the attention. They are growing up, and learning to make the hard decisions. I can’t wait to see what happens in the 4th book! I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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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“Then she turned and was gone, walking through the crowd to stand close to Santi. He felt cold. Alone. Separated from them now, the last tie cut, the last chain broken. “
-Ash & Quill, Rachel Caine