Title: Paper and Fire
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library
Previous Book in the Series:
1. Ink and Bone
Date Started: January 27
Date Finished: January 30
Format: Hardcover from local library
With an iron fist, the Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion and, in the name of the greater good, forbidding the personal ownership of books. 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, doomed to a life apart from everything she knows.
After 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, and the Library, which is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…
So after reading the first book in this series and then reading the first ten pages of this book, I thought for sure I was in for one long and mindnumbingly boring ride. But, surprisingly, this book was the exact opposite. After being reintroduced to characters and getting caught up on what happened to each since the end of Ink and Bone, the pace picked up and the action – excuse the pun – heated up. For some reason, book 2 was better than book 1. Events flowed nicely into each other. Things were paced nicely and not one part really lagged. Intrigue was heightened as you tried to figure out if maybe this was the action that would cause the Library to turn against Jess and his friends. And it was fun to try and figure out who was friend and who was foe.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I’m still not sure what Caine’s endgame is with this series. The ending left a lot more questions than answers. But, unlike with Ink and Bone, I am actually now really curious to know the answers and can’t wait for book 3’s release later on this year.
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