Monday, 31 August 2015

Review: Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine

Title: Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)
Author: Rachel Caine
Published: 26 August 2015
Publisher: Faber Factory Plus Ffp
Source: Allen and Unwin
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: **** 1/2  

My Review:

Even though I loved the Morganville Vampires Series and probably would have read this anyway just because it was written by Rachel Caine, it was actually the premise of this novel and series that made me eager to read and review this title.

In this brand new series from Rachel Caine, not only did the great library of Alexandria survive, it has flourished and become the major power in the world in the present. Set in the year 2031, in an alternate future, the owing of books is illegal and punishable by death and all knowledge is controlled by the great Library.

The story is seen through the eyes of Jess, son of a book smuggler who is ordered to undergo the training to be a scholar in the library as his father wants to have a spy on the inside. This suits Jess with his love of books and knowledge and not wanting to go into his father's business.

However right from the beginning, things are not what they seem nor is anyone he meets and suddenly the line between right and wrong is not as clear cut as it used to be and he is no longer sure who is on which side.

I loved this book from the very different premise, to the direction the story took to the characters in the novel. I found myself in the story from the beginning and intrigued as to how the story would play out.

In a well paced novel with action all the way through, I loved the intrigue of the sub plots and counter plots and the twists and turns. Some of which I saw coming and others which came as a surprise. All served, however, to make this a very compelling and exciting novel.

I love stories about libraries and books (funny that :-P) and I loved the way Rachel Caine turned the whole premise of Knowledge is Everything on its head and showed the darker underbelly of a world where knowledge surpasses everything else.

On a completely aesthetic note, I absolutely adore the covers for this novel both the paperback cover and the hard cover, of which I own both. The hard cover has been created in the style of the leather bound books of old. Even the feel of it is gorgeous! And I love the design on the paperback also.

This book combines action and adventure with a well written, incredibly intriguing story and interesting characters, none of whom are what they seem.

An awesome start to a brand new series. I give this story 4 1/2 stars

Sapphired Dragon xx

About The Book:

Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine

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 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.….

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