Sunday, 28 August 2016

Review: Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2) by Rachel Caine

Title: Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2)
Author: Rachel Caine
Published: 27 August 2016
Publisher: Faber Factory Plus Ffp
Source: Allen and Unwin in return for an honest review
Aust RRP: $16.99
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: **** 1/2  

My Review:

I am completely loving this series. I adored book 1 and raved about it in my review last year so I was both eager to get my hands on book 3 but also apprehensive as it had been a year since i read the first book, and I wondered how I would now connect with book 2. I needn't have worried as the moment I opened it and started reading the first page, I was right back in to the story.

Now that we know just how corrupt the library is, and that there is a figurative axe above the heads of Jess, Scholar Wolfe and Jess' fellow recruits, it was hard not to feel the air of malice and mistrust dripping off every page as the characters constantly worry about whether they are making progress in their mission or are heading for a trap. The pace of the story worked well with a good mix of action, character interaction and story progression.

I also loved Ms Caine's world building. The mix of old and new due to the library holding back or suppressing certain technologies made for an interesting world and Ms Caine's writing painted vivid pictures of the main locations of Alexandria, London and others to make the reader feel like they are really there in the moment. In a world where Knowledge (and the library) hold all the power, things like religion and technology have not made their mark as strongly and Ms Caine reflects this wonderfully in her world building, which gives the story all that much more authenticity.

I also think I love pretty much all the main characters in this book; Jess, Glain, Khalila, Scholar Wolfe, even Dario. They are also drawn so vital and alive and real, that you cannot help but connect to them. The only one I had trouble connecting to in this book was Morgan but that cpould be a by product of the estrangement between jess and Morgan and the beginning of the book as Jess struggles with his guilt about being the one to put Morgan in the Iron tower.

Overall, I was just as riveted in book 2 as I was in book 1, and the story just keeps getting better and better. I cannot wait for book 3.

I have no hesitation in giving this book 4 1/2

Sapphired Dragon xx

About The Book:

Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2) by Rachel Caine

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…

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