Thursday, December 3, 2015

Ink and Bone: By Rachel Caine



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.…

The first thing I have to say about Ink and Bone is that this book was written for bibliophiles in mind. If you love books and read as much as I do then the emotions associated towards books will appear endearing and exaggerated but understandable. If you are not an enormous lover of books then this book might not be for you, as the base emotion underlying the premise of the story will appear foreign, ridiculous and eye rolling in its use to move the story along.

That said, if you either love books and can commiserate with these feelings about books to some degree, or can look past this hyperbole of emotions towards books, then readers will most likely find the plot enjoyable and entertaining.

Outside of a world built around a totalitarianism type government that runs the world by syphoning off the power of knowledge by rationing books, this book centers on a young individual who is constantly forced into terrible and tough decisions whether to whether

Ink and Bone is an intriguing first chapter in a new series that is filled with action, adventure and a number of likable characters. Now, please note that I said that Ink and Bone is the first chapter in this new series, I say that because the resolution of the first book might leave a few readers feeling annoyed or deprived of a satisfying ending they might crave, but I would like to proclaim, do not worry. Rachel Caine, the author of this series, is one of the best serial writers I have read. She knows how to perfectly time her stories so that each book ends in a way that allows the readers to feel the gripping conclusion, leaving them wanting more, while at the same time providing readers will a complete story arc for each book. Now that said, there many be multiple larger story arcs that are left to toy with readers emotions, but that’s a different issue all together.

All in all, I enjoyed Ink and Bone. While the world itself are based on a set of emotions and loyalty towards books that leans towards the extreme, if you can swallow that, then you will have no trouble enjoying the characters, action, and adventure that is the first chapter in The Great Library Series.


Publisher: NAL

Published: July 7, 2015

Price: $17.99

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