Review: Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Hey all, Dani here.

I was so so SO happy to be given the chance to read a galley of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley. I love books that deal with libraries and Paper and Fire is the second book in The Great Library series, so to get to read more about the Great Library of Alexandria a little early was absolutely amazing. Still, I will also say that receiving a galley did not alter my rating or opinion of the book. I mean, I already had it pre-ordered.

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Summary

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…

My Thoughts

Things get even more complicated in this book, as the cast of characters must handle the consequences of events from the first book. There’s a heck of a lot more treachery from the Library, and the discovery of several secrets.

I love how diverse and complex these characters are as well. With some you don’t know if you can fully trust them. Plus they all have flaws, which is nice to see.

I continue to love scenes with Wolfe and Santi because I think they are a great couple. And the relationships of Dario and Khalila, and Morgan and Jess are just so complicated that it is interesting to watch it all develop. Glain also continues to be a kick ass lady.

There was a character from the first book who was missing for a little over half of this book and that made me sad because he was awesome, though a little less so after what all has happened to him. I hope he can work through some of that in book three.

Also, hey, book three is heading to America. That should be interesting. We’ll see how different the Library’s influence is on the other side of the world. I’m sincerely looking forward to learning the title for book three, then seeing the cover, and finally reading it next year.

Rating: 5 stars

Where to Buy

You can pick up your copy anywhere books are sold, so check out Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Booksamillion, and Book Depository (US cover and UK cover).

I can honestly say that I think the UK covers for this series are stunning, for completely different reasons than the US covers, so I’ll be picking up both Ink and Bone, and Paper and Fire in the UK cover very soon.

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