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…
Right now, I am all pros.
Ink and Bone is definitely the wet dreams of all librarians and readers alike. I am so excited to be reading this book! The main character is a true book lover; he can watch people die and not bat an eyelash, but he sees a book burn and all hell breaks loose.
I don’t know if to consider Jess’ character hilarious, or disturbing. On various occasions he is near people who perish, but instead of showing any sort of “damn, that sucks” all you see is him agonizing over the books the person took with them to their graves. Or another book burning/eating/slashing incident that might have happened moments before or after. Man, that’s fucked up. But at the same time… THE BOOK!
I don’t know if that is the sign of a true reader, or a demented person. You decide.
World development is rich, and there is so much diversity! The main character IS from London, but every other important character comes from Arab, Germany, Spain, etc. Very excited about this, as well as the high stakes in getting a secure place in the Alexandria Library (which is more important than the darn government).
I would definitely pre-order this one if I were you.