Review: Ink and Bone

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #1
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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.…

“You have ink in your blood, boy, and no help for it. Books will never be just a business to you.”

Reasons to read this book:

1. The characters

Our narrator is Jess Brightwell. He is sixteen years old and is such a kindred spirit, full of flaws and he. Loves. Books. His character goes through so much growth throughout the book. He comes from a book smuggling family, they collect books and sell them to collectors. His father sends him to apply for a position at the Library so the family can have someone on the inside.

“You want me to be your spy?”

“I want you to be our asset – and advocate, maybe, in the dire event the Brightwells should need one. Library rules the world, son. Best to have a seat at the table.”

There are are so many diverse characters in this book. Friendship is such an important aspect in this book. All of the people Jess met in Alexandria were so wonderful and I loved all of them.

Another character I enjoyed was Wolfe’s. He was so complex and I cannot wait to read more about him in the future.

Wolfe held Jess’s fragile future in the palm of his hand, and it would take little effort to crush it.

2. The world building.

Ink and Bone 
is set an alternative universe in the year 2025 where the Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed. The library guards knowledge rather strictly and only certain books can be read by people throughout the world. Owning actual books is outlawed so the Library can control how much knowledge the public knows. Honestly, the people who ran the Library were kind of frightening.

“The Library owns our memories, yet you cannot own your own books! Why? Why do they fear it?”


This story centers around books and characters who try and protect books from burners who, yup, burn books to stick it to the Library. So for all book-lovers this book this story should interest you.


5. The low key romances. There are a few, but one specifically that is just SO FUCKING CUTE. I DEMAND they make it to the end.

Ink and Bone 
was exciting and fast paced and I cannot wait for the sequel. And I definitely recommend this one.

four stars

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