Knowledge is power. Power corrupts.
In a world where the ancient Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed, knowledge now rules the world: freely available, but strictly controlled. Owning private books is a crime.
Jess Brightwell is the son of a black market smuggler, sent to the Library to compete for a position as a scholar… but even as he forms friendships and finds his true gifts, he begins to unearth the dark secrets of the greatest, most revered institution in the world.
Those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life – and soon both heretics and boooks will burn…
Review by Katy Haye
I love Rachel Caine’s writing, and when I read the concept of this book I was hooked. The library at Alexandria was never destroyed and now controls the flow on information in the modern world (not quite our modern world, with magical technology it felt a little Victorian/steampunk-esque).
Jess is a great character, a boy who doesn’t quite fit in his family of smugglers and who finds family expectations and his own heart’s desires conflict when he gains a place as a scholar at the Library.
Ink and Bone is an effortless read, full of adventure in a beautifully-conceived world which was slowly revealed to be much less straightforward than Jess assumed.
Ambition was tested against friendship and loyalty collided with determination to do the right thing. This (first) volume fired a spark of revolution and I can’t wait to see the next book in the series to discover whether and how it ignites.
A well-deserved 4 Piranhas.