Paper and Fire: The Great Library Review

Paper and Fire: The Great Library (Book 2)

by Rachel Caine

Let the world burn…

With an iron fist, the Great Library ruthlessly controls the knowledge of the world, 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 his life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered for ever. Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe any more. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or a Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…”

Apart from reading Ink and Bone, I knew nothing about Paper and Fire. I do think you need to have read Ink and Bone, otherwise you will not fully understand what is going on.

Six months on from the end of Ink and Bone, Jess is now finishing his training with the High Guarda, where Glain is his squadron leader. They get sent into an exercise, which has been compromised and they are in mortal danger. Jess and Glain end up talking to Santi and Wolfe, and finding out that Thomas is still alive, once they get Khalila and Dario involved everyone is in danger, especially when they all end up in Rome.

Oh my Gosh! I did not want to put it down! I may have read it within a day! I was so hooked, after having read Ink and Bone, I knew that I had to read Paper and Fire and I think that drew me in even more. I did not expect most of it, it was so good to have so many twists. I really liked the ‘ephemera’ chapter breaks, it lets you know more about the background without deviating from the main storyline. I think my favourite part has to be pretty much all of it! And I do not know what happened to my emotions, but I am now a nervous wreck for what the next book holds.

My favourite characters were Jess, Thomas, Morgan, Wolfe and Santi. I quite liked that there are the different factions and it is clear about the differences between nations. All the characters were written wonderfully and drew you even more into the story.

Paper and Fire ends on a cliffhanger, as The Great Library series continues in Ash and Quill, which comes out July 11th.

While reading Paper and Fire, I described it as the Library trying to quiet a group of rebels. I would recommend this to anyone. 5 out of 5.

Paper and Fire





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