Ash and Quill: The Great Library Review

Ash and Quill: The Great Library (Book 3)

by Rachel Caine

“Words can kill…

The Great Library has long hoarded all the knowledge of the world, but a group of rebels has formed which continues to test its authority.

Jess Brightwell and his friends have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and the others hold powerful knowledge of a machine that would undermine the Library’s dominion. They will have to make dangerous allies and difficult choices to stay alive. The alternative is to be erased from life, and the history of the world, for ever.”

I put Ash and Quill on preorder after reading Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire. I do feel that you need to read the first two books beforehand, otherwise you will not understand what is going on.

Set pretty much straight after Paper and Fire, Jess and the group are inside Philadelphia (the Burner Capital), they manage to work out a kind of truce, where Thomas and Jess build Thomas’ press for the Burners, while the rest of the group translate the books from the Black Archive. But as Philadelphia is surrounded by Library High Guarda it is a danger to stay for long.

After racing through the previous two books, I knew it would not take me long to read it. I was definitely hooked from the beginning, I needed to know what happens to Jess and the gang. There were plenty of surprises, which does help when they are all planning things, but we still do not know the full extent of what they are planning until it comes to fruition.

I do not think I can pick a favourite part, but I loved the Philadelphia section the most. My emotions went on such a rollercoaster, I need the next book now, I am so worried about what is going to happen next. I also really enjoyed the Ephemera chapter breaks, they have definitely grown on me with each book.

My favourite characters were Jess, Thomas, Kahlila, Morgan, Wolfe and Santi. I really liked getting to see more of the Burners than we have before, and meeting new characters is great.

Ash and Quill ends on a cliffhanger, as The Great Library series continues in a currently unnamed book, with no current publishing date.

While reading Ash and Quill, I described it as the a group of rebels trying to survive and get their ideas out into the world. I would recommend this to anyone. 5 out of 5.

Ash ad Quill





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