Tawney Thursday: Ink and Bone Review

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Series: The Great Library (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (July 7, 2015)

Goodreads Description: 

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.

Tawney's Review: 

I work at a library, which is why this book drew my attention.

In Ink and Bone, the library rules the world. No governments or politics. It's the Great Library that holds the only books and is present in every major city. They govern the flow of knowledge that the people obtain. Once just can't go out and buy a book anymore.  Jess Brightwell's family are book smugglers, an illegal black market trader where original rare copies of books are bought secretly. Jess's father is a grumpy angry man and his twin brother is shy and stays in the shadows. It's Jess that his father sends to the Great Library to spy and he couldn't be more thrilled with helping the cause and being around so many books. Soon Jess finds that those that control the Library will do anything to keep hold of the wealth of knowledge and power, even if that means killing.

The first couple of pages are suspenseful and the reader gets the idea that the Library is in control. You can't help but worry for Jess. 

The book is written in third person following Jess through his trials as a spy. Jess is intelligent and you can't help but like ably who loves books! He grows throughout the book and has to make difficult decisions. There are other students who play a role in this book. There is slight romance in the book. For most of the book it's not there. The romance is not a plot mover or the main focus, which I like. Sometimes romance can drag the story but this subtle romance was refreshing. No love triangles!

The world building was fantastic. I could visualize the setting and characters right away. There wasn't too much info dumping that kept the story down. There was just a right amount that gave enough information of the world. 

The plot was somewhat slow but dark. I found that sometimes I would put the book down and pick it up later. But I'm glad I kept reading. There are plenty of twist and turns. I recommend this read because it's such a different type of book. And a book about books is definitely one that should be read!

Thank you NAL for the review copy. In no way did this effect my opinion. 

About the author: 

Rachel Caine is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 45 novels to date, and many short stories, including fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction, young adult fiction, mystery, thriller, and horror. Her notable series include The Morganville Vampires, Weather Warden, Revivalist, Red Letter Days, and Outcast Season novels. She graduated from Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Her first short story was published in 1990, and her first novel in 1991. 

After a long career in business (including working as an office manager, payroll manager, insurance investigator, web designer, graphic designer, and corporate communications executive) she began writing full time in 2009.

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  1. I’ve heard some good things about her other books and this one does have a pretty unique premise. Love the cover too! So glad you enjoyed this one :) Great review!!


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