Ink and Bone

Ink and Bone

The Great Library

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In this exhilarating 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. 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 his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe knowledge is more valuable than any human life--and soon both heretics and books will burn....
Publisher: New York, New York :, New American Library,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780451473134
Branch Call Number: FIC Caine
Characteristics: 370 pages


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May 12, 2019

WARNING! This is not a stand-alone story; the author leaves you hanging at the end of this and every other book in the series so far. I've just finished the 4th book in the series ("Ink and Bone", "Paper and Fire", "Ash and Quill", and "Smoke and Iron") and there is obviously a book 5 coming. Don't get started unless you are an avid reader. ;-)

Oct 14, 2018

Well written with good action that keeps you reading. Well developed character descriptions. Different story concept. Looking forward to reading the next volume.

Oct 28, 2017

This alternate history starts out a bit like Oliver Twist, morphs into an older Philosopher's Stone minus magic, then matures into a conspiracy story. This is the book I hoped Cogman's parallel world, historical romance series The Librarians would be. Caine does a good job of blurring the lines between technology and magic without making it about that. In actual fact, the core of this book is about a data cloud monopoly and the single instance problem of de-duplication.

GCPL_Teen Jul 26, 2017

I was sold on this book before I knew it. It was hard for me to put down for even a minute! Extremely fast-paced, this book has a lot of action and suspense set in a fantasy world where the Great Library of Alexandria had never been destroyed. A world where the library has quite a bit of power. Unfortunately, like with most things that have power, there is also corruption. And where there is corruption, there are those that fight it. A definite recommendation for any teen or adult who has a love of books.

MelifluousView Jan 13, 2017

The world was intriguing and Jess was brilliant! Seeing the tension between what they wanted the library to be and what it was broke my heart. I checked out the 2nd one before I was even done because I was so invested in the world & the characters.

Oct 16, 2015

This was great - the premise is original, the world is richly-detailed and I really got attached to the characters. But man, that's one scary library.

Oct 03, 2015

One of my favorite books of 2015, I cannot wait for the next one in the series to come out.

Aug 10, 2015

For some reason...this took awhile for me to get into. It has everything I love though: intrigue, strong characters, a superb plot, and no love triangle. So...once I got through a bit of it this quickly took off for me.

I loved all the characters. That is actually kind of amazing. Even in great books there is usually one or two characters that annoy me or behave in a way that doesn't make sense. But not here. The characters...from Wolfe and Santi to the Postulants were well thought out and had their own unique arc that made them interesting.

I especially loved the world this was set in. A book about books in a world run by a much better could it get! The idea was well done and very absorbing. I have always loved the history of the Library at Alexandria and having that alternate world where it wasn't destroyed was fabulous.

I am definitely continuing the series and hopeful that it will only get better from here. This was a great book on its own but it also brilliantly setup the series to get even better. I held back half a star, honestly, just to be miserly. But if the series continues on like this one I may have to bump that up a notch


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Apr 13, 2017

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

Jun 09, 2016

" 'I just don't hold with making the world into copies of what I like.' "

Jun 09, 2016

"Kisses could lie as well as words."


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Jun 09, 2016

In an alternate future, the Library controls everything and books are more valuable than human lives.

Oct 03, 2015

Imagine if at the great library in Alexandria, Egypt wasn't destroyed and was now the center of all of the knowledge in the world. Knowledge that is restricted to what is deemed acceptable and safe. Jess Brightwell and his fellow students find out what lengths the library will go to in order to control that knowledge.

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