Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
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.
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I am in love with Egypt. I have been in love with Egypt for ages. At least since the first or second time I watched Anne Baxter, Yul Brenner and Charlton Heston waltz across my parent’s television on the night before Easter. MOSES! MOSES! MOSES!
I can tell you a brief history of Akhenaten, and Hepshesut. Or about how I nearly refused to finish Margaret George’s Memoirs of Cleopatra because I didn’t want to lose Cleo. Or about that time I nearly missed my flight in Detroit because of my concern for Princess Selene. Needless to say I have high expectations for my Egyptian Historical Fiction.
I was excited when I was approved for Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine via the Penguin FirstToRead program. Cait over at PaperFury.com alerted me to this book and I knew from the cover and description that I had to get my grubby little hands on this book. Egypt…magic…intrigue and the Great Library! OOOOO!
I was not disappointed with Ink and Bone. I was sucked in from the first pages of the story which provide a glimpse into the world the might exist if the Great Library in Alexandra may have survived its unfortunate demise. This book “forced” me to stay up late to finish it. The last few chapters are gut wrenching, revelatory and the perfect setup for a sequel.
Most bookworms believe that the loss of the Great Library in Alexandra is one of the greatest tragedies mankind may have ever experienced. However, in Caine’s world, the Library welds power over the people and governments that might make readers thankful that the Library did not survive. As I read, I questioned if there should be a single source for all knowledge. I marvel at the wonders of what I can find on the internet and how we openly share what we know and love. The good and bad of everything is available for all who are willing to search and participate in the conversation. But what if all of that was gone? What if that smart phone or eReader you carry only gave you access to books and knowledge sanctioned by the Library? *queue the freak out*
There is so much more I want to say, but I don’t want to spoil the book. This book is definitely for fans of historical fiction, but it does take place in the future. This book is for lovers of steampunk as the future world exists in sort of a Victorian Era (it’s starts in grimy London!). This book is for bookworms and lovers of knowledge as the questions it asks do lead to great discussions. You have to get your hands on Ink and Bone. It’s an excellent adventure that asks some deep questions about how the world does and should share knowledge.
What Others Are Saying About Ink and Bone
“Caine’s elegantly detailed descriptions bring Jess’s world to vivid life in a fast-paced, action-oriented plot that will leave readers breathlessly anticipating not just the next page but the next book in the Great Library series.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Imagine Harry Potter where the magic is found within the pages of ancient texts. This book proves the old adage that knowledge is power.”
—RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!
The Quick Book Review
Ink and BoneAuthor: Rachel Caine
Revew originally posted on August 3, 2015.
Synopsis: 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.
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