April 11, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
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In a world where the Library of Alexandria survived the raging fire that destroyed it in our world, it now has branch libraries in every major city. Due to alchemy, the Great Library now controls the flow of knowledge throughout the rest of the world. While this lets anyone else in the world access to any book in the world, the personal ownership of books is strictly forbidden.
Our main character, Jess Brightwell, he knows the value of the Library and the knowledge the Library holds; the majority of Jess’s knowledge has been obtained by the illegal books his father owns and runs for those that are willing to pay for owning a book. As Jess grows up though, war starts to breakout throughout Europe, a war over knowledge and books and who should have access to this knowledge. Then Jess’s family discovers there’s going to be a new cohort of students to be chosen by the Library for service. Jess is sent with the express intent to spy on the Library, but to do so, he’s got to make through all of the Library’s training.
Towards the end of the Library’s training, Jess starts to realize that there are problems with the Library’s philosophy, the reasons for wanting to keep a tight hold on the knowledge of the world. And his family is starting to pressure him more and more to do what is required of him as his family’s spy. But when a friend of his creates something that could change the course of the world, Jess discovers that those that control the Great Library of Alexandria believe knowledge to be more valuable than human life itself.
I loved this book! I love this series! I need to own the whole series! I need to know what happens next! GAH! The Library of Alexandria is still up and alive, but it has changed the way the world works in such a way we would not recognize the world as it is. It’s just so interesting!
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