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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Book Review: Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine

by Rachel Caine
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
July 7th 2015 by NAL
Pages: 360
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.…

The Library controls everything. The world thinks it is what is best for society but as Jess Brightwell and other students train and test to enter into service for the Library they start to find that things aren’t always as they seem.

This was a brilliant story that was well thought out and original. I was expecting a similar sound and writing style to Caine’s other works but this was different and really made me think as I read. The story kept me guessing all the way to the end and could be used to relate to discrimination throughout time. I will definitely be watching for book 2 to come out.

Getting 5 sheep

Denise B

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.

She and her husband, artist R. Cat Conrad, live and work in Fort Worth, Texas.


  1. I see you and Kim from the Caffeinated Reviewer have both reviewed the same book, reiterating that I need to pick this fabulous story up soon! Everything about this book seems quite fascinating and I'm eager to get it. Hugs...Ro

  2. I had a great time with this one too. Definitely looking forward to book two.

  3. Sounds like my kind of book! Have to add to my list.

  4. I'm starting this one today! thx for the review!