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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Double Book Review: Ash and Quill (The Great Library, Book 3) by Rachel Caine

Ash and Quill (The Great Library, Book 3)
by Rachel Caine
July 11, 2017

Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Pages: 365
Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny....

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library....

Denise B

Getting 5 sheep
Jess and his group have fled London right into the hands of the Burners in Philadelphia. The group hopes to use their knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule over knowledge.

Even though The Great Library series is nothing like the Morganville Vampire series I have found that I really enjoy the books. A whole new look on how the world could be that is very imaginative. Well written with developed story lines and characters, Ash and Quill find Jess and his friends in dire straits at every turn with only hope and faith keeping them going.

Pamela Kinney Review
4 sheep
Though I never read the first two (which I plan to rectify) I got into the book without any problems of needing to read the last two. Though I admit to not being sure if this is the earth in the future or a steampunk past, or an alternate Earth. But it didn’t deter me reading the story and enjoying it. The world building is super. The setting and imagery and descriptions are captivating and lovely. The plot goes slow, but soon we get to the action parts, in Philadelphia and later. The ending may be a shocker for readers of this series, and it shows there will be a next book.  The characters draw me in. The only one I couldn’t get into, was Glain. I love that they all love books and why they are against the Library’s Archivist, and not what the Library was meant for. 
Love steampunk? Love books? Romance (yes, there is that in this-several)? Adventure?  Dystopian? Then I think you will enjoy this book. It’s The Librarians meet any post-apocalyptic/dystopian.

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.

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