Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine book review

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is how 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 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…

Another solid four star read for me. I enjoyed this. I’m learning that I’m taking a liking to historical fantasy that, in my opinion, doesn’t really have fantasy elements.

I loved the wide mix of characters in this. Jess may technically be the main character, but it read more like an ensemble cast due to the group spending so much time together. Since they were all training for a spot at the Great Library, the characters came from all over the world.

This starts out like Poppy War. At least to me it does. Meaning it starts off with our main character back story and getting into what they set out to do….only for it to take a turn towards the middle and all hell breaks loose. I literally was talking to the book lol asking it questions or just loud exclamations when things are said or done. I still have questions and I need book 2.

Have you read this series? Did you enjoy? Why or why not? Do you have plans to start it? I need to vent my feelings about a certain part lol happy reading everyone 💚


6 thoughts on “Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine book review

  1. I keep wanting to read this series and keep deciding against it every time I want to pick it up for some reason. XD Maybe I’ll get it at the library soon? I’m glad you enjoyed it. The concept sounds really cool. 🙂
    Talking out loud to a book is probably a good sign that it’s a good one. XD XD XD


  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! I haven’t heard of this book but I’m curious about it. AHH I love a good ensemble cast! I haven’t read the Poppy War but I’ve heard such fantastic things about it, I’m sure that you’re comparing this book (even if it’s just the beginning) to PW is a good sign!

    Stay safe love!

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    1. The Poppy War is soooo good. I will probably reread it (not looking forward to the pain it will cause but than again I am lol) so that way I can finally read The Dragon Republic before book 3 comes out.

      Apparently reading books that will cause me emotional pain is my thing now lol best kind of reading though when you can connect that well with a story.

      You stay safe as well 💚

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  3. I read and really enjoyed this book when it first came out, but I never continued the series. I looked it up and realized there are already five books out. Oops. Guess it’s time to return to this one…

    Thanks for sharing! x

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