Read ink and bone by Rachel Caine Online


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.…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 contIn 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.…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 his friend 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…...

Title : ink and bone
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 20643052
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

ink and bone Reviews

  • Emily May
    2019-06-14 08:23

    "We're nothing but secrets."Books, alchemy, secret tunnels, books, friendships, rivalries, books and villains who become heroes? Oh, and did I mention books? Oh so many books...I might complain every time I read that ridiculous "X meets Y" marketing strategy, but I have to admit that Harry Potter meets The Book Thief meets Fahrenheit 451 is a pretty good descriptor for this book. The main character - Jess - is indeed a book thief, and they're are people called Burners who (you guessed it!) burn books for political protest in this alternate world where the Great Library rules."The truth was what the library wanted it to be."So you might be wondering where the Harry Potter part comes in. Well, let's imagine for a second that HP wasn't so much about wizards as it was about alchemists, and that Harry didn't go to Hogwarts but instead went to The Great Library in Alexandria, Egypt. Where there are teachers who may or may not be evil, leaders who almost certainly can't be trusted, and all the friendships and rivalries you would expect from teenagers competing to be scholars.I can't say it's a perfect book, but it is damn entertaining. From the beautiful descriptions of Alexandria, to the frightening presence of the Library's leaders; from the competition, to the importance of friendship and the mix of funny and touching friendship dynamics. Everyone has secrets and the "bad guys" might not be what you first expect.After this wonderful, diverse cast of characters, my favourite thing has to be the books. Ink and Bone is about love for books, the power of books, the lengths people will go to for books. Also, though this may be unintentional, I got a sense of an underlying symbolism about the difference between ebooks and physical books in our world. Ebooks are convenient, more universal, I read them all the time... but does anything ever really compare to having the physical ink and paper in your hands?A fast-paced, exciting read. No cliffhanger, but perfectly set up for the sequel. I can't wait!Edit: And, just in case you were wondering, I didn't like the Morganville Vampires series and that had no bearing on my enjoyment of this.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Youtube

  • Felicia
    2019-05-31 07:45

    I am on book tour currently, and now appreciate every author who ever lived because this stuff is CRAY! It's like doing a convention for 3 weeks straight, but you're flying to different cities every day and since i'm a REALLY picky sleeper, I'm starting to feel like someone's trying to murder me if the bed has a low thread count. Anyway, I loaded my Kindle up with reads in anticipation of traveling a lot, and this book was #1 on my list to get to first. And I loved it!I'm a big fan of Rachel Caine from her romance novels (and I know her in real life because I fanned out when I met her over her books several years ago, haha). She wrote a few series we've read in my Vaginal Fantasy book club, so imagine my surprise when I read this, and it's not a girlie romance at all, it's a YA novel with a boy protagonist. And it's SO GOOD! This series is a fantasy love letter to books. When I was reading it, all I could think about was how much I loved going into a library as a kid and flipping through the books and finding new worlds. How it was forbidden to draw in a book and how terrible it was to mess one up in the slightest. Books were special. This series is set in an alt world where printing presses don't exist, the Library in Alexandria never was burnt, and knowledge is controlled by an all-powerful Library (capital letter). Our hero is a member of a family who smuggles actual books, so you're dropped immediately into a fantasy world that's rich with conflict. Anyway, I don't want to give more away, but there are amazing themes about freedom and the average person's right to knowledge, as well as the permeating feeling of REVERENCE towards books. I felt very guilty that I was reading it on a kindle, lol, and wanted to run out and buy a real live book immediately after reading. Anyway, if you love books, this is a great read. It's YA in tone but not too kiddie, there's some dramatic stuff that happens, but it sets up for some great twists in the next book, which I'll be sure to pick up. A quick fun read.

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-06-16 06:48

    Phew! What a journey this book was! I’ve read ‘‘books about books’’ before, but nothing comparable to this one. I presently have a great deal of emotions inside me because of this story and, really, I had no idea that this author would be so ruthless! You have no clue how many people die, how many deceptions and manipulations occur. It was a journey because, when you look at the first and last chapters, you realize how much happened, how much changed and how things will never be how they were before.The beginning was lent, extremely so. I almost regretted buying the hardcover after reading the first chapters. The writing felt so methodical and I simply couldn’t find it in myself to care for anyone. Jess lives in a family of book smugglers which, when you think about it, looks pretty darn interesting. For me, things got truly interesting when he got admitted to this special school to study the library and its elements (something I had no idea would happen before starting it – can I just mention that I love delightful surprises and boarding schools?) A very delightful surprise indeed as we met plenty of new characters with unique personalities. From that moment, characters (Jess mostly) stopped feeling one-dimensional and I stopped thinking of the writing as being extremely methodical.Jess was a character who didn’t share much about himself. Since this story was narrated in the third person, you can imagine how that made it difficult to connect or warm up to him. Luckily, him being the hero, after a while you get used to his introverted self and can definitely guess what his feelings can be toward whatever person or situation, since they were rarely thoroughly described, detailed. My favorite characters turned out to be Wolfe and Santi who are both mentors (well, the first is and the second always assisting him). This hopefully doesn’t come as a surprise if you know in the slightest bit how I love my characters to be - but you’ll understand better when reading. I’m only going to say—yay diversity!Even if you don’t end up caring too evidently about the characters or may guess that you wouldn’t, it’s still worth reading if only to take a dive into the world-building which, I have to say, was completely engrossing. I bet you’ll want to swim for a little while in it. Writing this review, I keep thinking of the fact that the next instalment will be in my hands in about a year and I’m truthfully sad because I really, really came to love so much about this series. Even the Harry Potter similarities (there were a tiny few) didn’t bother me in the end, although they struck me during my reading.A solid book.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-06-22 09:51

    REREAD: June 2017Because I remember NOTHING I decided to reread this before heading onwards with the series. And omg I'm so glad I did. This book is precious and so book-loving and the appreciation for novels is just giving me life. I nearly up it to 5-stars, but the romance still annoys me. #Alas.Also fyi the audiobook is incredible. The narrator is British and Jess' London accent is my favourite thing. The narrator puts so so much emotion into it, it just made the book come really alive! Plus Wolfe has a Scottish accent and I'm 5000% in love. It's nearly a problem.Quick Bucket Of New(ish) Thoughts:• Jess is actually adorable and my favourite.• I still wish we knew more about Brendan!!• THE LEVEL OF BOOK LOVING IS AMAZING. Like Jess is traumatised from seeing someone eat a book.• Same, son, same.• I still don't really understand the entire magic system??• The library sucks, man.• Wolfe x Santi are the ultimate ship in this book.• I still am peeved at how Jess gets so consumed with Morgan that he packs up his brain into a hollow bucket and posts it to Guadeloupe. I mean. Mate. Focus here.• Morgan is also like one foot in the manic pixie dream girl grave.• KAHLEELAAAAAAA. She wears a hijab and is the smartest and also the best. <3• I find it ironic how opposed to "fake" books this is, and like I'm legit sitting here listening to an audio instead of an actual physical copy. HA.• I forgot what Thomas did for Jess at the end. hoLD me I'm crying.• i HAVE SO MANY EMOTIONS.• I REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK.• DARK PSYCHO LIBRARY SYSTEMS. Bring me the sequel.---ORIGINAL REVIEW: August 2015eXCuSE mE I CAn'T BrEAThE. It's a book about books. ABOUT BOOKS!!!! It's about book smuggling, and book burning, and book controlling. It's incredible...although, to be honest, I did have a rather long list of quibbles about it. But I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed it. The characters were complex (AND DIVERSE OMG I AM SO HAPPY) and the story was exciting and bookish and bloody. The last 50-pages gave me goosebumps AND made me squawk a laugh out loud. Although that might've been a trauma laugh??? Probably??? STILL. I love this book.It's set in an Alternate Universe! So not dystopian! It's more like a fantasy world, set in 2025, where owning your own books is illegal. The Alexandria Library never got destroyed and kinda controls everything. And I mean, everything. It's got a very 19th century vibe to it, so I figure that's when the printing press SHOULD have been invented, but since it wasn't (they killed the dude who invented it, okay?!) everyone is really rather stuck in that era. Books = progression. I have to admit, though, the world-building confused me. There's magic??? Maybe??? They can, like, send books/people/things with a kind of teleportation. And they have these "blank" books, that can be written in and wiped by the Weird Controlling Library People. SO IS THIS MAGIC, OR SCIENCE OR WHAT??? I was so confused. It actually soured the beginning of the book for me. Like, in particular, the book starts off with Jess, as a 10yo, smuggling a book across town. BY RUNNING. Doesn't running draw attention to you? I have no idea why he wasn't sneaking, but instead running and I have no idea why when he passed this line, or something, everyone stopped chasing him. THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK MAKES 0% SENSE TO ME. Buuuut...worldbuilding aside, I seriously loved it! I really loved Jess! He was a pretty non-nonsense sort of guy, but he liked books. Like LOVED books. Like, he-will-risk-bodily-harm-to-protect-a-book. Omg. I love you Jess. His family are all book smugglers, too, but his dad wanted him to sign up for the tricky task of getting hired by the Alexandria Library so...basically he'd have an inside mole. I love books about families! I only wish this was MORE about the smuggling side, but I think that'll come in later books?! Jess also has a twin, Brenden, who seems like a regular adorable psychopath. Exciting! I hope he features more in the next books too.There's also a stack of other characters. Seriously, it's a BIG CAST. And they were all different and well developed and dynamic and interesting and AFJDSAKLFD I CANNOT LOVE THEM ALL ENOUGH. (Jess meets most of these characters as his classmates when they're going through lessons to get into the library:)+Thomas: He's German and huge and SUCH A SWEETIE! I loved Thomas. Although he was an inventor and, erm, the book starts off telling us they KILL inventors, so I was freaking out for Thomas so much. He was so naive and...genius.+ Khalila: She was middle eastern and SUPER SMART. She's like the Hermoine. She scored seriously?! The test was insanely hard. She had a softer side, but she was all tough and I-don't-need-your-help-I-am-not-a-damsel. I LOVE HER.+ Dario: He's Spanish and he and Jess just have this unreasonable rivalry, which is hilarious.+ Glain: She's Welsh, so she and Jess clashed on principle of their country's rivalry, and she didn't have as much interestingness as the others.+ Wolfe: EXCUSE ME WHILE I SCREECH MY LOVE FOR WOLFE!! He's the super cranky instructor. You know the kind that nearly sets his classroom on fire in the first lesson. (Love 'im.) And he's MEAN and UNFAIR and such a really adorable softie inside...gah. He's like a coconut. And also I shipped him so hard with (view spoiler)[Santi. LIKE OMG. A surprisingly endearing LGBT romance, that was just there and accepted and normal?!??! YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU. (hide spoiler)] I really wish there was a whole BOOK about Wolfe. Like an entire series. LIKE I WOULD READ ALL THE THINGS ABOUT WOLFE. I adore meanie softies.It's quite exciting also! Lots of war (although I have no idea WHY there was a war...again...not sure if I'm just deluded and didn't get the world-building, or whether it was missing something) and bloodshed and pain and a bit of torture too. It wasn't super face paced though. Especially when they were learning and studying. But the writing was BEAUTIFUL and addictive. Although it's NOT a book you can breeze through. It took me 3 days to read, whereas a book usually takes ONE DAY for me. I LOVED IT EVEN IF I HAVE QUIBBLES. I adored the characters and I luuuuurve books about books. It's so creative and interesting. I just hope either a) the next book explains the world better, or b) I reread it at some point and GET it this time. And, erm, prepare to be choked with feels at the ending. PREPARE FOR A WICKED CLIFFHANGER. I love this book so much I may need to sob.

  • Mohammed Arabey
    2019-06-04 08:46

    ماذا لو لم تحترق مكتبة الإسكندرية القديمة؟في هذه الديستوبيا المختلفة إجابة كابوسية، تمزج روح رائعة راي برادبري فهرنهايت 451، مع سحر عالم هاري بوتر لرولينج ولكن بصورة جديدة وتنوعية مميزةرواية تحمل عبق الكتب القديمة بشحمها ولحمها، عذرا، بورقها وحبرها في مواجهة كتب المكتبة عديمة الروحBlanks VS. Originalsتاريخ موازي،تيمة ماذا لو، ماذا لو بقيت مكتبة الإسكندرية وصارت تحكم العالم…ما التطورات التي سيشهدها حتي نصل لزمن الأحداث، في 2025..ذلك المستقبل القريب الموازي ،بين لندن والإسكندرية ومع شخصيات متنوعةشخصيات يتحكم بها حبر المكتبة حتي العظام..شخصيات مختلفة جنسياتهم ، دياناتهم ، حتي أعمارهم و ميولهم العاطفية..يواجهون ثورات حادة وحروب بلا معني في عالم يسيطر عليه طاغية من نوع أخرطاغية مختلف... يملك أقوي مقاليد الحكم..المعرفةالمعرفة هي القوةوالقوة هنا هي السلطة والتحكمالتحكم فيما تقرأ، فيم تفكر وماذا تكتبألم اقل لك إنها ديستوبيا؟الميزة هنا ان التحكم يشبه نوعا ما 1984 لجورج اورويل ،وربما 451 فهرنهايت -التي اسفا لم أقرأها بعد- ، ولكن الفكرة نفسها والاحداث مختلفةالابطال طلبة في اكاديمية تعليمية تابعة للمكتبة الكبري، بها أساليب خيميائية لنقل الأشياء من مكان لآخر او حتي الاشخاص ، قد يشبه نوعا ما سحر هوجوراتس وهاري بوتر ولكن أيضا تظل الحبكة والأسلوب مختلف وفريد ، ولا تعتمد علي السحر إطلاقا بعكس مثلا قراءتي لرواية ديستوبيا اخري تشعر انها نقلت كل شئ بحذافيره من روايات اخريRed Queen Multi Novels Rip's Reviewالامر هنا مختلف وراقي ومبتكر بحق ،يحمل فقط رحيق سحر بعض الرواياتوالأهم رحيق وسحر الكتب الورقية القديمةالعالم رسمته المؤلفة بشكل ممتاز ،قد تجد نفسك وقعت في حيرة من بعض المصطلحات بالبداية ولكن صفحة تلو الأخرى ستجد نفسك دخلت هذا العالم وتعيشه، قد يتبق لك بعض الأسئلة بالنهاية ،ربما سنجد لها احابة بباقي الثلاثيةوفيما يلي دعني اصحبك للمحة علي ذلك العالم دون حرق الأحداثالقصة، قوانين العالم-----------ممنوع للأفراد إمتلاك اي كتب أصلية ورقية، لا وجود للطباعة ، تقرأ فقط ما تطلبه من فهرس أرشيف المكتبة علي كتاب 'فارغ' تمنحه المكتبة للمواطنين يظهر لك بطريقة خيميائية أرشيف المكتبة الكبري الذي يحتوي علي كل عناوين الكتب تختار الكتاب ليظهر لك سطور الكتاب وصفحاته الذي طلبته بطريقة خيميائية في كتابك الفارغ من المكتبة وذلك لوقت معين علي حسب ما تدفعه -شبيهة جدا بأسلوب الكتب الإلكترونية في عصرنا ذلك- ،ومن يمتلك الكتب القديمة يتم مصادرتها من قبل سلطات المكتبة وتنفيذ أشد العقوبة عليهولكن ماذا تفعل بها المكتبة؟ ، ألا يمكن إعادة طبعها؟ لماذا لايمكن؟المكتبة الكبري بالإسكندرية، مصر لها العديد من المكتبات الصغري - سيرابيم- لتحكم كل مكان بالعالم بأكملهدعك من بعض الفوضويين الذين يحاولون إسقاط حكم المكتبة في أمريكا، أو أولئك الثوار -حارقوا الكتب- في إنجلترا والذين يحرقون الكتب باللهب الاخضر الكيميائي الخطيردعك من الحرب المشتعلة بين ويلز ولندن، فهناك تماثيل متحولة تدب فيها الحياة وقت استشعارها لاي خطر يحقق المكتبات وتحميها والكتب بهادعك من كل هذا، المهم ان تطيع القانون ، لا تشارك في سرقة وتهريب أو امتلاك الكتب النادرةوتذكر دائما عزيزي المواطن ان تكتب يومياتك كلها في الأجندة التي تقدمها لك المكتبة منذ صغرك...بهذه الطريقة عندما تتوفي سيتم حفظ ذكرياتك كلها للأبد في أرشيف المكتبةولكن هل فقط سيتم قراءتها بعد الوفاة؟ هل تضمن ألا يستطيع احد قراءتها طالما صاحبها مازال علي قيد الحياة؟وتدور احداثنا هنا بين دفعة طلاب مستجدين للعمل بعد التخرج بأقسام المكتبة المختلفة ، ليصيروا جزءاً من حكام العالمالاحداث كلها تدور حول وجهة نظر الشخصية الرئيسية 'جيس' ، وبعد كل فصل نجد ورقة ،قد تكون رسالة حديثة او ورقة تاريخية قديمة متعلق موضوعها إما بالاحداث الحالية، او بتاريخ هذا العالم الموازي وتطوره لما وصل إليه الأن الأحداث ليست ديستوبيا فحسب ، وتعدد جنسيات وثقافات وديانات الابطال استوظفته المؤلفة جيدا في توصيل رسالة بسيطة بشكل لائق حول إحترام الأديان وإحترام معتقدات البشر بوجه عام ، فمثلا جزئية بين البطل وشخصية احد الطلبة الافريقيين مسيحي متزمت لم يعجبه وجود تماثيل الآلهة المصرية القديمة بشوارع الإسكندرية -ديستوبيا لا تنس انها عالم موازي ،الإسكندرية ليس بها تماثيل اثرية- كانت مكتوبة بشكل مميزولنتعرف اكثر ،وبدن حرق ايضا عليالشخصيات------Jessهو بطل الاحداث، صبي في السادسة عشر من عمره من لندن ،عاشق للكتب، من عائلة تعمل في تهريب الكتب ،يختاره أبيه ليستكمل تعليمه في المكتبة الكبري بالاسكندرية ليصير من رجال المكتبة كي يفيد العائلة بالأخص اخيه التؤام -المختلف عنه في الشخصية تماما- في عمليات التهريب والتنبيه بخصوص هجمات رجال شرطة المكتبةمن الشخصيات المرسومة بشكل محبب وسهل جدا التعاطف معه منذ بداية الاحداث، ربما لأنه يمثل كل قارئ منا، فهو كما قال عنه أخيه يجري في دماءك الحبرThomasفتي عملاق ألماني الجنسية يتعرف عليه جيس في الرحلة من لندن الي محطة مصر بالإسكندرية ويصير صديقه المقرب يعشق الإختراعات والشغل بالماكينات لدرجة اختراعه لنماذج من التماثيل المتحولة التي تدب فيها الحياة كتلك العملاقة التي تحمي المكتبات السيرابيمWolfeالمعلم بالمكتبة الكبري والذي يتولي مهمة التدريس وإعداد جيس وزملائه ليكونوا من موظفي المكتبة في اي اقسامها من الهندسة،الفن،الرياضة،الارشيف وحتي الحرس، وعليه ان يختار من دفعة جيس فقط 6 ليستكملوا معه باقي العام الدراسي ، لذا يقوم بطرد الباقي واحدا تلو الاخر بكل قسوة، ...وبمجرد ان تطلب إدارة المكتبة الكبري ان يصحب الطلبة إلي منطقة الحرب بين لندن وويلز سينكشف معدنه الحقيقيهو شخصيتي المفضلة واعتقد ان كل من سيقراه سيشعر انه يشبه كثيراً سناب من سلسلة هاري بوتر بالاخص في زيه الأسود والعباءة الواسعة التي تطير خلفه كاجنحة الخفاش، بروده وقسوته، له ماض ما غامض سينكشف لك بتوالي أحداث الجزء الاول ، ومهما شعرت بتشابه ولكنه تشابه في الروح والشكل العام فقط ، الشخصية نفسها والماضي والاحداث التي تدور حوله مختلفة تماماMorganفتاة انجليزية تحمل سرا ما ، يمكنها ان تتلاعب في التركيية الخيميائية الخاصة بأصل المكتبة ، هذه القدرة نادر من يملكها في العالم ولهذا تحاول التخفي بالانخراط في دفعة الطلبة الجدد مع جيس لسبب غامضيشعر جيس بالانجذاب نحوها لتصير هذه هي العقدة الرومانسية التقليدية بكل ديستوبيا، وان كانت الميزة هنا انها لم تحتل حيز كبير من الاحداث المثيرة بما يكفي Glainفتاة من ويلز ، قوية ،تسعي ان تكون من حرس المكتبة بعد التخرج ، منذ البداية يكون هناك توتر بينها وبين جيس نظرا لعداء ويلز ولندن ولكن الامؤ يتغير شيئا ما عند انتقال دفعتهم من الاسكندريه لمنطقة الحرب ،في هذا الجزء البشع من الرواية المليء بالدماء والحرب التي بلا معني -ربما تطويل وبشاعة هذا الجزء رمزي في حد ذاته لتصوير كم أن الحروب عاما أمرا قاسيا ولا معقول Khalila خليلة ،فتاة عربية مسلمة محجبة ، ماهرة في الرياضيات وحصلت علي أعلي نسبة في اختبارات المتقدمين للمكتبة الكبريقدمت المؤلفة الشخصية بشكل عادي ، مقارنة بشخصية سميرة العباس مثلا في رواية ريك رودمان الجديدة الصادرة في نفس الوقتThe Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)والذي قام بعمل ابحاث بشكل جدي في اسلوب حياة الفتاة المسلمة بشكل محترم وراقي ، ربما لهذا السبب رايت هنا ان خليلة عادية ، ولكن يكفي الاشادة بإختيار المؤلفة لهذا التنوع وتقديم الشخصية علي الاقل بشكل ايجابي محترم حتي في تعاملها من ميلها تجاه ماقد يصير حبيبها داريوDarioفتي اسباني، زميل جيس - لسوء حظ الاخير،او حظهما سويا- مغرور ونرجسي ولكن لسبب ما لن تملك سوي انتظار ظهوره من وقت لآخر مع مناوشاته مع جيس ، او حتي ضعفه امام خليلة التي هام بها حبا بالرغم من انها فتاة عمليةBrendanاخو جيس التوأم، ليس طالبا معهم ولكنه مازال يعمل في عمل العائلة، تهريب الكتب في لندنشخصية نقيضة تماما للبطل وأعتقد انه سيلعب دورا محوريا بالاجزاء المقبلةSantiمن حرس المكتبة وملازم للمعلم ولفي ، ايطالي الاصل وحاد ، وبينه وبين ولفي صداقة قوية ليس فحسب مجرد معلم وحارسه، كما انه من يعلم سر ولفي ستعيش بهذه الرواية مع هذه التركيية المختلفة من الشخصيات ومن هذه القوانين التي تحكم العالم وما بين قاعات التدريس التابعة لمكتبة الاسكندرية وشوارعها المرسومة بشكل جمالي تمنيت ان يكون حقيقيا ،وبيت الطلبة ومقر المكتبة ، وسر البرج الحديدي ، وما بين الحرب المشتعلة في انجلترا بين لندن وويلزوما بين ثورات حارقي الكتب وبين مهربي الكتب الاثرية النادرة وما بين تدريب الطلبة تدريبات صعبة وقاسية لدرجة انك قد تشعر بأنهم ينوون علي القضاء عليهم تماما لاسباب مجهولة ، تعيش في مجرد 350 صفحة من الاحداث السريعة المتلاحقة ،والشخصيات الثرية الحية ستجعلك تنتظر بشوق الجزء التالي ليس فقط لمعرفة المزيد وحل بعض الأسئلة، بل كي تستكمل معايشتك لهذا العالم ، مع هذه ابشخصيات التي ستشعر معها بألفه حقيقيةاتعجب فعلا الا تاخذ تلك الرواية حقها من الشهرة والدعاية ، أعتقد ان المشكلة ربما في الأعمال السابقة للمؤلفة نفسها -والتي لأول مرة اسمع عنها- حيث ان كتبها السابقة مختلفة تماما كما ييدو عن تلك الرواية المتميزة قصة بها نبذ للعنصرية والحروب التافهة ، نبذ للعبودية والسيطرة علي الفكر ونشر العلمقصة بها جمال الكتب، تعظيم للعلم كعلم ارشميدس ، تعظيم للأدب، و الاكبر ، جمال الصداقة الحقيقيةلذا لا تحكم علي الرواية باسم مؤلفتها ، فهي فعلا من اكثر الديستوبيا التي قرأتها مؤخرا تميزا اكثر بكثير من Divergent, Legend, Red Queen وغيرهاديستوبيا ،كما قلت في البداية ، مختلفة مجمد العربيالإسكندرية من 25 يناير 2016إلي 31 يناير 2016

  • Faye, la Patata
    2019-06-12 02:26

    Dear bookworms of the world,You need this book in your life. If you don't buy, read, and love this as much as I did, well, I ain't gonna be your friend no more.With much love, Faye.Okay, I kid, I'll still be your friend nevertheless, but do you think I'm kidding about the awesomeness of this book? Let me tell you something: I don't always give books 5 stars. But when I do, there are two categories: 5 stars, and 5-fucking-fantastic-stars.When you have a story with a male hero, who fricking loves books, in an alternate history fantasy setting who travels with a group of amazing friends and a sarcastic, strict, likeable mentor, and who eventually goes against a LIBRARY CORPORATION that is keen on controlling how books are used and made, well, I'm sorry, but doesn't that just scream 5-fucking-fantastic-stars to you?I really, really, really love this book. I read it with an open mind a month ago, not knowing of the premise or the author, and was absolutely blown away by how amazing and original and refreshing it was.1.) It's about books. A book about books. That already sounds awesome, doesn't it? It's about a world torn by books - by people who want to control how books are made and shelved and copied and stored, and by people who'd rather burn (!!!!) and eat (?!?!?!) books than have their lives compromised by an oppressing system where having original copies of books can be the death of you. It's about a group of friends (or, okay, enemies-turned-forced-acquaintances-turned-friends)  who love books and seek to protect them in various ways, going so far as to put their lives on the line in order to make sure they're safe from harm.2.) The library is the freaking villain. Okay, maybe not the library itself, but the people behind it who are pulling the strings? Yup. They're so drunk with their power and how they control the books and the people with their system that they say "OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!" quicker than the Queen of Hearts on crack. And, guys? They're the ultimate book hoarders. They're us, except on steroids. And by steroids, I mean nasty, nasty steroids. You don't wanna mess with these guys, unless you're Jess Brightwell, of course.3.) Male hero who loves books as much as we do. Jess comes from a book smuggling family. They find original copies, and then sell them to collectors, and getting the books to these collectors is no easy feat as they have to evade the authorities and these automated stone lions that come to life when they sniff some black-market-mischief. And then one day, upon delivering a book to a collector, Jess witnessed a man eat the only copy of an ancient historian's book like it was nothing, and that was when he realized this book smuggling thing just wasn't his cup of tea.I have nothing but love for this guy. You can really tell how much he cares for books a lot, and how much he's willing to go so, so far just for them. How far would we go for knowledge? How far would we go in order to make sure that knowledge is easily accessible? What would we do if we have to choose between books and the people who thirst for freedom? Plus, I just love his personality, and I love his interactions with his friends (who are all so very diverse, guys... heck, there's even an interracial romance among them, HOLY MOTHER OF EPICBALLS) and with his mentor who is a bundle of complexity because you love and hate him at the same time.4.) The writing and the world-building are amazing. The writing reminded me so much of Brandon Sanderson's - it's not purple-prose and verbose and uses more simple words than other fantasy/AU novels, and yet, they still say so much and connect you to the story easily and efficiently. The way they were weaved and connected felt so fricking lyrical and poetic and romantic despite the fact that the story contained themes of oppression, bleakness, and the need for freedom from an unfair system. The book was so entertaining and so heartbreaking and so heartwarming, all at the same time, that it left me in tears and in joy and at the edge of my seat.All in all, this book is the book of my dreams. Its place is right there beside Brandon Sanderson, and that's a big, big, BIG deal right there.

  • Darth J
    2019-05-30 07:43

    DNF @ page 37Dry. Dry. DRY.I gave this book 37 pages but I didn't feel anything for it. Despite having an interesting premise that would appeal to most bibliophiles, I felt like there was nothing there to hook me immediately. There were animatronic lions and statues, and then steam powered carriages for some reason (this book is set in the near future so it was really odd). It felt like a smattering of other successful stories right now in the market had bits picked from them and this was what was trying to be cobbled out of it. Let's not even mention the "we have to keep books (read: education) from commoners" thing.There's just no warmth or heart here to keep me interested.

  • ❆ Sheharzad ❆
    2019-06-05 10:29


  • Alyssa
    2019-06-20 09:32

    GIVEAWAY: find out the title of the sequel to Ink and Bone - and win in a copy of Ink and Bone!***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Ink and Bone by Rachel CaineBook One of The Great Library seriesPublisher: NALPublication Date: July 7, 2015Rating: 4 starsSource: Review copy sent by the publisherSummary (from Goodreads):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.…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.…What I Liked:My first Rachel Caine read! Isn't it pretty?! Take a look at the spine, if you have a print copy (hardcover especially) - so gorgeous! It reminds of how the spines of old books used to be. Not flashy with the book's title printed across, but very much like an old bound book's spine! Excellent work there, NAL, with the book's spine and cover! And excellent work, Caine, for writing a very intriguing novel, which I enjoyed!Jess comes from a family of book smugglers, in a time in which it is illegal to own printed novels. Everything can be accessed from the Great Library in Alexandria, but owning books is against the law. Jess is sent by his father to the library to train with other students to get a position in the Great Librarian - but also to be a spy for his family, and get books his family to smuggle. But soon Jess realizes that much more is at stake than his family's business, and that the Great Library isn't what it seems. His loyalties will be tested in many ways, and Jess will be forced to choose a side.This book is so OMINOUS. Right from the start, I was slightly worried for Jess. The entire book has a suspenseful and dark tone - I was always wondering when Jess would get caught, or when the next person would die, etc. I was on the edge of my seat, trying to figure out what would happen next. This book moves a bit slow, but the mood is very dark and ominous. Someone was always being killed or worried about it. Scary! Not that the book is scary. But dealing with print books and hiding who you are (a print book smuggler) would make anyone uneasy (to say the least).This book is written in third person limited, to Jess. Jess is a very intelligent boy, who really appreciates print books. His father is very hard on him, and sends him on deliveries all the time, instead of his time brother Brendan. And then Jess's father pays to have him take the exams to receive education at the Great Library. With about twenty other students, Jess goes to Alexandria. Jess is quiet yet clever, nimble and street-smart. A jack-of-all-trades. I think I like him, though I struggled a bit to connect with him initially.The supporting characters are one of the best and most well-written part of this book. Jess is the protagonist, but there are several other students that play critical roles in this novel. There were twenty at first, but only six spots are open. Dario, Jess's roommate in Alexandria, is a handful, but I think I like him when he was first introduced (but he's a handful). Khalila is a poised and intelligent girl. Thomas is a friendly giant with a very creative engineering mind. Glain is a cold Welsh girl. Morgan is a late arrival, mysterious and odd. Wolfe is the Scholar who is in charge of the students, and he is ruthless and a bit scary. Captain Santi keeps guard of the students and Scholar. Wolfe might be my favorite character! He's an interesting one, once you get to know him. All of these characters are. You might start out disliking one or two, but will fall for all of them by the end!There IS romance in this book! And I love it because for about 80% of the book, the romance is pretty much not important. It doesn't really start arising until about 50% of the book, but even then, it's just there. It's not a plot-mover, it's not all-encompassing or consuming. It's sweet and I love watching Jess fall for the girl. It's a subtle romance, though you know it's coming when the characters meet. No love triangle! And to make things better, there are other pairs of characters involved in their own romances in the book as well. One made me particularly happy - one the train is when we/Jess makes the discovery (you'll know which I mean when you read the book) - I KNEW IT!Speaking of I KNEW IT! - there was something else in this book that I had my suspicions about from the beginning - AND I WAS RIGHT! I'm very paranoid and suspicious and as soon as I read about this one thing in the book, I was like, hmmm, but couldn't they be doing this with this... and I was right! Very vague, I know, but I'm feeling triumphant. Good instincts will catch it!The characterization is really good - Jess grows a great deal in this book. He has to choose sides and paths and decisions again and again, over and over, and he proves his intelligence and perceptiveness and maturity over and over. I personally thought he developed quite a bit as a character, and not just him. He reminded me a bit of Darrow from Pierce Brown's Red Rising.The world-building is amazing! Caine is a painter with words - the setting and imagery and descriptions are captivating and lovely. There are many different scenery/landscapes in this book, and Caine makes each one unique in its own way. The world-building is very well-written - Caine definitely did a good job of creating this world and story! Though I can't wait to dig deeper in the next book(s).The plot is slow. I will say that as a negative below - the story moves slowly. It's an interesting story, and I was anxious while reading (I see this as a good thing), but the plot is slow. There is plenty of scheming and deaths and betrayals and twists and true natures revealed and all kinds of shenanigans. The ending had me sad and angry and scared and wanting much, much more. In a positive way, if that makes sense.Overall, I very much enjoyed this book! I'm looking forward to the next volume in this series - I need it! So many things to be fixed!What I Did Not Like:Like I said above, this book's pacing is slow. It took me longer than usual to read this one, and obviously it's not due to the book's length (this book is short), or genre (it's a futuristic fantasy type, which I do love). The story is very interesting and I was never bored, but it's a slow-moving book, in my opinion. Would I Recommend It:Yes! I would! Fantasy fans, contemporary fans, basically anyone who likes books... try the book about books! This book was pretty impressive, and definitely got me thinking about books in general. I could not live without my print books! Anyway, this is a Young Adult book, but it is highly suitable for adults. It almost reads like an adult book! Younger teens could read this one, the content isn't too bad (the violence is the heaviest stuff, and it's not bad).Rating:4 stars. My first Rachel Caine book, a successful! I'm not sure I'll ever read her vampire series, but I know I'll be continuing with this one!

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    2019-06-20 06:53

    Reread 04/18 : Skimming through this again because I just got the arc of Paper and Fire. WOOT!Actual rating : 3.5 Happily rounded up at 4 because DUH. BOOKS.In my honest opinion the strength of Ink and Bone lies first in the plot, which is entertaining as hell, and in the world-building, which contains several of my main interests : think books, automatons, alchemy, a dystopian world ruled by Librarians who control every knowledge (or aim to) and an academy blended together. Exciting? FUCK YEAH.► Random facts you might want to know about Ink and Bone (because there's no way I'm spoiling the story for you)✔ After reading I went to my bookshelves and HUGGED my paperbacks. Not my Kindle. The thing kind of scared me. ✔ It presents an alternative history that actually MAKES SENSE (most of the time) : think about our history with a twist, the uprising of the Great Library, an organization that controls every book and then, holds a great deal of power. No press. No Gutenberg. I know, *GASP*✔ Oh, they have lions automatons as guards : HOW AWESOME IS THAT???✔ I loved the concept of Codex and every invention and gadget, really. I don't want to give away too much, but let's say that the Great Library developed a number of mechanisms, first of all the ability to transfer and erase words on every book sold, because they're all blanks, sort of ereaders controlled by the Library while originals are carefully kept in Alexandria. An example? Look at your book, and imagine that it would be possible for someone else to alter or erase its content in one second without even being at the same place as you. OMG BUT THAT'S POSSIBLE! Frightening, right? I thought so. Especially given that printed books are outlawed. Concerning the characterization, I have to admit that I'm not completely convinced by it because it lacks of depth. Indeed the characters felt quite blank sometimes - not in a boring way, but they weren't fleshed-out enough in my opinion, especially the secondary ones like Jess's fellow students, who were border stereotypical on some aspects. That's why I'd have wanted them to be less transparent in their intentions and more intricate. However, I did enjoy Wolfe's character a lot, because he was complex and multi-layered : here's the kind of characters I can love. "I suppose you want me to apologize for calling you a bastard.""No need," Santi said. "You should hear what his friends call him."" I have friends?" Wolfe said."They don't care to admit it in public."As for Jess, the main character, I'm afraid that my complaints prove to be the same. Indeed although I can't say that I didn't care about him because it would be false, at the same time I can't deny that I kept feeling that something was missing to completely win me. Oh, well. I don't know. Perhaps I'm not used to that kind of books (which emphasizes on the plot, let's say) anymore. Indeed almost every one of my favorite authors (Marchetta, Moskowitz, Robin Hobb, even) focus primarily on the characterization and that's okay with me, because that's what I seek most of the time. Not here : not that Jess's character wasn't interesting, but he never stood out either. Now, perhaps does it serve the story's purpose, in a way? Concerning his personality, he's not flawless and I'm glad he isn't : indeed he makes mistakes, he has at first a restrained vision of the world (yes, he's sometimes full of shit stereotypes, but now, he's 16, give him a break) but how in the world could it be different, tell me? From his upbringing spent as a smuggler for his family's business to his training in the Academy, he has always been used, and genuinely doesn't know how to deal with real relationships. However something about him rubbed me the wrong way, and that's the fact that he cares about books more than people. Well, even as a book lover (no shit) it made me a little uncomfortable at times, I must confess. Fortunately it doesn't stay that way, because despite the fact that books are rare in his world, I wouldn't have stand a character who happily watches people getting starved and killed because of books. Sorry guys. I'm TEAM HUMANS. (I'm French, after all. Yes, that's relevant. You'll see)But then, little by little, he evolves. Day after day, he realizes that the world is not near as simple as he thought he was. Page after page, we get to know him better, to understand him more. Chapter after chapter, the choices he has to face become more and more difficult and the lines between right or wrong blur... For that, I thank you, Rachel Caine. For that, I'm eager to read the next book because I feel how strong his potential can be.Finally, for most of the book, I got the feeling that the romance was... Well... I'd say "low-cute". What is it, you're asking? It means that I'm happy for them, kind of, but I don't care and to me it was unnecessary since the author openly didn't focus on it, so much that the story would have been as great without it. Now, (don't hit me) but that's what I thought about the romance in Harry Potter too. I just don't care. That's not why I loved the books. So, yeah, I wasn't a big fan of this romance which stayed in no-chemistry territory, until, until, until suddenly I started to feel something, and that was as glorious as unexpected.By the way, I realized that I forgot to talk about this so... There is another romance in Ink and Bone, and I ship them SO hard.Now, and that's something I rarely write, but to me the pacing was perfection : I was never EVER bored and the writing just flowed smoothly, making the read completely addictive, and some parts were so full of tension that my heartbeat increased.PS : French are rebels, eat lambs and drink red wine : of course they do >.< PS2 : No, Dario, Spanish wine isn't better than Cahors. DUH.PS3 : I might be (a little) subjective. MAY-BE.For more of my reviews, please visit:

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-06-13 05:24

    In this alternate history type of fantasy, the Library of Alexandria was never destroyed, which ended up affecting the world profoundly. But - surprisingly - not necessarily in ways that are good. The world has developed in a very different direction, scientifically and politically, and the Library keeps a stranglehold over the ownership of books, forbidding private ownership of hard copies on pain of death (ereaders are fine, but the Library monitors the content) and ruthlessly destroying the printing press each time it is invented. It's basically Amazon, in control and run amok. This is an intriguing and somewhat dark fantasy. Full review to come.

  • Carrie
    2019-06-12 08:53

    The Great Library is in every city and controls the books of the world. Using alchemy to distribute the books those working for the library track down anyone with any in their possession and confiscate the materials. Ownership of books is expressly forbidden and anyone violating this law could even be sentenced to death. Jess Brightwell's family has been involved in the black market for books. He's been raised to be a runner, delivering the books to those willing to pay the price and risk ownership. Jess has been sent to the library by his father to become a spy from the inside. He gets involved in the training only to find himself mixed up in the secrets of the library. Ink and Bone was one of those reads I enjoyed from start to finish. Such an interesting world Rachel Caine had created for anyone who loves to read. It's hard to imagine a world in which you could even die for trying to own a book but with bringing magic also into this world it became that much more interesting with the pursuit of keeping the books in the library's possession. The world building and character development in the story was excellent. A read that keeps you guessing in who you should be rooting for and who is actually the good guys versus the bad guys from start to finish. There are questions of who to trust and who is on the right side all throughout. A wonderful collection of characters that was just as fun getting to know as the plot behind the story. Overall, definitely a series that I would recommend. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Vane J.
    2019-06-04 10:52

    4.5 out of 5 starsBooks, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books.Have I caught your attention already? No? Then, BOOOOOOOKSSS!!!The world of Ink and Bone is a world in which the Great Library of Alexandria still exists. They love books as much as you and me... but they take their love to a higher level: Books are precious and really valuable objects and they must all be preserved in the Great Library. Rare copies cannot be found anywhere and just the more privileged can own a single book. Plus, in this world, people eat and burn books as political protests.Our protagonist Jess comes from a family of smugglers. He loves books, but he made a living by stealing them and selling them to other people. When he's old enough, his father sends him as an spy to the Great Library. There he starts learning things and realising some things that may or may not be lies and his trust starts to get smaller with time.Let's start saying how great the characters of this book were. They're from all parts of the world. There are people from France, Spain, the US, Egypt, Arabia, England, etc. There are the intelligent ones, the cunning ones, the lazy, the mysterious... really, there are all kinds of people here, and they're all intriguing in their own way.My favourite character was by far the Scholar Wolfe. He's the one who teaches most of the lessons and runs the trials... and he's a complex one. At first, I had mixed feelings about him, but the more I read, the more I realised he was in fact great. He has many layers and sometimes it's impossible to decipher him, but I think that only made me love this more.The other characters were amazing as well. Khalila, Thomas, Dario... they're all complex and flawed and they all have their own personalities.Lately I've been complaining about the world building in books. Well, let me tell you one thing: This one had one of the best and most original world buildings I've read in books this year. We get to understand how the Burners think, how the Great Library works, we learn about the different jobs one can do in there... and yet there are still some mysteries, which in my opinion made the story more interesting.I hadn't read anything by Rachel Caine until now, but if her writing in her other books are like the one in Ink and Bone, I am not going to doubt as to whether pick another one soon (probably Prince of Shadows).The writing was all showing and not telling and I feaking loved it. The descriptions of Alexandria were beautiful. I could get a vivid picture of the Great Library and I got jealous of the characters, who were in the amazing world the author created.When reading this book, I could not stop thinking about Harry Potter, but don't get me wrong - the concept of this was highly original. It reminded me of HP because if you change Hogwarts for The Great Library and the magic for alchemy and books, you get something similar to Ink and Bone. I must confess something, though: I prefer alchemy to magic by far. It's more intriguing in my opinion, and well, maybe I'm biased but alchemy was the beginning of chemistry and... I'll leave it there. I am starting to sound obsessive about chemistry.If you're looking for a creative alternate history world with a diverse cast of characters, beautiful writing and you love characters who love books, then Ink and Bone is just for you. I highly recommend it. Now, where is the sequel? I'm going to die waiting for it....Pre-review:Let's just take a moment of silence because I have read a book and I didn't hate it.*a minute or two pass*Thanks. Now, HELL YES, AT LAST!Review to come. (Tomorrow, probably - it's past midnight here, I'm tired and it usually takes me an hour writing a review, especially if I have lots to say... I just hope I don't forget anything.)P.S.: I want to be an Obscurist. Yeah, I know, they have their cons, but god, they're the best!P.P.S.: As much as I love books, I would hate living in this world.

  • Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
    2019-06-15 02:38

    Truth be told: I liked the idea of this book more than I actually liked the book.This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2015 and, well, it fell a bit flat. Welcome to a world set in 2025 in which the Great Library of Alexandria had never been burnt and destroyed, and where books are a treasure hoarded and guarded by a powerful minority. Where the private possession of books is illegal and punishable (yes, I think we can agree that we’d all be screwed).There are three parts to learning: information, knowledge, and wisdom. A mere accumulation of information is not knowledge, and a treasure of knowledge is not in itself, wisdom. The Library holds itself to be the keeper of both knowledge and wisdom, but it is not true. So much should never be held in the hands of so few, for it is a natural, venal habit of men to hold power. And knowledge is the purest form of power.16-yr old Jess Brightwell earns his keep in London as a Runner, a book smuggler. His father, however, realises that Jess would rather read the books than smuggle them (which he secretly does in his hideouts), and sends Jess to take the entry test for an apprenticeship in the Great Library of Alexandria – with a hidden agenda, that is. In this alternative future, librarians are at the top of the food chain, so to speak. ”The first purpose of a librarian is to preserve and defend books.”“The books come first, Sir. Isn’t that how it should be? Books before men?”Wolfe almost smiled. “As you see. They’re not children. They’re librarians.”The Good✓ The premise had captured my interest immediately because of the unique concept. ✓ The main character was very likeable, never running blindly into situations or hating on other people or any other pet peeves I sometimes experience with protagonists. However, he was bland and not especially memorable, and this extends to all the characters. Figures I’d list this under the things I liked and then I turn it into something I didn’t like. ✓ Romance barely existed in the first half, which was fine by me. The romance that did occur was light and neatly folded on the back seat as it should be. ✓ The plot ran at an unexciting average pace but, thank God, finally accelerated in the last third of the book. It was only at that point where my eyes became glued to the pages. ✓ The central topics like loyalty, power, greed, etc. were really intriguing! Even lgbtq and cultural diversity gets a short moment in the spotlight.The Bad✗ It’s 2025 but it reads like a novel set in the 18th century. Advanced technology is hinted at, for example newspapers that automatically change (which has more to do with magic than technology seeing as it is still made out of paper but ok, let’s just… go with it), but the descriptions… I kept picturing medieval castles or ancient Egyptian architecture. London and Alexandria are modern cities, and Caine did not get this feeling across. Not one bit. Also, they travel large distances by train instead of taking the plane, but ok, it’s not like I want to badmouth ecological travelling in 2025.✗ I thought the additional element of magic was unnecessary and at times confusing. The setting had already been special without the magic aspect, which was, by the way, barely explained. ✗ This is something minor but it bugged me: The way Jess had to help out with the family business made it seem as though the Brightwell’s weren’t doing well financially. Also, Jess is teased for being a “lowborn”, and yet at some stage Caine notes that they are “a rich family”. Sooo, kids get bullied because they're wealthy in 2025? Did I miss something?✗ It took Rachel Caine 240 pages to impress me.It’s not that I dislike Ink and Bone (Can I just point out that there are way too many YA books with Bone in their title? Shadow and Bone, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, … ). The book wasn’t bad, it was fine. But that’s the problem: It was just fine when I needed it to perform due to its amazing premise. Throughout the book, I felt utterly unaffected by the characters and the plot. The aspect I cared most for was hands down the books. I’m happy others enjoyed this but I need to be moved to give a book more than 3 stars.

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-06-21 07:49

    5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum spent most of the last week bouncing up and down telling everyone I know about Ink and Bone. In case I haven’t already gotten the chance to corner you with my mad ravings about this book, let me just tell you right now: this is an outstanding novel. Needless to say, it is going straight on my Favorites shelf and on my list of best books of 2015. There’s still almost half a year to go but I already know it’ll be hard one to beat. Books of this caliber don’t come along often.Ink and Bone tells a tale of alternate history. As we all know, the invention of the printing press had an enormous impact on humanity, revolutionizing the way information is acquired, processed, and spread. But what if that never happened? Imagine a world where Johannes Gutenberg’s creation never came to light, a world where great minds like him were systematically silenced every time a new proposal for a method of printing came close to being realized. Imagine no ink plates, no moveable type, no presses – all innovations that were deemed too dangerous by an all-powerful ruling class that seeks to gather and control all knowledge, deciding who should have access to it, how and when.Jess Brightwell lives in such a world, where the only books that exist are original works or copies painstakingly written out by hand. By law they are all property of the Great Library of Alexandria, that powerful bastion of knowledge that never succumbed to destruction in this reality. The scholars of the Library strictly govern the distribution of books to the public, using a complex alchemical process to deliver content instantly to an individual’s personal Codex or blanks. As a result, traditionally bound books have become very popular on the black market, as has the illegal trade of smuggling them into the hands of private collectors and other rare book hunters. It’s risky, but the Brightwells have prospered in this business, and Jess’ father has decided to take it to the next level by sending his son into the Library’s service, hoping that having an inside man will benefit the family in the long run.But being a Library servant is a position of prestige, and as such, the trials used to seek out the best of the best are rigorous, brutal, and not always fair. I’ve always been fond of stories about magic schools, but Rachel Caine took the basis of that idea and made it all her own. Together with about two dozen other hopeful postulants, Jess Brightwell travels to the bright, magnificent city of Alexandria, home of the Great Library. Because knowledge is deemed paramount, training doesn’t just involve learning how to run one of the many daughter libraries present in every major city of the world; postulants are also taught to guard and protect it, keeping original works out of the public’s hands even if it means dying for the cause.As an avid reader, I of course find it difficult argue with the importance of knowledge. But to place its value above human lives? This should clue you into the kind of place our protagonist has landed in, and even with his book smuggling background, Jess is unprepared to learn about the corruption at the heart of Alexandria, or just how deep it lies.Despite its secrets (or perhaps because of them), the dark underside of the Great Library was a wonder to explore. Imagine a world where the personal ownership of books is forbidden – what a horrifying thought. But the story also appealed to a part of me that understood all too well why some people would resist the rule of the Library, or risk their lives to own a genuine paper book for the chance to hold a hefty volume in their hands, take in the heady scent of age and ink, as well as feel the hard leather of the binding or the crispness of the pages. Ink and Bone had that addictive and intoxicating effect on the delighted bookaholic in me, and I just couldn’t get enough.The novel is also so much more than that. I’ve never understood what a book hangover felt like until now, wishing I’m still in Jess Brightwell’s world. What Rachel Caine has created here is a rich and vibrant tableau, filled with beauty and amazing wonders but also no shortage of pain and darkness. Scenes of clean and shining Alexandria are juxtaposed by the ugliness of war in England as well as the destructive Greek Fire of the rebel Burners. The same alchemical processes that bring knowledge to the masses are also used to oppress them, keeping a watchful eye out for sedition or powering the nightmarish automatons that guard the Library from its enemies. All told, the world building is phenomenal but so is character development. Jess and his fellow postulants are part of an unforgettable cast, every one of them endearing themselves to me with their unique and individual personalities. Rare is it also to find an adult character in a YA novel as complex as Scholar Christopher Wolfe, who was not at all what I expected, and he quickly became a favorite.Once I started reading this book, I just couldn’t stop. It has raised the bar for the YA I’ll read for the rest of the year. But it doesn’t matter whether you’re a teen or an adult. Ink and Bone is for everyone, and a must-read for all who treasure the gift of the written word. A perfect mix of breathtaking fantasy and edge-of-your-seat dystopian fiction, this is a masterfully written novel guaranteed to hook you in.

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    2019-06-10 05:27

    In Ink and Bone, knowledge and power is the name of the game."The Library holds itself to be the keeper of both knowledge and wisdom, but it is not true. So much should never be held in the hands of so few, for it is a natural, venal habit of men to hold to power. And knowledge is the purest form of power." pg 51Printed books, called originals, are now highly prized and illegal to own without a dispensation from the Library. The Library is an entity without borders as powerful as the church or a country, with soldiers and animated machines called automatons, protecting its buildings, holdings and librarians.Not everyone follows the Library's restrictions and a black market has formed for books. Jess and his family of smugglers runs and sells books at great threat to life and limb. Other factions also resist the Library. They're called Burners and they destroy books with Greek fire, a dangerous and deadly concoction that burns flesh as easily as paper."The original scroll had been destroyed by a Burner at the Alexandrian Library ages ago, but there had been one copy made. ... Owning it carried a death penalty. When you steal a book, you steal from the world, the Library propaganda said, and Jess supposed it might be true." pg 22, ebook.Jess' smuggler father decides that he needs eyes and ears on the inside of the most powerful institute in the world, so he arranges an opportunity for Jess to join the Library. And that is where this story really begins.The beginning of Ink and Bone bothered me because of its obvious parallels to Harry Potter. A promising young boy on his way to a magical school boards a train and meets a slightly bumbling, shy boy and the smartest girl in his class. But after that cliche "train introduction", the story improves.While reading this story, I was reminded of the divide between those who love holding traditional books in their hands and ebook readers. The Library has discovered a magical method to use tablets and change the words on the page, very similar to ebooks: "Do you agree it should be wrong to own original works?" Of course, Jess knew he ought to say; it was the standard answer. The Library was never wrong. But something made him say, "I'm not sure." That woke a glint in Wolfe's eyes. "Why not?" "I'd like to hold one," Jess said, quite honestly. "To feel the weight and history of it in my hands. A blank can't be the same, sir." "No," Wolfe agreed. "A blank is a poor, pale imitation, though the words are arranged in precisely the same order; it is the difference between an idea and a physical thing." pg 61, ebook. I enjoy both books and ebooks, but I can see why a reader would prefer one over another.I enjoyed the general ideas of this book, but between the warring factions, actual wars, magic, alchemy, Library history, twin brother, character backgrounds, book burners or eaters, teenage romance and angst, the story lost its cohesiveness. Caine could have written three different stories with the material contained in one.Beyond simplifying the story elements, I just couldn't get over the fact that the librarians weren't good guys. Yes, I'm biased. :) But every librarian I've ever known has been a guardian of knowledge, not gate-keeping tyrants.Recommended for readers who enjoy their young adult fantasy a little scattered and who are open to the idea of sinister librarian-types.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-06-06 02:43

    www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.comI can not even fathom living in a world where you can not have your own books I mean you could go to jail or most likely be killed for having books!!! If they saw all of mine I would be history! There are those that have books that they sale to people that are willing to pay anything to have a book, but.... unfortunately, they use kids as runners and if they are caught they will be put to death as well. What is wrong with this place!!!! Jess is one of the runners in the book. I love his character. He has a twin brother and he had an older brother that was a runner, but he got caught and we will leave it at that. He is a runner for his father. I can't imagine loving money that much to put your children in danger! Anyway, a few years later Jess's dad pays a lot of money to get him into The Great Library to try to become a Scholar. There are only 6 slots so there is a lot of competition from the kids. I had my favorite characters, Jess, Thomas, Morgan and Khalila, but there are a lot of other kids there too and some are jerks and some are likable as well. It's really sad because some of them die and I'm not saying who. They have a harsh instructor that doesn't seem to want them there at all. He's mean as he can be and it seems there are a few grumpers wandering around the Library. Oh, and they have the automatons that are lions and other things that will kill you if you get too close to the library if you don't have permission. Hells bells! I really enjoyed this story. There are so many things going on with magic, evilness, goodness, the fight for change, and people that actually seem evil that turn out to be not so bad. These kids turned out to be a great group that did everything to help each other in some really hard times. I like that kind of stuff. I look forward to the next book, but I have to say the end of this one was sad and hopeful at the same time.

  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    2019-05-31 06:31

    *4.5* starsGive in. Give up.Survive.Beautiful. Mesmerizing. Addictive. So many words come to mind when I think of this story. I have many regrets as of late, and not being able to read my dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy is one of them. But perhaps the larger crime is that when I do attempt to stick one of these stories in my reading schedule I'm either:A) too tiredB) too tired C) too tired Oh, and did I mention my time has been severely limited? I've always been that girl that scoffs when people say they are 'too tired' or 'don't have time'. I mean, we have the time we make, ya know? And believe me, I still live by this. I set aside adequate time to read this story, only to realize that after about 10 pages (at times while reading) I wouldn't even know what had happened. That was when I decided it was time to set this story down and pick it up when I had time. Doing this pained me-I never put aside those I truly cherish, and this story was just magnificent. But when you can't do just can't fucking do it. So, as I read 50% on Saturday, I decided to read the last 50% (the most action-packed, heart-wrenching parts of the story) when I had the chance. And oh man, did it kill me-what if when I picked it up, the characters/pace/plot were like strangers to me? But as I (surprisingly) gained a large amount of time yesterday, I picked this story up and it was like I'd never left."No, it's alright," he said, and tried to sit up, but the brief nap had stiffened his sore muscles, and it was a clumsy process. He grabbed at the robe to keep it more or less closed. It was mostly a failed attempt, and it exposed the livid black-and-blue of his side. She took in a breath and came to help him rise. He yanked the robe back together and tied it shut. "Don't apologize," she said. "I've seen worse.""You mean the bruises, I hope."It speaks volumes to me when I can put a story down and come back to it with much (if not all) the same feels. Jess's story intrigued and delighted me, making me feel like I was in this magical world that has long since been lost to me. Dare I say that this reminded me of a very twisted version of Harry Potter mixed with The Testing? Not one moment was dull and more than once I felt like I was trapped in a super psycho version of Hogwarts. Reset the board and keep playing.That's not to say I felt the story was anything like Harry's, naturally. No, what we have here is dark, sinister, and twisted-wrapped in a neat little package so people believe the Library is good, whole, looking out for the betterment of the world and those who wish to prosper in it. But what lies beneath is much more terrifying (Cue The Testing vibes) and unlike anything Jess could have imagined.What if all you had ever worked for, everything you dreamed of, everything you put your whole life into turned out to be exactly what the underbelly of the world said it was? What if your life's goal turned out to be like making a deal with the devil? And what happens when all of your newly found friends began to disappear in horrible and unimaginable ways.....and not just when they get sent home? What then?What would that be like, to have that single, unshakable faith in the world, to not see all the shadows?Jess was a truly remarkable character. I remember when my lovely friend Anna was talking about him-She got the vibe that he cared more about this futuristic world where books were coveted holier and more valuable than human lives. She wanted him to care, to fight for people. And in a way I see what she's saying-He was kind of out for himself, ya know? But then here's me, right where I always am: Team Boy. I mean, come on. He's a book smuggler, brought up in an illegal business only to pass a test to be admitted for the chance to become a Library Scholar/Representative/Whatever. He is against other students and time and again proves how cunning he is....and yes, he rocks a 'tude....and I fucking loved it. Jess is smart and he knows it. He does what he has to to move onto the next round, doing what must be done to move on....but he begins to change. He starts to care. Those people he looked at with competition in his eyes start to become his family, these people who are standing in his way. And would you be so quick to befriend those who could possibly send you back to the horrible world you once lived in? I think not. But Jess...Hmm I loved Jess. Shocking, isn't it?You said stay.And the romance. Daaawww I loved it. While not the main plot point, it still touched me deeply and ripped my heart in two. Morgan and Jess's journey was a tremulous one, danger and secrets swirling around them like an unkempt tornado of peril and destruction. I think that was my favorite part about their romance-which is sick-but I've never said I'm sane, k? Desperation, despair, and longing convolute what is, making for an emotional vortex that you don't realize you're being sucked into....until a plea and raspy voice (Have I mentioned raspy voices in books are my downfall in an emotional scene?? Muaha) are staring you right in the face and you just know it's going to haunt your dreams long after you've finished and gone to bed.He wanted to laugh at himself for being so stupid. He wanted to scream until his throat bled.I just...I can't say why I loved this so much. And I can't say I gave it my all-which breaks my heart. A 5 star book has been lowered because, again, I didn't have the time to give to it, so I can assure you I will be re-reading this as soon as humanly possible. Jess's turmoil touched something deep inside of me, and I longed for him to succeed, to break away from the horrible life he grew up living. I am a sucker for male POVs....and I'm more than certain I will be searching for more male POV books-they seem to be my favorites lately. Again, shocking, isn't it?For more of my reviews, please visit:

  • Candi
    2019-05-26 09:42

    3.5 stars"The first purpose of a librarian is to preserve and defend our books. Sometimes, that means dying for them - or making someone else die for them. Tota est scientia. Knowledge is all."Imagine what it would be like if you couldn't legally own a single book that you could cherish, re-read over and over again until the pages are dog-eared, and then place it lovingly on your home bookshelf. What if every single word that you read was controlled by a higher power? As readers and book-lovers, I don't think we could envision or tolerate such a world! But, that is exactly the world that author Rachel Caine has created for us in the first book in The Great Library series, Ink and Bone. An alternate history where The Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed but still exists, the invention of the printing press was never allowed to come to fruition, and the librarians and those in higher positions are in absolute control of all dissemination of knowledge through use of a Codex, an electronic means of communication - these are all realities for Jess Brightwell and the myriad cast of characters we come across in this book. The Brightwell family runs an illegal but lucrative business running and selling original books. But then Jess is presented with the opportunity to train and possibly earn a position within the Library itself. He travels from his hometown of London to the glorious city of Alexandria and is joined by a group of postulants from around the world. There begins their difficult and dangerous education under the tutelage of the enigmatic Scholar Wolfe.I have to admit, initially I felt disappointed after the first chapter or two. I was confused about the alternate history – especially the reasoning behind it. I also had trouble figuring out the various roles and hierarchy of the library personnel. Many characters appeared and disappeared rather quickly. It took me to almost the halfway point of this book to really grasp and become interested in this mystifying world. Once everything began to click for me, I was committed to seeing this through to the end. I enjoyed the complexities of some of the characters – in particular, Jess Brightwell, who loves books and wants to do the right thing, despite not always knowing what that might be. Scholar Wolfe grew on me and I would like to hear more of his story. Members of a resistance group, known as the Burners, were intriguing –they were presented as the "bad guys" but is there more to them than meets the eye as well? I suspect I would need to read the next book in the series to find out the answer to that question. There is a lot of peril and adventure in this book, and I found that I turned the pages rather quickly during the second half. I could have done without the magical/alchemy element in this novel – it seems that there were way too many things going on and this just added to the confusion. We also get a glimpse of a war going on between the English and the Welsh, social injustices and starvation of the "common" people, and general unrest – but without a clear explanation as to the origins of this instability. Maybe less is more, at least for me as a reader, but others may find that all these components add to the excitement and intricacies of the plot. I would be interested in reading the sequel with the hope that many unanswered questions will become clearer in my mind. I want to find out what happens next – what does the future hold for Jess and his friends and Scholar Wolfe? Can the library maintain its power? Will the book-lovers of the world someday be able to hold an original book in their hands without fear of punishment? I recommend Ink and Bone to anyone interested in fantasy/alternate history and in particular to fans of fast-paced, young adult novels.

  • seak
    2019-06-05 06:39

    Knowledge is power and that's what the Library has been cultivating for centuries. Instead of releasing this knowledge to the world, it hoards it and if knowledge equals power, then the Library has proven that equation time and again. With an iron hold on the world and it's knowledge, it makes itself out to be the protector of information. Owning books is illegal. But what it really presents is the stagnation of technology. And Jess is a book smuggler.Original works are worth their weight in gold and Jess' family has been running books to every sort, but mostly those who will pay the hefty fee. However, soon Jess begins to learn the truth of the Library he's always believed in as he witnesses an automaton in the form of a lion kill with abandon.Jess also learns about the lengths the Library will go to stop those such as himself who pose a threat to their power. And that doesn't stop Jess' family from enrolling him in the Library's elite and pricey program that would allow him to enter into employment with the Library and become their spy from the inside.Part Harry Potter, part Hunger Games, Ink and Bone introduces us to the Great Library series and the enrollment class for entry into the Library, but in an alternate world ruled for centuries by the Library. Throughout the book, we follow Jess in a third-person limited perspective as he makes his way through the elimination process of postulants attempting to become either Scholars or Guarda (Library military) of the Library.If you've read my reviews before, you know I'm a sucker for these kinds of books. Throw a protagonist in a difficult, nigh on impossible school setting and you already have me halfway. What's great about this entering class is that because of the Library's almost total control, the class students are from all over the world, as diverse as can be, whether from the Middle East, German, or the States. They have an instructor from Hell who has to winnow the class from dozens to 6 ... if he even accepts that many. And the class falls fast.There are only a couple moments I found my disbelief difficult to suspend, because once you find out the volumes are available to anyone on what is termed a "blank," which is essentially an eReader, all we're really fighting about are original volumes of text. They're cool and all, but if you have the knowledge that's the important thing. And apparently they have some type of decent technology so it's difficult to see how much the Library has really held society back.I think the story loses the point a little bit, but focuses back up to show the Library is also preventing knowledge from spreading to the point of murder. And they will do anything to stop threats to their power.I don't read a lot of YA, but I found Ink and Bone to be hugely entertaining. From the very first page, I was enthralled, I couldn't put it down. Yes, I had some moments I questioned, but for pure entertainment value, I was behind this book 100%. I can't recommend Ink and Bone enough. It's a unique world that draws from our own, only if the Library had risen to power and continued to control the world to this day. I had a blast in it and I can't believe I have to wait a whole year for book 2. 4 out of 5 Stars (highly recommended)

  • Mel (Daily Prophecy)
    2019-06-24 07:38

    4 starsI think this is the first time I can say I agree with the pitch. This book is SO HP meets The book thief. I loved it, but I hope she invests more time in the world-building in the sequel. I need more information about how everything works, because it's such a fascinating concept! MOOOORE.Review to come.---I always try to ignore the 'PITCHED AS THE NEW X" but damn:“The Book Thief with Fahrenheit 451 by way of Harry Potter.”The book thief AND Harry Potter in one sentence.. I think I'm in love.

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    2019-05-29 02:32

    Four stars doesn't feel like enough, but five almost feels like too much, even though I LOVED this.... ehhhh... dilemmas. 4 is good for now.I've never read the Morganville Vampires or any of Rachel Caine's other books (under other pseudonyms and what have you), but this was a great adventure. The cast was wonderfully diverse (and plausibly so-- none of them felt like "token" characters) and some compartment of my brain is already trying to fancast it, I'm positive. I'll probably wake up tomorrow and update this in a frenzy. A lot of critics are calling this a mix of Harry Potter and the Book Thief. And I can see it, I really can. The students-coming-to-school-from-elsewhere thing + the books. Oh the books. Mix in a little 1984 too (god yes) because the Library is possibly the scariest entity since Big Brother. Holy crap. THEY SEE EVERYTHING. So many of us bookworms like to fantasize about what the world might be like if the Library of Alexandria had never been destroyed. No Dark Ages, for one thing. But lemme tell you, this is one alternate history I would NOT like to live in. Instead of moving ahead with Gutenberg's printing press in the 1500s and making the written word available to everyone the world over, the Library has stomped out all similar inventions and relies on its Codex system when people want to read books. Original hand-inked copies are extremely valuable (duh) but once they get sucked into the Library's archives, that's it. Gone forever, never to see the light of day again. The whole Codex thing feels like... well, like a library. You don't have the actual book in your hands. Jess' family are book smugglers who do their best to keep original copies from being snatched away by the Library's guards, and it's very much life-or-death stuff. This whole concept makes me so unbelievably glad for the shelves of books I have upstairs, you don't even know. So glad for free speech and the fact that books are so accessible, because we could be living in a world like this one instead. Needless to say, I want a copy of this SO BAD. I also want the sequel JUST AS BAD. Dammit.update: This feels like such a crap review because I can't do this book justice. I may come back later and detail the characters. Maybe.

  • Dannii Elle
    2019-06-16 03:40

    I was never not going to love a book with Library in the series name!This is set in a world where the Library rules in place of a government. By keeping the knowledge contained in books closely guarded, and only available for scholars and those deemed worthy, it can both impede and advance societal growth as it sees fit. Technology is stunted, business advancements are thwarted and the Library maintains a tight leash on its citizens. The all seeing and all powerful Library seems like an unbreakable patriarchal structure, but that might just be what they want you to think.I adored this unique world and found its politics surrounding the spreading of information and knowledge to provide intriguing points for discussion and thought, within the book. It did take a little while for me to acquaint myself with the particulars of the political structure, but once I had done so I was mesmerised with the layers to this fascinating governing regime.This is not my first time reading Caine's writing and I have been previously unimpressed. I am so glad I decided to give her another go as the authentic characters, the thrilling plot, and most especially this extraordinary world all combined to both restore my faith in this author and provide a leading example of YA dystopia done right!

  • Emma
    2019-05-26 10:42

    I very much enjoyed this story especially the second half when the story has had time to evolve. The Great library preserving the world's original texts. Sounds like a good idea, right? Well-no actually. Very wrong! What starts off as a deceptively simple tale, takes a more sinister turn as it is slowly revealed to us the sinister tone of the Great Library's guardianship and its Big Brother nature. Interesting alternative history/ fantasy. Well worth a read.

  • Elise (On The Bookshelves)
    2019-06-19 04:25

    Original Post Can Be Found at On The Bookshelves“There are three parts to learning: information, knowledge and wisdom, A mere accumulation of information is not knowledge, and a treasure of knowledge is not in itself, wisdom.”It is 2025 and the Great Library of Alexandria still exists with its presence looming over every city. The Library controls the flow of knowledge as the ownership of books is forbidden.Ink and Bone is an interesting concept, but the story isn't exactly fluid. There's a lot of world building from the overall setting, the Great Library and its hierarchy, and to the use of Alchemy.The main protagonist is sixteen year old Jess Brightwell. He believes in the Library, but still helps his family run an illegal black market business by retrieving and delivering books to wealthy and knowledge hungry clients.When an opportunity arises, his family pushes him to complete an entry test to gain an apprenticeship at the library. But his family have ulterior motives as they want him to spy and gather information to avoid raids and discover rare books. However, as Jess becomes more involved with his training and the other teenagers, his loyalties become tested.The setting is strange, obviously since it's an alternate universe. It's 2025 but it seems as though the world never really developed and felt very reminiscent of an earlier century. Then Alchemy comes into play also with devices that receive updates with information which is controlled by the Library. These essentially sound like primitive versions of iPads.The story centralizes around a group of teenage apprentices learning to become Librarians as well as the Library being threatened yet again by an individual who begins to think outside the box. This idea would revolutionize the world, and that is through the creation of..... a printing press which can duplicate and create physical copies of books. *GASP*That's right. Since the Library still exists and controls the flow of knowledge by using Alchemy to allow individuals to read a selected range of titles, they are threatened by these ideas because it would render the Library obsolete. This plot caused a few shakes of the head and some scoffing.The characters were decent, but not exactly memorable. The main group of characters were very diverse in ethnicity and personality. Jess was your typical protagonist but lacked creating any real connection, and props to Caine for pushing back a romantic interest until the second half of the book. None of the other characters really stood out except for the small allusion to Wolfe and Santi being in a relationship, which was unexpected but nice in the end.At the beginning of the book it seemed similar to Harry Potter with some of the scenes and the initial dynamic of the characters (e.g. Jess being the protagonist, Khalila being the brightest student and Thomas as the awkward one). This slightly changed later on when the story began to pick up but it definitely reflected Harry Potter/Percy Jackson.Overall, the book wasn't bad but it just didn't hit the mark personally. Typically for the first installment of a series, you hope to connect with the characters, understand the structure of the world and become really immersed in the story. This didn't really happen so most likely I won't be reading further.The next installment in The Great Library series, Paper and Fire, is already out in bookstores and Ash and Quill will be out sometime next year.

  • Justine
    2019-06-12 10:48

    I absolutely LOVED this adventure book about...books!Ink and Bone is set in an alternate future where all knowledge in the form of books are controlled by a central authority, (Amazon) The Great Library. (Amazon) The Library doesn’t want anyone else to have original copies of books and basically has it’s own private army of live people and automatons to enforce that. People are allowed to read anything (Amazon) The Library owns, by way of a copy which is (downloaded) mirrored via alchemy into a (kindle) blank book. However, since it has a lock on the original books, and you can only read anything using a (kindle) blank book which (Amazon) The Library can erase at any time, even if you have a (kindle) blank copy of a book in your possession it doesn’t really belong to you. Not really. That’s because the (kindles) blanks are (programmed) mirrored using this (proprietary file format including DRM) alchemical process that prevents you from being able to do anything to the copies unless you are a (hacker) Obscurist.Because of their special talent, (hackers) Obscurists are rounded up early by (Amazon) The Library and locked in the Iron Tower, in order to further the interests of that great institution of knowledge and power. Does it sound a bit like absolute power corrupting? Yes indeed.But don’t worry, there are many who feel that the time has come for (Amazon’s) The Library’s tyranny to end. Excitement abounds.

  • Melindam
    2019-06-08 05:51

    WOW. Just WOW. This book had me at "Hello" / page 1. Honestly speaking, I don't know whether the effect would have been the same had I just read it instead of listening to the audiobook, but the narrator, Ben Allen was simply superb in making all the different characters come to life and the story to rock and roll. As for the story in general, I think it was very well-written. It was tight-paced, tense, grim, inventive and exciting from beginning to end with some powerful, intriguing characters (Christopher Wolfe, Nicolo Santi, the horrible Artifex Magnus). The world-building was jaw-dropping, the characters likeable, the romance convincing, but understated. It all came together in an amazingly strong start to a new series. I have fallen hook, line and sinker for it.I may try and add some coherent thoughts later on, right now I am still reeling from it all.

  • Phrynne
    2019-06-17 07:48

    I liked this book but never really felt involved in it. It was a good story, fairly well told but the characters never really grabbed me. In fact when one of the more important characters in the story was killed I was not at all disturbed and I am sure I should have been! By the end I had still not really grasped the ultimate purpose of the library and I must have missed the the bit that explained the war. Not sure whether I will seek out the next book to read or not.

  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    2019-05-31 03:53

    Ladies and gentleman, I present to you my thoughts surrounding Ink and Bone and why it is a 4.5 star from me and officially one of my favourite books that I've read so far in 2017. Ready? Let's go!This was the YA Book Club pick of the month for July but me being me, I sadly couldn't be at the meeting to pick up a copy straight away so after waiting until I was next free, seeing the beautiful cover of the butterfly made me realise that I was going to love reading this. I categorise Ink and Bone to be a YA Steampunk Adventure full of magic, danger and books. The story starts with the main character Jess (a boy) who is on a mission. His family are involved in the illegal black market trade and at a young age, he is thrown into dangerous quests that at one point early on in the story almost gets him killed. When Jess is put in as a spy for his family, he trains to work in the Library service based in Alexandria, Egypt. The only problem is that there are only six places and some young trainers won't last long... throw into the mix a burning train, riot and despair in the city of Oxford, England and an ending that generally surprised me but in the best possible way. It wasn't predictable nor was a Romance the main theme of the plot which was really refreshing to read.At the time of writing this review, I'm currently 25% of the way through the sequel Paper and Fire which so far, I'm really enjoying! Spoiler-free review will be posted soon. Plus, Rachel Caine tweeted me so that was pretty awesome :DWhat I loved:- The plotline- Most of the scenes that involved magic and engineering- The worldbuilding- Romance wasn't the main plotWhat I wasn't keen on:- The chapters were quite long, in some cases more than 25 pages longWould I recommend this book?: Yes!Will I be reading onto the rest of the series?: Yes!For all my bookish social medias:Twitter- blog 1: www.marriedtobooksreviewsandblog.word...Book blog 2:

  • Taylor Knight
    2019-06-21 07:47

    I loved this book. There is so much adventure and the concept is so creative and well written. It's fact paced and exciting without being rushed. The world building is amazing. There's no info dumping and everything is well explained and easy to imagine.I just love the concept of this book so much. I love anything to do with the great library of Alexandria so the idea of it surviving and how it would influence society is really fascinating to me. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.