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Paper and Fire (The Great Library) Hardcover – July 5, 2016
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Praise for Ink and Bone
“Rachel Caine transports the reader to an imaginary future world where a Great Library controls all knowledge and the private ownership of printed books is a radical, dangerous practice…Ink and Bone launches a magical new series that will leave readers begging for more.”—Deborah Harkness, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
“Dark, riveting, heart-in-the-throat storytelling, with characters who caught me up and hold me even now. A don't-miss read!”—Tamora Pierce, New York Times Bestselling Author
“Caine’s elegantly detailed descriptions bring Jess’s world to vivid life in a fast-paced, action-oriented plot that will leave readers breathlessly anticipating not just the next page but the next book in the Great Library Series.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A thrill-a-minute adventure. . . This first entry into the Great Library series has pieces that mirror the excitement and bitterness of the Hunger Games series and contains some of the psychological elements of the Harry Potter books.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Fans will fall in love with Jess and want the next book out immediately.”—USA Today
“A strong cast of characters and nail-biting intensity make for a promising start to this series.”—School Library Journal
“A modern masterpiece. . . . Fellow bibliophiles, expect to be some variation on struck—awestruck, dumbstruck, starstruck, maybe even thunderstruck. . .a new series to thrill every bookworm’s heart!”—Christian Science Monitor
“Caine's world where books and libraries dominate is not for the faint of heart...What’s not to love? Imagine Harry Potter where the real magic is found within the pages of ancient texts. This book proves the adage that knowledge is power.”—RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick)
About the Author
Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the Great Library series, Prince of Shadows, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series.
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Top Customer Reviews
If Rachel Caine's Ink and Bone introduced a steampunk future where the Great Library of Alexandria controlled the global distribution of published material, then Paper and Fire yanks out the first bricks for the Library's fall. Jess and his former co-Postulants are now in their new assignments, guarding the Library's goods as scholars-in-training or (in Jess's case) in the army. When Jess discovers that a captured friend he'd feared dead may be alive, he rallies his allies and launches a rescue mission. But tracking down a Library prisoner is no easy task. And as Jess's band makes plans that could break the institution's grip on knowledge-sharing, they quickly realize they're running out of places to hide - and out of time.
Paper and Fire featured plenty of what I had enjoyed about Ink and Bone. Character diversity, international locales, the dangers in serving or rebelling against the Library - it made a fascinating premise before, and it works again here. Caine expands on her world-building, taking readers inside the Library militia, prison system, and the Black Archives, where the most forbidden books are stored in secret. Also, Christopher Wolfe is an intriguing twist on the mentor archetype. Mysterious and at times caustic, he's vocal about his views on the Library's abuse of power and his suppor for his students' ideas - because despite his tormented past, he remains a revolutionary at heart.
At the same time, Paper and Fire suffers from the same issues I had with its predecessor, and then some. The chapters are quite long, and Jess and Morgan's romance still makes no sense to me. And the climax - gosh, was it chaotic and confusing. Plus, the official blurb pretty much spoils how it ends, so nothing about it surprised me. So, yes, I'm disappointed that Paper and Fire unraveled a bit after a strong start. But it was still a good read, and I'm curious to see how it all ends with Ash and Quill next summer.
The sequel, Paper and Fire, opens shortly after the events of Ink and Bone and deals with the aftermath of the Library’s successful “divide and conquer” campaign against Jess and his friends. The book can be summed up by “let’s get the gang all back together.” Jess must reunite his friends and make alliances with people who do not necessarily share his values.
What I liked
The characters. For me the characters are the real highlight of this series. Not only Jess, but his friends and allies too are all wonderfully developed. Each of them has his or her story, motivations, hangups and fears. They all act in unique ways based on their values and experiences, and it’s great to see how they develop throughout the series,
Scholar Wolfe and his relationship with Santi remain one of my favourite parings. Incidentally at EnterTheLibrary.com the author has published a few short stories, one of which is Wolfe and Santi’s first meeting – a wonderful meet-cute. We also get to meet some new characters, including Wolfe’s mother and get to see a snippet of life in the Iron Tower which was fascinating.
The world. The world is simply amazing. It’s fascinating to see the changes that the lack of freedom of information has caused in the world. The automatons protecting the Library are also very very cool.
The pacing. Caine kept the story moving along at a great pace – there was never a point at which I lost interest. I kept wanting to listen to the next chapter.
That kick ass ending. The book does end on kind of a cliffhanger and it has made me very excited for book three. I really look forward to it.
I gave Paper and Fire four and a half stars out of five.
I liked this book a lot, not sure if I liked it as much as the first one. Some things just didn't make sense in this one or didn't flow as well as the first one. And for some reason I found a lot of errors in the book like saying the wrong persons name. And I didn't like the ending, they said lets go to the warehouse, nevermind it isn't safe, then they go to the warehouse anyway. And most of what happened at the end wouldn't of happened if Jess just gave a couple of books...that is all I am going to say to not ruin the ending. Also, the ending is a huge cliff hanger!
In this book you get to see more of the ugly underside of the library and how it ticks. One of the things I didn't see that I would have liked to, was in the last book, Wolfe pinpointed that Jess has an usual ability to withstand alchemy. But none of that was broadened in this book, she never even reference Jess unusual skill and seeing if he could do more. Why bring it up if she wasn't going to expand upon this gift he has? Not even mention it at all in this book. Everyone else gifts were used and expanded upon but Jess's that kind of disappointed me. It would have been cool to see him accidentally find out a new thing he could do while on the run to help them out.
But in the end, this is an awesome book. I really like how the author changes the future by making the library in charge and how that reality could be. I like how she really changes reality, the world building is very beautifully done. Like this could have really happened.
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A 3.5 but this one I rounded down to a 3. Like the first book, I felt like the first half of this was very slow and I struggled to get...Read more