Ink and Bone
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: July 7, 2015
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….
First Sentence: “Hold still and stop fighting me,” his father said, and slapped him hard enough to leave a mark.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I’ve never read any of Rachel Caine’s books before, nor had I ever planned to. Vampires are old news now and have never interested me. Caine’s other book, Prince of Shadows, didn’t interest me either for some reason even though I’m a huge fan of retellings. I wasn’t remotely interested in Ink and Bone either, until I saw all the hype building around it and thought hey, why not give it a try?
“Call it a business deal, boy; it gets you what you crave, and it lends us advantage. Give it an honest go. Fair warning/l should you go and give up, or fail, you’ll get nothing else from this family from this day on. Not a penny.” (28)
I was very surprised how well-written Ink and Bone was. I know I sound snobby and rude when I say this, but I automatically assume books about vampires – with the exception of Richelle Mead since her books are so popular – are not written well since a majority of vampire books I’ve read before are under par. Ink and Bone, meanwhile, was written extremely well; the writing of the book made it a fluid and enjoyable read. Reading Ink and Bone makes me tempted to read Rachel Caine’s vampire series – as long as there are no love triangles in it of course.
The world-building in Ink and Bone was amazing too. Rachel Caine went in depth with everything related to the world-building – I can literally feel and picture the world she created without a problem. I am in awe with the descriptions Caine used and have no questions left about the world she created. I am most certainly eager to learn more about the world Caine created in the sequel.
“You should be more careful,” she said.
He froze cold inside. She knows. She knows about my family. (129)
Even though Ink and Bone is classified as a fantasy with a bit of historical fiction, the majority of Ink and Bone felt like it was a dystopian to me, especially after I finished reading the book. The Great Library of Alexandria in Ink and Bone felt like the evil government suppressing everyone in dystopians – the library has the same strict rules, same methods to deal with people who don’t fit their ideals, and all the same restrictions and violence used to control people like the evil government in dystopians do.
Overall, I really enjoyed Ink and Bone and I think a majority of you guys would really enjoy the book too. In addition, Rachel Caine will definitely be an author whose books I’ll definitely be checking out.