Monday, 6 July 2015

Review: Ink and Bone (THISTHISTHIS)

Ink and Bone
Publication Date: July 7th 2015
Publisher: Allison and Busby
~A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~

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.…

Excuse me, blabbering review that might not be coherent and might not make much sense because holy damn, Ink and Bone. And well, you too, Rachel Caine. 

Ever wondered what would have happened if the Great Library of Alexandria had survived? Rachel Caine has, and has rewritten history in the form of Ink and Born, and can I just say how freaking brilliant it is? The world-building, to the characters, to the slow plot and slow romance and that ending.  I think I mentioned in my review for Prince of Shadows (if you haven't read it, it's a retelling of Romeo and Juliet from Benvolio's perspective) that it was unlike anything I've read from Rachel Caine before, and once again, Ink and Bone is unlike anything I've read from Rachel Caine.