Published July 5th 2016 by NAL
Available on hardcover, paperback, kindle, ebook and audio
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian
Source: I received a free ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Ink and Bone introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library—and rewrite history—continues. . . .
With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.
Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.
Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.
But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control. . . .
I was really excited when I was approved for the eARC. Then life happened and I couldn’t read it before release time or archiving date. heck, it took me a whole month to be able to finish it – And no. It isn’t the book fault. I actually read it in THREE sittings. The time between each was too long. It also helped me to keep emotions in check. More or less. Because I finished it little more than an hour ago and the only thing I can think of is WHAT. THE. HELL. JUST. HAPPENED?!
Minor spoilers ahead because it is near impossible to take it all from my system without them.
The book is crazy good. It has everything. Twists. Plots. Conspiracy. Back stabbing. Tears and smiles and death and mayhem and every bookworm nightmare that involves fire.
Yes, the books ends up with no end in sight. Same as last one. That, is not a cliffhanger – well I guess technically, it is – having one of the main characters grabbed by motorcycle men and a stake driven into his heart while his friends scream, that my friends, is a cliffhanger… and the only reason I survived it was because I had next book on hand.
What I Loved
Jess. It is impossible not to love Jess. He has so many flaws and qualities that mix up in a very enjoyable package. His background and his loyalties never cease to amaze me. He was a little naive though. I shouted a few times that smugglers would prefer rare volumes to press… but hey. he will find out that eventually, right? right? His family still confuses me… Brandon specially. I still can’t figure him out, maybe in next book.1
Glain, Santi, Wolfe, Morgan and the rest of the gang – yes, even Dario, although sometimes I would love a good punch at him. They are complex characters with LOTS of layers. But their friendship is the high point on all this. The way they throw their believes away and risk hopes, dreams and future, heck, their own life to save one of their own is a thing to behold. This books shows us a completely different side of Wolfe. I’m still not sure what to think… but, it fits what he been through.
The story. It was a action packed book. It has tender moments. It has angst, peril, death, treason and unexpected allies. The book has it all. And it is written in a way that makes us swallow all and not think as too much.
The automata. Scary, killer machines, that can also be like pets. LOOOOOOOOVED the purring lion.
The new destination. I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE HOW THE STORY UNFOLDS. And I need the next book like no tomorrow.
What makes me itchy
The inconsistency. So. Jess finds out that the message to go to the warehouse was a fluke. And then what does Brandon tell him? The rendez-vous point was the warehouse. Come again? But wasn’t it a ruse? Who send that message and why isn’t that person there? And how on earth did his father lose his codex but manages to be unscathed?
Jess’s apparently immortality. I lost count how many times he bled on this book. Or suffered injured. He banged his head so many times that an excessive number of concussions would be caused. He actually feels the aches and pains at the moment at hand. But one solid nap after and he’s good to go, unlike his friends that actually need recovering time. Which is annoying at least (*)
“Hard habit to break, friendship.”
― Rachel Caine,
“One thing you learn early growing up a girl—people always talk, whatever you do,” Glain said.”
― Rachel Caine,
“Anything is possible. The impossible just takes longer.’” “Stupid”
― Rachel Caine,