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Ink and Bone (The Great Library) (edition 2016)

by Rachel Caine (Author)

Series: The Great Library (1)

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"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 ... 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"--Dust jacket flap.… (more)
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Title:Ink and Bone (The Great Library)
Authors:Rachel Caine (Author)
Info:Berkley (2016), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

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    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Cecrow)
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    Libyrinth by Pearl North (reconditereader)
    reconditereader: All-powerful libraries with arcane technology hide big social secrets.
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All of the characters are well written. Wolfe the teacher seems to be harsh at first but, as the story goes on you learn more about him and start to feel sympathetic towards Wolfe. Dario is a bully that just there to be. He grows as a character and in the end him and Jess don’t exactly become friends but, they do make peace. ( )
  AnnaBookcritter | Sep 15, 2020 |
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All of the characters are well written. Wolfe the teacher seems to be harsh at first but, as the story goes on you learn more about him and start to feel sympathetic towards Wolfe. Dario is a bully that just there to be. He grows as a character and in the end him and Jess don’t exactly become friends but, they do make peace. ( )
  AnnaBookcritter | Sep 15, 2020 |
3.5 stars. A fun story and it definitely kept me engaged, but there’s almost no explanation of the magic system and that bothers me. ( )
  widdersyns | Jul 19, 2020 |
I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. Also it stands up so well rereading! There's some great foreshadowing, and it's so cool to see how much everything has changed between this book and Smoke and Iron!

Also the characters are all PRECIOUS AND PERFECTION! ALL OF THEM! (Except for Morgan. She's boring. But you can't have everything. *sighs*) ( )
  irisssssssss | Jun 17, 2020 |
In a world where the Great Library of Alexandria never burned but instead became the central body of a world-wide system of libraries who control all access to knowledge, Jess Brightwell grows up in a family of book smugglers in London who sell original books and scrolls to the collectors who can afford it. When Jess turns sixteen, his father arranges for him to enter the Library as a postulant. The plan is for Jess to work as a double-agent, turning over the occasional volume to his family as needed. But as Jess begins his training, he discovers political machinations within the Library that will threaten everyone he cares about.

That summary only scratches the surface of everything going on in this novel, the first of a series. Of course, I'm a sucker for anything involving a library and to have a universe where the library is the menacing agency is fascinating. There's a light steampunk element here and faint elements of fantasy but large chunks of the novel are devoted to the characters and exploring the world and the Library. The plot churns along at an excellent pace and I'm looking forward to picking up other books in the series. ( )
  MickyFine | Jun 15, 2020 |
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To Carrie Ryan and Kami Garcia. This one's for you, my friends.
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"Hold still and stop fighting me," his father said, and slapped him hard enough to leave a mark.
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Imagine a world in which anyone, anywhere, could create and distribute their own words, however ignorant or flawed!
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"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 ... 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"--Dust jacket flap.

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The Great Library
censors works of literature
for the greater good.
(passion4reading)
Knowledge is power
We decide what you can read
Progress is suppressed
(passion4reading)

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