Friday, 24 July 2015
Review: Ink and Bone [The Great Library #1] by Rachel Caine
I first heard of Ink and Bone through an email subscription for the author, there were sample chapters on her website so I went ahead and read them, then needed to know more. When Ink and Bone arrived at my house I could not wait to dive into this new series.
When I began reading Ink and Bone I was eager to pick up where I had left off, and find out more about Jess and his family. However, what I thought was going to be an unputdownable read, ended up being a book that I varied between struggling and loving.
I love the idea behind the story, that books are a special item, and anyone caught with them is killed (although I like it more as a story, than a possibility) the Library finds out who has copies of books, and sends thier postulants, people in training to work at the Library, and scholars in to retrieve the books. Jess as the protagonist was an easy person to like. His family life isn't the best, and his family business isn't really what Jess wants to do with his life, so when he finds out he has been put forward to compete against others for a rare job at the library he is excited, but wary that his father will use this position to his advantage, having someone on the inside to collect the rare books for them to smuggle. But he is determined to make sure his family doesn't come between his job, wanting to do his best and escape the life he doesn't want. He is unremarkable and is often looked down upon, but has family business has him prepared for a lot of tests thrown their way.
I also liked the mix of characters and personalities among the group, but I found it hard to really make a connection with them. They either didn't stand out enough for me to notice them, or their role is very short lived. One of the characters I disliked instantly, but as the story developed we get to see the reasoning behind thier actions, and by the time I had finished reading the last word I found I had grown to like them.
However, one thing I didn't expect was the size of the book. My proof copy was 440 pages, and after reading the book I can see why it's so long. There is a lot of world building, not only about the past and why this has come into place, but also getting to know the characters, and what they are meant to do. This took away a lot of the time that could have been used for the story alone, and I found it hard to concentrate on the plot when it went into too much detail.
Overall, Ink and Bone was an interesting read and a promising start to a new series by Rachel Caine. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next to the characters I grew to love.