Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Book Review: Paper and Fire [The Great Library #2] by Rachel Caine

Title: Paper and Fire
Author: Rachel Caine
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Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: The Great Library #2
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Publication Date: 5th July 2016
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
In Ink and Bone, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, she continues the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library—and rewrite history…

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…
My Thoughts
When Paper and Fire arrived through my letterbox I was excited to make a start on it, but when I did begin reading I struggled to make progress. I chose to start reading this at a time in my life when it was busy with tests, family leaving, and planning a weekend away, and all of this factored into making it hard for me to concentrate on anything. Therefore it took me far longer than anticipated to actually finish this book, but once my outside issues had gone I found myself really enjoying the book.

Paper and Fire picks up after the previous book, with Jess now working as part of the Great Libraries army, with training every day. But this new role comes with more risk to Jess and his family, especially as he uses his contacts to smuggle books. But as his time spent under the Great Library progresses, Jess soon finds out that his life, and his friend's lives are at stake. Someone is out to get them to ensure they don't reveal any secrets.

I really enjoyed the progression of this book, we see the characters we know from the previous book, but see how they grow and change throughout the story, how thier beliefs and perceptions can be changed for the right reasons. I liked getting to see them band together to save the lives of friends they thought they had lost, but also to try and get the truth out one way or another.
I liked how things were explained and revealed as the characters discovered them, making me feel part of this journey with them. There were several twists and turns where I found myself holding my breath, hoping for the best outcome for Jess and his friends, and although they do suffer some loss, they continue on with the hopes they can take power away from the Great Library,

The ending of Paper and Fire was not what I expected, and it leaves me very interested in seeing where it goes now, especially after the swift exit from old faces.

Final Verdict
Paper and Fire is a great addition to this series. It has enough to progress the series but also keep it interesting. The ending has me needing to know what happens next and I can't believe I have to wait forever to see how it ends.

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