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Paper and Fire

(The Great Library #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  11,493 ratings  ·  1,458 reviews
Let the world burn.

With an iron fist, the Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion and, in the name of the greater good, forbidding the personal ownership of books.

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
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by New American Library
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Emily May
Another series that opened with a great concept and now doesn’t know what to do with it.

I saw it in series like Ee's Angelfall and Green's Half Bad. These books introduce us to vivid, fascinating worlds that captivate us, and then the sequels begin to wander aimlessly. Ink and Bone was full of secrets, alchemy, villains and books, set in a unique world where the Great Library of Alexandria (Egypt) rules. Paper and Fire is predictable, forgettable and kind of boring.

The first book rode the wave o
Mohammed Arabey
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
As one from Alexandria, Egypt..

I was so invested in this Alternate/Destopia Alexandria's Great Library Series.
With first book that has spirit of "Harry Potter" mixed with "451 Fahrenheit".

A World perfectly built, beautifully Alternate Alexandria, Tyranny Library, Forbidden Knowledge, Mystical Alchemy Powres, Wars and Rebellions.
With vast diversity of interesting characters..all in less than 350 pages only.

But Then came a sequel wasted precious ‘Papers’ without catching interesting enough ‘Fire’.
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

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The novelty wore off. Sadly, if it stayed entertaining, Paper and Fire confirmed the complaints I had with Ink and Bone, and lost a little of its charm along the way.

✔ As it was the case with the first book, we're on for a ride in a fast-paced and action-packed story which manages to stay out of boredom territory at all times. It is addictive and that's rare enough to point.

Moreover, alternative history is my jam, so it doesn't
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Just the thought of burning books makes me cringe!


I actually liked this second book better than the first. There is so much going on in this book I don't even know where to begin.

Jess Brightwood and Glain Wathen are training to be High Garda's. Jess has got things going on the side as he always does. He's trying to find information about their friend Thomas Schreiber and he finds it and it's not good.

I mean in this world these poor people live in I would never want to be a part of because the
C.G. Drews
Well that was EXCITING, I must say. I'm actually terrified of sequels and the dreaded Sequel Blues™....but honestly??? This was GLORIOUS. It was exciting and had high stakes and was jam packed with emotion and war and betrayal. Plus excellent pacing. I kind of felt Ink and Bone had a lot of slowish moments, but this was just GO (!!) GO (!!) GO (!!!!!) until I honestly need a small year's rest to recover. Excuse me, I just ran a marathon.

So Jess continues to be an excellent favourite! I'm so sad
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
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Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
Book Two of The Great Library series
Publisher: NAL
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“But hope was a malicious, jagged thing, all spikes and razors that churned and cut deep in his guts. Hope was a great deal like fear.”

Am I heart-broken? Yes.
Am I happy? Yes!
Am I in tears? Yep.
Did I enjoy this? HECK YEAH!

I really loved this book. I honestly liked this one better than the previous one, even though Ink and Bone was absolutely amazing!

The reason I enjoyed this book better than Ink and Bone, was because there was more character development, and the plot was more engrossing. A
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Paper and Fire is the second book in the Great Library series by Rachel Caine. In the first book, Ink and Bone, we are introduced to a world in which The Great Library is in every city and controls the books of the world. Using alchemy to distribute the books those working for the library track down anyone with any in their possession and confiscate the materials. Ownership of books is expressly forbidden and anyone violating this law could even be sentenced to death.

Jess Brightwell's family ha
Dannii Elle
This is the second instalment in The Great Library series.

This is set in a world where the Library rules in place of a government. By keeping the knowledge contained in books closely guarded, and only available for scholars and those deemed worthy, it can both impede and advance societal growth as it sees fit. Technology is stunted, business advancements are thwarted and the Library maintains a tight leash on its citizens. The all seeing and all powerful Library seems like an unbreakable patriar
Maria V. Snyder
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series!! This book is just as good as the first!!
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
2021 reread - 3.5 stars
On reread I feel the same about this book as I did before. It has some excellent parts and pushes the story through at a good pace, but it does have a middle book feel in the sense that a lot happens but nothing is resolved.

While I didn't love Paper and Fire as I loved Ink and Bone, I continue to thoroughly enjoy the series--which we now know is a 5 book series rather than a trilogy--particularly with the wonderful narration of the audiobook.

2016 read - 4 stars
A very solid
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dystopia
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Paper and Fire is the somewhat fun and action-filled sequel to Ink and Bone. It took me a while to get into the story again, and much of it felt highly redundant. I really enjoyed the last 100 or so pages though. Whether or not I'll read the rest of the series, I don't know; I'm not sure my interest will hold.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to this book but sadly I found it to be just average. It definitely suffered from second book syndrome and actually only moved the story forward a little bit. Most of the time I felt I was on some kind of roller coaster with the main characters repeatedly getting into danger, then escaping only to find themselves in more danger and escaping again.........endlessly.
As with the first book I felt no attachment to any of the characters. To me they seemed bland and unfor
I love these books! The Great Library rules, automatons patrol, & there are so many different countries centered around the written word ; and so many books being the very centerpiece of life. I cannot wait until July. I've liked this author's writing before but she really had something here.
This world she has built is amazement on every page and I can't wait to read Ash and Quill.
Trigger warnings: violence, torture (off screen, but mentioned), imprisonment, blood, mentions of attempted suicide. I think that's all?

This is action-packed from start to finish and I love it please read it okay bye.

God, this series is so freaking good. So, so good. Seriously. So good.

On reread, I'm bumping this up to 5 stars. I'm not sure whether it was the knowledge that I could immediately pick up the next book that meant I didn't feel the Middle Book Syndrome a
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another exceptional installment from The Great Library series, Ink and Bone being the first and Paper and Fire giving us book 2.

I, personally, loved Ink and Bone, it gave me a promising start to a brand new world created from a history that changed our present day and Paper and Fire continued the perilous journey of the Library's new recruits, their scholar and their allies.

I love the way that Rachel Caine portrays this world, I love the thoughts/concepts behind the history and it scares
Robin (Bridge Four)
Paper and Fire wasn’t quite what I wanted it to be…no hear me out. There was action, action, action and talking, talking, talking but no plot movement or story progression. Sure I like the characters but not enough that I didn’t want to see the arcs moving forward.

Part of the magic of Ink and Bone was all the kids together completing for a career. It is them against the world and the competition is fierce but so too are the friendships forged. It always felt like the story was moving forward.

Helena Paris
WOAH. Talk about fast-paced action! Needless to say, this book did not suffer from middle-book-syndrome. It was so exciting and had me at the edge of my seat! There were so many twists and turns, deceptions and betrayals! It was complete and utter perfection!

Jess was, as usual, the cinnamon roll we know and love. He isn’t a Scholar surrounded by the books he loves, but is a soldier in the High Garda, the Great Library’s army. His eyes have been opened to the cruelty and oppression that is the Li
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sequel! It was better than the first book and now I cannot wait till January for the third book. It was funny and action filled. The characters are so intriguing that you cannot help but be enthralled by their banter and adventure.
TS Chan
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-owned
4.5 stars.

Another close-to-perfect read, Paper and Fire was a superb sequel in The Great Library series, one that is on track to become a favourite.

I was hoping that Ink and Bone would not be a one-hit-wonder for this alternate history fantasy YA series, and I was not disappointed in the least. Firstly, the ending of the previous book ended on a cliffhanger-ish note as the fate of possibly the most endearing character was left hanging on the edge. I appreciated that Caine did not leave readers h
4.5 stars
Loved this 2nd installment of The Great Library series. It was not quite as impressive and powerful as Book 1, but it came close. I checked the reviews before I started reading and quite a lot of them mentioned the 2nd-book-syndrome, so I had some apprehensions, but I never really noticed anything. I loved the more detailed world-building, the characters and how the story was evolving and never felt bored, but always wanted to get more.

More detailed review to come.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot . It is a good sequel, full of action and adventure. In this reality, the library holds the power and all the knowledge and keeps it from reaching the people, the main characters see their roles change as their perception of the library changes with all they go throughout the book . We see familiar faces and faces we thought we wouldn't see again , if you haven't read this series yet, I recommend you do! . ...more
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it

Paper and Fire starts off right where Ink and Bone left off. Jess is in the service of library as a High Garda (aka soldier used to protect the books of the library and it’s scholars). Paper and Fire continues to explore what would have happened if the great library in Alexandria had never burned down, and if the library had all the power and knowledge in the world. Jess is joined by a bunch of other students who have graduated from library school and are now serving the library. When Jess learn
Ashley Marie
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The world Rachel Caine has breathed into life in these books continues to astound me. I can't wait to see what happens in the next one! And I'm thinking I may need copies of these on my shelves... you know, in case someone ever comes along and starts destroying books, maybe I'd turn into a smuggler :P Really though I barely know what to say about this except that it seems to have taken what we learned in book one and ratcheted everything UP. The action is nonstop, the pacing is excellent, the ch ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Considering that the first book Ink and Bone was one of my favourite reads for 2017, I was feeling both excited and nervous to dive into the sequel. We continue on from the events with Jess Brightwell as the main character and is now serving in a military role in Alexandria but on a mission gone wrong, he and all of his friends have to escape in order to survive. You do need to read Ink and Bone before Paper and Fire otherwise you will get spoiled! As before, I do find the long length chapters t ...more
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I reviewed Ink and Bone, you may remember I noted that the novel reminded me of Harry Potter and particularly its characters. In my mind, I pictured some of the characters in this trilogy as beloved characters from the Potter series. That trend continues as Caine continued to develop this motley crew. These similarities whether purposeful or not only enhanced my overall reading experience.

Intense, filled with death, danger, and horrifying images for any book lover, I quickly became immersed
Actual rating: 4.5 stars, rounded up.

So far, this series is everything I enjoy about YA novels without the things I find obnoxious. The plot is interesting and fast-paced, the world building is enchanting without being overwhelming, the characters are multi-dimensional and sympathetic, and the romances are so dramatic as to evoke soap opera vibes. There’s plenty of tension and drama in the story, but none of it feels trite or overwrought like that in so many of the YA books I’ve read that left m
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I had a lot of books on my must-read list this year, but perhaps few were as highly anticipated as this follow-up to Ink and Bone, which was one of my favorite reads of 2015. Having learned from experience though, I approached Paper and Fire with realistic expectations despite the immense excitement of being able to visit the world of The Great Library again. The first book was just such a phenomenon for me, and I knew i
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
2.8 stars
I loved book one, this one, not so much. There was a lot of running around, escaping, getting caught, escaping again, running, getting caught......and never really getting anywhere. the endless loop of the same thing over and over. It felt like a filler. Ouch that hurt to say I love this author but shoot me out of the canon it was a circus of escaping escapades. One of the characters who the story would have had difficulty going on without came back, it's a miracle ! Yeh it was too conv
The Book Queen
'Want to read'.


I do not 'want to read' this book. I need to read this book. I have never wanted a sequel this much in my life and it is wonderful.



P.S. That tag line thing?

"Let the world burn."

I am about to die of excitement.
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