Paper and Fire
LET THE WORLD BURN
With an iron fist, the Great Library ruthlessly controls the knowledge of the world, 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 his life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered for ever. Embarking on a mission...more
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 ...more
The first shelf of books was fully on fire with licks of greenish-white flame. The second above it smoked, and Jess could see paper blackening and curling at the edges.
Book after book.
Level after level.
*Gasp* If that’s not every bibliophile’s nightmare, I don’t know what is.
The sequel to Ink and Bone is ten times more cryptic, intense and brutal than the first book in The Great Library series. Ever single character is unceasingly looking over their shoulders to make sure ...more
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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 ...more
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’. ...more
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 ...more
So Jess continues to be an excellent favourite! I'm so sad ...more
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
Book Two of The Great Library series
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…
Jess Brightwell's family ha ...more
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.
As with the first book I felt no attachment to any of the characters. To me they seemed bland and unfor ...more
This world she has built is amazement on every page and I can't wait to read Ash and Quill.
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 ...more
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.
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 as much or if it was simply that I read it at a different pace. But whatever it was, I loved ...more
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.
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 me ...more
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 gradua ...more
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 ...more
Hahahahahahaha UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE CENTURY.
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.
OH EM GEE IT HAS A COVER! AND A SYNOPSIS! AND THE COVER IS FAB AND IT MATCHES INK AND BONE! AND THE SYNOPSIS SOUNDS FANTASTIC GAH I AM EXCITED
P.S. That tag line thing?
"Let the world burn."
I am about to die of excitement.
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 ...more
Wow! Brilliant, clever, captivating, exciting... I love this series and these characters so much! The wait for the third book is going to feel so long!
Fast-pacing, layered characters, plenty of action and twists, unexpected character behavior and of course, the strong friendship = EVERYTHING I LOVE.
As I said in my original review, we finally learn more about Glain as she had the least "screen-time" in the first book. She's definitely one kick-ass girl, but I like how all of the characters are depicted as strong. Some are stronger emotionally, some physically, but every single one of them had an area they kicked ass in. They ...more
The story picks up about 3-6 months after the ending of Ink and Bone.
Jess and Glain are both in the service of the High Garda. Khalila and Dario made it to being Scholars, and Wolfe is hauled off to someplace 'safe' because the A ...more
Serving in the High Garda is nothing like Jess Brightwell expected. He survived his studies as a postulant under Scholar Wolfe, but now everything has changed. His best friend is gone and Morgan has been taken away to the Iron Tower. When Jess and his allies receive word that all might not be lost, they undertake a daring rescue mission that will place them in an even more dangerously precarious position wit ...more
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