The Great Library controls all the knowledge of the
world, deciding what is safe for the average person to
know. Books are a precious and rare commodity, traded on
the black market at increasingly higher rates. However,
everything the Great Library has worked for is at stake,
as a small band of rebellious scholars, three members of
the High Garda, and an Obscurist are determined to change
the way it operates. Unfortunately, Jess Brightwell and
his friends now find themselves at the mercy of Willinger
Beck, a leader of the Burner city of Philadelphia. Will
Jess and his friends survive in a city that opposes
everything their lives once stood for?
ASH AND QUILL picks right up where the prior book, PAPER AND
FIRE, ended. If you haven't read the first two books
Great Library series, I suggest you read
them in the order of the series as you'll better
appreciate the ongoing story arc. The world building and
character development have already been established, even
as Rachel Caine throws a few new wrinkles at us in ASH
AND QUILL. Alliances appear to be shifting as trust is a
fragile thing Rachel Caine's dark and mysterious world.
Rachel Caine's character development is masterful, as she
shows us the heart and soul of the characters. ASH AND
QUILL forces the characters to make some hard choices as
life and death are on the line. The decisions aren't easy
ones and Rachel Caine shows us clearly the anguish that
grips the characters as they face moral dilemmas where
every decision leads to some form of heartbreak or death.
Jess continues to grow on me, even as Khalila Seif
remains a solid favorite for me. However, Rachel Caine
throws a surprise hero into the mix and, while I won't
reveal spoilers, I'm very curious to see where the next
installment will take us.
ASH AND QUILL is yet another stunningly good tale by the
talented Rachel Caine. Rachel Caine has solidified my
appreciation and enjoyment of the steampunk genre with
Great Library series. One caution, however, as
the cliffhanger endings of this series will leave you
desperately wanting the next book immediately. The
Great Library series only gets better and better with
each book and I can't wait to see what happens next!
The unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone and
Paper and Fire unite to save the Great Library of
Alexandria from itself in this electrifying adventure in the
New York Times bestselling series.
Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library
jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels
poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny....
Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London,
only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city
led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But
Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge
to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.
Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to
choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their
enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library....