Thursday, July 6, 2017

ARC Review: Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

Ash and Quill
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library (Book 3)
Publication: Berkley (July 11, 2017)

Description: 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....

My Thoughts: This is the third book in the Great Library series but not the last as evidenced by its cliffhanger ending.

Jess Brightwell and his fellow escapees from the Archivist Magister find themselves in the Burner city of Philadelphia. Philadelphia is under siege by the forces of the Library. They find themselves in the middle of a war and both sides want them dead.

Jess and Thomas bargain for their survival by agreeing to build a printing press that Thomas has invented - again. The printing press had been invented many times over the years and, each time, the Library has suppressed it and killed or imprisoned the inventor. The printing press and many other inventions threaten the power that the Library has amassed over the centuries. The head of the Library will do anything to hold on to his personal power. If that means killing Thomas, he is more than willing to do that.

All of the group are wanted by the Magister for their various offenses. All of them also want to restore the Library to the glory it had before the Archivist Magisters began to value power over the role the Library was supposed to serve.

I really enjoy the world building in this series which rewrites the contributions and inventions of famous scientists through history. Just a few mentioned in this one are Gutenberg, Archimedes, and Heron of Alexandria. I also like the political landscape of the series with the Library taking over so many countries. I liked that the United States was a country in rebellion to the aims of the Library.

This one has a fast-moving plot as Jess tries to out think and out plan the many forces against them including his own father and other book smugglers.

Fans of the series will enjoy this episode and be eagerly waiting for the next.

Favorite Quote:
"Very well. Lock them up --"

"There's the good Burner welcome I was waiting for," Wolfe said sourly.

"-- and see that they are well treated," Beck continued. But he glanced at Wolfe, and behind the artifice of good humor, there was something far darker. He was the leader of a city that was fighting a war, and worse than that, he was a true believer. A fanatic who didnt' hesitate to kill, maim, and destroy in his attempts to make the world in his image.
I received this one for review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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