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#TuesdayBookBlog Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

I’ve been waiting for SOOO long for this second book in The  Great Library series, and finally, I have it. On my shelf, and again on my Kindle, because it’s so beautifully done, I didn’t even want to take a chance of creasing a single page. Truly a stunning cover, to go with another stunning story. If you didn’t read my review of Book 1, Ink and Bone, you can check it out HERE. I adored it, and I adored this one no less.

Rachel Caine is a very strong writer, and creates characters that are flawed but endearing. I’ve been a fan of hers since the Weather Warden series, and read her YA Morganville Vamps series, as well. The Great Library books are nothing like either of those, except in the quality of writing, and the strength of the characters.

I do not do book synopses, and I hate spoilers. Even small ones. I don’t read reviews that have them, and I won’t write them either. But what I can tell you is that Jess Brightwell is an endearing and touching character, who finds himself in a world he never imagined being part of. One where nothing is as he had always believed, and time is running out in which to right great wrongs. And even though the cast of players is largely a young one, you never doubt for a minute that they will find a way. It’s more a question of how, and who, if anyone, will fall to the enemy along the journey. There are tense moments galore, believe me.

My personal favorite things about the book–besides the great library of Alexandria itself, which in this world, was never destroyed, but has become the most powerful force in the world–would have to be the automatons. Automata? Oh, the huge mechanical lions and sphinxes, and even the giant, spear-wielding Spartan! I loved the scenes describing them.

And the ending, while wrapping up the part of the story focused on in this book, has left me panting for Book 3. I will put it on pre-order the first day I can. And that, my friends, is about the highest testimonial I can give it.

If you’ve read Ink and Bone and enjoyed it as much as I did, you will want to read Paper and Fire. If you haven’t read either, you can find them here:

Ink and Bone

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6 thoughts on “#TuesdayBookBlog Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

  1. I still have book 1 to read and I know this has brilliant reviews too – nothing holding me back from reading other than time I suppose!
    Lynn 😀

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  2. Oh I like Rachel Cain books, not read one in a while, really enjoyed her Morganville vampire series.

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    • I’ve always liked her Urban Fantasy work, Rosie, but I have to say, I think she’s outdone herself with this one. Ink & Bone just blew me away, and Paper & Fire was just as good. The whole concept is mind-boggling. The Great Library of Alexandria surviving to become the most powerful force in the world, and corrupted over the centuries into something truly evil. Not only has it got all the typical bells and whistles of good urban fantasy, it’s got LIBARIES, and BOOKS! And secrets, and machinations. This is probably going to end up being one of my favorite urban fantasy series of all time, and that’s saying a lot, loving the genre like I do. Hope you give the books a try.

      And did I mention how gorgeous they are??? I have both of them on easels on my bookshelves, just so I can admire the covers every time I walk by. 😀

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  3. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:

    Got this done for Bookin’ It yesterday, and then, in honor of August being Amazon Reviews month, also posted it there. Yay. Two reviews for Amazon, and only halfway through the month. Aiming for more. Hope you are, too!

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  4. Linda Lee on said:

    You sold me, Marcia! Gave just enough detail and praise to make me want to read the series. Thanks for posting. Pinned & shared. 🙂

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