Series: The Great Library

Release Day: Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine with Giveaway

Posted July 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review, Giveaway | | 5 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Release Day: Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine with GiveawayAsh and Quill by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #3
Published by Berkley on July 11, 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealousy 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....


Ash and Quill is the third book in the Great Library series.  I started this journey thanks to Ace Roc stars. I choose to continue.  The world and the characters are familiar and dear. This is not a stand-alone; one needs to read the series in order. The knowledge of the situation builds as it goes along.

Tension filled me throughout this read. It’s exciting and interesting and uncertain. The suspense of what will happen is constant. It’s also frustrating, as each book ends after a particular situation,  but it’s still a sort of cliffhanger with not knowing if they will be safe or succeed on any of their goals. As with Paper and Fire, the ending throws our group into a new situation, so it gives me plenty of time to worry and freak out before the next book. You can read that review since I could repeat it here and it would be accurate for Ash and Quill. I expect the plot twists since almost nobody is honest and shares actual information.

Jess as our main guy, continues to grow and learn. He has very tough choices to make, uncomfortable ones. He has to mature and learn quickly to keep himself and his loved ones alive. Our brave group stays alive, but their physical and mental states take a beating.

There will be two more books in the series which can’t come fast enough. I feel it’s quite rude to want more when this one is just published, so I will practice patience. Since things are so unsettled, and they are dire, this would be a wonderful series to binge read. It’s all one story really.


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About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 45 novels to date, and many short stories, including fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction, young adult fiction, mystery, thriller, and horror. Her notable series include The Morganville Vampires, Weather Warden, Revivalist, Red Letter Days, and Outcast Season novels. She graduated from Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Her first short story was published in 1990, and her first novel in 1991.

After a long career in business (including working as an office manager, payroll manager, insurance investigator, web designer, graphic designer, and corporate communications executive) she began writing full time in 2009.

She and her husband, artist R. Cat Conrad, live and work in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Posted June 30, 2016 by Anne in Book Review, Giveaway | 12 Comments

    Complex and well-written, The Great Library series could be reread and more details discovered each time. There are bits of humor and romance but this is fantasy, set in history with magic. Books are revered, as they should be. There is a war happening, both political and actual, with a David versus Goliath feel. I really loved getting to know these characters in Ink and Bone, and this continues. They are so important to me; I am so worried about them. The suspense is high with the threat of death constant. Young, smart and capable, Jess and his friends use their talents to the fullest. Their situation is treacherous. Allies are developed which works out …. sometimes. The allies may help, or die, […]

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Posted July 16, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

I was very excited to get Ink and Bone, the first in the new The Great Library series by Rachel Caine, She also wrote the Morganville Vampire series which I have enjoyed. I didn’t know what to expect from Ink and Bone, except that it would be about books and what could be more exciting, right? It was a slow start for me. Ink and Bone is set in a different time or the world has happened differently. The nuances of the world and the characters are interesting but it took a bit to settle in my mind. If you’re like me, first books sometimes are hard, since you have to get the setup organized in your head. But once that happened, I really enjoyed Ink and […]