Paper and Fire (Great Library Series #2)

Paper and Fire (Great Library Series #2)

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by Rachel Caine
     
 

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In Ink and Bone, 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...
 
With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world,

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In Ink and Bone, 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...
 
With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, 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 serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.
 
Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.
 
But Jess’s home isn't safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Ink and Bone
 
“Rachel Caine transports the reader to an imaginary future world where a Great Library controls all knowledge and the private ownership of printed books is a radical, dangerous practice…Ink and Bone launches a magical new series that will leave readers begging for more.”—Deborah Harkness, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
 
“Dark, riveting, heart-in-the-throat storytelling, with characters who caught me up and hold me even now. A don't-miss read!”—Tamora Pierce, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Caine’s elegantly detailed descriptions bring Jess’s world to vivid life in a fast-paced, action-oriented plot that will leave readers breathlessly anticipating not just the next page but the next book in the Great Library Series.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“A thrill-a-minute adventure. . . This first entry into the Great Library series has pieces that mirror the excitement and bitterness of the Hunger Games series and contains some of the psychological elements of the Harry Potter books.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“Fans will fall in love with Jess and want the next book out immediately.”—USA Today
 
“A strong cast of characters and nail-biting intensity make for a promising start to this series.”—School Library Journal
 
“A modern masterpiece. . . . Fellow bibliophiles, expect to be some variation on struck—awestruck, dumbstruck, starstruck, maybe even thunderstruck. . .a new series to thrill every bookworm’s heart!”—Christian Science Monitor
 
“Caine's world where books and libraries dominate is not for the faint of heart...What’s not to love? Imagine Harry Potter where the real magic is found within the pages of ancient texts. This book proves the adage that knowledge is power.”—RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick)

Library Journal
07/01/2016
The Great Library regulates all the knowledge of the world. Rebellion is fought to the ground, and book ownership is tantamount to treason. Jess Brightwell (Ink and Bone) is now a member of the Library's army, but it is not the service he dreamed of doing. His best friend Thomas has been convicted of heresy against the institution and is gone, and his girlfriend Morgan is in the Iron Tower. Still, he is determined to go to task for the Library, and on a mission in Alexandria, Jess and his squad learn something that forces them to step out on their own, putting them in the crosshairs of the Library's automatons. They flee to London, where Jess hopes some of his family will support him. However, London is no safer than Alexandria; fires are overtaking the city and the Welsh army is on its way. Jess may have to choose among his family, friends, and the Library, which is willing to destroy anything in its pursuit for total control. VERDICT This exciting, fast-paced adventure from the prolific Caine (Prince of Shadows) will appeal to fans of fantasy with a sense of camaraderie.—KC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451472403
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/05/2016
Series:
Great Library Series , #2
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
28,535
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the Great Library series, Prince of Shadows, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series.

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Paper and Fire 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR 3 months ago
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine is the second book in The Great Library series. Paper and Fire picks up where Ink and Bone ended. Jess Brightwell and his friends find out that their friend, Thomas was not killed (as they were told). He is rotting in prison, and they are determined to help him. The group sets out to find his location and rescue him. It means that all of them will be forfeiting their positions within the Library. They are willing to risk their lives and positions to help Thomas. The Artifex Magnus is out to stop them and he will do whatever it takes. Will they succeed in rescuing Thomas and what price will they pay? Paper and Fire is a good book, but a little slow in places. It gets bogged down in details and descriptions (helped establish the world but also slowed down the pace). The writing is good (as with all of Rachel Caine’s books) and there is a lot of action (fighting scenes and running). I give Paper and Fire 4 out of 5 stars. I liked it, but did not love it. Paper and Fire ends with a cliffhanger. We have to wait for the next installment (which means we will have to wait a year) to find out what happens to Jess and his friends. Will they ever be free and can they change the Library? I am not sure if I will read the next book in the series. I probably will just to see how the series ends (if they can change the Library’s ways). I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
StephanieTiner 4 months ago
The Library Controls what you can read, write, and own when it comes to books. The personal ownership of books is illegal. And The Library has no trouble dealing with those who break the law. Or anyone who threatens The Library's power. After surviving as a postulant, Jess Brightwell has been placed in The Library's High Garda. After retuning from a dangerous mission in war torn Oxford, Morgan was taken to live in the Iron Tower and Jess' best friend Thomas has disappeared. Despite being told by The Library that Thomas is dead, Jess cannot believe it and begins looking for information to the contrary. Jess and his friends embark on a mission to save their friend but are soon the target of The Library. Jess will soon have to choose between his friends and his family, and The Library is willing to do anything to stop them. I enjoyed this installment of The Great Library series. The cover is very interesting with its image of the inside of one of the great libraries. I really like the burning paper imagery which foreshadows the possible use of Greek fire. I also like the fact that they tried to make the spine look like an old original in the story. I don't understand the images of the dragons on the front, as that have no ties to the story itself, but they fit with the rest of the cover and are very appealing to the eye. I personally simply love dragons as well, so I liked this small addition. As for the story itself, I found it to be well written and constructed. the plot line was captivating and fast-paced. I found the action level a little tame at first, compared to the ending of the first book, but understandably so, and it did not stay that way for long. The mystery is confounding and the many twists to the plot keep you guessing and demanding more. I also enjoyed learning more about the Iron Tower where the obscurists and the automata. The idea that the library could be a force of evil is an interesting and somewhat terrifying idea for me. I love the library and all of the possibilities that is holds. But the idea does hold water, for knowledge is power, therefore, whoever controls the knowledge holds the power. I am eager to continue with this series, to see what becomes of Jess and his friends, as well as, what becomes of The Library. Rachel Caine is indeed a very talented writer. I am surprised it took me so long to read any of her works. This book was terrific and I would recommend it to bibliophiles worldwide. I received my copy of this book from the publishers, New American Library, an imprint of Penguin random House, for the sole purpose of an honest review, and have permission to use the cover image above. stephanietiner.weebly.com
SecondRunReviews 5 months ago
Goodness where do I even start. More stuff is revealed about the nastiness that is The Great Library. Love grows. Deception is around nearly every corner. There’s heart pounding action. And heartbreaking crimes against people and books. I’m still marveling over Caine’s ability to convey, in this series, how important books are to individuals. I believe the emotion she writes related to books is as strong has the human relationships. I connect with Jess because of his love for books. The emotional connection he has with books just pours off the page. On the flipside of that, Caine walks a delicate balance of the importance, control and power the knowledge that books carry in society. As our cast of characters journey from Alexandria to Rome to London and in the final pages a surprising location that I won’t reveal, the motives of the Burners are revealed. And the question is asked, what is more important—a life or a book? I truly excited to see where Caine takes this story next. Jess and the gang have been tossed into the fire at the end of book 2. After working through the depths the Library will go to cover up, hide and misuse knowledge, I almost certain that the team is in for a big discoveries about the Burners going into book 3. It sucks that those discoveries and adventures are more than likely another year away!
LITERALADDICTION_MLO 6 months ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Scholastic Siren - Sara: *Copy gifted by the publisher in exchange for an honest review This is a series with very complex characters, plot and world building. Therefore, I highly suggest reading these in order. This review may contain spoilers for the first book. Jess is back in Alexandria at the library and has been assigned to a guarda company. Morgan is still locked away in the tower, but she has found a way to safely communicate. When Jess and his company are almost killed in what is supposed to be an exercise, he realizes none of them are safe. Can Jess, Scholar Wolfe, Morgan, and the rest escape the library while the rest of the world is at war? Can they even keep each other safe? This is a strong entry in the series. There is even more character development than Ink and Bone. The story is full of action, but also a great depth. The theme of the story is very timely even though this is a fictional version of our world. Knowledge may be power, but should that knowledge be shared?
Anonymous 6 months ago
Two sittings. Couldn't put it down.
Alyssa75 7 months ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine Book Two of The Great Library series Publisher: NAL 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… With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, 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 serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart. Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London. But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control… What I Liked: I didn't think I could love this series any more than I already do! Last year, Ink and Bone captivated me, and the ending left me up in arms and ready to storm... something, for the sequel. Paper and Fire is nothing I was expecting, and so utterly satisfying. I got everything I was waiting for, and then some! Now I'm hankering for book three! Jess Brightwell is in training to be a soldier of the High Garda, with Glain as his squad leader. After Thomas's death, and Morgan being sent to the Iron Tower, Glain is the only one Jess trusts. Jess pieces together something incredibly unbelievable, and he rallies the group (Glain, Khalila, Dario, Wolfe, Santi) to try and do the impossible. Nothing is easy; Khalila is a Scholar, as is Dario. Santi is a commanding officer. Wolfe seems unstable. And everyone, including the Archivist, has their eyes on Jess. Nowhere is safe, and no one is trustworthy. I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I fell back into the story! I remembered the ending of Ink and Bone very well, but most of the details from the book escaped me. Caine makes it very easy to slip back into Jess's head (third person perspective), and I didn't feel lost. In fact, you could probably get away with reading this book without having read Ink and Bone at all - though I don't recommend going that route. Ink and Bone was intricate and complex and SO good! I swear Jess is Spiderman or something! He isn't a natural soldier (he was training to be a Scholar!), but he gets into shape and follows his duties and his training and excels (in my opinion). He's also retained his intelligence and cleverness, and all of his mastermind criminal ways (from his family business, if you recall). But more than all of these things, Jess has a big heart and a selfless soul. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
alwayskimmer 7 months ago
Love this series! Another great book by Rachel Caine. The only thing I don't like is waiting for the next book to come out.
TheGenreMinxBookReviews 7 months ago
This book will have a lasting impact with both book lovers and activists for personal freedom. The thread that is woven between both books is about the power of knowledge and its connection to personal freedom. It is a resounding call that few would dare to ignore. Reading this book you are pulled emotionally in different directions. You are entranced by the world building of the libraries and other centers of knowledge and you want, no truly desire for someone to care for those beautiful books. You understand why the Burners want the Library to end its control, because if we were in that world we would also want our freedom. There are also the smugglers, would we, as book lovers become one of those. Heck, I know that I covet my books and if I were denied them I would have to find a way to have them. So who are truly the good guys and who are the bad guys because we can relate to all the groups, it is hard to take sides. For me I felt that the book was predictable but I enjoyed the ride. The Archivist is still a bad guy, we knew that; Jess is still Jess. Glain has some character growth but she is still the girl we knew from the first book. The same goes for Khalila, Wolfe, Santi and the Brightwells. Jess’s family just sucks BUT there was a spark with Brendan that made me think that he may, in the next book, come off the “I suck! shelf.” There was character development with Dario and he made some surprising choices that made him more interesting and Morgan has not really changed but it is her situation that will grab you. I think you can guess through the synopsis who the “one of there own is” and I am so glad for this because I loved the big oaf’s character. So what is this book really about? Elements of danger, subterfuge, mysterious interactions, and more danger, no one is immune and you will feel for all the groups represented. Well except for the Archivist, let that guy suffer, no one is going to feel for him. It is a well-written book and leaves you “burning,” lol, for the third book in the series.
Laura_at_125Pages 7 months ago
4..5 Stars I am an unabashed Rachel Cain lover. I have enjoyed everything I have read of hers and I was beyond excited to read her latest, Paper and Fire. The first in this series, Ink and Bone was one of my favorite books of 2015 (see my review here) so the wait for this one was torturous and long. Now I love love loved the first book; it was magical and special and I never wanted to stop reading it. I also loved this book, but in a completely different way. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine is very much a transition book. Where book one was all gorgeous world building and character love, this one was very much a build up book. What I mean by that is there was action, a bit of romance and intrigue, tested loyalties and betrayal, but no real sense of completion. It did, however, perfectly lay the groundwork for book three. We re-join Jess Brightwell as he is serving in the Garda with his heart-broken after the loss of Morgan and his best friend Thomas. His conscription to serve the Great Library and through it the written word is consistently challenged by his own feelings and the fate of those around him. The plot of Paper and Fire was solid. It explained more of the world Jess and his compatriots live in, it carried through the truly vile dealing of the high ups at the Library and it set a fantastic base for the next book. Now, Rachel Caine can write, a fact I am very familiar with. She has a way of being able to say the perfect thing at the exact right moment. Through her the characters and world come to vivid life. The pacing of the story was great. There were no crazy time jumps or super slow periods. The world building was somewhat minimal, as book one accomplished most of that, but the new things revealed were incredible. The through description of the automatons alone made the world that much more complete. The emotions were not as strong in this book, I think because the main emotion was despair and while that came through well, it pushed everything else down a little through its heaviness. I still loved the characters here, but not quite as much as I did in book one. I think because they were setting up for the next section they were more focused on mission and not on the feels, but I still enjoyed them. Now I will say do not go into Paper and Fire expecting Ink and Bone. They are very different but in a good way. Rachel Caine has used this book as a platform for the next and I think she did a great job at it. I will anxiously wait for a whole year for the next, and will happily revisit the world Caine created. Original review @ 125Pages.com 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.
MightyMouseSW 7 months ago
This is a wonderful second book in a series. The characters get more fleshed-out and we really get the chance to know them all, not just Jess. I love how they pull together and stand up to the tyranny of The Library. I highly recommend this series to all lovers of fantasy, alternate history, dystopian novels, and anyone who just plain loves an action-packed read.