Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Posted June 30, 2016 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway / 12 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Paper and Fire by Rachel CainePaper and Fire by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #2
Published by NAL on July 5, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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


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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, or betray them. The action and my fear continue throughout and then Paper and Fire ends. It isn’t over; things aren’t resolved. I can’t even find information on book 3 which I need NOW.


Ink and Bone


Ace has offered me a print copy of the first book, Ink and Bone, which will get you started on the series, as a giveaway,  US only. Please comment below to enter the giveaway, ending July 9th.


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, lived in Fort Worth, Texas. She passed away November 1, 2020 from cancer.

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Posted June 30, 2016 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway / 12 Comments

12 responses to “Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

  1. Sharyonda

    Whoa…I don’t know if I could live in this world but sure would love to read about it!

  2. Karin Anderson

    This series has always interested me, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I would love to read about the library.

  3. Lauren

    I’ve never heard of this series! Excited to read and maybe win!

  4. Rebecca B

    Aaah man I love this series so much, I checked it out from the library nd I instantly loved it. Thanks for the opportunity!