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Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #4
Published by Berkley on July 3, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making...if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.
This is what I was looking for in the last two books in The Great Library series. In them, there were battles and they were on the run, and at the end of each book, it was kind of like a cliffhanger with a new
life -threatening crisis location for the following book. The series should be read in order as the political and personal happenings would be tough to follow out of order.
In book 3, Ash and Quill, it is obvious more than just our group of unlikely heroes has issues with the library. Actual war has broken out in multiple places. In the end, Jess, Dario and Morgan decide they must face the dangers and make personal sacrifices to bring about the changes they believe must occur.
Their plan is very brave and very dangerous. Throughout Smoke and Iron, there are many chances for any of the group to be betrayed and die. It is a heart-stopping race to gain allies to believe in their cause and bring about change. While Jess is still a main character, Morgan, Wolfe, and especially Khalila are equally important to their plan and survival.
Unfortunately, the bad guys aren’t stupid; they have many resources at their disposal and they are ruthlessly cruel and selfish. But many have begun to see their machinations and lies to hold their power and control. Our band of misfits, works well on every front available to their cause. I’m already awaiting book 5 to see if they succeed.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge