Time for another book review, and this is book 3 in The Great Library series, when I started reading these books I thought it was going to be a trilogy but I'm really excited to find out that it's going to be 5 books total! Yeah!!!!
If you don't know what these books are about please don't start by reading this review as it is for book 3 and will contain spoilers. Here is my review on book 1: Ink and Bone and my review on book 2: Paper and Fire.
If you have read those first two books, let's jump right into the review:
Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously 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.
Oh, going back to this world and this characters brought back all the feelings and made me realize why I really love and enjoy reading this series. I'm just surprise why there isn't more people reading it, it's about books, about the dangerous that it can become, about have a Great Library in charge of all the books of the world and controlling who can read and what should be allowed to be read. It's just amazing. There is so much political things going on too, the friendships these characters develop? Ah, so good, you are always wondering if someone is really friends or if they are going to betray the other, but you also know will would everything to save the other. Yes, there is some romance too, but it's minimal that you appreciate the book even more.
Let's talk about this book, Jess and his friends escaped London, but they ended up right in the middle of Philadelphia which is a city controlled by burners and of course they take them as prisoners. But they have a plan, multiple plans to get themselves out of there, they tell the leader about their machine that will break the Library's rule and that will chance everything in the world. But, they also know they need a backup plan just in case. And good thing, because just when they think things are going good, things take a wide turn and they need to get out ASAP.
Once they are of Philadelphia with the help from someone from Jess's past, they are not safe like they thought they would be and making a new plan is they new strategy. Jess and his friends make some hard decisions at the end to save some of them and the future of Great Library.
The way the book ended I needed the next book right away and cannot wait for it to come out. So good...I totally recommend this series and this book for sure. 4.5 stars. Cannot wait for the next one!!!