Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine

Smoke and Iron (Great Library, #4)

by Rachel Caine

To save the Great Library, the unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone, Paper and Fire, and Ash and Quill put themselves in danger in the next thrilling adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

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.

Reviewed by Beth C. on

4 of 5 stars

We're back with the crew as they take on the Archivist - much more directly this time. War is on the horizon, and the Archivist is pulling out all the stops to crush any and all rebellion.

It took a little bit longer than I would have liked to get back into the world, but once I did, the story moved along at a nice clip. Lots of action, a smidge of romance, and some terrible betrayal keep the reader on their toes. After reading this one, it will be interesting to see how things wrap up in book 5. Overall, I really enjoyed revisiting this world, and look forward to doing so again!

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