Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone (Great Library, #1)

by Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.
In 48 AD, a fire set by the troops of Julius Caesar destroyed much of the Great Library of Alexandria. It was the first of several disasters that resulted in the destruction of the accumulated knowledge of the ancient world. But what if the fire had been stopped? What would the Library have become?
Fast forward: the Great Library is now a separate country, protected by its own standing army. It has grown into a vast power, with unquestioned and unrivalled supremacy. Jess Brightwell, seventeen and very smart, with a gift for mechanical engineering, has been sent into the Great Library as a spy for his criminal family. Magical spells and riots abound in this epic new YA series.

Reviewed by wyvernfriend on

3 of 5 stars

knowledge is power and power corrupts What if the Great Library at Alexandria never fell. What if it kept accumulating knowledge and found technology to control texts, to ensure that the only texts people have are on a device something like a kindle, only magic. What if owning private books is a crime.  What if one teen, the son of a black market book smuggler is sent to the library to study to be a scholar.  What if he finds that this is a good place for him, if only there wasn't corruption and power-hungry zealots and his family...
I enjoyed it, I'm looking forward to the sequels and to see where Rachel Caine goes with this.

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