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Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine. Review. 

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine is the third book in the Great Library series. It follows on from Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire and you can read my review of Paper and Fire here: https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/paper-fire-by-rachel-caine-review/

I don’t know why I didn’t do a review of Ink and Bone but anyway, the following review will contain spoilers of the first two books! But none for Ash and Quill. 


Ash and Quill picks up where Paper and Fire left off. I thought it was the final book in a trilogy, however, there are actually going to be 5 books in this series! Yay! Book 3 sees Jess and company arriving in the burner capital Philadelphia after they were betrayed by Jess’ father and brother and transported there. 

This book is a lot more ‘political’ than the first two, we start to see what’s really going on outside the world of the library and how other people outside of the little group of rebels view it. The burners are an interesting if complex group and I’m unsure where it’s been left with them and whether Jess and co will be able to rely on them as friends or face them as foes in the rest of the series. 


What was great about it? – I love the relationship between Jess and Thomas, it’s a real friendship with love between them and I also love that Jess has found a family in his friends after his own have treated him so badly. 

What wasn’t so great? – I’m still not really feeling the relationship between Jess and Morgan. I don’t feel like there are any sparks between them or that I really ship them as a couple. I also found this book was at a much slower pace than the last two although still very interesting. 

I’m excited for what the next two books will bring and to finally find out what the library has been hiding from the world. I think it’s going to be a lot more than just the black archives and the gang are now playing a very dangerous game. 

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Paper & Fire by Rachel Caine. Review. 

Please be aware that this review while not containing spoilers for this book, will contain spoilers for the first book Ink and Bone. 

Paper and Fire picks up where Ink and Bone left off and it’s a great sequel! Jess and friends are still reeling from the events of Ink and Bone, their friend Thomas was killed, their other friend and sort of Jess’ girlfriend; Morgan has been imprisoned in the Iron Tower of the Obscurists and Jess no longer knows who he can trust. Especially when a routine training excercise of his company in the High Garda turns sour. 


This book is another teaser at what the library may contain, what secrets are hidden inside its walls and what the people at the helm will do to protect it. It is a story of friendship and relationships that are stronger than those of blood. In a world full of secrets it’s impossible to know who can be trusted and who would just as soon Knife you in the back. It’s down to Jess and his friends to fight the library to the bitter end. 


I love that this series is all about books, it’s such a great concept and it’s easy to see that it’s taken some inspiration for the onslaught of ebook readers on the market today. I find the premise incredibly engaging and interesting, sometimes the second book in a trilogy can read like a ‘filler’ and be a bit flat but that is not the case with this one at all. I can’t wait for Ash and Quill now.