The most amazing thing for me was how much had changed when you reach the last chapters (or The End) and look back at the book: where the characters came from initially, and what they have become. Friendships that have formed, or haven't. How they grew into their new role and handled the responsibility that came with it, and the secrets they had to hide. It was a never-ending journey that often kept me up at night when my original plan was to catch up on sleep. (Oops!)
Things that I really like about this book:
1) It's about books
2) It has a male MC
3) The world-building
Rachel Caine transports you to a new world from the very first page, written in a compelling way that will keep you up (as happened to me, obviously). It's a completely different world from others I've read about -- a world in which the Great Library of Alexandria never burnt, and the library turns out to be the villain. It's refreshingly new and unique and I can't empathise enough how much I loved reading this!
Jess Brightwell’s world is ours, with one critical difference: the Great Library at Alexandria—the center of knowledge of the ancient world—never burned. Instead, it grew, encompassing and protecting all the other great libraries through the ages, amassing power and wealth beyond imagination.
In a world where owning original books is a crime, Jess’s family conducts a black market business in the smuggling of rare volumes … but when Jess is sent to apprentice at the Library, he quickly discovers that there are secrets and darkness inside those walls beyond anything he’d ever imagined.
Knowledge is power.