I adored the new world Rachel Caine created with INK AND BONE, and I was excited to dive back into it. Like the first book, the world building in PAPER AND FIRE is exquisite—and I had expected no less from her. It had been some time since I read the first book, but due to the world building I slipped back into it without any trouble.
The story starts a little while after the events in the first book, and it quickly dives into the action. There are little hints throughout the story that Jess Brightwell is onto something—something big and then it just goes, you know... kapoof.
I love how clever Jess is, and how he always thinks of his friends and puts them first. He’s incredibly selfless, which isn’t always the smartest thing (read: DANGER), but an honourable thing nonetheless.
All in all, I thought PAPER AND FIRE was a good sequel and I still highly recommend reading this series. Do start with the first book, though.
Rating: 4 stars
Paper and Fire
With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.
Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.
Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.
But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…