In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great
Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of
knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the
content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal
ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge
comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the
thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but
his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter
the Library’s service.
When he inadvertently commits heresy by
creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that
those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more
valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1238035007 4 STARS
I can not even fathom living in a world where you can not have your own
books I mean you could go to jail or most likely be killed for having
books!!! If they saw all of mine I would be history!
those that have books that they sale to people that are willing to pay
anything to have a book, but.... unfortunately, they use kids as runners
and if they are caught they will be put to death as well. What is wrong
with this place!!!!
Jess is one of the runners in the book. I
love his character. He has a twin brother and he had an older brother
that was a runner, but he got caught and we will leave it at that. He is
a runner for his father. I can't imagine loving money that much to put
your children in danger! Anyway, a few years later Jess's dad pays a lot
of money to get him into The Great Library to try to become a Scholar.
There are only 6 slots so there is a lot of competition from the kids.
had my favorite characters, Jess, Thomas, Morgan and Khalila, but there
are a lot of other kids there too and some are jerks and some are
likable as well. It's really sad because some of them die and I'm not
They have a harsh instructor that doesn't seem to
want them there at all. He's mean as he can be and it seems there are a
few grumpers wandering around the Library. Oh, and they have the
automatons that are lions and other things that will kill you if you get
too close to the library if you don't have permission. Hells bells!
really enjoyed this story. There are so many things going on with
magic, evilness, goodness, the fight for change, and people that
actually seem evil that turn out to be not so bad.
turned out to be a great group that did everything to help each other in
some really hard times. I like that kind of stuff.
I look forward to the next book, but I have to say the end of this one was sad and hopeful at the same time.