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. . . . @goodreads
Just the thought of burning books makes me cringe!
I actually liked this second book better than the first. There is so much going on in this book I don't even know where to begin.
Jess Brightwood and Glain Wathen are training to be High Garda's. Jess has got things going on the side as he always does. He's trying to find information about their friend Thomas Schreiber and he finds it and it's not good.
I mean in this world these poor people live in I would never want to be a part of because the evil library and their automata just kill people whenever they want . . . of course they always find a reason for it. People are tortured as well.
Glain is the Captain of her team and Jess is in the team with her and it seems someone is trying to set them up. They end up almost killed when they are sent out on a challenge to keep others from killing Christopher Wolfe. There is a death but I won't talk about that and then things just get more bizarre.
Jess decides he's going to find Thomas and he has the help of many people, too many for me to name, but the main ones are Glain, Dario, Khalia, General Santi, Wolf and Morgan.
They end up finding out all kinds of things about the library and the evil Archivist but it seems to be more than that and uggg, I almost couldn't keep up with all of the stuff.
This review is really sucking because this is a book that I need to give out all of the spoilers to explain. I'm not as well written as most. Let me just sum it up without spoilers. The group finds traitors in their camp, a portal of sorts, hidden treasures, evil things, ways to turn off the automata, and more things that I can't even list.
I loved so many of these characters. Yes, they do some stupid things but, in their world, it doesn't really matter because you can die from just looking at something the wrong way! They take many risks at trying to keep friends alive and get away. I loved that the characters are this way, how they really do care for one another.
There really wasn't a part that didn't keep me on edge. There is always something happening, always some action or some covert operation where you wait on baited breath. I just wonder what is going to happen in the next book! I just know people I really like are going to die!
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