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.
Jess Brightwell 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 his friend 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 burn…
“When you steal a book, you steal from the world.”
But let me tell you, dear world. If that book is Ink & Bone, then I would gladly steal it from you. Sincere, Mariana the soon-to-be Books Hoarder.
Do you like books?
Do you enjoy reading about secret missions with delicious action scenes in a world where alchemy exist?
Would hearing about how wisdom is power delight you?
If your answers are “yes”, then no matter what you are doing right now, go get yourself a copy of this book AND READ IT THIS INSTANT! Because holy molly, no way you gonna regret that decision.
First, the world-building is pure amazeballs. It’s a fantasy world, set in 2025, where owning your own books is illegal. The Alexandria Library keeps control of everything words related. And I mean, everything. There are people who are willing to DIE for a single book, who would risk lives to protect the knowledge and wisdom gain from written text. The Library takes love-your-books to a whole new level of craziness…. And I adore it!
“There is no place in the world for librarians who lack the will to defend books against wars, rebels, and Burners. Books cannot fight for themselves.”
I have nothing but love for our guy Jess. In fact, I think every book lovers out there would give him nothing less than love. He doesn’t just love books, people, he treasures them, and it was amazing to see the length he would go for knowledge. It was a pleasure to be in Jess’s mind.
“Knowledge is the purest form of power.”
Ink and Bone is undoubtedly a satisfying read. The writing is magnificent, the characters are well-executed and diverse, and the ending leaves you gasping for more. This is an enthralling tale about friendship, secrets, books, and how not everything is black and white. I highly recommend it!