Ink and Bone

Ink and Bone Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Author: Rachel Caine

Genre: fantasy, alternated history, steampunk

Age: YA

POV: 3rd person

In a world where the Great Library of Alexandria never burn down. It rules over everyone lives and controls knowolged. Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family. 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.

Review: All of the characters are well written. Wolfe the teacher seems to be harsh at first but, as the story goes on you learn more about him and start to feel sympathetic towards Wolfe. Dario is a bully that not there to be just the bully. Jesse grows as a character and, in the end. He and Jess don’t exactly become friends but, they do make peace.

The world having a steampunk style is noticeable without going into too much detail. The rest of the world building doesn’t feel well flush out. There some questions of the world that I will like answers to. There talk of finding old and rare books to preserve in the library but, what about new literature? How does that get process and known? Does someone just write in a blank?

The alternated history does not play around too much. Besides the library and a few inventions, history feels the same. Except for the library is in control who has access to knowledge. Parallel to how government can withhold information.


Characters: 5/5

Plot: 5/5

Writing: 4/5

Total: 14/20

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