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.
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…
WHY did it take me so long to pick up this series? Also…WHY HAS NO ONE PHYSICALLY THROWN THIS BOOK AT MY HEAD?
I mean, seriously, the third book is getting ready to come out and not a single person has said HALEY WHY HAVE YOU NOT READ THIS AMAZING SERIES LITERALLY CALLED THE GREAT LIBRARY.
I could do this entire post in capital letters, not even kidding. I’ll spare you. Or at least I’ll try.
I had a really hard time putting this book down, and since I took it home for my grandfather’s funeral, it was kind of a problem. I had ZERO time to read it!
Even though the story is very much action driven–and there is definitely no shortage of it–the characters are extremely well fleshed out. Each of the postulants have swirling dramatic back stories which could merit spin offs of their own, and there is one pair off in the book that I won’t spoil but just…I NEED MORE OF IT.
Also, can we talk about how Wolfe is the dreamy Snape that we all actually wanted? Because this is how you do a Dark Mysterious Teacher Figure With A Dark Mysterious Past Who Also Cares About His Students™. He’s so swoopy in his librarian clothes, with the hair and the looks.
OH and the diversity! The world building is fabulous, and it takes people from all walks of life–multiple races, religions, genders, and sexualities are included in her first book.
I actually had this book on hold at the library when it came available from Blogging for Books, so I even have a paperback copy in the mail. I am SO excited to have this on my shelf. Now I just need to get the second book too. And…AND! I have the third book as an ARC–which is the whole reason I started reading this series right now (again, WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME EARLIER??), so prepare yourself for the next two coming up soon!
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