The Great Library: Paper and Fire

Make sure to check out my review of Ink and Bone!

Let the world burn.

With an iron fist, the Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion and, in the name of the greater good, forbidding the personal ownership of books.

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, doomed to a life apart from everything she knows.

After 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, and the Library, which is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

*claps hands together*


I’m almost giddy about how good this series is. I have so many other things I should be doing instead–like getting ready to move–but I CANNOT PUT THIS DOWN. (Of course by the time you read these posts, I’ve probably already moved.)

The drama really amps up in Book Two. We don’t really get introduced to too many new people, which sometimes happens in sophomore books, but some of the secondary characters do get some development.

Also, there’s quite a bit of trauma in this one. Adding a trigger warning for PTSD, especially for imprisonment and some references to rape (though it isn’t shown). Even though these are technically YA for the age of the characters, these are war-ridden books and so are violent.

I’m moving right into the third book ARC. I won’t be able to focus on any other book until I finish out the series! Stay tuned!


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