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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

4 stars-- Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2) by Rachel Caine #QuoteTastic

Rachel Caine. Yall I've been hooked on her since my early reading years and this new series revolving around books and an all powerful Library that teeters between good and evil? I was in! And holy cow this series. It's crazy good.

Today's quote. This is Jess (the main character) and his friend Glain who is a fello student/trainee. She's a soldier and maybe a little scary sometimes. thought this was a funny moment between them.

"Are you going to the dining hall?"

Glain smiled very briefly. It was a rare enough event, and it made her almost human. Almost pretty. "Are you asking to escort me, like some girl you're romancing? Jess. Don't waste your time. I'm extremely unavailable."

"Tragic," he shot back. "Be serious. You know I've got--"

"Morgan," she finished for him, when he stopped. "Yes. You do enjoy a challenge. Now she's a princess locked in a tower. That makes you want her even more, doesn't it? I think you've read too many tales of knighthood, Jess."
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"I'm not saying that because I'm jealous," Glain continued, still with that maddening, calm smile. “You and me? No. Agreed?”

“Yes.” 

“Good. Now there’s no confusion.” 

How like Glain, to take action to dispel any uncertainty that might exist, however awkward that might be. The cold blast of it was shocking, but it did clear the air. “Remind me never to be polite to you again,” he said, and she laughed this time, came around, and draped a comrade’s arm around his shoulders. 

“Of course I will.”

Paper and Fire. Goodness. Rachel Caine is masterful when it comes to writing an edge of your seat read that keeps you glued to the pages late into the night. Gritty non-stop action, a rich and fascinatingly complex world, the fight for what's right against all odds. Oh yes. Paper and Fire was a thrilling addition to the series.

The Gist: Centuries ago the Library became an all powerful entity set on protecting the written word...at all costs. Something Jess and his friends learn first hand when one of their fellow students-- they're training to serve the Library-- disappears in the dark of night and they realize the force of good the Library represents has a dark underbelly that values books more than human lives.
Jess is a fantastic hero--loyal, dedicated, a little bit of a rebel and free thinker. And I love his group of friends and acquaintances. They all have such personalities. They don't always rub along together perfectly but when things throw down they're there for one another. They care, have each other's backs. They have honor, heart and strength and a fierce desire to see the Library return to what it used to be instead of the dark entity it's become. 

The action in this series is pretty dang incredible. The Library is ruthless and cruel in it's mission to control all knowledge and physical books. Letting the masses read only what they deem safe. A handful of misfits against centuries of power and the evil that controls it. It was gory and painful and risk surrounded their every step. From Library guards to the automata that prowl and viciously destroy threats, from superiors and maybe even from those they consider friends and allies. It's captivating. 

Paper and Fire was just a phenomenal tale that kept me anxiously cheering on a ragtag group who refuses to be silenced when confronted with injustice and corruption. This is a series not to be missed. 

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...

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