About This Book:
The unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire unite to save the Great Library of Alexandria from itself in this electrifying adventure in the New York Times bestselling series. Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny.... Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule. Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library....
*Review Contributed By Bathany Wicker, Staff Reviewer*
A World Where Books are Burned
ASH AND QUILL is the third installment of The Great Library Series. Jess and his group of friends live in a time where it's illegal to own books and they must be burned. It's sort of like the Prohibition except ten times worse and I would hate to live in a society where books weren't allowed, which is another reason I appreciate that Jess is a runner--someone who delivers books to those who are willing to pay. It's essentially the Black Market, but with books.
ASH AND QUILL starts off with Jess and his gang fleeing London, only to become imprisoned in Philadelphia. Their only bargaining chip is that they know how to build a machine that will break the Library's rule. Jess and his gang face many bumps in the roads they travel, but they all remain strong and true to who they are. I absolutely loved that.
There's a lot of action in this book right from the beginning and it kept me hanging on each line. There's also going to be two more books which is very exciting news! I really loved all of the characters in this book. Jess and Morgan have a sweet romance going on and I hope there's a lot more of it to come. I hope to see it develop and more scenes of only them. But even though I like them all, Thomas would have to be my favorite and the cliffhanger has me DYING for the fourth one. I don't want to give any spoilers but it is awesome.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of Rachel Caine and dystopian novels. It is an interesting take on a world where books are banned and I enjoyed every moment of it. Can't wait for the next one.