Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Posted October 5, 2017 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Ink and Bone
by Rachel Caine

4 Stars


Released: July 7th 2015
Series: The Great Library #1
Published by NAL
Format: eBook

Recommended Read!

“… I can’t wait to start reading the next book.”
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I don’t often pick up much YA, but, I decided after trying another book of Rachel Caine’s and really liking it, to give The Great Library series a go. The gorgeous cover may have also helped me along in my decision as well! Now that I’ve read it, I am really pleased that I decided to give this book a try. Caine has set up an interesting, almost steampunk type of world, where all knowledge is controlled by the Library. No one is allowed to own any original or print books, instead they basically have a kindle type of device which can bring up any item in the Library’s catalogue. As long as the library approves of it of course. Any new ideas and books they don’t like, and which may undermine their power, quickly gets locked away and the person who penned it disappears.

Enter Jess. He’s the son of a book smuggler who loves the books but isn’t so keen on the business. So his father make a strategic move and sends him to work for the Library, thinking an inside man might be useful. So, now Jess is an initiate into the Library, hoping to win a place there, only the class has 30 people in it and there are only 6 places. Lots of action, dark plots, friendships and a touch of romance ensue.

As I’ve said I haven’t read a lot of YA, so I am by no means an expert, but I really enjoyed this book. The world was really interesting and gives a new spin on the evils of censorship and the corrupting influence of absolute power. Jess, our hero was also a great protagonist, he was streetwise, tough, a little ruthless although not as ruthless as he needs to be to escape physically and mentally unscathed, he also had a massive love of books.

It also had a good cast of background characters, such as his class mates, his family and his teachers who we get to know through Jess’s eyes. Which make parts of this book a little more heart breaking. It all came to together to create a fantastic first instalment in The Great Library series and I can’t wait to start reading the next book.




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About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a fictional character herself … a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and the upcoming novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regular featured in anthology collections.

Rachel attended high school in El Paso, Texas at Socorro High School, and graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in accounting. She has been a professional musician in several orchestras, run payroll for one of the largest cheerleading organizations in North America, worked as a graphic designer and web designer, and finished up her tour of the corporate world as Director of Corporate Communications for a large international company.

She has been a full time writer since 2009.

Rachel lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, artist R. Cat Conrad.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thank for the review.

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Awesome review Suzanne!!! This sounds so good,I am getting more and more into steam punk, some of it is so good!! Its on my tbr gtr list because of your review,you have me interested!! Shared on all my socials!!


I have to bump this up on my tbr!


Fantastic review! I can’t wait to start this series. Eeeeep.