Published July 7th 2015
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 he 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.…
I loved this book. There is so much adventure and the concept is so creative and well written. It’s fact paced and exciting without being rushed.
The world building is amazing. There’s no info dumping and everything is well explained and easy to imagine.
I just love the concept of this book so much. I love anything to do with the great library of Alexandria so the idea of it surviving and how it would influence society is really fascinating to me.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.