To save the Great Library, the unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone, Paper and Fire, and Ash and Quill put themselves in danger in the next thrilling adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.
The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making…if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.
I felt the last book in this series was somewhat slow, but this book barely dropped below warp speed. Alternating POVs from the characters, double crosses, triple crosses, intricate, multi-layered plans, and bigger automatons….so much going on. I couldn’t stop reading, but was so afraid not all of the characters would remain standing at the end – but no spoilers here.
In this book, several scenes demonstrate just how much the characters have grown and matured from Ink and Bone. While being tested to their limits, they discover inner strengths and qualities needed to survive, and it was very satisfying to see how they’ve developed.
This is a wildly creative YA fantasy series I’ve enjoyed from book one, and will eagerly anticipate the final installment.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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