In an exhilarating new series, New York Times best-selling 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....
© 2015 Rachel Caine LLC (P) 2015 Recorded Books
If anything else this story if creative and imaginative on ways to beat the protagonist up. I did, in fact, like the story and the idea the library at Alexandra may exist in some alternative dimension. I just wasn't thrilled I had to go page after page watching this kid get used by his parents, brother, friends, and mentors. That's not very fun.
Shaylin Meadowbrook (SL)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Subplots well pursued and covered. Eagerly awaiting volume two. Interesting use of steampunk type elements.
An intelligent, unique, and well written story! The narrator, Julian Elfer is possibly the best I've listened to ... As a former Drama teacher & current Teacher Librarian, I deeply appreciate the talent it takes to bring the story alive. Julian rocks it! Each character is distinct and believable. I didn't want to stop listening. It's one of those books that makes you take a longer route - walking or driving, appreciate long stoplights and disregard traffic jams - it's that absorbing. (oh and there is the occasional missed exit...)
REALLY slow start. Truthfully, if I hadn't been on a long drive, I wouldn't have listened past the first hour. I'm glad I did as the story turnes out to be very interesting.
I've read most, if not all, of Rachel Caine's series, but this one is very different. It reminded me very much of Jim Butcher's fantasy style as in his Codex Alera and Cinder Spires series. Unlike Caine's other works, this series seems to be quite serious with not much noticeable levity. The only real lightness of story is represented by the subtly portrayed romances between characters. I loved the setting and the characters are not overabundance and carefully draw.
The narration was absolutely perfect for the story and style. The narrator's voice was light enough to be appropriate for the character through whose eyes we see the story, but grave enough to carry off the violence and loss of some characters.
Can't wait to read the next one.
had fun with this story. It was an adventure that teenagers and adults can enjoy. Interesting take on what would've happened if history would've changed just a little bit
No. I think the story had too many characters that were difficult to follow and made it easily confusing. Sometimes they were referred to by their first name and other times by their last name.
I don't know if there was a lack of distinction between voices/tone for the characters, or the over abundance of them, but it was difficult to track.
No. I never connected with this book, it seems like all of the other reviews are positive, but I never felt engaged and ended feeling indifferent.
I listened to the audio as I read the book. This was an assignment that I gave myself so that I had a better understanding of our summer reading books. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the second one in July. I did get a little confused by who the people were in the Ephemeras but it was a story that had lots of action in it.
This book is now among my favourite books of all time! I loved the world, the characters, the riveting story, and the premise. There is nothing I could point out as missing! Amazing! I can't wait to sink into the next one!
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