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Smoke and Iron

Narrated by: Julian Elfer
Series: Great Library, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
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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 best-selling 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.

©2018 Rachel Caine LLC (P)2018 Recorded Books

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A Satisfying 4th Installment

Without revealing too much, let me say that this is a well thought out series, that slowly draws the reader in as the characters are developed. I finally looked up the definition of “steampunk” fiction, and yes, this does fit that bill, with a bit of distorted history and an alternate reality. I am not usually drawn to this genre, but the mixture of adventure and the desire to over throw a corrupt system, as well as the diverse but well meshed group of characters, whose individual strengths make the group stronger as a whole, are so well described that you as the reader/listener feel you are with them at every twist and turn. Also, the narrator, Mr. Elfer, is very suited for this story, and does a masterful job at the varied accents and ages of the many characters.
I was hoping for a conclusion, but there is another book on its way that will finally end our heroes’ quest, and thus far it is looking like they will succeed...though at what final cost is yet to be determined. I hope we don’t have to wait too long to find out what happens!

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Can't Wait for the Next Installment!!!

This is a great series!!! The story is fast paced and well written. The narrator keeps the story going. I can't wait until next year to see how everything turns out!

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Sadness, joy, terror, crazy rollercoaster!

Something that seemed so small sometimes can be just the visualization of the top of an iceberg. Even when planning it's hard to know truly where all the final pieces will end up so keep reading! I sure will be!!

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Wonderfully written!

Edge of my seat with anxiety, frustration, anger. I felt every emotion of every character throughout the entire story. It's a must read for anyone who loves books with a passion.

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Absolutely love this series!

This is the fourth book in The Great Library series (there are five book planned for this series). I continue to really really love this series. The world-building is amazing and I adore all the characters.

This book changes between numerous POVs which worked really well. Unlike some books that switch POV, I love every single character in this book and looked forward to every portion of the book.

Things really build to a head as Jess and his classmates try to save the Great Library from itself. The majority of the book sees our characters separated from each other but they end up coming back together for the finale. There is a lot of action and intrigue in here as well as a bit of romance.

These books have a bit of a pattern to them. A lot of the book is dedicated to some big plan that Jess devises and then everything goes wrong….this pattern happens every book. This is pretty much my only issue with this series, I wish at some point things would go according to plan for our heroes!

Overall I love this series and can't wait to see how things wrap up in the fifth and final book! I would recommend to those who enjoy historical fantasy/steampunk novels with amazing world-building and intriguing characters.

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grest reads!

love these books. can't believe I have to wait another yesr till the next one

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Great addition to my library

I've been in love with this series for years and this new addition is a wonderful sequel to the story. And the narration complements the book perfectly. I can't wait for the final instalment.

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  • JAMESTOWN, ND, United States
  • 10-24-18

fanstastically paced tale of

friends fighting for everything they believe in and each other. the writing is sometimes too explicit in characters internal monolgues or relationships or the meaning of ... but the plot and characters are so rich.

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