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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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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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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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grest reads!

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

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  • Katrina
  • 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.