Book Review of Ink and Bone – Volume 1 of The Great Library
I picked up this YA fantasy novel purely on the strength of one review from fantasyreads.
I’m so glad I did, though I have to admit to several late nights where I just couldn’t bear to stop reading. This was one of those books that helped me rediscover the joy of reading and allowed me to become completely immersed in another world. Not just for the fact that I loved the premise of a society focused on protecting books, but the story and the characters had me hooked right from the beginning.
It is a very fast paced, entertaining read and I loved the alternative history that was so cleverly portrayed, with plenty of magic and intrigue thrown in. The characters have such depth, especially scholar Wolfe, and there are so many details that add to the world, like the sometimes murderous Automatons and the Burners with their Greek Fire. There are many aspects to this story that I can’t wait to explore more, so many possibilities…
Even as I write this review, I could quite happily read the whole book again.
I give Ink and Bone 5 stars and have no hesitation recommending it to anyone who enjoys fantasy.
The worse thing by far in discovering a new series is to know that the next book is not available until July 2016!