In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling 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 his friend 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…
Fantastic! I am in love with this book! I got this book through the publisher and immediately started reading it. This book blends everything I love into one world, and it’s perfect. We’ve got the Great Library of Alexandra, and it has never been burned. It rules the world. The world has future tech in a most historical setting, and there are small instances of alchemy and steampunk. It’s lovely, well written and engrossing. I will say it started slow, but it grew and grew until all I could think about was the characters, what was going to happen, and when that plot twist happened, I cried. I cried for everything that could’ve been had they known. I cried for all the people who died. This book is fraught with peril, but so well done
*All opinions are my own.