Paper and Fire

With an iron fist, the Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion and, in the name of the greater good, forbidding the personal ownership of books.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower, doomed to a life apart from everything she knows.

After embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, and the Library, which is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

This book is the thrilling sequel to Ink and Bone, and the second book in The Great Library series. Some sequels tend to suffer, as they don’t even begin to reach the level of their predecessor. Luckily for me, since this is one of my favorite series, this is not one of those cases. We’re going to start with the cons to get all the negativity out of the way, then we’re moving on to the wonderful pros!


  • The story tend to drag in the middle, but it’s in very small parts and it picks back up very quickly.
  • This book has a lot of lucky coincidences where the main character and his friends seem to run into just the right people and just the right time and just the right place.
  • It also seems like the book lends all of the growing points and achievements to the main character. While the side characters grow as well, they don’t have many opportunities and it seems that most of their growing happens off-screen, so to say.
  • The characters tend to undermine the seriousness of their situations sometimes because they get out of it fairly quickly. This happens rarely, but enough to be noticed.


  • The action scenes in this book are fast paced and keep the reader engaged. (You would like that, paperfury).
  • The writing is so immersive. You get insight on the inside of the character’s minds and how they’re feeling without it being shoehorned or awkward.
  • I didn’t really see any signs of telling instead of showing, which is a huge plus.
  • The characters are realistic and flawed, and oh so lovable.
  • The emotions are very poignant, and they touch you so deeply.
  • The storyline is so intricately woven together, and you can see that every piece has it’s place in the grand scheme.
  • “He wanted to take those books in his hands and experience the texture of the covers, the smell of the pages. Books spoke mind to mind, soul to soul across the abyss of time and distance.” – pg 74 in my hardcover. Just this quote and the many others like it.
  • The relationships in the story grow along with the characters, making them seem realistic and strong.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 stars!

As you can see, the pros for outweigh the cons in my opinion. I really hope anyone reading this will pick up this series, and if you do, tell me your thoughts~! That’s all for now, thank you for taking the time to read my review.

‘Till we meet again,

~Well-Read Rebel