I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. I often skip books that everyone seems to rave about because those books don’t need my voice added to the chorus of rave reviews. I prefer to focus on those books that aren’t mainstream, and if my reading and reviewing can help in some way, then I happy to do so. I finally picked it up in April and decided to give it a read. With over 6,500 ratings and 1,600 reviews on Goodreads and it’s four-star average rating, Ms. Caine obviously wrote something wonderful.
The thousands of four and five-star reviews are accurate. The story is fantastic. I love the idea that the Library of Alexandria continues to the modern era, and knowledge is worshiped almost cult-like. At the center of it all is an adventure not unlike things we’ve seen before, but Ms. Caine just does it so well.
There are some scenes that I had a bit of difficulty accepting, but the writing is so beautiful, suspending my disbelief was easy. The thunderous pace kept my heart pumping and my finger swiping. I just had to read one more chapter. One more chapter… One more chapter…
Many of the plot points that I had difficulties with were explained in later chapters that made everything click. The fantasy elements are there, but not in-your-face. Fans of sci-fi, fantasy, action, or adventure will love this book about books. The dystopian and totalitarian themes are an exciting read, and let’s not forget the “common man” versus an uncaring, unfeeling monolithic entity. But victory is not guaranteed, and that uncertainty makes this an excellent read.
Ink and Bone is a five-star must read, and I look forward to reading the sequel, Paper and Fire.