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3.5 starsEither I m gettingcritical or this series is lowering in quality just slightly This book is the fourth installment in the Great Library series, which is a fantasy series I think is EXTREMELY underrated and has been so much fun to follow It s got historical yet dystopian vibes, lots of diversity, and a cast of characters you get attached to easily.But with each new installment I read, I get a little less engrossed in the series It might be because it s quite long there are five 3.5 starsEither I m gettingcritical or this series is lowering in quality just slightly This book is the fourth installment in the Great Library series, which is a fantasy series I think is EXTREMELY underrated and has been so much fun to follow It s got historical yet dystopian vibes, lots of diversity, and a cast of characters you get attached to easily.But with each new installment I read, I get a little less engrossed in the series It might be because it s quite long there are five books total and each book has a pretty slow moving plot But there s just something less engaging about each book and I can t quite pinpoint itIs a fire the fault of a man who drops a match, or the one who spilled the oil all over the floor, knew it, and left it thereThis series is essentially about a world where the Great Library of Alexandria survived, and it controls and censors what books the citizens of the world can or cannot read It s become oppressive, and so this band of six kids are trying to change it.This book is a story of rebellion and giving the power of choice to every individual It s about opening yourself up to knowledge, fighting for what you think is right, and choosing what to believe At its core, it s a story of overcoming oppressive governments, and I think that s something extremely relevant to today s events.Despite my inability to get fully engaged in the story and the issues I had with the development of characters among other things , I still really enjoyed this book There s something about this series that makes you care about what happens to the characters and get excited to know what happens next The writing isn t anything special, but it s easy to read, and some dry humor finds its way in too.Unlike the previous books, Smoke and Iron follows four different characters and it s a little disconcerting It makes sense why the author chose to write four different POVs the characters were almost all split up but it was just a little much And then at the end, there are three chapters for three new characters and it s just WHY It s way too much I do like multiple POVs because I like seeing into different characters heads, but there s a line between just enough and too much and this book crosses it.With four POVs, you expect to have a lot of character development Sadly there is minimal development JESS Jess chapters were REALLY fun to read, because he was impersonating his twin brother Brendan for the first half or so, who reminds me a lot of Kaz Brekker but smilesand who I ADORE I don t think Jess changes very much at all, except he does get a little braver I guess I m reaching here KHALILA I ADORE Khalila I absolutely love her She s one of my favorite parts of this book, and one of my favorite characters She s such a strong female character her most powerful tool is her voice, but she s also sweet, caring, passionate, and also, a really great fighter And I think it s extremely important to see this hijabi Muslim woman in a place of leadership WOLFE Okay, Wolfe and Santi are my favorite gay dads to ever exist, and I just adore their relationship I m 99% sure that Wolfe has PTSD was tortured physically and mentally before the series takes place , and seeing him fighting that seeing Santi try to help him was really inspiring, especially as a mentally ill person myself Didn t really see the need to include his POV though MORGAN Morgan was just NOT a good character in this book Her only development is from do I love him to maybe I don t love him to I do love him and it s so hilariously RIDICULOUS that this strong, fierce woman has been reduced to an arc like that And while she hadof a personality in this book than previously, her I CAN T BELIEVE YOU RE NOT GONNA HELP ME attitude got on my nerves quickly.I think another issue that kept me from being as engaged with this book was that it was slow It took me 6 days to read, when it should ve taken me about half that time The plot was really slow to get started, though I ll give it credit there were plenty of events that kept me interested Still, I struggled to get into it and that s one of the main things that affected my reading experience.Also, the ending was rushed There was no time to wrap up one HUGE event that happened in the second to last chapter And while I m excited to see what happens in the next book, it s hard to imagine what can possibly keep me interested after all the huge events that happened in Smoke and Ironwe will bring our light back to a world we left in darknessrep hijabi Muslim Saudi Arabian female MC, gay male MC with coded PTSD, aromantic asexual coded female side character, multi gender attracted aromantic spectrum coded female side character, Spanish male side character, gay male side character, side character with coded PTSD content warnings war violence, death by gunshot, stabbing, cutting of throat , torture in prison , blood Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for a review copy in exchange for an honest review This did not affect my opinion in any way All quotes are from an advanced copy and may differ in final publication. This series continues to improve and Smoke and Iron was for me a fast, action packed read A huge amount happened in the course of this story and relationships faltered and changed At the start of the series I did not feel invested in any of the characters but that has changed totally You have to be careful who you become attached to though because the author is not scared of killing off quite prominent people Smoke and Iron finishes in a very open ended way with major events still hanging in This series continues to improve and Smoke and Iron was for me a fast, action packed read A huge amount happened in the course of this story and relationships faltered and changed At the start of the series I did not feel invested in any of the characters but that has changed totally You have to be careful who you become attached to though because the author is not scared of killing off quite prominent people Smoke and Iron finishes in a very open ended way with major events still hanging in the balance I am ready for book 5 Yes folks it s that time of year again, time for my annual rant and rave for Rachel Caine s young adult fantasy The Great Library series For the past four years I have raved about how much I just love this series but I ve also had to rant away that yet again I now have yet another year to wait until the next book and oh what a long wait it will be Last year s rant was a bitmemorable since I d thought the series was going to be a trilogy but found out we had another cliffhanger and had be Yes folks it s that time of year again, time for my annual rant and rave for Rachel Caine s young adult fantasy The Great Library series For the past four years I have raved about how much I just love this series but I ve also had to rant away that yet again I now have yet another year to wait until the next book and oh what a long wait it will be Last year s rant was a bitmemorable since I d thought the series was going to be a trilogy but found out we had another cliffhanger and had been expanded to five books I m a little calmer this year after book four but still such a long wait So I suppose I should be actually reviewing the book by now, huh Honestly there s not much to say at this point except what are you waiting for Read this series Ok, ok, I suppose I should add a littleinfo The series is one that definitely needs to be enjoyed from the beginning as it continues onward from book to book and one would be lost jumping into the middle The world in the books revolves around The Great Library that controls the books of the world and uses alchemy to distribute the books Those working for the library track down anyone with any in their possession and confiscate the materials since ownership of books is expressly forbidden and anyone violating this law could even be sentenced to death.Jess Brightwell is our lead character who came from a family that was involved in the black market for books Jess had been raised to be a runner, delivering the books to those willing to pay the price and risk ownership but then Jess had been sent to the library by his father to become a spy from the inside He got involved in the training only to find himself mixed up in the secrets of the library and with the group of friends he had met they began their battle against the Archivist Magister of the Great Library.The world Rachel Caine created at the beginning of this story was a wonderful one filled with magic and so muchBut as the books have gone on things have been expandedandand with each book I m still amazed at the story and the progress the characters make At this point in the series the characters have been separated giving another layer as the point of view changes with the action going on in each location which gave it a faster feel than the last which I d thought had slowed a little After finishing this round though I am already making plans for next year to reread from the beginning to enjoy all of the books together so as you can guess I would definitely recommend to any fantasy fans out there to check out The Great Library series I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.Forreview please visit 4 books in and I m still head over heels for this series I absolutely adore it Having said that, Rachel Caine has consistently been able to wreck me at the end of each instalment and this one is no exception I AM DISTRAUGHT I can t even AGHHH This book picked up right after the cliffhanger in Ash and Quill, and it was full speed ahead for the duration of the novel There are so many plots, deceptions, manipulations, and conspiracies as our favourite characters struggle to get the upper han 4 books in and I m still head over heels for this series I absolutely adore it Having said that, Rachel Caine has consistently been able to wreck me at the end of each instalment and this one is no exception I AM DISTRAUGHT I can t even AGHHH This book picked up right after the cliffhanger in Ash and Quill, and it was full speed ahead for the duration of the novel There are so many plots, deceptions, manipulations, and conspiracies as our favourite characters struggle to get the upper hand in the fight against the Archivist Strategy is KEY in this instalment, and I LOVED it I find it fascinating to watch the events unfold as we see the consequences of everyone s decisions And we finally got multiple POVs, aside from Jess I was especially excited for Wolfe s, he he Jess is my baby and I relate to him so much 3 view spoiler I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT BRENDAN IS GONE I WANTED TO SEE A CRIMINAL MASTERMIND DUO THIS IS AWFUL POOR BRENDAN because he s dead AND POOR JESS because he lost his twin Don t mind me I ll just be crying over here hide spoilerNot having a book at hand was a punishment worse than death Wolfe and Santi were the grumpy, but lovable, gay dads who were so protective of their kidsTheir children and he would always think of them as their children he d given up on everything else were late returning, and that was almost certainly not good news Khalila finally grew into the fantastic leader that I knew she was always destined to be She knew exactly what everyone s strengths were and used them to strategise quite successfullyWithout Santi, they would not find the strength Without Jess, no inspiration Without Thomas, there was no real future Without Glain, no protection Without Morgan, no audacity Without Wolfe, no challenge to do better, be better Without Dario, no subtlety Needless to say, I m highly anticipating the final showdown in Book 5 and I ll be eagerly waiting for its release in 2019 Why such a long wait WHY I m loving this series If you haven t read this series yet, start with Ink and Bone and make sure you have all the rest of the books, cause you re going to want to keep reading I m worried about the last book, tho I don t want anything to happen to the characters. I just saw on authors instagram page that the 4th book in the Great Library Series comes out on 3rd July, 2018 I thought it would be a trilogy but the excitement is real Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review This might be the best yet in the series, and I think it was definitely my favorite of the series so far We come off of the cliffhanger of the next book with everyone in limbo, and the author uses her mighty pen to move and shift all of our players like pieces on a chess board, forcing them towards the huge clash that is destined to happen soon.We get to read POVs from multiple characters in this one Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review This might be the best yet in the series, and I think it was definitely my favorite of the series so far We come off of the cliffhanger of the next book with everyone in limbo, and the author uses her mighty pen to move and shift all of our players like pieces on a chess board, forcing them towards the huge clash that is destined to happen soon.We get to read POVs from multiple characters in this one Usually when that kind of a change happens in a series, I am a little thrown by the change, but in this one, it flows and works perfectly with the story We get to see all the little cogs of the story turning and moving and pushing the story forward.I just wish I had waited to catch up on this series until the last one was coming out much sooner, because the wait is going to kill me Pick this series up It s a lot of fun, really well written, full of great characters and mystery and action and romance, and you won t regret it &Free ⇨ Smoke and Iron ☃ For the US hardback, see ISBN 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 bestselling seriesThe 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 makingif they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies The USS Arizona: The Ship, the Men, the Pearl Harbor Attack, and the Symbol That Aroused America see ISBN To save the Great Library No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy the unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone Hokuto no Ken - Ken, le survivant Vol.10 Paper and Fire GTO and Ash and Quill put themselves in danger in the next thrilling adventure in the New York Times bestselling seriesThe opening moves of a deadly game have begun Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril To Lure a Proper Lady 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 Screening Sandy Hook: Causes and Consequences and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion Georgia Courthouse Disasters it falls to smugglers The Z Club thieves Sacred Sins and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the makingif they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies I have been quite impatiently waiting for Smoke and Iron since finishing Ash and Quill over a year ago And the wait was well worth it I m going to keep this short and sweet to avoid spoilers for any books in this series This particular installment was highly entertaining, with a fast paced plot that moved along at a nice clip from start to finish It alternated between each character s perspective every few chapters, which not only helped to pull the story tight from all angles, but also added I have been quite impatiently waiting for Smoke and Iron since finishing Ash and Quill over a year ago And the wait was well worth it I m going to keep this short and sweet to avoid spoilers for any books in this series This particular installment was highly entertaining, with a fast paced plot that moved along at a nice clip from start to finish It alternated between each character s perspective every few chapters, which not only helped to pull the story tight from all angles, but also added depth and complexity to characters that were previously not as fleshed out And the settings and world building that were already impressive continued to expand and develop here.While I have a keen fondness for Ink and Bone, the first book in The Great Library series, for introducing me to this incredibly interesting and magical world, I think this is the best book of the bunch to date I can t wait to see what Caine does in the last book to round out this series Loved this new instalment to The Great Library series and as always it left me wanting to read the next book right away.This series is simply fascinating Rachel Caine really knows how to spin a yarn and her characters are both delightfully intriguing and imperfect.More thoughts feels after the summer holidays Loved this new instalment to The Great Library series and as always it left me wanting to read the next book right away.This series is simply fascinating Rachel Caine really knows how to spin a yarn and her characters are both delightfully intriguing and imperfect.More thoughts feels after the summer holidays