Ash and Quill

Description from Goodreads:

Words can kill.

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny…

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library…


Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine has 368 pages and was published in 2017 by Berkley.

Ash and Quill is the third book of the Great Library series by Rachel Caine.  In this novel, the exiled rebels are stuck in a prison in Philadelphia and plotting to escape.

I thought the plot was a little slow to get started.  It took a while to feel pulled into the story.  It also felt like a lot of  “filler” and unnecessary descriptions.  The ending leaves a bit of a cliffhanger.  I feel like this was done well.  It leaves the reader satisfied but still ready to move on to the next installment.

Overall, it was an entertaining read and I would recommend it to fans of YA, distopian, fantasy and sc-fi literature.


Rating: 3 Plot Monster Spiders


Notable Quotes:

“I’m all right, Nic,” Wolfe said, and finally looked at him. “We walked through the dungeons under Rome, survived Philadelphia, and this perfumed cage won’t bring us to our knees. We’re all stronger than that.”
“All right,” Santi said. “But don’t ask me to stop standing next to you. Because you know I will, however much you shout about it.”
― Rachel CaineAsh and Quill

“Delighted,” Jess said. “I think all houses should be stuffed with books. It makes them–”
“Homes?” the doctor finished. “You are quite the heretic, for someone in a Library uniform.”
― Rachel CaineAsh and Quill

MDW original review.  Source:  Library.


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