Book: Smoke and Iron (Rachel Caine)

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Smoke and Iron

Rachel Caine

Berkley

July 3rd, 2018

Jess Brightwell is in a very precarious situation. Masquerading as his twin brother, he is a prisoner of the Library, and he needs to come up with a way to defeat the Archivist Magister and save his friends quickly, or it’s not just himself and his friends that will suffer–an institution that was always supposed to be for the people will be taking a dive into a totalitarianism that puts all countries served by the library at risk.

This is the next installment to the Great Library series, which gave us a wonderfully dynamic story with action, political intrigue, and a dash of romance. It’s the fourth in the series, with the fifth and last expected next year. This book is a little bit different from the last one, in that we get multiple points of view. This gives a bit more of a view of what goes on in the multiple locations our heroes are split up in, and gives us a look at places like the inner workings of the Tower. The multi-POVs also made me like each of the characters more in their own right, as there’s more of a glimpse at what goes in in their heads.

This isn’t a series you can just jump into the middle of–I recommend starting with Book one if you haven’t been following the series already.

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JL Jamieson is a strange book nerd who writes technical documents by day, and book news, reviews, and other assorted opinions for you by night. She is working on her own fiction, and spends time making jewelry to sell at local conventions, as well as stalking the social media accounts of all your favorite writers.

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