Ash and Quill, by Rachel Caine

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Ash and Quill is the third installment in Rachel Caine's The Great Library series. In these books, the world's knowledge is jealously hoarded by the all-powerful Great Library. Caine's protagonist is a book smuggler-turned-Great Library soldier named Jess Brightwell. Jess and his small band of allies have recently escaped from the Library's clutches, but soon find themselves in an even worse situation: imprisoned in an anti-Library city where the inhabitants despise them as Library agents, and under siege by the Library's actual agents, who view them as traitors.

I have always assumed that The Great Library series would be a trilogy, and am a little dismayed to discover that there will be at least one more volume. Ash and Quill is heavy on the wheel-spinning—admittedly, it's well-written, dramatic, high-octane wheel-spinning, but there aren't many significant plot developments. The books' preexisting fans will undoubtedly enjoy themselves, but I can't recommend starting this series at this point—wait until the next (and hopefully final) book is released, because Ash and Quill is mostly filler.

Review based on publisher-provided copy.
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