Jess Blackwell (16) is still reeling from the events from Ink and Bone and must continue his mission in Alexandria. He discovers that a friend whom he believed was dead, is actually in prison. His low rank in the High Garda won't help him, but Jess knows he must rescue his friend.
As Jess and his allies try to rescue his friend they draw the attention of the Library automata, who deem them "corruptors" and heretics. With the Automata determined to destroy Jess and his friends, Jess is forced to escape Alexandria and return to London. With the Library hot on his tail, Jess must be cautious in trusting even his family and friends. Will Jess be able to escape or will he be betrayed by someone he trusts?
Teen Student Volunteer (16):
I really like Paper and Fire, and it is an exciting, entertaining sequel to Ink and Bone. At the beginning the action is slow to provide readers with contect to the first book. That is good for people just picking up the series and helps immerse the reader again/more.
Another thing that I like is how the story split up the main characters. Together, they seem invincible, but when they are separated, their individual strengths and weaknesses really show, so the reader can learn more about them. There are tricks and betrayals which keep the reader in suspense as Jess fights to see who can be trusted and who is can be payed to work against him.
This is a book I would read again, but think that it is best to read Ink and Bone first. The book makes connections and picks up where the first book ended before jumping into an action-packed adventure.
Lots of action, great characters, and plenty of suspense will keep young readers on the run with Jess.
This is the second title in a series that presents alternative histories to great events.
This is a book to read for fun. The story poses alternative histories from ancient times. Why not sort through what is fact and what is fiction? It will be more fascinating than you imagine.
13 and Up
12 and Up
Teen Student Volunteer. Reviewer Age: 16
Borrow, at least. This is an action-packed adventure, but you're going to want to read book 1 first.
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