Review: Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine


Title: Smoke and Iron {The Great Library #4}

Author: Rachel Caine

Published: Berkley July 2018

Status: Read July 2018


My Thoughts:

Smoke and Iron is another fabulous instalment in Rachel Caine’s The Great Library young adult fantasy series, following Ink and Bone, Paper and Fire, and Ash and Quill.

“The Archivist made us into an ugly thing,… A thing that used fear to control the world. But we are not what he made us. We are more. We stand, unafraid. And together. Because we are the Great Library!”

In a world where book ownership is forbidden, the rebellion determined to free knowledge from the Archivist’s Iron grip, and save The Great Library, is about to spill in to war.

The story picks up almost immediately following the events of Ash and Quill. This instalment unfolds from the viewpoints of Jess, Morgan, Khalila, and Wolfe. While Jess (impersonating his twin brother, Brendan) endeavours to learn the Archivist’s secrets, Morgan has returned to the Obscurist’s Iron Tower seeking vulnerabilities she can exploit. Meanwhile Wolfe struggles to hold onto his sanity deep in the cells of Alexandria, and Khalila does her best to keep her friends, and their mission, safe and on track.

The plot is fast paced and tension filled. Each member of the rebel group has an important part to play in preparation for the coming Feast of Greater Burning, the stakes are higher, and the risks greater, than ever.

The final book in this series, Sword and Pen, is not expected to be published until 2020. Such a long time to wait!


Available to Purchase from

Penguin US I Murdoch Books AU or your preferred retailer

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Theresa Smith Writes
    Apr 06, 2019 @ 09:48:01

    I like Rachel Caine. Her Morganville Vampire series was top shelf, absolutely loved them. She has a great talent for wit and building tension across a series.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Anna
    Apr 06, 2019 @ 12:14:28

    Those covers are beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Lola
    Apr 07, 2019 @ 04:56:43

    This does sound like a great series and they have beautiful covers too. That sounds good how the book is fast paced and filled with tension.



  4. Trackback: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? | book'd out
  5. herding cats
    Apr 10, 2019 @ 16:14:48

    It is such a good series. I need to get caught up by next release. Good thing it’s not until 2020 for me. lol Neat cover switches, too!



I want to know what you think! Your comments are appreciated.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s