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Saturday, May 19, 2018

SMOKE AND IRON by Rachel Caine / Read An Excerpt & Enter To Win A #TheGreatLibrary Prize Pack #SmokeAndIron

"The Great Library of Alexandria has survived the ages … and now controls all knowledge. And the Library will stop at nothing to keep their control on the world." 

To celebrate the upcoming release of SMOKE AND IRON by Rachel Caine, the 4th installment of The Great Library series, Penguin Random House is hosting an AMAZING GIVEAWAY! We're thrilled to partner with them in spreading the word about this exciting giveaway! Today's post also features an excerpt Smoke and Iron. Keep reading to enter to win & to find out more bout Smoke and Iron. 


By: Rachel Caine
Published by: Berkley Publishing Group
To Be Released on: July 3rd, 2018
Series: The Great Library #4
Pre-Order from: Publisher | Amazon
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To save the Great Library, the unforgettable characters from Ink and BonePaper and Fire, and Ash and Quill put themselves in danger in the next thrilling adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making...if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.


When Jess Brightwell woke up, he realized that he’d lost track of time. Days blurred here, and he knew it was important to remember how long he’d been trapped, waiting for the axe to fall—or not. So he diligently scratched out a record on the wall using a button from his shirt.
Five days. Five days since he’d arrived back in Alexandria, bringing with him Scholar Wolfe and Morgan Hault as his prisoners. They’d been taken off in different directions, and he’d been dumped here to—as they’d said—await the Archivist’s pleasure.
The Archivist, it seemed, was a very busy man.
Once Jess had the days logged, he did the mental exercise of calculating the date, from pure boredom. It took him long, uneasy moments to realize why that date—today—seemed important.
And then he remembered and was ashamed it had taken him so long.
Today was the anniversary of his brother Liam’s death. His elder brother.
And today meant that Jess was now older than Liam had ever lived to be.
He couldn’t remember exactly how Liam had died. Could hardly remember his brother at all these days, other than a vague impression of a sharp nose and shaggy blondish hair. He must have watched Liam walk up the stairs of the scaffold and stand as the rope was fixed around his neck.
But he couldn’t remember that, or watching the drop. Just Liam, hanging. It seemed like a painting viewed at a distance, not a memory.
Wish I could remember, he thought. If Liam had held his head high on the way to his death, if he’d gone up the steps firmly and stood without fear, then maybe Jess would be able to do it, too. Because that was likely to be in his future.
He closed his eyes and tried to picture it: the cell door opening. Soldiers in High Garda uniforms, the army of the Great Library, waiting stone-faced in the hall. A Scholar to read the text of his choice to him on the way to execution. Perhaps a priest, if he asked for one.
But there, his mind went blank. He didn’t know how the Archivist would end his life. Would it be a quiet death? Private? A shot in the back? Burial without a marker? Maybe nobody would ever know what had become of him.
Or maybe he’d end up facing the noose after all, and the steps up to it. If he could picture himself walking without flinching to his execution, perhaps he could actually do it.
He knew he ought to be focusing on what he would be saying to the Archivist if he was called, but at this moment, death seemed so close he could touch it, and besides, it was easier to accept failure than to dare to predict success. He’d never been especially superstitious, but imagining triumph now seemed like drawing a target on his back. No reason to offend the Egyptian gods. Not so early.
He stood up and walked the cell. Cold, barren, with bars and a flat stone shelf that pretended at being a bed. A bare toilet that needed cleaning, and the sharp smell of it was starting to squirm against his skin.
If I had something to read . . . The thought crept in without warning, and he felt it like a personal loss. Not having a book at hand was a worse punishment than most. He was trying not to think about his death, and he was too afraid to think about the fate of Morgan or Scholar Wolfe or anything else . . . except that he could almost hear Scholar Wolfe’s dry, acerbic voice telling him, If only you had a brain up to the task, Brightwell, you’d never lack for something to read.
Jess settled on the stone ledge, closed his eyes, and tried to clearly imagine the first page of one of his favorite books. Nothing came at his command. Just words, jumbled and frantic, that wouldn’t sort themselves in order. Better if he imagined writing a letter.


Penguin Random House is hosting a giveaway you don't want to miss! Enter for a chance to win a very special Great Library prize via entry form below, or from their site here.

One winner will receive this Great Library prize pack which includes:  
  • Signed hardcover copy of Ink and Bone (Book 1)
  • Signed hardcover copy of Paper and Fire (Book 2)
  • Signed hardcover copy of Ash and Quill (Book 3)
  • Advance copy of Smoke and Iron (Book 4)
  • "Old Books" handmade candle
  • Handmade notebook
  • Hieroglyphic wax seal and wax
  • Antique statue of Pericles (for Classical inspiration)
  • Book keepsake box
Thirty runner-ups will receive a copy of INK AND BONE.

ARCHENEMIES (Renegades #2 by Marissa Meyer Cover Revealed on EW + More #RenegadesTrilogy News! @MarissaMeyer @FierceReads

There's been a lot of exciting news in the YA book world recently. Yesterday Marissa Meyer's ARCHENEMIES cover was revealed! EW revealed the cover here. This is the second book in the Renegades trilogy! YES! I said trilogy, because Marissa announced that there will be a book 3!! While archenemies will be released on November 6th, 2018 (pre-order it now from Amazon), the next book doesn't yet have a release date. 

Here's what Marissa shared with EW about writing the 3rd book:

“Writing Renegades has been an amazing (and sometimes overwhelming!) journey for me. Nova and Adrian’s story has grown out of a once-planned stand-alone book, and it continues to surprise me, but always with the happiest of surprises!” Meyer said in a statement. “Most recently, it became clear to me as I was writing Archenemies that, contrary to previous expectations, there was simply no way for me to complete this story in only two books. Since I first started conceptualizing this story nearly five years ago, it has taken many different forms, especially as the city of Gatlon, the history of this world, and the lives of these characters have expanded far past my initial ponderings. I have particularly loved seeing the romance and rivalry between Adrian and Nova continue to evolve, and I am so excited to be able to write and complete their story in the third and final (I think!) installment of the Renegades Trilogy. I hope readers will enjoy all the twists and turns that are coming up.”

We can't wait to find out more about book 3! In the mean time, we're pre-ordering our copy of Archenemies now.