Paper and Fire is a steampunk fantasy adventure taking place in an alternate world where the great library of Alexandria never fell and has become the main governing power. The Library controls all books, all knowledge in the world. Anything they deem to be too dangerous is quickly dealt with and swept under the rug, so to speak, never to be seen again. This is the second book in The Great Library series. In this story we get to see a young man by the name of Jess and his comrades searching high and low for a missing friend all while trying to stay out of the ever-watchful eye of the Library. Danger abounds as we see their adventure unfold, spanning Egypt, Rome, and London. Will they find the answers they seek or will they become more casualties of the Library’s inexorable resolve to maintain power?
I would first like to state that I recieved this free through a Goodreads giveaway. Although this was the second in a series, there were enough details woven in that I did not feel lost. The characters were well-defined with an in depth storyline that was both engaging and suspenseful. I really enjoyed this tale and am looking forward to reading others in this series.