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Sword and Pen

(The Great Library #5)

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With the future of the Great Library in doubt, the unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone must decide if it's worth saving in this thrilling adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

The corrupt leadership of the Great Library has fallen. But with the Archivist plotting his return to power, and the Library under siege from outside empires and kingdoms, its
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Berkley
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Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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"Is it worth it? What we're doing?"
"It has to be," she said. "If the Great Library comes to pieces, what's left? Warring kingdoms fighting over bones, dragging apart Archives, hoarding and hiding knowledge? Do you want to live in that world?"
"No," he said, and took a deep breath. "But I'm afraid we may inherit it anyway."


WOW. What a finale! I may not be pleased with everything that went
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FIVE MEMORABLE GAZILLION STARS and I’m singing from Doors “This is the end my beautiful friend” with tearful eyes.

Starting to this book like joining an hard-core boot camp class because I was literally having panic attacks that one of my favorite characters could die or something terrible happened to them so I kept procrastinating my starting date over and over. But I didn’t let my fears control my brain so last night I opened the book, in one hand flipped the pages, with the other I held my
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C.G. Drews
This was stressful, brilliant, powerful and absolutely DESTROYING. I actually had to take a moment to breathe after I finished because, like Jess, I spent most of the book gasping and dying between paragraphs that were obviously designed to spear me right through the feels. This books was so so intense and it delivered everything I needed in a finale. Including making me not know if a single character I liked would get through. I was tHAT stressed!! I was so stressed!!!!

other things I did:
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
It is so very hard to review the last book in a very much beloved series. This series has been amazing and stand out since the very first book and it has continued to astonish and blow me away with each new installment.

This last installment might very well be my most favorite one of them all.

Entertaining, action packed, thrilling, fast paced and full of all the great stuff and characters that have made this series so outstanding from the very beginning, Sword and Pen blew me away.

It made me
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Steven
Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I'm so sad that this series is over. What a fun and fantastic world that Rachel Caine has created! She's got a handful of deep characters that I've grown to care for, and now, they'll have to live on through rereads I guess.

Sword and Pen is the final book in the Great Library series, and it goes out with a bang! Character growth, plot twists, major events, Indiana Jones-esque tombs, and evil
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Suzanne
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Great conclusion to the Great Library series. Starts fast and does not linger one bit, and before you know it, the journey of the series concludes wonderfully. There were so many complex aspects of the continuing story and character developments throughout this series, and honestly Rachel Caine never dropped the ball during this series. Kudos to her and an amazing job well done!!!
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☕️Kimberly
Don’t you love when you become invested in the characters and story? When you cry over loss, worry about outcomes and curse villains names? If you do than the Great Library series is for you.

In this world the written word and knowledge are controlled for the greater good. Books are illegal and and smugglers profit. It’s the story of a small group of Librarians who overcoming the controlling faction to better the world. They believe knowledge and books should be shared. Along the way there will
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Darinda
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, ya-fantasy
The fifth and final book in The Great Library series by Rachel Caine. This fantasy series involves an imaginative world where owning books is banned and information from books is controlled by the Great Library.

The world-building in this series is fantastic. The assorted cast of characters have really grown as the series has progressed. The characters have worked hard to bring down the corruption in the Great Library, but the future of the Library is unknown as multiple sides vie for control.
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
One of the best series I've ever read ever. Rachel Caine, you are a fantastic genius. Thank you for not giving up on this idea.

I have to add: It is nearly always a TERRIBLE idea to begin a series with the final book. I say this because I saw updates from someone who picked this up without having read the first four and had no idea who anyone was or what was going on. This is NOT one of those series where you can start wherever you like all willy-nilly and such. PLEASE start with Ink and Bone.
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Bea
Blog tour review, excerpt and giveaways 9/4/19.

GO BUY THIS BOOK!

Wait. First buy and read the first four books, then buy and read this book. It really doesn't work well as a stand alone especially as it's the last in the series. I'm sad the series is ending and delighted that

Caine ended the series on a high note. I'm not referring to the events of the story but the writing. It was tightly plotted, full of emotion, politics, action, a little romance, found family and musings on who should control
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Maja Ingrid
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya
A satisfying conclusion to the series!

While I've felt there was a sliiight decline beginning with book 4, the series is still solid through and through. I think one of my dislike was that, with book 4, it started getting multi-pov. Don't get me wrong. I love the other characters as well but I had grown stuck on Jess and was bit territorial with charing my page-time with him with others.
Also with this decline was that, stuff didn't have the same emotional impact on me. Book 1-3 had me crying and
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Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

*Thoughts*

Sword and Pen is the Fifth and final installment in author Rachel Caine's The Great Library series. As a sort of summary, The Great Library of Alexandria exists in a alternative world. It exists to "contain the knowledge of the world in the name of the greater good." This is a world where possessing real honest to goodness books is a serious crime, but there are those who have found a way to do so even at the threat of death
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Melanie Dulaney
It is both sad and exciting to come to the end of The Great Library series. I have loved each and every one and will continue to recommend it to YA lovers of fantasy, action-adventure and books/libraries in general. With its unique weaponry and mechanical marvels such as tablets that are far more capable than anything currently available and almost sentient statuary that can both kill and protect, this might also be a series for those who enjoy sci-fi, as well. In this final book, readers will ...more
Wanda
Fabulous! This is going out with a bang, rather than a whimper! I am not sure what it says about me that I adore dark fantasy, with plenty of battles, plots, backstabby treacherousness, and ingenious weapons. And don’t forget the Great Library! Having worked my whole career in libraries, they are near and dear to my heart.

This volume reduced me to emotional tatters by its end. I shed plenty of tears and just sat staring into space for a while after I finished it. What a ride!

Ms. Caine, you have
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Anne ✨
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Overall I enjoyed this series, and am happy I kept up with it to the end. There was plenty to like with engaging characters, fast-moving plot, and a cool backdrop with creative world-building. Some books were better than others, but I was engaged enough to want to keep seeing where the story would go.

book 1 ****
book 2 ***
book 3 ****
book 4 ***
book 5 *** 1/2

-- Characters: MC's were a band of teens who team up to take on the controlling forces of the Great Library. I connected with these characters
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 Amelia
Wow...I can't believe it's over.



It's been a long and wonderful ride. Honestly, I think this is the only 5 book series that I've read and probably the only I'll ever read because nothing can top this and I usually don't have the necessary patience to finish a series this long XD

This series has the best character development + found family + beautiful romances and friendships + constant quality throughout + lots of action and plot twists. I also have to add one more thing that I especially liked
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K.
Trigger warnings: death, war, death of a sibling (in the past), (view spoiler)

I was super apprehensive about reading this book, purely because I wasn't ready to be done with this world and these characters. The world is absolutely wonderful from start to finish. I love the characters an unnatural amount. And the writing is fantastic.

This one does feel a little bit like it's wrapping everything up in a tidy
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Abby
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5/5

We've reached the finale. Jess and friends are out to save the Great Library at all costs. Everyone seems to want it to disappear. After Brandon's death in Smoke and Iron, this book has the reader on the edge with anticipation. We know that anything can happen... and it does. You can hardly take a breath while with Wolfe, Thomas, and others. Greek fire galore especially makes things difficult when you fear they're all gonna die from it. Some of my favorite scenes were with Thomas in the
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Jelena Milenković
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
He couldn’t imagine a world without the Great Library. Without books. Without knowledge at his fingertips when he needed it.
It struck him suddenly that every book he read now would be a gift.


This was almost everything I needed from the last book in this marvelous series!

4.5 stars
Anne - Books of My Heart
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Review copy was received from Goodreads. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Now we have reached the end of The Great Library series. I have enjoyed them all. The series should be read in order as the political and personal happenings would be tough to follow out of order. The characters develop over time and these young adults find their way, fight for their ideals and strive to make the world a
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Nursebookie
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the 5th and final installment in the Great Library Series by Rachel Caine. The Great Library is on the verge of collapse facing major threats to its survival. A group of friends are bound to stop at nothing to ensure the survival of the Great Library against the corrupt Archivist looking to take control.

Caine created this amazing world and amazing set of characters. I absolutely enjoyed every page of this book! I am so amazed by the high impact action of the stories and truly made
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Iris
I AM NOT OKAY THIS BOOK IS A MASTERPIECE I HAVE SO MANY FEELING IT HUUUURTS BUT OMFG IT WAS THE PERFECT CONCLUSION AHHHHHHHDJHDHHRYJFFFYGJFD !!!!!
Kryssi D'Eredita
A fantastic ending to a great series If I could give it more than five stars, I would ...more
Alaina
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

RTC because I need to THINK.
Britney Dillon
***I received an eARC of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!***

If you asked me what my expectations were for this book, I'm not sure I could actually put them into words, but they were high. Like, sky high. I have been a huge fan of this series from the start. It has everything I love: books, libraries, Egypt, not-so-secret societies, magic, adventure, intrigue, and so much more. Each part of this story has been strong, and I am SO
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Iris
Apr 05, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Apparently this:

1 - Wasn't already on my tbr??? Even tho it's one of my most anticipated releases???

2 - Has a cover??? That I had not seen? And that is absolutely gorgeous and I love???
Terri M.
It is finished and I am in tears.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Alyson Stone
Book: Sword and Pen
Author: Rachel Caine
Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars

Let me start out by saying that I thought this was a great read, but it wasn’t at all a strong finale. I think that had this not been the finale, I would have given it a much higher rating. However, since this is the last book, I just can’t go any higher. It was missing that epic punch that a final book in a series is supposed to have. Honestly, this kind of felt like the middle of the series and a filler book.

Okay, so moving
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Caylynn Bleess
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75/5 stars!

Okay. I'm going to be completely honest here. I think-in my anticipation of finishing this brilliant series before the start of the semester this previous week-I may have flown a little too quickly through this grand finale. It was just so good that couldn't put it down, but I knew that I would never have the spare time to go back and finish it once I got loaded down with coursework.

With that being said, I'm going to wait to write a full review of this glorious finale until I have
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Allison Sesame
This series definitely did not need to be five books. I think three would have been more than sufficient to tell the story.

This finale was underwhelming and the pacing was bizarre. A “war” of a few days doesn’t carry much weight in my eyes. The ending for some of the characters felt rather lazy and rushed.
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“And if you want to fight an old man who wants to drag the Great Library into the past, appoint a young woman who looks to the future.” 5 likes
Tota est scientia,” he said. “Knowledge is all. It either is, or it isn’t; you can’t say some knowledge is evil because it’s inconvenient for you. And anyone who claims differently has no understanding at all of what the Great Library represents.” 2 likes
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