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Sword and Pen

(The Great Library #5)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  343 ratings  ·  112 reviews
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 fut
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Berkley Books
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Rosie Lake Amazon now says 3 Sep 2019. Hope it's that not the date written in the details here. I need it now.

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Helena of Sparta ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.


"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
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 cr
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 villain
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 hea
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 b
Blog tour review, excerpt and giveaways 9/4/19.


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
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


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 b
Melanie Dulaney
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 s ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. Si
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
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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 h
Apr 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
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???
S.E. Anderson
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An epic conclusion to one of my favorite series. I would have read it faster, but I just didn't want it to end!

We pick up immediately where we left off at the end of book four: the Archivist is on the run, and our little rebel family has taken over the great library. Now comes the toughest part: securing their victory. Saving the library from those who would rather destroy it then see it grow.

Unlike the previous books, here we switch POV's constantly. Jess is no longer the center of the tale: t
Cait - GoodeyReads
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it


Oh, what a ride. I was giddy with joy that I received an ARC because I wanted to know how the fate of the library would at last, unfold.

This book started out with a bang. I immediately dove into the action as Jess was recovering from the ending of the last book (trying to keep large spoilers out) and trying to kill himself yet again at the beginning of this one. Does he ever stay away from danger? NOPE. I absolutely adore Jess and thought he was the pe
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
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

What a simply incredible end to a wonderful and very unique series. How Rachel Caine thought up the whole of the series with the intricate details is beyond me.
I'm really happy with how the story ended and that all lines of the book were tied up.
The action scenes and emotions in this book I thought was the best and most real and raw out of the whole series. Caine's descriptions made the landscape and action easy to imagine and has always had me hooked from the first book.
Sword and Pen is
A worthy end for this series. Not a single boring scene. The characters grew up, evolved. There were enough plot twists that made the predictable big picture outcome a little less predictable, and me try to read the book as fast as possible.

I'm sad to let this bunch of friends go. But it will only be temporarily, I'll visit the Great Library again. And again.
Jenny Womack
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to have an ARC given to me by the author (thank you R). The last in a wonderful series about books, the greatest library ever, knowledge & power. Incredible! The writing is so good you can feel the heat of Alexandria, the urgency & desperation of combat & fighting against the odds...and all the emotions, just wow (yes, I cried). I HIGHLY recommend this series for anyone who truly loves books.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Exceeded my expectations for the end of the series. Action packed, thoughtful and unique. A pleasure to read. The entire series is a must read. Sort of a spoiler: one of my favorite characters in the series dies. Normally I am not cool with an author killing off a main and favorite character but in this case, I liked the way the death not only drove the plot forward, it also sort of had a happy ending.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an Advanced Reading Copy for an honest review.

Absolutely loved Sword And Pen. I devoured it in one setting. A wonderful conclusion to one of my favorite series.

From the very first pages of this book, everything is at stake. From beginning to end, it was a fast paced rollercoaster and I kept turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning to find out how everything would end and how my favorite cast of characters would fend off the corrupt leadership of the great Library.

My only
Terri M.
It is finished and I am in tears.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I can't believe this series is over! This is a series that started out a bit shaky and didn't feel overly new or anything, but with each book it just grew so much in maturity and plot and complexity, and the themes explored were genuinely fascinating and deeply relevant no matter what time period we're living in.

Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

This series has gotten better and better with each book and this final installment is no exception to that pattern. I remember reading Ink
Nannette Demmler
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
ARC provided by Berkley Publishing Group via NeGalley for an honest review.
I am going to be honest. In some ways I loved this last book in the series, it was mostly what I was hoping for. But I was also a bit disappointed, but I can’t quite put my finger on why. It might just be last book blues, or it might be that unnecessary epilogue. But I will do my best not to let that interfere with my review, because it really was a great book.

Just like in the last book, we are being told the story throug
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-mt-bookpile
Only for those who have read the earlier books in the series, as the characters and world depend on prior knowledge. For those who have.... this is probably the ending you've been waiting for. There's a lot of action and tying up loose ends - Jess even gets some resolution with his family! Each of the main characters finds their true purpose in life, while the Great Library is both saved and changed as the old Archivist's rule is ended (in Book 4, Smoke and Iron).

eARC provided by publisher.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book was so fantastic! We were in a lot of heads in this book, and it was so great! Loved this so much!
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

I've been looking forward to this book for AGESSS. I binged the first four books in the series just a few months ago, and I have so many mixed feelings because I'm so happy I got to read another book in this series, but also it's the last one!! Pardon me while I hide in the corner and figure out how I'm going to live my life now that this series is complete.

As this is a review for a final book in a series, I am going to try
Susan Pearlstein
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Caine’s Great Library series is complete. In the fifth and final book, Sword and Pen, the fate of the world’s superpower, the Great Library, is resolved, as are the fates of the band of scholars, alchemists and soldiers who have banded together to save the Library, even if it means saving it from itself.

The series posits an alternate reality where the earth’s various nationalities, all as powerful and politically motivated as their real-world counterparts, are dominated by the Great Libra
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I can’t remember the last time I read a series of five books that stayed consistently amazing after the third book.


After the fourth book ended, I had no idea how Rachel Caine could possibly move on to a fifth book and still match that level of thrill, but it turns out I didn’t need to worry, she didn’t just match it, in my not so humble opinion, she easily exceeded it. In fact, I think that out of the five books she wrote for this series, Sword and Pen is my favourite one. T
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