Book Review: Sword and Pen, by Rachel Caine

Sword and Pen, by Rachel Caine

Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine

Published by Berkley on September 3, 2019

Series: The Great Library, #5

Genre(s): fiction, fantasy, young adult

Format & Length: e-book, 368

Source: library

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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 future is uncertain. Jess Brightwell and his friends must come together as never before, to forge a new future for the Great Library . . . or see everything it stood for crumble.

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The fifth and final installment in The Great Library series, Sword and Pen is an excellent conclusion to this story.

“There was peace in this place. Maybe there was peace everywhere, if she’d slow down to look.”

I was a little concerned about a third of the way into this book, as it was feeling long and wasn’t gripping me as much as I wanted it to. But it was just me; in the end Caine delivered a book just as entertaining as the previous ones. Sword and Pen combined a well woven plot with characters that have been nicely developed, bringing together action and politics in a big finale that takes place over just a few days.

“Violence at a distance was still horrific, and should be felt just as deeply.”

What began for me as simply a fun story in Ink and Bone has peeled layer back book by book to reveal remarkable depth. Overall, both Sword and Pen and The Great Library series as a whole was a pleasure to read. Fans of books about books geared towards young adults with a fantasy/steampunk twist should give this series a chance!

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