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Sword and Pen (The Great Library Series) Audio CD – November 15, 2019
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About the Author
Rachel Caine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series, which includes Bitter Blood, Black Dawn, Last Breath, and Bite Club. She is also the author of Prince of Shadows, a new spin on the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, an insurance investigator, and, until recently, carried on a secret identity in the corporate world as a communications executive. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas.
- Publisher : Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (November 15, 2019)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1664471936
- ISBN-13 : 978-1664471931
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Anyone who has read the first four books in the series will know just how relentless the pace can be, and this book drives our characters even harder than before. Things happen quickly, with little rest between moments of intense action. The new Library is fighting a war on several fronts, and the book does not shy away from the devastation that comes with that. Blood is spilled. There are tough decisions for everyone to make. Characters die, including one very significant one.
But there are also some very uplifting emotional moments. We get to see how deep of bonds have formed between the main characters. There is a lot of emphasis on the adoptive family relationships that have developed between Wolfe, Santi, and the kids, and we get to see just how much they all have come to care about each other. Romance is a bit more sidelined in this one, which makes sense. They're fighting a war, which doesn't leave much time for kissing. I am admittedly a bit unhappy with the way things went for one couple, but although it was unexpected, the development was understandable, considering the situation they find themselves in.
The ending was very satisfying, although a significant death makes it bittersweet. It doesn't wrap up every single thread, but I wouldn't want it to. It doesn't come without cost, but too neat and easy of a solution wouldn't have done it justice. The main conflict is resolved, and we are left on a hopeful note, looking toward the future of the new Library. As someone who greatly disliked the Harry Potter epilogue, I was happy that the end point leaves our characters open to any further adventures we might imagine them having.
If you've been following this series, you will definitely want to be here for the grand finale. If you haven't, go pick up Ink and Bone so you can fall in love with this beautiful dystopian alternate history and the diverse group of kids and their mentors working to overthrow the corrupt power structure.
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for this review. I also had the book preordered because I love this series so much. Really, read it!
I’m always nervous picking up a book in a series after a break in reading earlier books. I worry that I won’t like it as much as I liked earlier books or that I’ll be confused about what’s going on because I’ve forgotten too many things.
Rachel Caine handled both of these concerns like the expert she is in SWORD AND PEN. From the first page, I fell straight back in love with Jess and his friends and the amazing story world of Alexandria and the Great Library. I felt like reminders about who people were and what had been happening where SMOKE AND IRON (book 4) left off were organically woven into the narrative without stealing any attention away from the current tension.
The Great Library is one of my favorite series. It’s one of a very few series longer than three books that I’ve actually managed to stick with– and really, I couldn’t help it! I love the characters so much– Khalila and Dario, Thomas and Glain, Santi and Wolfe, I love them all. Each one is so different, so well-imagined that they feel real. As soon as I start reading a section, I know exactly whose POV I’m in, and I love when authors write like that.
SWORD AND PEN is every bit the conclusion I was hoping for in terms of its intensity. I won’t promise you’ll love every minute– there are some sad moments that really smack you in places that hurt. But it wouldn’t be such a powerful story without those, either. And for the most part, even those sad moments felt right to me.
The Great Library is one of those series you really need to read from the beginning, so don’t start with SWORD AND PEN. Besides, the first book, INK AND BONE is fantastic and well worth the time to read.
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. (Then I bought a finished copy because it's awesome.)
Like the rest of the series, it is thought provoking. It's the kind of series you recommend to a friend so you can discuss it with them. The whole world is built well around the institution of the library and what it means to control knowledge and communication.
The main characters are heroic in their ways. Some of them are very open and honest, others are more duplicitous. It's a coming of age in some ways too, and a love story. My favorite kind of love story, where some of the story is about romantic love, but it's also about other kinds of love too.
This was the rich ending the series deserved, and it was well-paced. It does feel like there is more philosophical musing in this book, but that fit the story too.
Definitely not a standalone. Start at the beginning.
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Brilliant writing and I am so sad that I no longer have these books to look forward to. As I said above its like losing a friend, not just one but many.
I will miss these characters, and will look forward to when enough time has passed to be able to reread and rediscover them.
I would recommend binge reading the series if you're new to it.
I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 because it felt to me like more loose ends were left than I'd expected but on the other hand it is so full of tear jerkers and strong character moments that i forgive the loose ends. Such a good dark complex YA book.