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Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #5
Published by Berkley on September 3, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
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 better place. While some of the middle books feel like a continuing crisis with no end in sight, I highly recommend this entertaining and thrilling series. I have found pleasure in everything I have read from Rachel Caine.
Sword and Pen delivers action in a suspenseful situation from start to finish! But it isn’t just mindless action for a thrill ride, each step has purpose and works toward the goals for a better library. Our team has taken over the library but it is precarious with the old Archivist and several nations wanting to take over control. The old Archivist continues with having no scruples; no action is too evil if it keeps him in power. He suppresses or destroys knowledge and doesn’t hesitate to murder anyone who doesn’t follow his orders.
The various nations come to “aid the library” but really once they are there will really try to take control. Knowledge is power and everyone wants it. It is a fine balance to have treaties with them. The Library has to show its ability to defend itself, but doesn’t want to kill people from other nations in its circle.
Personally, these young people are making more decisions about what they are and will be in their lives. Throughout this battle, they are in life and death situations and often loved ones die. I love seeing them become who they really are in this crisis. Jess is so quick, street smart and capable, but he takes on a world of hurt. Thomas is so engagingly smart and figures out so many things. Morgan gives all she has to protect and help others. Dario is a crafty politician and fighter. Khalila is a true scholar and leader. Wolfe and Santi help to lead and protect them all. They all make sacrifices for a better Library.
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