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Sword and Pen

Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine is the last book in The Great Library series.

One battle has ended but the final battle has only just begun and the fate of The Great Library is in the balance. The corrupt Archivist has been thrown out of the Library but the threat he poses is still great. The Library is under assault by several foreign countries, all of whom want to help “rebuild” the Library.

Jess Brightwell and his friends must come together one final time to thwart the internal and external threats to the Library and it will take all their ingenuity and strength… maybe more than they have.

Will dawn bring a new future to The Great Library or will it fall forever?

I was actually quite satisfied with this book and it’s place as a conclusion to the series. Ends were neatly tied and the action, suspense and overall plot was neither under or over done. There was actually this tension throughout the book that accompanied the feeling of coming to an ending that felt quite appropriate to me.

The previous books all took place over a period of time, where this one happened over a 24-48 hour period. This really worked for me, especially since we were in Alexandria the whole time–the heart of The Great Library.

Jess’ storyline had a particularly good ending. I really felt that there was closure here and that we came full circle. I honestly can’t think of a better ending to the series; it was almost as if what was meant to happen, happened and I don’t feel like that is always the case in longer series like this.

I also love how historical people are written into the history of The Great Library, as if the Alexandria library never burned, this is what would have really happened.

This is one series I am not sad to see end because of how perfectly it wrapped up. This one gets a very high 4.5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!


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