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Złowrogim Bibliotekarzom przez całe lata udawało się trzymać tę książkę w ukryciu... Jeśli masz ją w ręce, należysz do nielicznych szczęściarzy! Alcatraz Smedry zdołał pokonać armię złych Bibliotekarzy i uratować królestwo Mokii. Szkoda, że przy okazji udało mu się zepsuć talenty Smedrych. Co gorsza, jego ojciec próbuje wprowadzić w życie sekretny plan, który może doprowadz Złowrogim Bibliotekarzom przez całe lata udawało się trzymać tę książkę w ukryciu... Jeśli masz ją w ręce, należysz do nielicznych szczęściarzy! Alcatraz Smedry zdołał pokonać armię złych Bibliotekarzy i uratować królestwo Mokii. Szkoda, że przy okazji udało mu się zepsuć talenty Smedrych. Co gorsza, jego ojciec próbuje wprowadzić w życie sekretny plan, który może doprowadzić do zagłady świata, a Bastylia leży pogrążona w śpiączce. Aby się ocknęła, Alcatraz musi dokonać infiltracji Wielkoteki zwanej przez Ciszlandczyków Biblioteką Kongresu źródła groźnej bibliotekarskiej mocy. Czy pozbawiony możliwości korzystania ze swego talentu Alcatraz znajdzie sposób, by ocalić Bastylię i na dobre pokonać Bibliotekarzy? Długo oczekiwana, zabawna i pełna akcji zamykająca część serii Alcatraz kontra Bibliotekarze wreszcie na księgarskich półkach!


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Złowrogim Bibliotekarzom przez całe lata udawało się trzymać tę książkę w ukryciu... Jeśli masz ją w ręce, należysz do nielicznych szczęściarzy! Alcatraz Smedry zdołał pokonać armię złych Bibliotekarzy i uratować królestwo Mokii. Szkoda, że przy okazji udało mu się zepsuć talenty Smedrych. Co gorsza, jego ojciec próbuje wprowadzić w życie sekretny plan, który może doprowadz Złowrogim Bibliotekarzom przez całe lata udawało się trzymać tę książkę w ukryciu... Jeśli masz ją w ręce, należysz do nielicznych szczęściarzy! Alcatraz Smedry zdołał pokonać armię złych Bibliotekarzy i uratować królestwo Mokii. Szkoda, że przy okazji udało mu się zepsuć talenty Smedrych. Co gorsza, jego ojciec próbuje wprowadzić w życie sekretny plan, który może doprowadzić do zagłady świata, a Bastylia leży pogrążona w śpiączce. Aby się ocknęła, Alcatraz musi dokonać infiltracji Wielkoteki zwanej przez Ciszlandczyków Biblioteką Kongresu źródła groźnej bibliotekarskiej mocy. Czy pozbawiony możliwości korzystania ze swego talentu Alcatraz znajdzie sposób, by ocalić Bastylię i na dobre pokonać Bibliotekarzy? Długo oczekiwana, zabawna i pełna akcji zamykająca część serii Alcatraz kontra Bibliotekarze wreszcie na księgarskich półkach!

30 review for The Dark Talent

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gene

    Right after the events of the previous book Alcatraz is forced to go all-out on the biggest stronghold of the Evil Librarians: the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. He is accompanied by a ragtag and very small team of his relatives mostly. Including one very evil Librarian. Hilarity ensures? The first half of the book was better than I expected. It was actually funnier than the whole previous installment, so I had my hope Sanderson found his funny bone again. The second part stopped being fu Right after the events of the previous book Alcatraz is forced to go all-out on the biggest stronghold of the Evil Librarians: the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. He is accompanied by a ragtag and very small team of his relatives mostly. Including one very evil Librarian. Hilarity ensures? The first half of the book was better than I expected. It was actually funnier than the whole previous installment, so I had my hope Sanderson found his funny bone again. The second part stopped being funny and became quite sad. Yes, both Sanderson as the author and Alcatraz as a narrator kept warning about it since the beginning of the series. It might be just me: I really cannot handle sudden transition from humor to misery. By the way this is one of the reasons I was never quite fond of Terry Pratchett's Discworld: good people die in his supposedly humorous books. I really cannot tell you to read the first half and then stop: it would leave the story unfinished. To be totally honest the story is left unfinished anyway. This was supposed to be the last book of the series, bu when I was in the middle of it I learned one more book of the series is planned. Shame on you, Mr. Sanderson for leaving the story on the sad note and unfinished just to make place for one more book. Shame on you even if I was slow to learn about this trick. So my rating is 3 stars. If you think good people dying is funny (like Boromir's final stand - pure comedy; (view spoiler)[in case you did not get it, this was my sarcasm (hide spoiler)] ) add one more star, heck add two: I feel generous. I will only read the final (I hope it would be final) book because I am curious about the ending.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Helen 2.0

    The tales we tell ourselves these days always seem to need a happy ending... Is it because the Librarians are protecting us from stories with sad endings? Or is it something about who we are, who we have become as a society, that makes us need to see the good guys win? 4.5 stars. A very Sandersonesque (that's a word!) finish to a fun series, complete with twists and crazy action and just the right amount of silliness. While some of the earlier installments where so packed with dumb humor and The tales we tell ourselves these days always seem to need a happy ending... Is it because the Librarians are protecting us from stories with sad endings? Or is it something about who we are, who we have become as a society, that makes us need to see the good guys win? 4.5 stars. A very Sandersonesque (that's a word!) finish to a fun series, complete with twists and crazy action and just the right amount of silliness. While some of the earlier installments where so packed with dumb humor and fourth-wall-breaking that it detracted from the storyline and became tedious to read, the fifth Alcatraz book definitely felt more grounded and focused, heading for that inevitable, jarring ending. Readers finally get to see what Alcatraz was hinting at throughout the whole story: sacrificial altars made of encyclopedias, Attica's crazy plans, Alcatraz's cowardice. So, in The Dark Talent, Alcatraz attempts to break into the Highbrary to find and stop his misguided father. This is harder than it looks, given that he broke all Smedry talents by accident in the last volume. We get a closer look at his mother, Shasta, and what drives her. "You have to understand. Your mother is a Librarian. In her heart, she's terrified of change - not to mention frightened of the idea of common people being outside her control." She has certainly moved past being your ordinary textbook villain into a more complicated presence in Al's life. Moreover, I would call her the wisest character in the series; she's often giving very insightful comments from the sidelines. Last but not least, she is a walking reality check to her son, who certainly needs one on various occasions in the book. "Librarians," my mother said, "share more with Smedrys than either would like to admit. Both will bend over backwards to accommodate sheer dramatic effect." "Have you been with that fool of a grandfather of yours so long you've lost the ability to see the world as it has to be?" My only complaint: not enough Bastille! I want more of my favorite moody sword-wielding teenager. (It is lightly hinted that there will be one more installment in the series, written from Bastille's view. *mini fangirl episode*)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bookwraiths

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths . My rating is 3.5 stars. Other reviewers have already voiced it, and I am going to chime in with them: Wow, that got really dark, really quick. By that, I mean, the conclusion of The Dark Talent, the latest volume in the Alcatraz series. What had been a rather silly, fun-filled romp up until this point turned suddenly into a fairly depressing story. I know that sounds improbable, but it is true. I suppose frequent readers should not have been surprised by this t Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths . My rating is 3.5 stars. Other reviewers have already voiced it, and I am going to chime in with them: Wow, that got really dark, really quick. By that, I mean, the conclusion of The Dark Talent, the latest volume in the Alcatraz series. What had been a rather silly, fun-filled romp up until this point turned suddenly into a fairly depressing story. I know that sounds improbable, but it is true. I suppose frequent readers should not have been surprised by this turn of events though: Alcatraz Smedry has been preparing everyone for just such an occurrence since the very beginning. His constant ominous warnings of future failure hard to overlook in the preceding four books. Even the foreword to The Dark Talent reiterates this message again with the rather straightforward statement that “This is where the story stops being funny. You’ve been warned.” But somehow I wasn’t prepared for what actually happened, since things seemed to be following along the familiar Alcatraz pattern. Picking up where The Shattered Lens ended, Alcatraz and friends have succeeded in driving off the Evil Librarian army from the Kingdom of Mokia. But like always, things are even worse now that they were before. Mokia is a ruin with many of her citizens still in a coma from Librarians weapons. Alcatraz’s friend Bastille is one of these fallen heroes, who is stuck in limbo between life and death. And, on top of that, Alcatraz has seemingly broken the Smedry talents! Sounds pretty horrible, right? Hold on, it is about to get worse. With all these problems to be fixed, Alcatraz does what he does best: head off into danger with no real plan. Here he decides he must somehow infiltrate the Librarians’ “Highbrary” (which is actually the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.) and try to stop his dad from potentially destroying the world. (Attica Smedry having concocted a scheme to defeat the Evil Librarians once and for all by giving all Hushlanders their very own Smedry talent!) And to top things off, Alcatraz has to rely on his Librarian mother, who abandoned him to foster care, for this desperate attempt to actually work. No possible way it can get any worse than this, I hear you saying. Wrong again! I won’t go into details, because to do so would reveal spoilers and ruin the conclusion of this book, but things do indeed get worse for Alcatraz and his friends. Much worse. The conclusion to The Dark Talent about the most depressing ending I’ve encountered in quite a while. Honestly, Brandon Sanderson ripped my heart out in just a few pages. And only the note at the end of book kept all my hopes from shriveling up and blowing away. Does all that mean this book was devoid of the slapstick humor, delightful puns, and clever wordplay which the Alcatraz series has become known for? Nope. All that is still present. Every witty remark, quirky tangent, or snarky side note (and even footnotes in this one) reminding a reader of the middle grades comedy which they have become accustomed to. One has to look no further than the chapter names (which range from Chapter Doug to Chapter Marco, because chapters “never get to be themselves, you know?") or the Smedry’s airship (a penguin shaped craft appropriately dubbed the Penguinator) to see that Sanderson doesn’t jettison all the laughs in this more serious fifth volume. Sanderson also increases the action to near non-stop thrills here. Our hero and his band of friends and relatives sprinting from one amazing fight to another, from aerial duels to personal derring-do. Each gulp of pulse-pounding excitement topping the next. There are even more twists and turns than ever before. The schemes, motives, and personal passions of allies and enemies alike revealed for readers to enjoy. Alcatraz and his parents strange relationships highlighted. Many of the “reveals” from these plot lines quite startling. This element of the narrative picking up speed as the conclusion rapidly approached until it finally explodes into a flaming fireball of “What the Hades just happened?” Which brings up that dang ending again. The one I already mentioned was pretty dark. If you haven’t already picked it up, I didn’t love it very much. Not for this book. Not for this series. It felt . . . out of place. Too dark, too depressing. Sure, Alcatraz had warned everyone the end was going to be gloomy, but this was a bit over-the-top for such a comedic story. In fact, if not for the note at the end, the conclusion would have ruined my whole perspective about The Dark Talent and Alcatraz’s journey all together. So, thank God for the final note! With that final note in mind though, I have to say The Dark Talent was an enjoyable read. Sanderson is a master storyteller, so he effortlessly turns this adventure into a real page turner. Perhaps it wasn’t quite as funny as previous books, but it was still an intriguing turn in our heroes tale, one which demands another volume in the series. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’d like to thank them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eon ♒Windrunner♒

    4.5 Stars The usual excellent storytelling from Mr. Sanderson – this book was great fun even though it followed on from the darker tone of the previous book. I was thoroughly enjoying it and then came the ending. Gak! Well he warned us and he warned us and he warned us. We were extremely forewarned. And yet I did not fully believe. He had cried wolf so many times that I ignored it. And then came the wolf. And then there were the acknowledgements and the footnotes and the about the author and I jus 4.5 Stars The usual excellent storytelling from Mr. Sanderson – this book was great fun even though it followed on from the darker tone of the previous book. I was thoroughly enjoying it and then came the ending. Gak! Well he warned us and he warned us and he warned us. We were extremely forewarned. And yet I did not fully believe. He had cried wolf so many times that I ignored it. And then came the wolf. And then there were the acknowledgements and the footnotes and the about the author and I just kept on turning those pages faster and faster, because this is Sanderson and surely he did not REALLY end it like that? Aaand WHAM. Final page (No, really, as in the LAST, LAST page of the book) makes it all better. *sigh of relief. Sandblasting Sandersons! Don’t EVER do that to us again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Connor

    Updated Review: So I originally read the arc that was provided to me from the publisher, but then they sent me the final copy which got to me today. I for some reason decided to reread the latter part of the book and have decided to up my rating for reasons. Shocking Sandersons. Yes!! Original Rating: 4 Stars And original review: So until the last three chapters, I absolutely loved it. Incredibly funny and fast-paced. I loved the footnotes and the pop culture references. I don't mind the ending t Updated Review: So I originally read the arc that was provided to me from the publisher, but then they sent me the final copy which got to me today. I for some reason decided to reread the latter part of the book and have decided to up my rating for reasons. Shocking Sandersons. Yes!! Original Rating: 4 Stars And original review: So until the last three chapters, I absolutely loved it. Incredibly funny and fast-paced. I loved the footnotes and the pop culture references. I don't mind the ending to the story so much although I think a fair amount of people will. I would have liked some more information about what happened as a result of the last events. It seemed super blunt without any falling action or resolution at all which leaves me wanting. Still a five stars series in my book, but I think this last installment seemed like he was just trying to be done with the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/09/05/... Edit: Holy crap. HOLEEE CRAP. The following review was based on the ARC, but I just got my finished copy from the publisher, and I just saw the little "note" that was added at the end of the final hardcover. My original rating stands because I still feel the same way for the most part, but I'm not going to lie, this does change things somewhat. I'm feeling a lot more positive about the ending now. Read it, and you will see 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/09/05/... Edit: Holy crap. HOLEEE CRAP. The following review was based on the ARC, but I just got my finished copy from the publisher, and I just saw the little "note" that was added at the end of the final hardcover. My original rating stands because I still feel the same way for the most part, but I'm not going to lie, this does change things somewhat. I'm feeling a lot more positive about the ending now. Read it, and you will see. Well, I’ve just finished this book, and now I have to ask, what is up with all your evil series endings, Mr. Sanderson?! This isn’t the first time I’ve had mixed feelings about the way one of his series ended; first it was the original Mistborn trilogy and earlier this year it was the Reckoners. To be fair, the difference is that Alcatraz has been warning about this moment for years—the books have repeatedly told us what a liar, a coward, and all around bad person Alcatraz is, and he’s no hero—so don’t be surprised if he leaves you with an ending that makes you want to SCREAM! Ahem, my point is, this was still a great book, but hopefully you have been heeding our protagonist’s foreshadowing. You have been warned… The Dark Talent picks up where things left off in book four, The Shattered Lens, which was originally published almost six years ago, so this concluding volume was a long time coming. Alcatraz Smedry and the gang have just fought off a whole army of Evil Librarians and saved the Free Kingdom nation of Mokia. However, that victory came at a very high price. Mokia now lies in ruins, with many of its warriors in a coma after falling victim to a chemical weapon developed by the Librarians. Among them is Alcatraz’s good friend Bastille, the young knight of Crystallia who pledged to protect him. Even worse, at the end of the last book, Alcatraz did something that left all of his family members’ talents inactive. Yes, he actually managed to break all the Smedry talents with his Smedry breaking talent. Meanwhile, they still have to track down Alcatraz’s father who is determined to carry out a brilliant plan that, while good intentioned, could still have the potential to ruin the world. They know that he has gone to Washington DC, home of the Library of Congress—or the “Highbrary”, which is what Librarians call their main headquarters. Once again, Alcatraz and his family and friends find themselves preparing to infiltrate a library, but this time the stakes are much, much higher. On the whole, this book was fantastic, following in the same footsteps as the previous volumes when it comes to the off-the-wall humor and wackiness. Sanderson falls effortlessly back into the tone of this series, and the snark is stronger than ever! Another development is that Alcatraz has discovered footnotes, and has been using (abusing?) them like it’s going out of style, the little scamp. The action is also alive and well as our heroes venture into the great labyrinthine Highbrary to retrieve Alcatraz’s father, and the many twists and turns—both figurative and literal—will keep you on the edge of your seat. However, I also feel this is the darkest book of the series. The last few chapters or so really drove it home for me, though I suppose looking back, the darkness might have been building up for a while already, as Alcatraz gradually matured and grew as a character. He’s still the boy we first met in Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians, but in many ways he’s also…not. I’ve written in my reviews for the previous books that beneath all the humor and quirkiness, there’s a deeper level to this series. I guess in The Dark Talent, some of that is finally coming to the surface. Which brings me to the ending. I didn’t really like it, as painful as it is for me to admit. But I had known something like it might be coming, and if you’ve also read all the books, you might be expecting it as well. It was all very sudden, brutally candid and to-the-point, and even a little unpleasant, almost like Sanderson wasn’t sure how to end the book so he just wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible. That’s the best way I can describe it. I still love this series to bits, but ugh, that ending still makes me feel like someone hit me over the head with a frying pan. It’s all done now, though; the Alcatraz series has come to an end. I’m really glad I got to read all of the books this year, as they’ve been on my reading list for a long time. The re-issues of books 1-4 by Starscape finally presented me with the perfect opportunity to catch up, and I’m already looking forward to rereading them with my kids once they’re old enough to appreciate the stories. Until then, I’m going to miss this series, and all the wonderful characters—Alcatraz, Bastille, Draulin, Kaz, Australia, Folsom, Himalaya, even Shasta, and most of all, Grandpa Smedry. What a wild ride it has been. Highly recommended.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    The Alcatraz series is what happens when an Author’s inner critic gets to be the voice of the book and make fun of said author. Brandon Sanderson is the fake author of these books, the name Alcatraz publishes them under to keep the Librarians from realizing that the books are real. Alcatraz has it on good authority that that while there was once a real Brandon Sanderson, he was executed for take too much time to write the 5th book of a series-and then doing something horrible at the endin The Alcatraz series is what happens when an Author’s inner critic gets to be the voice of the book and make fun of said author. Brandon Sanderson is the fake author of these books, the name Alcatraz publishes them under to keep the Librarians from realizing that the books are real. Alcatraz has it on good authority that that while there was once a real Brandon Sanderson, he was executed for take too much time to write the 5th book of a series-and then doing something horrible at the ending. These days, the title "Brandon Sanderson" is wielded by a group of shadowy book writing ninjas, wth the goal of owning all of the world’s Mac and cheese. This did not end how I expected….but after thinking about it I LOVED what Brandon Sanderson decided to do with the ending. I actually should have guessed what was coming since there were clues along the way. But I was too caught up in the funny and the danger that I didn’t think he would go there...AND THEN HE DID. Alcatraz has been many things not a good person, a Liar, awesome, an idiot and now a coward. We know he is a coward because he gives us a huge list of all the ways he is afraid of dying a few include but are not limited to: death by gratuitous paper cuts, being forced so watch too many Korean soap operas, being forced to go back in time and accidentally killing my own great-great-grandfather in a clichéd science fiction action sequence, SADS (Sudden Alcatraz death Syndrome), poisoning, balefire, heat death of the universe, accidental grenade ingestion, Avada Kedavra, being sued by J. K. rowling, accidental teddy bear detonation, being eaten by a sentient romance novel…etc. etc. etc Is he really these things???? Well yes, I believe so. But he is just a kid so maybe he’ll grow out of it and be okay.* Every book in the series had some sort of gimmick of some kind in it. Things like a false last chapter for those sneaky people that read the last pages early. A chase scene done while quoting Hamlet. Chapters that followed no accepted naming convention….at all. This…well this is the book of footnotes.** I thought that the last book in this series dropped off a little in the humor and fun department but I will say that while this is a darker story there is a lot of fun to be had along the way. There is very useless useful information at the beginning of each chapter. Ah, the wooly sea sloth, with its luscious fur and its body made of high-grade aluminum. It is a noble creature, and endangered; as of writing this there are precisely negative four of them remaining in the wild--as opposed to a hundred years ago, when there were none of them living off the coast of Newfoundland. The wooly sea sloth is known for a steady diet of conservative talk show hosts and Twix bars with the chocolate licked off. The peaceful animal is of no danger to anyone, since none of them exist or have ever existed, and yet their habitat is threatened by their only natural predator: Wikipedia. Stop Wikipedia rampages now and support the wooly sea sloth reforestation project, led by six former presidents of the United States (one a zombie) and no conservative talk show hosts. There was a chapter done with a bunch of added puns When we left the room, we were well disguised. The only way we could have done better is if we’d been wearing ropes, a bucket, and a sign that said TOSS IN A COIN FOR A WISH. and another where Neanderthalian grunting seemed to be the theme. There was always something good going on.*** So the book powered along and we got to the end of Alcatraz’s autobiography and I was stunned. Speachless even. But then….then….there is that little nugget that hidden page and I punched my fist in the air and shouted YES!!! Why you ask???**** Yes this is a middle grade book but much like Anamaniacs and Bugs Bunny cartoons there is something in these for everyone. I really felt like there was just as much for the adults as the kids. But if you have kids in the 7-12 year old range this would be a great family book series to read. *I really don’t think that is likely and he will probably be stoopidatious for the rest of his existence. **I thought they were all hilarious and added to the story…but if it bugs you there are a TON of them and it will be distracting. ***Except for that one time….but we aren’t talking about it yet. ****I can’t believe you asked me so spoil this book. That is really so uncool of you. You’re probably one of those people that read the last page in the book. For Shame.

  8. 4 out of 5

    TS Chan

    And Sanderson pulls it off again! Do not read the link until you have finished this book. http://brandonsanderson.com/alcatraz-... ---------------------------- Wow! After being exposed to so many of Brandon Sanderson's books, I didn't expect to be taken so completely by surprise (again). I expect some twists that's for sure but the ending of this book was not anticipated. The ridiculous humour is still there but this book is dark, especially for one targeted at the MG audience. All I can say is tha And Sanderson pulls it off again! Do not read the link until you have finished this book. http://brandonsanderson.com/alcatraz-... ---------------------------- Wow! After being exposed to so many of Brandon Sanderson's books, I didn't expect to be taken so completely by surprise (again). I expect some twists that's for sure but the ending of this book was not anticipated. The ridiculous humour is still there but this book is dark, especially for one targeted at the MG audience. All I can say is that I applaud Brandon for sticking to the ending that he intended from the very beginning. It is a highly enjoyable series delivered in a quirky manner with the Sanderson's trademark innovative spin on magic. Tip: Do read till the very last page of the book - think of it like a post-credit scene of a Marvel movie.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marnie (Enchanted Bibliophile)

    Alcatraz: "I’ve now figured out how to use footnotes.*" First Sentence: So there I was, standing in my chambers on the day before the world ended, facing my greatest adversary to date. I love how these books put a smile on my face every single time I read them! Alcatraz just lifts my spirit - now matter what! Having a bad few days this was the best medicine I could have ask for. *I really hope Bastille keeps her promise... (view spoiler)[when did she became a Smedry??? Can't wait for the next install Alcatraz: "I’ve now figured out how to use footnotes.*" First Sentence: So there I was, standing in my chambers on the day before the world ended, facing my greatest adversary to date. I love how these books put a smile on my face every single time I read them! Alcatraz just lifts my spirit - now matter what! Having a bad few days this was the best medicine I could have ask for. *I really hope Bastille keeps her promise... (view spoiler)[when did she became a Smedry??? Can't wait for the next installment. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eric Allen

    Well... that got dark. Like seriously, disturbingly dark. The Alcatraz series has always been a sort of lighthearted mishmash of writing advice, snark, satire, ridiculousness, genre blending, and genre bending, and genre backflips through double hoops while singing the Star Spangled Banner, that's both somewhat educational and very entertaining. Pretty much good wholesome fun for kids and adults both. But man, this one took a pretty dark turn at the end, and didn't really have the same feel to i Well... that got dark. Like seriously, disturbingly dark. The Alcatraz series has always been a sort of lighthearted mishmash of writing advice, snark, satire, ridiculousness, genre blending, and genre bending, and genre backflips through double hoops while singing the Star Spangled Banner, that's both somewhat educational and very entertaining. Pretty much good wholesome fun for kids and adults both. But man, this one took a pretty dark turn at the end, and didn't really have the same feel to it as the others. The tone of the whole book is very different from the previous four. A lot of the best characters from previous books are barely in it, or not in it at all. Also, it doesn't really have an ending. It just sort of ends right in the middle of what's happening. I don't know if it's because Sanderson took so much time off from the series before writing this next book, or if he always meant for this jarring tone shift to happen, but after finishing, I found myself asking, where did my silly, fun Alcatraz book go? It's still a comedy, and entertaining enough, even if it does feel a little off from the previous four books. I did get a pretty good laugh out of Penguinator nearly every time it was mentioned. If you've read the rest of the series, you're probably not going to hate it, and enjoy it enough to make it worth your time in reading it. Although, I would maybe advise parents to read it first before giving it to younger children to see if it's something you want your kids reading, because seriously, the ending of this book is extremely dark.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    “This is where the story stops being funny. You’ve been warned.” Don't take this warning as another one of Alcatraz's funny jokes! I did and didn't even consider it might be the real deal so I wasn't prepared to face it when it hit. The story turned too dark and too depressing too soon and despite the funny puns, it still managed to leave me with a general feeling of despondency. This is my least favorite of the series so far and I sure as hell hope Brandon (sorry - Alcatraz) will make it right a “This is where the story stops being funny. You’ve been warned.” Don't take this warning as another one of Alcatraz's funny jokes! I did and didn't even consider it might be the real deal so I wasn't prepared to face it when it hit. The story turned too dark and too depressing too soon and despite the funny puns, it still managed to leave me with a general feeling of despondency. This is my least favorite of the series so far and I sure as hell hope Brandon (sorry - Alcatraz) will make it right again in the next book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    A.L. Sowards

    My kids don’t have school tomorrow, so I let them stay up a little past bedtime and we finished this book together. Here’s how it went: Sadness at events in the book. Some comfort at a few of the twists in the last two pages. The end. “Mom, can you order book six?” “It’s not out yet.” “NOOOOOO!” Yeah, it’s kind of a cliffhangerish ending. Reminds me a little of The Empire Strikes Back in that regard. There are some losses and the bad guys seem to have the upper hand. But there is also a little bit of My kids don’t have school tomorrow, so I let them stay up a little past bedtime and we finished this book together. Here’s how it went: Sadness at events in the book. Some comfort at a few of the twists in the last two pages. The end. “Mom, can you order book six?” “It’s not out yet.” “NOOOOOO!” Yeah, it’s kind of a cliffhangerish ending. Reminds me a little of The Empire Strikes Back in that regard. There are some losses and the bad guys seem to have the upper hand. But there is also a little bit of redemption for a certain character, and some hope for the future. We enjoyed this one, but we all needed more of Bastille’s sharp sword and even sharper tongue. So book six should be just the thing . . . when it comes out.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joanne G.

    I read the first four Alcatraz books and waited patiently for the promised ending. Mr. Sanderson had to get the publishing rights reverted to himself before finishing the series, so readers have had a nearly ten-year wait from the first book to last. Or, at least, I thought it was the last book that would finally give me the conclusion to Alcatraz Smedry's battle against the evil librarians. The first four books were written for 12-year-old boys and those who love them. They're silly, over the t I read the first four Alcatraz books and waited patiently for the promised ending. Mr. Sanderson had to get the publishing rights reverted to himself before finishing the series, so readers have had a nearly ten-year wait from the first book to last. Or, at least, I thought it was the last book that would finally give me the conclusion to Alcatraz Smedry's battle against the evil librarians. The first four books were written for 12-year-old boys and those who love them. They're silly, over the top, fast-paced, clever, and humorous. I expected more of the same from The Dark Talent. And I expected the story I'd been waiting to read for years would come to a satisfying conclusion. They say expectations are premeditated resentments, and I closed the book with unmet expectations and more than a little annoyance. You know how you start feeling fidgety and fretful that you're running out of pages for the author to perform the miracle of tying all the loose ends together to bring our hero to a triumphant outcome? (Or is that just me?) With each turn of a page, your heart sinks a bit more knowing that the grand finale can't possibly happen without being rushed and disappointing. Or, as in this case, there is no grand finale--just a big old heart-stabbing cliff-hanger. There are to be more installments in the series. Normally, more books from Mr. Sanderson would be cause for celebration, but I hadn't paced myself for that in this series. I hadn't expected the happy-go-lucky world of Alcatraz to degenerate into shock and horror, either. I realize the title of the book contains the word "dark," but I didn't take it to mean literally (although an author's words are prone to that, I suppose). I'm baffled why this light-hearted series has taken a grimdark turn. I would have gladly given the first four books to any child to read, but discretion should be used on this fifth installment for especially young readers.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elevetha

    IS THIS REAL LIFE??? IS THIS FANTASY???? ASDFGHJKL But they changed the covers. Not that the covers for the first 4 books were beautiful, but now they won't even match. And this is worse, artistically speaking. Well, maybe not. But I had gotten used to the hideousness of the old covers. BUT ACTUALLY THE COVER DOESN'T MATTER. NOT IF I GET MY BOOK. IS THIS REAL LIFE??? IS THIS FANTASY???? ASDFGHJKL But they changed the covers. Not that the covers for the first 4 books were beautiful, but now they won't even match. And this is worse, artistically speaking. Well, maybe not. But I had gotten used to the hideousness of the old covers. BUT ACTUALLY THE COVER DOESN'T MATTER. NOT IF I GET MY BOOK.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kira Blake

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Disappointing book for me for 2 reasons: 1. This was supposed to be the last book in the series. I prepared myself for it to be the end & the series doesn't end. Instead you are left with a giant cliffhanger and a promise that Bastille will finish the story for you at a later date. 2. This book series is no longer kid friendly. One of the reasons I loved this book series and recommended it to LOTS of people was because it had witty dialogue and was a great, clean book for the whole family. I don Disappointing book for me for 2 reasons: 1. This was supposed to be the last book in the series. I prepared myself for it to be the end & the series doesn't end. Instead you are left with a giant cliffhanger and a promise that Bastille will finish the story for you at a later date. 2. This book series is no longer kid friendly. One of the reasons I loved this book series and recommended it to LOTS of people was because it had witty dialogue and was a great, clean book for the whole family. I don't feel I can recommend these anymore as the ending to this book is very dark. Sure, the author doesn't go into detail about Attica's death on the Librarian altar, but there's enough there that he doesn't need to. Your imagination fills in the rest for you. This book left a bad taste in my mouth and didn't uphold the great expectations I had for this "final" volume of a series I loved.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Darci Cole

    THIS BOOK WAS INCREDIBLE. I feel extremely privileged to have beta-read Alcatraz 5, and may I just say to all you fans, it is WELL worth the wait. They're going to re-release the first four novels with all new cover art this year, and book 5 will come out in the fall. I really hope the fans can shout about these so they get some attention, because they deserve it. Book 5 made me laugh (of course), and cry, and want to throw my laptop across the room at times. But it was so well done and absolutel THIS BOOK WAS INCREDIBLE. I feel extremely privileged to have beta-read Alcatraz 5, and may I just say to all you fans, it is WELL worth the wait. They're going to re-release the first four novels with all new cover art this year, and book 5 will come out in the fall. I really hope the fans can shout about these so they get some attention, because they deserve it. Book 5 made me laugh (of course), and cry, and want to throw my laptop across the room at times. But it was so well done and absolutely perfect. As a fan, I couldn't have asked for more. SO! YES IT'S REAL! YES IT'S COMING! And YES IT'S AWESOME!!!!! You'll love it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cori Reed

    This is a great series, middle grade or not. I think if you are a fan of Brandon Sanderson's adult fiction, you'll still appreciate this brand of humour. This is a great series, middle grade or not. I think if you are a fan of Brandon Sanderson's adult fiction, you'll still appreciate this brand of humour.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Evelina

    Why, oh why Sanderson? Why do you suck so badly in endings? I didn’t like it how Mistborn trilogy came to an end, I also disliked how you finished Steelheart trilogy. Alcatraz pentalogy bears the same flaws. Your journeys are always better than the way they conclude, for some reason. There were some recognizable things that I loved from before: weird and funny Alcatraz language, cool chapter names ( I love it how he says he lets his chapters name themselves), fast paced action. His experimenting Why, oh why Sanderson? Why do you suck so badly in endings? I didn’t like it how Mistborn trilogy came to an end, I also disliked how you finished Steelheart trilogy. Alcatraz pentalogy bears the same flaws. Your journeys are always better than the way they conclude, for some reason. There were some recognizable things that I loved from before: weird and funny Alcatraz language, cool chapter names ( I love it how he says he lets his chapters name themselves), fast paced action. His experimenting with forms and ways of expressions was, as always, spot on. The inclusion of footnotes was hilarious and more than welcome. I loved the infiltration of Biblioden and how he reminded me of Voldemort for some reason. But how could you just… Those last two chapters… *gasps* that’s not how a saga should be concluded :/ I imagine that all readers out there are shocked, stunned and are already demanding a sixth book. Because… That’s not how it ends, is it? It’s just too evil, too dark and sad, even though we have been warned by the protagonist himself he will not turn out to be a hero, what he did is… Unspeakable and unforgivable :/ P.S. There was also no progress on Alcatraz’s and Bastille’s relationship, grr.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Isabella

    Rating: I'll-think-about-it stars Do you want a series conclusion that rounds off the series nicely? One that answers all your lingering questions? One that has a satisfying ending where you can picture how the characters will continue their lives? Well, read literally any other book besides this one. I am not even joking. You could read book nine in Wheel of Time and it would provide you with more catharsis. I don't even know what to think. Rating: I'll-think-about-it stars Do you want a series conclusion that rounds off the series nicely? One that answers all your lingering questions? One that has a satisfying ending where you can picture how the characters will continue their lives? Well, read literally any other book besides this one. I am not even joking. You could read book nine in Wheel of Time and it would provide you with more catharsis. I don't even know what to think.

  20. 5 out of 5

    C.P. Cabaniss

    This was fantastic. It's been a while since I read the first four, so events were a little fuzzy, but this made me laugh out loud. I love how Sanderson can make fun of himself in these, through Alcatraz who is constantly talking about how pointless fantasy novels are. That ending. I actually kind of like how it ended. Sure it was darker than the others, but we were warned in the beginning. And that last note at the very end definitely opened up some interesting possibilities. The characters were This was fantastic. It's been a while since I read the first four, so events were a little fuzzy, but this made me laugh out loud. I love how Sanderson can make fun of himself in these, through Alcatraz who is constantly talking about how pointless fantasy novels are. That ending. I actually kind of like how it ended. Sure it was darker than the others, but we were warned in the beginning. And that last note at the very end definitely opened up some interesting possibilities. The characters were all a lot of fun, the footnotes were a nice touch, and of course the Smedry family alwas crazy. Full review to come.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    HMMM. (view spoiler)[I guess I should have known from the way Sanderson keeps promising the next book in his yearly updates, but . . . I didn't expect it to just END. Also I get why Alcatraz thinks he's a coward, etc, but IDK if I see enough of why the world considers him a hero????? So. That is that for now!! (hide spoiler)] HMMM. (view spoiler)[I guess I should have known from the way Sanderson keeps promising the next book in his yearly updates, but . . . I didn't expect it to just END. Also I get why Alcatraz thinks he's a coward, etc, but IDK if I see enough of why the world considers him a hero????? So. That is that for now!! (hide spoiler)]

  22. 5 out of 5

    Miche

    This one ended in a very dark note and it took me by surprise. I can't wait for the next one! This one ended in a very dark note and it took me by surprise. I can't wait for the next one!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Blamp Head

    At one point or another, a rather old Greek man (who was very keen on imagining conversations but not nearly so keen on ever actually providing any answers) somehow managed to say something very relevant: “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” Then again, this is the same man who gave us such gold as “I'm trying to think, don't confuse me with facts,” and “You smell funny and your face looks like a rutabaga**!” Okay, so I made up that last one. ** At one point or another, a rather old Greek man (who was very keen on imagining conversations but not nearly so keen on ever actually providing any answers) somehow managed to say something very relevant: “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” Then again, this is the same man who gave us such gold as “I'm trying to think, don't confuse me with facts,” and “You smell funny and your face looks like a rutabaga**!” Okay, so I made up that last one. ** Apparently this is what Americans call swedes. Though, seriously, if he was talking to you, he’d have been right. Plato may or may not have been real, but here I was talking with Alcatraz Smedry, a very real boy of 13, right here in the flesh -- he, the possessor of the talent for breaking things (the dark talent), author, and hero in the fight against the evil librarians -- as he talked me through the five volumes of his autobiography. They were published under a pseudonym, Brandon Sanderson, to avoid librarians' prying eyes. “Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians, the first volume…” he said happily, “The title says it all, really. It sums up my entire existence.” “What do you mean, Alcatraz?” “That’s the point! The whole world, ruled by the sinister librarians, suppressing knowledge of magic and talents, controlling information. I mean, you think dinosaurs are extinct!” -- he giggled -- “And another example. The world has to be ruled by evil people... Fish sticks, the most crapflapnasti food in existence, couldn’t possibly exist but for the involvement of some evil rulers… OOUUCH! Bastille, that was uncalled for!!” Wha--? Oh, right, there was some girl about Alcatraz’s age, and having appeared from nowhere proceeded to punch Alcatraz once in the arm. Silver hair, somehow her small figure managed to a carry around a temper the size of Washington DC. Incidentally, Alcatraz attempted an infiltration of the Library of Congress in Washington DC in Alcatraz vs the Dark Talent... which, you may or may not remember, is the book this review is about. Keep up! “I just felt like punching you, Smedry.” Alcatraz sat down on a nearby seat, rubbed his arm, and promptly fell to the floor as he accidentally broke the chair, little screws popping out every which way and the legs falling cleanly off. His talent in action! Alcatraz threw on a pair of glasses, which presumably had some sort of magical properties. He smirked. Bastille was apparently in a wicked mood and punched Alcatraz again in the arm, but this time my arm hurt instead of his. “Sorry,” Alcatraz said, still smirking, pointing at his glasses. “Bestowers lenses…” Next thing a tiny little man walked in. Kaz, Alcatraz’s uncle. Looking lost (getting lost was his talent, after all). “That’s odd,” Kaz mused, “I thought I was in Paris…” “You must’ve gotten lost, Kaz! We’re in Brisbane. Just running Blamp--" [that's me] "--through my autobiographies.” “Coconuts!” Kaz cursed, “I hope you didn’t mention that time I got us lost in the Library of Alexandria!!” That was book two, Alcatraz mentioned, and getting lost was surprisingly useful at the time. I was getting sick of this review (aren't we all?), so decided to ask about the latest book. “A lot happened to you, Alcatraz, in between that second book and the fifth one, Alcatraz vs The Dark Talent!” Alcatraz’s face suddenly darkened at the mention of this last book. His face dropped. The lights suddenly went out. “ALCATRAZ!” Bastille shouted, “YOU BROKE THE LIGHTS!” Alcatraz actually sniffed. “Yes, well, the story suddenly got much darker, didn’t it…”

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    I love this series and I'm really confused as to why it isn't a huge bestseller. I hope that the new editions will get more people swept up in it. I thought the old covers were cute, but the new covers are terrific and I love the addition of Hayley Lazo's interior art, she completely captures the characters and attitude and humor of the series. It was a great decision to include her illustrations and to re-issue the books before they FINALLY published this book. Lazo was discovered because of fa I love this series and I'm really confused as to why it isn't a huge bestseller. I hope that the new editions will get more people swept up in it. I thought the old covers were cute, but the new covers are terrific and I love the addition of Hayley Lazo's interior art, she completely captures the characters and attitude and humor of the series. It was a great decision to include her illustrations and to re-issue the books before they FINALLY published this book. Lazo was discovered because of fan art she'd done after the original editions, so her success in becoming the illustrator for the series is a neat story too. The ARC of the fifth book, which I received from the publisher with no obligation to even read much less review or say anything particular if I did review it, didn't have all of the art completed yet. The art was mostly just FPO, preliminary sketches for position only or placeholder designs. But having just read the new editions of the first four books, I know it will be great, I don't have a problem recommending that, you'll like the art. It's so charming, just adorable and it really adds a lot to the series. I think kids, and especially reluctant readers, will be even more drawn into the books than ever, I can see them doodling all over the pages, making their own illustrations of the characters and scenes. And adults will enjoy the images just as much. The story was long delayed after the forth book came out many years ago, so my anticipation was really high. And I was under the impression that this would be the end of the series one way or another. Which isn't so clear anymore. The book was a darker than the other books, as promised as far back as book one. Every book as it's gone along has been very clear, Alcatraz isn't a hero, this isn't a happy story and he was going to tell us exactly why that is. I'm soooo glad I glanced at some of my friend's reviews before I published this. My friend Mogsy (MMOGC) read an ARC too, but got her hard copy too and wrote a very intriguing comment about a little note that was at the very end of the final published copy that wasn't in the review copy. I'm still waiting for my library to get me the published version, and now I can't wait to see it! I'm very, very grateful to Mogsy for filling me in (privately) about what the note said. Big stuff!!! Her review was great too, you should check it out. That note was intriguing and confirmed one thing that I thought and added some things that I had no idea about. And I'm not going to spoil it for you! What ever you do, don't read the end first! Alcatraz will tell you how bad that is, in every single book, and he's serious about it! I'll just say that I love this series. It's so funny, really clever and enjoyable, an easy read for adults, a great palate cleanser between heavier books. And an fun for kids, a good choice for open choice for school assignments or gifts for reluctant readers. And while the books are light and easy reads, they aren't entirely fluffy. There are some serious themes, literary references, social justice concepts, and study guides at the end. That's the way I like to do my thinking, while having a ball. Keep it up, Mr. Sanderson, thank you!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tamara Nelson-Fromm

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 01/02/2016: Every once in a while I come back and look at this listing and feel all of my 8th grader dreams come true. I know this book will probably hurt me but man I'm happy about it. -- I am HYPERVENTILATING. I am IN SHOCK and BETRAYED. Granted, I had many theories about what would happen. (I had an 6 year wait what else) Granted, many of them came true. But YIKES. The last last page tho omg. On the con side, a few continuity errors? I think? Most of them were small things that I don't quite rem 01/02/2016: Every once in a while I come back and look at this listing and feel all of my 8th grader dreams come true. I know this book will probably hurt me but man I'm happy about it. -- I am HYPERVENTILATING. I am IN SHOCK and BETRAYED. Granted, I had many theories about what would happen. (I had an 6 year wait what else) Granted, many of them came true. But YIKES. The last last page tho omg. On the con side, a few continuity errors? I think? Most of them were small things that I don't quite remember myself (having reread frequently) but I suppose COULD have happened? Maybe?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mieneke

    The Dark Talent is the fifth and latest book in Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians series. It comes after a gap of six years between book four and book five, but combined with the new editions of the first four books, it’s a perfect time to allow new readers to discover the series. The book delivers on the opening scene of the first book and, as such, closes off the arc in this quintet, but hopefully doesn’t signal the ending of Alcatraz’s story. With each book the stakes were ra The Dark Talent is the fifth and latest book in Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians series. It comes after a gap of six years between book four and book five, but combined with the new editions of the first four books, it’s a perfect time to allow new readers to discover the series. The book delivers on the opening scene of the first book and, as such, closes off the arc in this quintet, but hopefully doesn’t signal the ending of Alcatraz’s story. With each book the stakes were raised, both in terms of the conflict on a larger scale and on a personal level for Alcatraz; in The Dark Talent the stakes are the highest yet, with both the future of the world and Bastille’s life on the line. And even though Alcatraz keeps telling us that things will turn out a certain way (for example that Bastille will be fine) and that he is even writing this autobiography means that he survives — so there is a happy ending, right? — Sanderson has been planting the notion of Alcatraz as an unreliable narrator so firmly, that you never feel that anyone or even the outcome is safe. After Heraclitus, Socrates, and Plutarch in the previous books, Sanderson chooses another classical Greek writer as a focus for Alcatraz’s main ponderings at the start of each chapter. This time he choses Aesop and his fables as a lens through which to consider the nature of storytelling and the way we use it to shape our reality and how it in turn is shaped by reality. If we don’t like what happened in a certain situation, we can slightly alter the way we retell it — to ourselves or others — so that we end up remembering it the way that makes us happier, not the way it actually happened. I also liked that Sanderson incorporated the gap between the publication of book four and five in the foreword, where Alcatraz explains it away by saying he just wanted to avoid describing the events in the book, because he didn’t want to face the memories. Bastille might be out for most of the book — after the sleep dart that hit her put her into a coma in the last book — but her presence heavily infuses the narrative, since Alcatraz often quotes her or mentions her and once again Bastille gets to insert her opinions into the book through Hayley Lazo’s amazing illustrations. In place of Bastille ,we get to see far more of her mother Draulin and of Alcatraz's mother Shasta. I really liked the dynamic between Shasta and Alcatraz, though at times I was annoyed at the fact that Alcatraz seemed madder at her for letting him grow up a foster child, yet staying close to him in her guise of Ms. Fletcher, than he is at his father Attica, who abandoned him completely. They did sort of reach a truce, which was lovely. We also witness more interaction between Grandpa, Uncle Kaz, and Attica, which reinforced that despite the strangeness of the Smedry’s, family is all important to them even when relationships are strained. We learn even more about Librarian society through Shasta and by visiting the Highbrary. I loved that the main centre of power for the Librarians rested at the Library of Congress. As a location and institution, just that name conjures a certain atmosphere and visual, yet the Highbrary we’re presented with is very different that the images of the Library of Congress we usually see. And as true librarians know anything can carry information, the Librarians not only catalogue books, they also index and preserve cereal boxes, coins, even the rules cards from playing decks, and anything else that contains information. I loved the concept of the Highbrary and the way Sanderson shaped it. It was a fantastic backdrop for this book’s final showdown. The Dark Talent is super fast paced, and very exciting. Despite the darker cast to the narrative, there is still plenty of humour and puns in the story. The ending is perfectly Alcatraz and is everything he warns the reader it will be. It's completely unconventional and even annoyed me to a great extent, though when I kept reading — both the afterword and beyond — things fell into place and it became more palatable. All I can say is that I hope this won't be the last we see of Alcatraz and the rest of the (extended) Smedry's, because Sanderson left me very curious as to what next. This book was provided for review by the publisher.

  27. 4 out of 5

    yven

    not because of the ending, I just don't feel the book is impactful as the previous series. I long for the moral values of Alcatraz, and here, I don't get it (I think) besides he dwells in his parents relationship and roles. well, then, what will you do, Al, with that? what? I need more explanation, self-thought, self-deprecation, self-kookiness, or even footnotes. nevertheless, the humour is always there and always precious for me. yeay for the independent chapter name, lol. the plot twists are not because of the ending, I just don't feel the book is impactful as the previous series. I long for the moral values of Alcatraz, and here, I don't get it (I think) besides he dwells in his parents relationship and roles. well, then, what will you do, Al, with that? what? I need more explanation, self-thought, self-deprecation, self-kookiness, or even footnotes. nevertheless, the humour is always there and always precious for me. yeay for the independent chapter name, lol. the plot twists are also godsdamned cool! it's a new addition I suppose since the former books do not have them. last, okay, I'm waiting for the sixth book. I hope it will gain more momentum since you know, at this time, it is Bastille who is going to kick pens and asses and our faces, lol.

  28. 4 out of 5

    MK

    That. Was. An. EPIC. Move. I was warned by my cousin and aunt that they hated Sanderson after reading this novel. Perhaps it was the fact that I knew there would be sixth novel, but it is my favorite of them all. It's not very often that a novel has the guts and follow-through to actually live up to its promises. It's not very often that, in little under fifteen minutes, I sit back with my mouth wide open, looking fondly at my life before this book changed everything. (Also, the author bio of thi That. Was. An. EPIC. Move. I was warned by my cousin and aunt that they hated Sanderson after reading this novel. Perhaps it was the fact that I knew there would be sixth novel, but it is my favorite of them all. It's not very often that a novel has the guts and follow-through to actually live up to its promises. It's not very often that, in little under fifteen minutes, I sit back with my mouth wide open, looking fondly at my life before this book changed everything. (Also, the author bio of this thing is prime. Worth five stars alone).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Rader

    This was a fun and intense entry to the Alcatraz series! I listened to the audio version over the past few months with my children on the days I took them to school. They loved it and I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elin (Tickmicks bokblogg)

    What the hell Sanderson???! You can't end a book like thaaaat!! How am I supposed to wait until December 31st??? 😭😭😭 What the hell Sanderson???! You can't end a book like thaaaat!! How am I supposed to wait until December 31st??? 😭😭😭

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