Thursday, 4 June 2020

Brandon Sanderson

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Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener’s Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

*All five books in the Alcatraz series are available in JABberwocky eBook editions are available for readers in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Tor Books has made them available in eBook format for readers in the US and Canada.


Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians
If you’re reading this, please understand right now that this book is not one of those loony fantasy novels. The truth is, everything you’re about to read really happened to me, Alcatraz Smedry. Well, it really happened to me and my grandpa, who showed me that my lifelong talent for breaking things was an actual Talent with a capital T. Everyone in the Smedry family has one. And we use them to fight the evil Librarians who are out to conquer everyone, everywhere. Hold on…You’ve never heard of me? Alcatraz Smedry? The boy who saved the world? Seriously?!? Well, that’s because the Librarians have already gotten to you! If you want to learn the REAL story, all you have to do is buy this book (several copies, if you please) and read like the world depends on it… Because it just might.

Click here for reviews of Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians.

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So now you’ve read all about me, Alcatraz Smedry, and how I was swept out of my life in your normal world, and into the fight against the Librarians (jerks!). And after being all heroic and stuff in that tale I really didn’t expect much—though a huge parade would have been appreciated. I certainly didn’t expect to charge headlong into enemy territory—the Library of Alexandria, where I and my grandpa and my grouchy bodyguard Bastille and her even grouchier mother and some weirdly gifted cousins would face the Curators (ghosts who will gladly help you check out a book…as long as you don’t mind giving up your mortal soul) and some new, nasty Librarians who hate our guts—and would be happy to rip them out for us. But none of that comes close to the horror we would have to face if we succeeded in finding what we were searching for… MY DAD! (DUN DUN DUNNNNNN!) Big surprise there, right? Well, believe me—that’s not even close to the biggest surprise you’re going to get when you read this book…

Click here for reviews of The Scrivener’s Bones.

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After braving many perils with my grandpa and our band of courageous comrades (we almost got killed a lot), I was finally going to visit Nalhalla, home of the Smedry family and of Crystallia, where Bastille—my Crystin Knight best friend/protector/tormentor—was trained. I knew I would love it. Especially since everybody there thinks I’m pretty much the greatest hero in the history of heroes. Unfortunately, there’s trouble brewing. Because those dastardly Librarians are sending an ambassador for peace talks. And all they want in return for stopping the fighting is control over the proud realm of Mokia. Personally, I think the idea stinks. The problem is that not everyone in Nalhalla is as cool and tough and brave and handsome as I am (stop laughing!). And there are some who will do anything to suck up to those lying Librarian lowlifes—even if it means betraying everything the Free Kingdoms stand for. And if you’re as intelligent as I assume you are, you know that means I’m going to have to stop them. But how?

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It’s hardly my fault that the kingdom of Mokia was about to fall to the evil forces of the Librarians. And it’s not really my fault if I sort of accidentally led a small force of freedom fighters to the Mokian capital of Tuki Tuki to help save the city and its brave people. And it’s definitely not my fault that the Librarians found out I was there and launched an all-out attack with giant robots and scary weapons that permanently knocked people out and blew huge holes in the ground and kidnapped people and then my Librarian mother showed up and ruined everything as usual while my father was too busy to care even though he’s the one who was going to unleash chaos on the world and my talent for breaking things was getting way out of control and I didn’t know what to do!!! (WHEW!) So…if you want to keep reading and find out what else was totally not—I repeat, NOT—my fault, go right ahead.

Click here for reviews of The Shattered Lens.

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This is the last chapter of my autobiography and was the hardest one for me to write. Because, in it—I’m not a hero. In fact, I’m the one who screwed everything up for everyone else. First off, my Talent for breaking things got a little out of hand, and I ended up destroying everyone else’s Talents. As in “anyone who was born with a Talent no longer has a Talent and might never get their Talent back”—and all because of a Talent of mine which I no longer have. Got it? Even worse, my best friend Bastille (she’s a girl, and a friend, but not really my girlfriend…I think?) was put in a coma by those Librarian slugs. So I owed them one for that. And worse than worse, I needed to enter the heart of Librarian power if I was ever going to bring Bastille back to life and stop my know-it-all renegade father from unleashing chaos all over the world just because he thinks it’s the right thing to do. I wasn’t sure I would make it out in one piece. Or two pieces. Or even ten pieces, considering how ticked off the Librarians were with me.

Click here for reviews of The Dark Talent.

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