Thursday, 2 July 2020

Middle Grade and Young Adult by Brandon Sanderson

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The Alcatraz Smedry Series | Biblio. & Rights Info
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians
Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones
Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia
Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens
Alcatraz Versus the Dark Talent

The Rithmatist Series | Biblio. & Rights Info
The Rithmatist
Book #2 under contract!

The Reckoners Series | Biblio. & Rights Info
Steelheart – A #1 New York Times bestseller!
Firefight – A #1 New York Times bestseller!
Calamity – A #1 New York Times series bestseller!
Mitosis – A Reckoners story

The Skyward Series | Biblio. & Rights Info
Starsight (2019)
Untitled #3 under contract!




The Alcatraz Smedry Series

“My daughters love them and I’ve been recommending them to friends looking for gifts for young readers.”

Fantasy Literature


“Sanderson unexpectedly draws everything together in an extravagantly silly climax. Readers whose sense of humor runs toward the subversive will be instantly captivated. Like Lemony Snicket and superhero comics rolled into one (and then revved up on steroids), this nutty novel…[is] also sure to win passionate fans.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred review!

“This is an excellent choice to read aloud to the whole family. It’s funny, exciting, and briskly paced. Best of all, the message it gives young readers is that a person’s flaws–being late, breaking things, etc.–can sometimes turn into useful talents.”


“Readers will likely bond with the hapless Alcatraz immediately. Most librarians will appreciate the satiric teasing, and they will also see the strong appeal and easy-genre-crossing potential in this futuristic fantasy adventure.”

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
(Univ. of Illinois)

“Enough originality to engage fans of the Baudelaire children’s adventures as well as other tween readers with a taste for quirky stories.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The conventional trappings of the middle-school fantasy get turned upside down in this zany novel. …the adventures [are] engaging, as well as silly. Readers who prefer fantasy with plenty of humor should enjoy entering Alcatraz’s strange but amusing world.”

School Library Journal

“In this original, hysterical homage to fantasy literature, Sanderson’s first novel for youth recalls the best in Artemis Fowl and A Series of Unfortunate Events. The humor, although broad enough to engage preteens, is also sneakily aimed at adults. Readers are indeed tortured, with quirky, seemingly incompetent heroes; dastardly villains fond of torture; cars that drive themselves; nonstop action; and cliffhanger chapter endings. And as soon as they finish the last wickedly clever page, they will be standing in line for more from this seasoned author of such adult-marketed titles as Elantris.”


“The premise is intriguing.”


“Genuinely funny… plenty here to enjoy.”


“The twists are particularly amusing and inventive…the characters are delightfully done and the balance of humor and adventure is managed exceedingly well. I would mind seeing Alcatraz return again, perhaps to battle Perfidious Publishers or Wicked Waitresses or Malevolent Mailmen.”

Critical Mass

“A happily action-packed romp, with just the right amount of repartee between Alcatraz and his cantankerous teenage protector Bastille, and a cliffhanger ending that promises more of the same. Plus dinosaurs in tweed vests. Who could ask for more?”

Horn Book

“ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS is a cute story that I enjoyed reading with my 13 year old daughter. . .Brandon Sanderson has a great sense of humor and I loved how he used the story to instruct children about writing techniques while amusing them at the same time.”

Fantasy Literature

“Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians is a fun-filled adventure for young readers. The wildly imaginative Sanderson, who has written two fantasies for adults, includes such creative details… Though kids will love his story, be sure to tell them it has no basis in fact–librarians could never be information-hoarding villains!”

Notable Title

“This clever book rushes through an adventure that resembles ALICE IN WONDERLAND in its oddness. Author Brandon Sanderson has pulled together almost everything that would appeal to readers of the Harry Potter series. I especially recommend ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS to fourth- and fifth-grade readers who enjoy peculiar adventures mixed with fantasy and a little sentimental reuniting of loved ones.”

“It just worked for me. It was funny. While it’s geared towards the middle-school boy crowd, I think there are a lot of adults who’ll get a huge kick out of it. Definitely try it on teen and tween fans of Artemis Fowl, Terry Pratchett and older fans of the Chet Gecko series. I am totally looking forward to the next one.”

Bookshelves of Doom

“This series debut is a weird and wonderful world that children (and the young at heart) who love silly humor and adventure will enjoy.”


“A thoroughly thrilling read.”

Horn Book

“Those who enjoy their fantasy with a healthy dose of slapstick humor will be delighted. Give this novel to fans of Eoin Colfer’s ‘Artemis Fowl’ (Hyperion/Miramax) and Catherine Jinks’s ‘Cadel Piggott in Evil Genius’ (Harcourt, 2007). They will appreciate Sanderson’s cheerful sarcastic wit and none-too-subtle digs at librarians.”

School Library Journal

“Every bit as clever, fast-paced and original as [the first book]… Howlingly funny for adults, older teens who can be persuaded to read a “juvenile” novel, and exceptionally bright middle schoolers.”


“While aimed at a YA audience, the Alcatraz books should find a willing audience in adults, those parents of the target audience, and Sanderson’s own adult fans of his fantasy.”

Sacramento Book Review

“This is the 2nd book in the Alcatraz Smedry series, and I like it. Of course, I’m a librarian so you can’t really trust anything I say, but I do regard it as a work of fiction in the Hushlands. As for evil, well, don’t believe everything you hear! Really! I truly enjoyed the escapades and travails contained within these covers, autobiographical or fictional, and while I hope never to actually meet Alcatraz in person I look forward to more volumes of his adventures.”


“THE SCRIVENER’S BONES is just as much fun as the first book was. I thought by now that Alcatraz’s intrusive style of narration would start to annoy me, but instead I find it quite entertaining, especially when I’m reading it with my daughter. . .It’s hard to imagine any reader who won’t want to immediately pick up book three, THE KNIGHTS OF CRYSTALLIA.”

Fantasy Literature

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“Alacatraz versus The Knights of Crystallia is a gripping fantasy book…by Brandon Sanderson who is a hilarious author and I though his best was really showcased in this book.”

The Guardian

“With comical insight into human nature and just enough substance to make it all matter, the plot offers up plenty of action, gadgetry, metafictional humor, grudgingly dispensed hints of the libararians’ endgame, and counterintuitive Smedry Talents to keep the old fans and new readers alike turning pages.”

Horn Book

“Seductive … just the right balance between high adventure and silliness.”

Critical Mass

“Offbeat humor, a budding romance, plenty of magic, creative world building, smart references to science fiction lumaries, clever word play, and good action scenes make this one a strong choice for young teen boys and adult fans of the SF genre … Hard to imagine it being any better written.”


“Lives up to its predecessors with vivid action and high drama.”

Midwest Book Review

“Fans will enjoy every silly moment.”

Children’s Literature

“Beneath the wild humor, there are surprisingly subtle messages about responsibility and courage.”

School Library Journal


“An off-the-wall, humorous series that is sure to appeal to boys and fantasy fans.”

Kiss the Book

“As goofy randomness streamlines into compelling narration, even readers who don’t find giant robots reason alone to pick up a book will be drawn into Alcatraz’s cohesive world, with its unique form of magic.”

Horn Book

“Hilarious. I am SO amazed by Brandon Sanderson’s ability to be consistently hilarious throughout his children’s books.”

The Hungry Readers

“I love this series! Sanderson’s one of the few writers of adult fiction I’ve read who can also write effortlessly and dead-on true for kids as well. This is a fabulous book to read aloud! It’s not only funny and has plenty of action, the series has got heart as well. Highly recommended!”

—Young Adult Books Central

Hilarious. I am SO amazed by Brandon Sanderson’s ability to be consistently hilarious throughout his children’s books.”

—The Hungry Readers

“I love this series! Sanderson’s one of the few writers of adult fiction I’ve read who can also write effortlessly and dead-on true for kids as well. This is a fabulous book to read aloud! It’s not ony funny and has plenty of action, the series has got heart as well. Highly recommended!”

—Young Adult Books Central


“Sanderson’s ever-present humor is better than ever, with a footnotes addition that will keep readers on their toes. Alcatraz’s snarky voice leads readers through the amazing world that Sanderson expertly built for a truly immersive read.”

The Deseret News Family

“Like every other book in the series I was unable to put THE DARK TALENT down until it was over and I probably laughed through 90 percent of the book. Brandon Sanderson has proven yet again why he is my favorite author. I don’t think many authors can release the 5th book in a series and and have it feeling as new and exciting as the first.”

The Arched Doorway

“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!”


“I can’t keep these books on my library shelf and I love having these new editions to hand to patrons. If you haven’t discovered the Alcatraz Smedry series, you must do so!”

Green Bean Teen Queen

“A totally zany, often hilarious adventure.”

Book Loons

The Dark Talent does not disappoint — fans will continue to enjoy the zany humor and the metafictional aspect of the series.”

Fantasy Literature

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For The Rithmatist Series


“There are indeed secrets to be uncovered and the world to be saved, and THE RITHMATIST contains some good surprises on the way to a pleasingly nifty conclusion.”

The New York Times

“The inhumanly prolific author of the Mistborn trilogy conjures similarly baroque magic for a lapidary series opener aimed at a somewhat younger audience… Fantasy readers should devour this well-crafted mix of action and setup, enriched by thoroughly detailed cultural and historical background and capped by a distinctly unsettling twist.”

Starred review!

“Featuring ingenious magic (complete with profuse chalk drawing–style diagrams and illustrations from McSweeney), feisty characters, and a complex plot likely to unwind over several volumes, this high-spirited, exciting story will appeal to readers of all ages.”

Publisher’s Weekly
Starred review!

“Sanderson’s first novel for the young adult set is a fascinating, fun introduction to a promising series. Joel is a likable hero whose impressively quick thinking and astonishing breadth of understanding of Rithmatics is tempered by typical teenage flaws — self-absorption, tactlessness — so he never slips into unbelievability. And Sanderson supplies his young protagonist with the perfect foil in the effervescent Melody. While the history of Rithmatics (fleshed out by Ben McSweeney’s illustrations) is intriguing, the fellowship between Joel and Melody remains the most compelling aspect of the novel. With any luck, their odd-couple friendship will continue to play a central role as the series progresses.”

RT Book Reviews

“THE RITHMATIST should appeal most to thoroughly open minds.”


“THE RITHMATIST should still easily appeal to older audiences, and it’s a great first entry into a new series that, like Sanderson’s other worlds, promises plenty of exploration, mystery, unique magic, and characters who will continue to grow far beyond the current boundaries.”


“The tale is absorbing, fun and created in an interesting world that will stretch the mind of teenagers enjoying it.”

Weekly Press

“Sanderson is one of my favorite authors, so I’m thrilled to see a YA novel from him that’s as good as his adult fantasy! The Rithmatist is one of the must-read books of the summer.”

Jack and Jill Magazine

“The story is compelling and the main characters of Joel and Melody are ones that we can relate to — even their wishes, desires, hopes, and dreams ring true… While THE RITHMATIST is marketed for teen and young adults, I believe that it would be of interest to readers of all ages… Highly Recommended!”


“THE RITHMATIST is a captivating, winning story with likable characters, an interesting and original magic system, and an ending that opens up rather than closes down.”

Fantasy Literature

“Very satisfying …a fascinating world with a well-told story.”

Rated Reads

“THE RITHMATIST is an imaginative, action-packed SF/F adventure – entertaining, fun, and with oodles of future potential. In other words: get your chalk out, folks, because this is another good one from Brandon Sanderson.”

Book Smugglers

“THE RITHMATIST has easily become one of my all-time favorite young adult fantasy books and is a wonderful addition to anyone’s summer reading list. Sanderson creates a beautiful and intricate world, filled not only with magic, but with groups of people who must learn to live among each other.”

Teen Reads

“With his trademark skills in world-building, Sanderson has created a magic system that is so inventive and detailed that that readers who appreciate games of strategy and tactics just may want to bring Rithmatics to life in our world.”

YA Books Central

“Brandon Sanderson does an amazing job of creating vividly defined worlds of magic and characters… A brilliant start to a new series for Sanderson!”

—Boswell Book Company

“Sanderson nailed the tone of how teenagers think and behave.”

Fantasy Book Critic

“THE RITHMATIST will delight a younger battalion of readers, as well as older ones who love the beauty of geometry and well-thought-out magics.”

Fantasy Faction

“I was carried away into the world of Rithmatics and thoroughly enjoyed learning about it. The book was able to pull me in and keep me there with its steam punk elements and mystery.”


“This unique fantasy fused with steampunk is a must-read for teens and adults alike. Full of mystery, suspense, intrigue – The Rithmatist is impossible to put down and refreshingly unpredictable. I’m not sure what I enjoyed more – the vivid characters, the clever story, or the rich fantasy world. Together these make for a solid and impressive novel that I wholeheartedly recommend.”

Sci Fi Chick

“The Rithmatist is fun, exciting, and perfect for readers of all ages and genders. My recommendation…go buy a copy for yourself right now.”

Whatchamacallit Reviews

“This book is startlingly original. I have never read a fantasy book like this.”

The Bookette

“I have never read a YA book this well thought-out… this book is amazing.”

Booking In Heels

THE RITHMATIST is a great book, and I strongly recommend it to those who enjoy a good, quick read (only 378 page), and those who enjoy interesting fantasy worlds, whether young adult or not. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series.”

My SF Short Short Reviews

It reads like a blend of steampunk and Harry Potter, and is compelling enough to keep you reading. A great book – and I eagerly await to see where the sequel takes us.”

The Founding Fields

“Sanderson’s newest work, The Rithmatist, is a compelling piece of Young Adult fantasy that delivers the whole way through. Sanderson hits all the right notes when it comes to all the usual YA themes; coming of age, the meaning of true friendship, loyalty, perseverance, and even a didactic against bullying.”

Best Fantasy Books

THE RITHMATIST features a really intricate magic system and an awesome world…if you’ve enjoyed any of Sanderson’s other novels, you’ll enjoy THE RITHMATIST… an intricately-crafted fantasy/quasi-steampunk novel.”

Geek Smash

“Most writers of adult fiction trip all over themselves when they reach for younger readers. Brandon Sanderson does the opposite. I think THE RITHMATIST, while it’s definitely as clear and exciting as a YA novel should be, is every bit as deep and richly invented as the best of Sanderson’s adult novels. The magic system is Sanderson’s most complicated, yet it is so clearly explained that he actually makes chalk-drawn geometry thrilling! As a mystery, Sanderson plays fair. And just when you think you have it figured out, you discover that maybe you were right, maybe not – but either way, you still missed the big one. Sanderson at his best, for adults and young readers alike.”

—Orson Scott Card,
Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author of Ender’s Game

“Brandon Sanderson has created an ingenious new martial art where the chalk is mightier than the sword. In his alternative, dangerous version of the world, brave young soldiers must battle back dark forces armed with the nerves of a warrior and the skills of an artist. It’s a fun read with a unique take on fighting where if you can’t draw…you die.”

—D.J. MacHale,
#1 New York Times bestselling author

“There are very few authors about whom I can say, without a doubt, that I will read every single book they ever write. Brandon Sanderson is a member of that club. He’s brilliant and has an imagination I’ve only seen in the likes of Stephen King and J.K. Rowling.”

—James Dashner,
The New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

“Brimming with wit, mystery, and enough ideas to make ten other books jealous, The Rithmatist is boldly entertaining and wildly original. Armedius Academy is the first magic school that really teaches magic—the chalk-based Rithmatics, both a mystic science and a delightful visual art—and I have never had more fun learning anything. The creepy climax had me on the edge of my seat, and the slam-bang finish made me stand up and cheer.”

—Dan Wells,
author of I am Not a Serial Killer

The Reckoners Trilogy


“The near-constant action, Sanderson’s whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger (the brutal opening scene alone will hook many) make this an absolute page-turner.”

Publishers Weekly

“A non-stop thrill ride… there’s violence and gore in profusion, cool gear, hot wheels, awesome feats, inner conflicts on both sides.”


Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it’s a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through one tension-filled encounter after the other, and then, at the strange and marginally hopeful conclusion, leaves them panting for the sequel, Firefight, due in 2014.”

Starred review!

“This enjoyable read…is perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists.”

—School Library Journal

“The veteran fantasy author’s world-building expertise is on full display here, making his horrifying vision of Chicago all the more chilling and exciting for readers of all ages to explore. “

A.V. Club

“Sanderson hit this one out of the park, right up until the final pay off…Sanderson is a master worldbuilder and his worlds always come with unique forms of magic.”

5/5 stars!

“Whenever Brandon Sanderson puts his head down to write something, the resulting story is usually an incredible one that any reader will enjoy. The man is talented; it’s as simple as that…Whether you’re a kid, or an adult who’s a kid at heart, you’ll love STEELHEART.”

Book Banter

“I can sum up this book in one word and that’s phenomenal! I flew through this and loved every single word. This book right here is why I love reading, it grabs you and takes you on a journey. It’s rare that you find a book that will blow your mind and make you love reading all over again. This is such a book, its not just a book, it’s a masterpiece!…t’s a riveting, fun and enjoyable story. Brandon Sanderson is a master story teller and I highly highly recommend this book!…Brilliant.”

Book Lover’s Life

This was a phenomenal read…with this books unique plot and Sanderson’s supreme writing, I found myself entranced.”

Escaping One Book at a Time

“So, politics, morality and human nature. Doesn’t sound like super fun time really, does it? But it is! It so is. It’s not heavy going, it’s not sentimental, nothing slows this book down. It’s as action packed as every superhero movie I’ve ever seen…Star rating: 5/5. Fantastical, wonderful, all the good words.”

Gollancz Geeks

“STEELHEART is a fast-paced, suspenseful page-turner. With cliffhangers at the end of every chapter, it will be hard to put this book down long enough to eat and sleep, never mind doing responsible things like going to work or school.”


“Brandon Sanderson incorporates differing attitudes about pre- and post-Epic rule, the implications of a world with superheroes, the ethics of surviving dictatorship, and other similarly weighty topics while maintaining a fast pace and a plain fun read.”

Fantasy Book Critic

“Brandon Sanderson has somehow managed to create a fresh superhero story. STEELHEART is captivating.”


“Never before has the post-apocalyptic struggle for human survival been so riveting or uplifting. Sanderson has an unparalleled gift for fantastic world-building and the creation of complex, believable characters.”

—Boswell Book Company

I enjoy a good superhero story and this new series is one for the ages. It breaks new ground in superpower fiction…should take its place among the new classics.”


“If you like super-hero fiction and comic books, or are a fan of Brandon Sanderson, or even if you’re just a fan of science-fiction and speculative fiction, then STEELHEART should certainly entertain. It’s a quick read, but an enjoyable one.”

Civilian Reader

“Brandon Sanderson’s STEELHEART has all the features of a great science fiction book: creative world-building, an enthralling plot, well-developed characters, and thoughtful discussions of morality. However, its most striking characteristic may be the writing itself. STEELHEART is so intricately and solidly constructed, from the phrasing of individual sentences to arrangement of the plot, that my English major’s heart was swooning…a breathtaking book, fast-paced and unpredictable.”

Pages Unbound

“Sanderson is one of the most solid writers out there – extremely consistent, always entertaining, always good for a solid, fantastic magic system…it has every single ingredient required for the perfect superpower story.”

The Lost Entwife

“He is a master of the craft and STEELHEART is a very good example of the mastery. Pick up STEELHEART for a book that is exciting, suspenseful and surprising.”

Mixed Book Bag

“Sanderson proves once again that he is a master at creating fascinating characters and weaving complex plots. Fast-paced and action-packed, STEELHEART is a solid first installment in a new, science fiction YA trilogy.”

SciFi Chick

“Sanderson has managed to weave comedy and wit throughout the entire book…Sanderson has a way of pulling you into the fantastic worlds that he creates and making you instantly comfortable.”


An awesome book that provides great entertainment and a lot of fun… a treat for fans of not only fantasy and science fiction, but also fans of comics…STEELHEART surely is a winning combination.”

—The Founding Fields

“While completely accessible to the intended audience, it has more than enough depth for adult readers…it’ll make you think while entertaining readers with an interesting plot and some fantastic fight scenes…it’s as close to perfect as I’ve seen.”


[Sanderson] takes traditional high fantasy and gives it a modern twist and his style easily flows into this young adult dystopian. Like his other work, the pacing is quick, the plot is layered and the action jumps off the pages.”

Vampire Book Club

“This novel was exceptionally well imagined and unique…The world in the book…was so vivid and detailed that I felt like I was right there alongside David and the Reckoners. The writing was fast paced with lots of action and awesome fighting.”

A Dream Within A Dream

“Sanderson hits it out of the park. Again…Sanderson is also stellar at writing action sequences. He can do interesting characters, and tightly woven plots, but a large part of this book’s entertainment value comes from its quick pace and its exciting, cinematically-described fight scenes. Pretty spectacular.”

Fyrefly Books Review

“Brandon Sanderson is a top notch fantasy author.”


“STEELHEART does not disappoint. The book is full of action and plot twists, as well as the types of creative inventions that Sanderson is known for.”

Iowa Association of School Librarians

“A quick, fast-paced read that will leave the reader waiting for the next book in the series.”

Woodridge Library Book Talk

“Sanderson is sharp as ever with his ability to construct such a vivid, fun and entertaining world…brilliantly told. The amount of twists and turns STEELHEART takes is risky; but, as his previous works have proven, Sanderson is a master of risks…It’s epic in scale and in writing, and as much as it is unbelievable in our world, the short experience this novel brings is truthfully, believably extraordinary…a Sanderson Epic.”

Miss Bookaholic Review

“How do you describe a book with an incredible world, amazing characters, and a brilliant plot full of mind-blowing twists? The only word that comes to mind is epic. Despite it’s conotation within the story, that’s what STEELHEART is… EPIC!…Everything is so lusciously described in incredible deatail and the world of these heroes or Epics is incredibly unique and well-developed…It was a fantastic and interesting story with an amazing world, mindblowing plot, likable characters, and deeper themes about humanity.”

My Thoughts…Literally

“Sanderson has created a totally believable world that pays homage to comic books and great adventure tales with its amazing weaponry, sneering villains and rag-tag heroes. It also contains some very enjoyable twists.”

Guys Lit Wire

“A tense, fast-paced adventure. Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy, sci-fi writers working today.”

—Christopher Paolini,
#1 USA Today bestselling author of Eragon

“Unfortunately for my ego, STEELHEART is another win for Sanderson, proving that he’s not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period. Simply said. Great book. Tight writing. Nice take on superheroes. Nice world creation. Absolutely worth your time.”

—Patrick Rothfuss,
#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wise Man’s Fear

“Fantastic! The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive, with a resolution that I’ll be thinking about for a long time.”

—James Dashner,
The New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series

“Packed with action, with cool powers, and effortless exposition, it’s just plain fun to read.”

—Brent Weeks,
author of the Lightbringer Series

“It’s one of those books that, as an author, makes me wonder why I even bother. But it also makes me strive to improve my writing. It’s action packed, humorous, and a serious page turner.”

—Jill Williamson


“Big in size and vision, this is the rare middle volume that keeps the throttle open and actually moves the story along significantly.”


“This sequel to Steelheart keeps its foot on the gas pedal and is the prose equivalent of an action packed comic.”

“Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror reads for January”

Firefight is a non stop action packed wet and wild rollercoaster ride that you don’t want to miss out on. Though this is marketed as a young adult book I know that the majority if not every adult reader who reads the Reckoners books will enjoy them just as well. Brandon Sanderson is a master storyteller and his books should be made compulsory reading material. “

–Book Plank
“Best Young Adult Novels of 2015”

“Compelling…Much like in Steelheart, Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store. While Sanderson devoted his first Reckoners book to bringing readers into the world, FIREFIGHT digs deeper into its mythology—beginning to answer the questions of where the Epics come from and what makes them so terrible.

A.V. Club

“Reckoners series has a compelling hook…[FIREFIGHT is] another brisk YA fantasy from Sanderson – inventive, action-stuffed and surprising until the end.”


“This is a fun, action-packed novel, especially if one enjoys superhuman abilities as much as Sanderson does…Sanderson has interesting things to say about the superhero genre, and his imagination is vivid. Babliar is a fun setting, and in general the book operates quite well. A fun, exciting superpower romp.”

Fantasy Literature

“For fans of Steelheart, FIREFIGHT is an epic sequel.”

Deseret News

“This intense sequel builds on the strengths of the initial volume, adding nuance and complexity alongside the action and intrigue. The imaginative recasting of superpowers as a corruptive force remains key, but the narrative broadens out the Epic lore… A startling twist near the end puts the future of both Epics and Reckoners in question and will have readers counting the days to the final volume.”

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
(Univ. of Illinois)

 “FIREFIGHT is another winner from Brandon Sanderson…There are even more twists and turns here than in Steelheart…I loved the unpredictability of the plot, since it’s so rare that a Young Adult novel can capture my attention and keep me in suspense from beginning to end…I for one would recommend this to young adult and adult readers alike. Seriously worth your time.”

5/5 stars!

“I enjoyed this sequel even more than the first. With creative and complex characters and backstories, an unpredictable and twisted plot, and plenty of action – this book is hard to put down. I highly recommend this fantastic series to fans of superheroes (and villains). It’s a captivating and inspired series of which I can’t get enough.”

SciFi Chick

“As a YA book it succeeds very well. FIREFIGHT touches upon multiple themes, and as always, Brandon Sanderson creates a unique and interesting universe we get to explore alongside the protagonist…Firefight is a great YA book, almost as good as Steelheart, and a fun, action packed ride for those of us who remain a child at heart.”

Best Fantasy Books

“This series is getting better and better with each book, and I’m fighting the urge to re-listen to each just so I can relive all of the awesome…FIREFIGHT’s plot was rich with character development, entertainment dialogue, and lots of action and suspense.”

No BS Reviews
4.5 stars!

“I wasn’t really surprised at how good Brandon Sanderson’s FIREFIGHT was — the man is a writing machine. I don’t think it is possible for him to write a bad book, in fact I would be shocked to find a book of his I did not enjoy…I think anyone who is a fan of Brandon Sanderson, urban fantasy, or superhero fiction would enjoy this story.”

The Arched Doorway

“Here’s what you can expect in the second book in Sanderson’s Reckoners trilogy: A new city. Entertainment. Goofiness. Laughs. Almost unbearable tension. Hurt. Betrayals. So many tears. Frustation. Elation. Hope. ALL the feels….Sanderson has done it again and we’ve expected no less. While it didn’t surpass its predecessor (because seriously, Steelheart was almost perfect), FIREFIGHT was just as good, just as exciting, just as funny, just as well written.”

The Nocturnal Library

“One of the greatest things about this series is its premice, which is EPIC…I shouldn’t even have to tell you to read this series because Brandon Sanderson’s reputation proceeds him. But if you do need a little nudge, I am really loving it and hightly recommend it.”

The Quiet Concert
4.5 stars!

“In my opinion Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy writers of this generation…[He] manages to write incredibly compelling books that manage to suck the reader in immediately, refusing to let them go until the very last page, whereupon it leaves an after shadow of curiosity gnawing upon their consciousness, wondering what will happen next to the characters, and constantly revisiting their favorite scenes. Taking all of that in, Firefight is no exception.”

Whatchamacallit Reviews

“Firefight is a truly fabulous sequel to a fantastic dystopian series with an engrossing and creative world, complex and likable characters, and action-packed plot full of surprises.”

My Thoughts…Literally
10/10 stars!

“It’s filled with action, humor, and a seemingly doomed romance. And, awkward as his comparisons are, David is a wonderfully engaging hero, his innate optimism casting light in very dark places. The ending of this second episode leaves readers with some very big questions – I for one can’t wait for the answers.”



“A whirl of raids, chases, rescues, and spectacularly destructive displays of both magic and high-tech gadgetry ensues, bringing David face to face with Calamity. . .Adeptly done.”


“If you liked the first two RECKONERS novels, you should go out and buy this one. . .Sanderson has always been a fantastic craftsman of plot and pacing. He has an almost superhuman ability to keep the reader reading, paired with that single quality that truly enervates the work of such an author: his plots work. They’re well-considered, well-executed, and hang together almost perfectly. Watching a Sanderson book come together — especially in a final book in a series like this one — is like witnessing the workings of an intricate and exquisitely functioning machine.”

Fantasy Literature

“Sanderson creates a well-balanced novel of character development, frightening revelations and dramatic fights to ensure the reader is hooked into the storyline and creates a satisfying conclusion. . .an excellent and tense conclusion to a remarkable fantasy series.”

Starburst Magazine

“This finale doesn’t disappoint. With impressive technology and even crazier superpowers, the adventure is bigger and even more intense. . .It’s thrilling and action-packed. The characters are complex and the story is exciting and unique. I highly recommend this series.”

Sci-Fi Chick

“CALAMITY represents another strong installment in the series. . .[Reckoners] proved to be a really enjoyable series with good action, characters, worldbuilding and revelations. Even when juggling multiple series, Sanderson remains a master of the craft.”

Fantasy Faction

“Those who really love thoughtful, action-packed superhero stories will be delighted by Sanderson’s masterful take on the genre. It’s an odd, intriguing but superlative mashup of superhero and post-apocalypse storytelling.”

SF Revu

“I love Brandon Sanderson’s works and CALAMITY is just one more proof that he is the preeminent Author in all of fiction. I’m not just saying that because I like him, it takes supreme skill to pull off some of the literary stunts he pulls in just the Reckoners. Now as for the actual plot it is wonderful, and a satisfying conclusion to his latest Young Adult series. . .For those who like: Amazing Plots [and] Fantastic Casts of Characters.”

Game Industry

“CALAMITY is everything I was hoping it would be. It was full of ridiculous humor thanks to David’s peculiar personality, but that was balanced by incredible fight sequences which had me holding my breath. . .This book is about strength of character, love, friendship, humanity, finding beauty in the smallest details, and faith, and each one of those aspects meld together to form a larger picture and a larger solution. I truly am sad to see this series go. My love for Steelheart manifested quickly, and the two sequels did nothing but enhance that feeling. I can only hope we’ll be getting more stories in this world eventually. But if we don’t, at least I have these three books (and the Mitosis novella!) to revisit any time I want.”


“CALAMITY is as good as or better than its predecessors. It ends with a hard choice for David, and a surprising and stunning conclusion. Don’t miss this fantastic series.”



“Brisk, engaging and professional storytelling. The man can certainly write.”

Civilian Reader

“Action packed…Readers seeking a jolt of suspense as they wait for Firefight should enjoy this short story.”

Fantasy Literature

The Skyward Series


“With this action-packed trilogy opener, Sanderson offers up a resourceful, fearless heroine and a memorable cast—including a strangely humorous, mushroom-obsessed robot—set against the backdrop of a desperate conflict. As the pulse-pounding story intensifies and reveals its secrets, a cliffhanger ending sets things up for the next installment.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred review!

“Sanderson plainly had a ball with this nonstop, highflying opener, and readers will too.”

Starred review!

“SKYWARD is possibly the most captivating, inspirational, and aspirational book that Brandon Sanderson has ever written…It’s always a pleasure spending time inside Brandon’s mind as he creates a new playground of rules and takes his characters for a ride through unchartered territories.”

Fantasy Book Review

“Readers will enjoy his hallmark cinematic writing style, with plenty of strong visuals throughout the story, along with humor that some will love, and others will love to hate…. we say SKYWARD is an adventure and a half that you won’t want to miss. Even hardcore Cosmere fans will enjoy the special mix of fantasy and sci-fi that unfolds as you watch Spensa learn what it means to be truly brave.”

“Crammed with perils, thrills and snappy dialogue.”

—Daily Mail

“Sanderson is very good at action…the breathless rush of the dogfights is what lingers longest in the mind.”

SFX Magazine

“Brandon does well to build this world throughout the novel, creating a realistic situation and environment for the characters to dwell in.”

—SFF World

“SKYWARD contains a lot of heart that teaches us to never back down in the face of adversity.”

Fantasy Faction

“The ending of SKYWARD is open-ended, since this is the first book in Sanderson’s new SKYWARD series, but the main plot threads reach a reasonable stopping ― or at least pausing ― point, while leaving me anxious to see where the series goes next. I’ll be watching for the sequel, STARSIGHT!”

Fantasy Literature

“While there are plenty of exciting action sequences and characters scrambling for their crafts, Sanderson keeps the mysteries of who the enemy are exactly, how the human race arrived on this planet and why they haven’t been completely wiped out yet hidden for much of the story. Instead, he allows these questions to bubble up slowly, sowing seeds of anxiety and distrust amongst the characters, which brings us back to one of SKYWARD’s biggest strengths: rather than just tell a story about a character stepping out of the shadow of their parent’s actions, Sanderson presents a character who begins to learn that humanity is more important that glory, questioning her most rigid held beliefs, and learning to let go of what other people thing of her and forging a path that is truly her own. We’re excited to see this series develop.”

—ScifF Now

“SKYWARD is an almost perfect space opera, a genre marked by simple yet compelling plot lines, precise and ingenuous world-building and complex, empathetic relationships and character development… It is replete with non-stop action, amazing writing and great characters.”

Aspen Daily News

“Sanderson’s ability to tell a story whilst also making you feel like one of the team shows why he’s one of the most well-known and beloved authors in the sci-fi world.”

The Nerd Daily


“Spensa’s habitual over-the-top recklessness adds a rousing spark, and the author folds in plenty of banter as well as a colorful supporting cast.”


“STARSIGHT offers fun times just as Skyward did, with more worldbuilding, some favorite returning characters from Skyward, some amazing new characters and settings, and a ramped-up storyline.”

“STARSIGHT is an exploration of the other, and a way to reconcile with it. It is a story of fear, of facing that fear and growing stronger for the staring down of it. It is a tale of friendship, loyalty and sacrifice. And it is beautiful.”


“Sanderson throws in several game-changer developments throughout the novel, keeping both Spensa and the reader on their toes.”

Fantasy Literature

“With STARSIGHT, Spensa’s story has exploded into an exhilarating, high-stakes space adventure filled with the strange and the wonderful.”

Novel Notions

“To say that this is a book everyone needs in their lives right now is an understatement.”

The BiblioSanctum

“STARSIGHT is an intense ride with equal measures of thrilling action and emotional resonance.”

Fantasy Book Review

“New allies, shock betrayals and so much action really made STARSIGHT impossible to put down.”

Feeling Fictional

“A fast, easy read with so many things to love including the expansive world building, deep character development, thrilling space action, and witty dialogue.”

FanFi Addict

“With plenty of danger, suspense, intrigue, and drama – this well-paced story left me excited for the next installment.”

Scifi Chick

“The worldbuilding is of the standard I’ve come to expect from Brandon Sanderson, which is to say that it’s excellent.”

The Fantasy Hive


1. ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS (Scholastic, 2007; Tor, 2016)
2. ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE SCRIVENER’S BONES (Scholastic, 2008; Tor, 2016)
4. ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE SHATTERED LENS (Scholastic, 2010; Tor, 2016)

  • Book #1 Featured on Nancy Pearl’s NPR Morning Show
  • Book #1 a Book Sense Winter 2007-2008 Children’s Pick
  • Book #1 audio one of ALSC’s 2012 Notable Recordings for Children
  • Book #1 in its 4th mm printing
  • Book #1 nominated for Golden Sower Award, Nebraska’s Children’s Choice Book Award, Hawaii’s Nene Award, North Carolina’s Battle of the Books, and Florida’s Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award.
  • Book #3 in its 2nd hc printing
  • Book #4 in its 2nd hc printing
  • Audio rights (#1-5) to Recorded Books
  • Audio UK rights (#1-5) to WF Howes
  • Brazilian rights (#1-2) to Saraiva
  • Chinese rights (#1-4) to Chongqing Green
  • French rights (#1-3) to Mango and (#4) Livre de Poche
  • German rights (#1-4) to Heyne***
  • Hebrew rights (#1) to Modan
  • Indonesian rights (#1-5) to Mizan
  • Polish rights (#1-5) to IUVI
  • Polish audio rights (#1-5) to Storytel
  • Romanian rights (#1) to Editura Corint Jr. ***
  • Russian rights (#1) to EKSMO ***
  • Spanish rights (#1) to Via Magna ***
  • Spanish rights (#1-4) to Ediciones B
  • Taiwanese rights (#1-4) to Crown
  • Thai rights (#1-4) to Rueanpanya***
  • Turkish rights (#1-5) to Arkadas
  • UK rights (#1-4) to Orion
  • Film rights to Dreamworks ***


  • Book #1 – a #6 New York Times (Children’s List) Bestseller!
  • Book #1 – Finalist for the 2019 Polish LUBIMY CZYTAĆ Readers’ Choice Book of the Year Awards!
  • Book #1 – #3 on YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten List!
  • Book #1 – Apple’s Best Teen Book of 2013
  • Book #1 – nominated for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
  • Book #1 – Audie Award Finalist for Best Fantasy Audiobook by the Audio Publishers Association
  • Book #1 – a 2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick
  • Book #1 – a “Top 20 Best Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels of 2013” pick by The Ranting Dragon
  • Book #1 – a New York Times Notable Childrens Book of 2013
  • Book #1 – a Kirkus Best of 2013 pick
  • Book #1 – Picked for the TAYSHAS Reading List (Texas Library Association)
  • Book #1 – Nominated for the Children’s Sequoyah Award
  • Book #1 – listed in ABC Best Books for Children & Teens Too
  • Book #1 – listed in the GoodReads Best of 2013
  • Book #1 – SF Book Club Selection
  • Book #1 – Summer 2013 Kids Indie Next Top 10 Pick
  • Book #1 – Texas Lonestar Reading List Pick
  • Book #1 – a semifinalist for the 2013 GoodReads Choice Awards in the Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction category
  • Book #1 – one of Audible’s Best Teen Audiobooks of 2013
  • Book #1 – a “5 Books You Need to Read This March” pick by Geek Smash
  • Book #1 – one of Booklist‘s picks of fantasy titles for tweens and teens, featuring magic schools
  • Book #2 – Hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List upon publication
  • Book #2 – Hit #1 on Audible’s list of fiction releases
  • Bulgarian rights (#1) to Studio Art Line
  • Chinese rights (#1-2) to Chongqing Tianjian
  • Czech rights (#1) to Talpress
  • Danish rights (#1) to DreamLitt
  • French rights (#1) to Univers Poche
  • German rights (#1-2) to Heyne
  • Italian rights (#1) to Fanucci
  • Polish rights (#1) to MAG
  • Slovak rights (#1) to Slovart
  • Spanish rights (#1) to Ediciones B
  • Taiwanese rights (#1) to Fantasy Foundation
  • Thai rights (#1) to Words Wonder
  • Turkish rights (#1) to Dogan Egmont
  • UK rights (#1-2) to Orion
  • UK Audio rights (#1) to Audible

4. Mitosis (Short Story)

3. Untitled #3