Alcatraz Versus the Dark Talent (#5)

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Alcatraz Smedry has successfully defeated the army of Evil Librarians and saved the kingdom of Mokia. Too bad he managed to break the Smedry Talents in the process. Even worse, his father is trying to enact a scheme that could ruin the world, and his friend, Bastille, is in a coma. To revive her, Alcatraz must infiltrate the Highbrary–known as The Library of Congress to Hushlanders–the seat of Evil Librarian power. Without his Talent to draw upon, can Alcatraz figure out a way to save Bastille and defeat the Evil Librarians once and for all?


“THE DARK TALENT does not disappoint — fans will continue to enjoy the zany humor and the metafictional aspect of the series.”

Fantasy Literature

“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

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