“Fine,” Grandpa said. “You fetch your evil Librarian mother from the jail. I’ll go warm up the giant penguin!”


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?

Personal Experiences

Oh, God! I can’t believe this book is finally out! I have been waiting almost six months! Half a year! Okay. As I have previously posted, Alcatraz Smedry is a young boy who makes witty jokes, and has a Breaking Talent. This is a summary of what has happened in the last book (in case you forgot).

  1. I am a Smedry, and my ancestors trapped a dark power inside our bloodline, preventing it from destroying the world. It manifests as Talents granted to all Smedrys, and though each talent looks like a huge liability at first, they can be employed in cool ways. At least that’s how things used to work. Unfortunately, I released this power-known as the Dark Talent, which somehow relates to my Talent for breaking things. Releasing that broke my family’s powers, dooming the world. Oops.
  2. My father, Attica Smedry, is lavishly dedicated to giving every person on Earth a Smedry Talent, which the rest of think would cause mass chaos. I let my father out of his prison, gave him the tools he needed to pursue his crazy quest, and undoubtedly doomed the world. Oops.
  3. The Librarians are a force bent on controlling information and keeping everything in the Hushlands (Librarian-controlled areas such as Europe, Asia, and the Americas) from learning about awesome things like magic and cheese puffs that don’t stain your finger orange. They attacked the Free Kingdom of Mokia, and during that conflict I ended up king. (Don’t Ask.) As part of my reckless plan to drive the Librarians away, my friend (and sworn knight protector) Bastille got shot, and is now in a coma. The only way to save her is to infiltrate the Highbrary, a center of Librarian power inside the Hushlands- and the only way to do that is to rely on my mother, Shasta Smedry, an evil Librarian to the core. She’s undoubtedly going to betray us somehow, and find a way to (yes) doom the world. Oops.                                                            -Alcatraz Versus the Dark Talent (Author’s Foreword)


Okay. Now that we’re all caught up, let’s begin. THIS BOOK WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD. I am so glad that my brother introduced me to this series. It was a pleasure to read this last edition book in this series. I am very pleased at how the book ended, and really wish that there could be another book. Brandon, once again didn’t let me down, and the final edition really does feel like the final edition. I have decided that I will go on a Brandon Sanderson Reading Spree, in which I will read the following book: Alcatraz vs. The Dark TalentWarbreakerElantris, and Emperor’s Soul, which were all written by Brandon Sanderson. I hope that you will also follow me through me reading spree, and will enjoy these books as much as I think I will.


“Some of you have been waiting for years to read this, the final volume of my autobiography.” 

“As for being young,” I said, kneeling down, “yeah, I’m aware. Doesn’t mean I haven’t figured out a few things.”

“Imagine jumping off a high building into a sea of marshmallows, then reaching out with a million arms to touch the entire world, while realizing that every emotion you’ve ever had is connected to every other emotion, and they’re really one big emotion, like an emotion-whale that you can’t completely see because you’re up too close to notice anything other than a little bit of leathery emotion-whale skin.”

“You are worried I’ve started something dangerous,” I said. “You’re wrong. I’m not starting it, I’m finishing it.” 

“So it’s time for you to stand up, stop whining, and either help or get out of my way.” 

“The explosion, it seemed, had shocked the life into people.*”

“The Talents aren’t alive—no more than your conscience is alive, or your anger is alive. You may feel like these things have a life to them, but that’s dangerous—it makes them external, Al. Like you don’t have responsibility for them. Your Talent is a piece of you.”

“Wouldn’t tennis be way more interesting with explosive balls?”

“Your father never fit in here either. He never fit in anywhere. It’s part of what I like about him.” Troubled,”

“I wonder why I keep writing these chapter introductions. I spend a lot of time in these stories not actually writing these stories. There must be something to it. Something I don’t want to admit. These are another delay. To keep myself from writing the inevitable. As long as I’m waxing fanciful about bunnies and bazookas, I don’t have to make progress toward the ending. I don’t want to get there. Despite claiming I’m writing these autobiographies to set the story straight, I don’t actually want to do it. Deep down, I’d rather think of myself as a hero. Of course, I’m probably too much of a coward to include this section in the book.”

Where to find Alcatraz Vs. The Dark Talent 

Indie Bound*

*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.

NOTE: If you have finished the book, and want to see one of my many speculations, click here.

Happy Reading . . .

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Alcatraz Vs. The Dark Talent (Alcatraz #5) by Brandon Sanderson," in {sereneharoon.com}, October 9, 2016, https://www.sereneharoon.com/2016/10/alcatraz5/.

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