ARC Review – The Dark Talent (Alcatraz, #5) by Brandon Sanderson

26114421Title: The Dark Talent (Alcatraz, #5)

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: 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?

Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!

Sam’s Review:

I was dreading reading this book. Mostly because I didn’t think I’d ever actually get to read this book. This is a story of failure, cowardice and family, and it should be what one comes to expect when reading the Alcatraz series. I got to say, for the last book in the series, Sanderson really threw down his gauntlet and the amount of surprises? Well, they were plentiful.

There’s not a lot I can talk about with this book because it relies so heavily on the events of the previous books. The surprises in this story are many, and characters who didn’t receive growth in prior novels definitely got much more developed this time around. There’s always such a strong focus on family in this series, and this installment really truly reminds you if how fragile Alcatraz is in a lot of ways, and how his relationship with his parents isn’t the most solid of foundations. There was a good amount of twist and turns, though I will say the excessive footnoting started to grate on me at times.

Also the artwork in this novel? It’s pretty fantastic and I look forward to seeing how it looks in a finished copy, as a lot of what was in the ARC were mainly sketches. There’s a lot of movement and personality in the artwork and it really does a great job of highlighting what a fun and cheeky seriesAlcatraz is.

Of all of Sanderson’s series, Alcatraz has always been my favourite, and it’s a series that I think deserves more recognition than it actually receives. It’s fun, crazy, and just a heck of a ride, and this ending does a great job of coming full circle and showing why this series is such a great read. I definitely urge readers that if they haven’t checked out theAlcatraz series to do so, and I hope you’ll find the ending as satisfying as I did.

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