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The Dark Talent

(Alcatraz #5)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,910 Ratings  ·  448 Reviews
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 Hu ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Starscape
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Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Right after the events of the previous book Alcatraz is forced to go all-out on the biggest stronghold of the Evil Librarians: the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
Library of congress
He is accompanied by a ragtag and very small team of his relatives mostly. Including one very evil Librarian. Hilarity ensures?

The first half of the book was better than I expected. It was actually funnier than the whole previous installment, so I had my hope Sanderson found his funny bone again. The second part stopped being fu
Helen 2.0
The tales we tell ourselves these days always seem to need a happy ending... Is it because the Librarians are protecting us from stories with sad endings? Or is it something about who we are, who we have become as a society, that makes us need to see the good guys win?

4.5 stars. A very Sandersonesque (that's a word!) finish to a fun series, complete with twists and crazy action and just the right amount of silliness.

While some of the earlier installments where so packed with dumb humor and fo
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths .

My rating is 3.5 stars.

Other reviewers have already voiced it, and I am going to chime in with them: Wow, that got really dark, really quick. By that, I mean, the conclusion of The Dark Talent, the latest volume in the Alcatraz series. What had been a rather silly, fun-filled romp up until this point turned suddenly into a fairly depressing story. I know that sounds improbable, but it is true.

I suppose frequent readers should not have been surprised by this t
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
4.5 Stars

The usual excellent storytelling from Mr. Sanderson – this book was great fun even though it followed on from the darker tone of the previous book. I was thoroughly enjoying it and then came the ending. Gak!

Well he warned us and he warned us and he warned us. We were extremely forewarned. And yet I did not fully believe. He had cried wolf so many times that I ignored it. And then came the wolf. And then there were the acknowledgements and the footnotes and the about the author and I jus
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Updated Review: So I originally read the arc that was provided to me from the publisher, but then they sent me the final copy which got to me today. I for some reason decided to reread the latter part of the book and have decided to up my rating for reasons. Shocking Sandersons. Yes!!

Original Rating: 4 Stars
And original review:
So until the last three chapters, I absolutely loved it. Incredibly funny and fast-paced. I loved the footnotes and the pop culture references. I don't mind the ending t
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Edit: Holy crap. HOLEEE CRAP. The following review was based on the ARC, but I just got my finished copy from the publisher, and I just saw the little "note" that was added at the end of the final hardcover. My original rating stands because I still feel the same way for the most part, but I'm not going to lie, this does change things somewhat. I'm feeling a lot more positive about the ending now. Read it, and you will see
Marta Álvarez
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maldita sea, se suponía que esta saga no tenía que hacerme sufrir.
Robin (Bridge Four)
The Alcatraz series is what happens when an Author’s inner critic gets to be the voice of the book and make fun of said author.
Brandon Sanderson is the fake author of these books, the name Alcatraz publishes them under to keep the Librarians from realizing that the books are real. Alcatraz has it on good authority that that while there was once a real Brandon Sanderson, he was executed for take too much time to write the 5th book of a series-and then doing something horrible at the ending. The
TS Chan
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And Sanderson pulls it off again!
Do not read the link until you have finished this book.


Wow! After being exposed to so many of Brandon Sanderson's books, I didn't expect to be taken so completely by surprise (again). I expect some twists that's for sure but the ending of this book was not anticipated. The ridiculous humour is still there but this book is dark, especially for one targeted at the MG audience.

All I can say is tha
Marnie  Krüger
Alcatraz: "I’ve now figured out how to use footnotes.*"

First Sentence: So there I was, standing in my chambers on the day before the world ended, facing my greatest adversary to date.

I love how these books put a smile on my face every single time I read them!
Alcatraz just lifts my spirit - now matter what! Having a bad few days this was the best medicine I could have ask for.

*I really hope Bastille keeps her promise...
(view spoiler)
Eric Allen
Well... that got dark. Like seriously, disturbingly dark. The Alcatraz series has always been a sort of lighthearted mishmash of writing advice, snark, satire, ridiculousness, genre blending, and genre bending, and genre backflips through double hoops while singing the Star Spangled Banner, that's both somewhat educational and very entertaining. Pretty much good wholesome fun for kids and adults both. But man, this one took a pretty dark turn at the end, and didn't really have the same feel to i ...more
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Na zalost ova zadnja knjiga (ili mozda nije ????) mi nekako uopste nije legla. Najvise zbog samog naratora/autora/glavnog lika. Sa raznim upadicama i humorom samo me je nervirao kroz celu knjigu. I cinjenica da se cudne stvari desavaju samo da bi bile cudne. Iskreno pola vremena sam imao osecaj da je ova knjiga samo izgovor za Sandersona da eksperimentise sa razlicitim metodama prikaza price i kolko daleko moze otici u uvrnuto a da bude zabavno. Ali ti izleti su mi samo smarali uzivanje.

Sam kraj
Sulhan Habibi
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apa-apaan ini?

Bastille, aku percayakan selanjutnya kepadamu. Jangan membuat semua kecewa.
#UnegUneg akan buku Alcatraz Vs The Evil Librarians #5 – The Dark Talent
Anggap saja #SuratTerbuka atau #UlasanSingkat #CurahanHati juga boleh
Apa yang biasanya kalian harapkan dari akhir suatu kisah?

Pertama-tama aku katakan kalau ending buku kelima (seri terakhir) Alcatraz ini sangat jauh dari bayanganku. Akhirnya itu mengguncang jiwa dan perasaan berkecamuk karena kejadian yang begitu tiba-t



But they changed the covers. Not that the covers for the first 4 books were beautiful, but now they won't even match. And this is worse, artistically speaking. Well, maybe not. But I had gotten used to the hideousness of the old covers.

*incoherent screeching*
3,75 / 5

En este último libro Alcatraz está dispuesto a todo para ayudar a Bastille a despertarse, y detener los peligrosos propósitos de su padre. Tanto que llega hasta a aliarse con su madre bibliotecaria. Junto con el abuelo, Kaz, Draulin y Dif, volarán rumbo a la Sumoteca, el refugio Bibliotecario más grande de todas las Tierras Silenciadas. Allí esperan encontrar las respuestas a todas sus preguntas sobre los Talentos, los cristales y salvar el mundo. Pero también les espera una guerra, la G
Darci Cole
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I feel extremely privileged to have beta-read Alcatraz 5, and may I just say to all you fans, it is WELL worth the wait.

They're going to re-release the first four novels with all new cover art this year, and book 5 will come out in the fall. I really hope the fans can shout about these so they get some attention, because they deserve it. Book 5 made me laugh (of course), and cry, and want to throw my laptop across the room at times. But it was so well done and absolutel
Cori Reed
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great series, middle grade or not. I think if you are a fan of Brandon Sanderson's adult fiction, you'll still appreciate this brand of humour.
Joanne G.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: b-library, fantasy
I read the first four Alcatraz books and waited patiently for the promised ending. Mr. Sanderson had to get the publishing rights reverted to himself before finishing the series, so readers have had a nearly ten-year wait from the first book to last. Or, at least, I thought it was the last book that would finally give me the conclusion to Alcatraz Smedry's battle against the evil librarians.

The first four books were written for 12-year-old boys and those who love them. They're silly, over the t
Kira Blake
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Alba Turunen
4 Estrellas. Ojiplática. Así es como me ha dejado este libro, y ése pedazo de final, que aún no sé si me ha gustado, y se me ha hecho totalmente agridulce, porque de verdad ¿Así? ¿Acaba así? Vale. Sé que la historia realmente no termina aquí, Sanderson está planeando seguir con la serie, pero ¿Desde el punto de vista de Bastille? Espero que sea eso, porque para mí esto no ha concluido, y ha quedado demasiado abierto.

Este quinto (y "último") volumen, traslada de nuevo a Alcatraz, su familia y ami
Selvianty Selvianty
Sungguh mengesalkan, adegan sepenting itu ditulis sesedikit itu tapi efeknya tetap mengguncangkan. Seperti yang mereka bilang, buku ini mengoyak-ngoyak dan mencabik2 emosi lebih dari biasanya. Kesal sekali.
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Why, oh why Sanderson? Why do you suck so badly in endings? I didn’t like it how Mistborn trilogy came to an end, I also disliked how you finished Steelheart trilogy. Alcatraz pentalogy bears the same flaws. Your journeys are always better than the way they conclude, for some reason.
There were some recognizable things that I loved from before: weird and funny Alcatraz language, cool chapter names ( I love it how he says he lets his chapters name themselves), fast paced action. His experimenting
C.P. Cabaniss
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was fantastic. It's been a while since I read the first four, so events were a little fuzzy, but this made me laugh out loud. I love how Sanderson can make fun of himself in these, through Alcatraz who is constantly talking about how pointless fantasy novels are.

That ending. I actually kind of like how it ended. Sure it was darker than the others, but we were warned in the beginning. And that last note at the very end definitely opened up some interesting possibilities.

The characters were
Angel's books
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Yüzümde kocaman bir tebessümle biten bir Brandon kitabı daha!
Yani öyle bir final yaptı ki, şimdi otur Bastille'in kitabının çıkmasını bekle!
Resmen haksızlık!
I love this series and I'm really confused as to why it isn't a huge bestseller. I hope that the new editions will get more people swept up in it. I thought the old covers were cute, but the new covers are terrific and I love the addition of Hayley Lazo's interior art, she completely captures the characters and attitude and humor of the series. It was a great decision to include her illustrations and to re-issue the books before they FINALLY published this book. Lazo was discovered because of fa ...more
Tamara (Tamaraniac)
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2016, children-s
The Dark Talent is the fifth and latest book in Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians series. It comes after a gap of six years between book four and book five, but combined with the new editions of the first four books, it’s a perfect time to allow new readers to discover the series. The book delivers on the opening scene of the first book and, as such, closes off the arc in this quintet, but hopefully doesn’t signal the ending of Alcatraz’s story.

With each book the stakes were ra
Blamp Head
At one point or another, a rather old Greek man (who was very keen on imagining conversations but not nearly so keen on ever actually providing any answers) somehow managed to say something very relevant: “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” Then again, this is the same man who gave us such gold as “I'm trying to think, don't confuse me with facts,” and “You smell funny and your face looks like a rutabaga**!” Okay, so I made up that last one.

Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
not because of the ending, I just don't feel the book is impactful as the previous series. I long for the moral values of Alcatraz, and here, I don't get it (I think) besides he dwells in his parents relationship and roles. well, then, what will you do, Al, with that? what? I need more explanation, self-thought, self-deprecation, self-kookiness, or even footnotes.
nevertheless, the humour is always there and always precious for me. yeay for the independent chapter name, lol. the plot twists are
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