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Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians

(Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians #6)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,206 ratings  ·  179 reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson comes Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians, the thrilling conclusion to the Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians saga.

As a Knight of Crystallia, I, Bastille, swore to protect the Smedry clan from the Evil Librarians. (And believe me, screwups like them constantly need protecting.) But when Alcatraz Sm
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Published September 20th 2022 by Starscape
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Stephen From Brandon's "State of the Sanderson," 12/19/2019:

"This one is mostly done, just needing a few little tweaks. Again, I haven’t had a ton of time las…more
From Brandon's "State of the Sanderson," 12/19/2019:

"This one is mostly done, just needing a few little tweaks. Again, I haven’t had a ton of time last year, but this one is looking really good. It’s basically all complete, only needing one last pass. We should be doing the interior artwork and editorial work next year (2020)."

He estimates toward the end of the same post that it will be released in 2021-2022(less)

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Denae Christine
BEFORE: I can wait, I tell myself. I can wait.

My heart is relieved there's another book. I'm not sure whether I will like Bastille as a narrator, but her note at the end of Alcatraz #5 was already inspiring. Besides, I can always expect great things from Sanderson.

I can wait.

AFTER: That was as big a disappointment as The Final Warning. I get so excited for a series, and then it ends like this???

Reader thoughts: I would say this is the worst Sanderson book I've read, but it doesn't really count a
TS Chan
Sep 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians has finally concluded with the release of Bastille vs The Evil Librarian, the 6th and final book in the series.  This book was a long time coming after the unexpected ending in the (at that time) supposed final book of the series, The Dark Talent.  Re-reading The Dark Talent made me recall how much darker the story became in the last couple of the books, which all culminated in that shocking end that Alcatraz had been warning us about all along.  Of course, we all ...more
John Ross
Nov 03, 2016 marked it as to-read
I hope this new book in the series (under a new narrator) opens to a new five-book arc (ala Stormlight Archive series). I can't handle reality should this series only have six books. But of course I can't just demand that from beloved author Brandon Sanderson.

These five are getting a little lonely without their upcoming sibling.

Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

4.5 hearts

Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians is the final book of the Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series where we change PoVs from Alcatraz to Bastille.  You might wonder why on book 6 we are changing PoVs but that is easy, because Alcatraz is a blubbering mess for the first half of the book and Bastille is busy dragging him around so he can be the hero he is supposed to be and figure out how to save the world before the Evil Libraria
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Sep 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
A solid and long awaited finish to this series.
Clarissa Bush
Aug 31, 2021 marked it as to-read
- It's OUT -


EDIT: We have a release date!! According to many bookseller’s websites, it is set to come out on September 20th, 2022. It is available to preorder as well!

Okay so ummmmm… 🤔
My dad just finished reading the fifth book aloud to my brothers (July of 2021).
That was supposedly the last book, since throughout all the other books it reportedly says that it’s a five book series (it’s a *fictional* autobiography—but fans will say it’s true 😉). Butttttt in t
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2022/09/17/...

It feels as though I have been waiting for Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians for a long time, and now that the Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians series has finally come to a close, I have lots and lots of feels! Most are positive, I’m happy to report, but there were also some disappointments. It probably comes as no surprise that there were plenty of changes with this book, from the switch to another POV character to th
aria ♡
Apr 10, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: middlegrade-sff
This was kind of underwhelming. Especially with how amazing the previous four books were. Still, I'm glad the series is now complete ...more
Jul 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
It's no secret that I'm a huge Brandon Sanderson fan, but this is the one series by him I hadn't ever read until this year when I heard the sixth and final book was being released. Over the past month, I read the first five volumes for the first time to prepare for the release of Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians, and I had such a fun time with them.

The ending of the fifth book is quite devastating, and I can't imagine reading it and not knowing that there would be one more installment coming in
A.L. Sowards
My daughters and I had been waiting for this book for four years, so I was absolutely thrilled to get an early copy from Netgalley. It didn’t disappoint.

If you’ve read the rest of the series and enjoyed it, then yes, you absolutely want to read this one. If you haven’t read the rest of the series, I recommend starting with book one. Our family had just listened to the audiobook version of the first five books in the series, and while it’s probably not strictly necessary to reread them all before
Oct 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
Well. I'm not quite sure how to feel about this one.

I knew going into this that my expectations for an Alcatraz ending were wildly high. These books are so weirdly complex, so goofy but also dark, straightforward yet morally gray, that an ending that satisfyingly resolved all of those dissonant notes couldn't be anything but spectacular. So I tried to give Sanderson and Patterson some grace. Ending a zany middle grade series about a depressed guy trying to convince you he's not a hero was always
Sep 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
'Bastille vs. The Evil Librarians' (Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians #6) by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson [Illustrations by Hayley Lazo].

Rating: 4.5/5.

"I’m … well, I’m a human being. Like you. I often make mistakes, and sometimes I repeat them. But maybe … maybe there is one thing I’ve finally learned.

Sometimes the curse you see as your biggest flaw can somehow also be your greatest advantage.

And sometimes you need your friends to help you see that."

I greatly envy all the
Joe Kessler
Sep 23, 2022 rated it liked it
[Disclaimer: I am Facebook friends with the first author.]

Middle-grade book series are odd, in that their release schedule often outpaces the age of their target audience. That's particularly the case for the Alcatraz Smedry sextet, which published its first four novels annually from 2007 to 2010, then a fifth volume in 2016 and now this final tale after another six years. Yet the main characters are still 13, as readers who have grown up over the past decade-and-a-half may be frustrated to find
Diana N.
Oct 10, 2022 rated it liked it
This is a book full of action once it gets going. I appreciated it as an adult, but sadly my 4th grade daughter lost interest a third of the way in. She wanted the action to happen more quickly.

Definitely a good book for bookish friends since it is full of book and library references.
If you haven't read the Alcatraz series yet, stop reading this review and try to forget this book exists. Alcatraz is a five book series. Not because this one is bad (it's not!!) but because Alcatraz's story ends with book #5 and that's how it's meant to be read (not knowing this book is to come). Start here -> Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians


If I was to write a list at the end of my life of the most-hyped books I had ever read, I'm fairly sure this would be on it. 6 years after the previo
Michael McCain
Oct 02, 2022 rated it it was ok
Hayley's artwork is usually the highlight of these books, but this time with this printing all of the illustrations were DARK. The Stormlight folio's suffer from the same thing. It looks like she colored them, probably beautifully, but then the publisher in rendering them black and white just dumped all the printer toner onto each one.

I'm a fan of the Alcatraz series because I'm a fan of Alcatraz, i.e. unfiltered Brandon. Having Janci/Bastille write the final volume feels like a rip-off. Does it
Sep 04, 2022 marked it as to-read
Having already the whole series several times and enjoying it, I would honestly say I was a bit disappointed. A lot of the chapters felt like copy and paste for the first paragraphs. The action seemed to jump from place to place without the world-building and character-building we had seen before. The focus seemed to be on the relationship rather than the action [there is room for both people!]. I was really anticipating this book, and it was meh.
Aria Preece
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have loved the other five books in this series. I was so angry at Alcatraz when he just gave up!!!! But I loved the note at the end of the last book from Bastille. I CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK TO COME OUT!!!!
Joy Allen
Apr 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic fun read. Super fast like all the Alcatraz books. I really loved it. More review was written and deleted… will have to do more when the book actually comes out later this year. Go go gamma read!
Book Dragon [•Young Wild & Free•]
Um, so when is this coming out? Because I can't find anything that says expected publication --------. ...more
Oct 13, 2022 rated it really liked it
[warning, i might get a little spoiler-y here, but i'll try not to]

People often underestimate the value of a good stabbing.

man, I still can't believe this time it's really the end. (though honestly, Brandon– sorry, Alcatraz trolled us so many times i wouldn't be surprised if there was something more to come. this time it doesn't feel like it tho).

this book felt different than the rest of the series – which is fair, in fact i expected that, i mean it would be weird if everything was the same with
Zach Michael
Oct 29, 2022 rated it really liked it
This is a mixed bag because parts of this books were stunning; parts of it were mediocre; and parts of it I felt completely missed the point of the last book, so I guess I can take it in order:
What I liked: there were quite a few parts that were spot on Alcatraz scenes, especially with the Gak, and the humor was often good enough to swear this was Brandon Sanderson instead of Janci Paterson. Despite it all, I actually really enjoyed the Bastille/Alcatraz romance scenes and thought the matched th
Vamshi aruru
Sep 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.25/5, that was fun. This definitely feels like an alctraz book despite bastille narrating it, but it also definitely feels unique and different than the other books. There were a bunch of places which got me to laugh out loud, and I was smiling hard at the ending. There were set pieces in the book that were very exciting to read about, and pay offs to things mentioned off hand through out the series. The conclusion was very satisfying too.

Majority of this book is about Alctraz and Bastille. It
John Doyle
Oct 07, 2022 rated it really liked it
Finally… Perhaps, every human has a mix of ‘Freekingdomer’ and ‘Librarian’ within them or, as Tolkien described it in “The Hobbit’, the ‘Took’ part and the ‘Baggins’ part. Wild adventure, uncertainty, open possibilities versus stability, order, and predictability. The ‘Freekingdomer’ in me has loved reading these absolutely ridiculous fantasy novels by Brandon Sanderson and the ‘Librarian’ part of me, besides wanting to burn them all slowly, could hardly wait these last five years for the series ...more
Jordan Leigh
Aug 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians - Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson

*ARC Review*

What happens when a orphaned teen boy discovers his talent for breaking things is a superpower, there is a secret organization of Evil Librarians out to get him and he gets so overwhelmed with authoring this autobiographical tale that he refuses to write the final book in his series?!

Enter Bastille - Knight of Crystallia and Alcatraz Smedry’s personal bodyguard. Bastille takes up the mantle under the guise of pe
John Loyd
Sep 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Alcatraz wrote five volumes of autobiography leaving us on a cliffhanger and telling us he has given up writing. Bastille steps in and writes this concluding volume. Biblioden has created a blood forged lens and is going to use it to kill everyone in the Free Kingdoms. Our heroes are trapped in the Highbrary that is set to self-destruct and Alcatraz is totally out of it grieving for his father and he has broken the Smedry Talents.

Same format as the previous volumes. Lots of humor, asides to the
Sep 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A fun and fantastic conclusion to the Alcatraz series. This time the story is told by Bastille, Alcatraz’s companion and bodyguard. Sanderson is also listed as a coauthor here and I suspect it is Janci Patterson did most of the work. I am curious if the change in narrator to Bastille was because Janci stepped in or was already planned? With Brandon’s growing workload, such as finishing Stormlight sometime in the next three decades, it makes sense to pass this to his team. Janci’s wrote three nov ...more
Drew Warren
Aug 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
I definitely want my kids to read these books. It has been a while since I read the other books, so I forgot some of the running jokes, but not all of them. This book was funny, and had some jokes that were better suited for those who are well read, or at least understand the references.

I enjoyed the point of view from Bastille. She's a cool character and it provided more range to the story. It's a short book and it reads fast, but there are very good character arcs for Bastille and Alcatraz. I
Michael Davenport
Sep 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
4 stars: Good ending to a series.

I should have realized that there would be romance in this book since Janci helped write it. Janci is a good romance writer, especially compared to Brandon. So I am glad that she was involved.

I liked that Bastille is the author and we got to follow her point of view. The hard part was I was used to following Alcatraz so when Bastille refers to her family I initially thought of Alcatraz's family instead.

I love reading the last page first.

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Sep 23, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a fitting conclusion

I’ll be honest, I did not like this one as much as the other ones. It felt less…organic I guess. I think part of the problem for me was that after six years I expected something longer. Which is really on me, the Alcatraz books are not meant to be long. They are light and cute.
That said, it’s a good read and really gave me pretty much what I expected and wanted it to. The ending in particular felt very cathartic. This is a good book. Read it.
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Brandon’s major books for the second half of 2016 are The Dark Talent, the final volume in Alcatraz Smedry’s autobiographical account of his battle against the Evil Librarians who secretly rule our world, and Arcanum Unbounded, the collection of short fiction in the Cosmere universe that includes the Mistborn series and the Stormlight
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Other books in the series

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (6 books)
  • Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz, #1)
  • Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones (Alcatraz, #2)
  • Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia (Alcatraz, #3)
  • Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens (Alcatraz, #4)
  • The Dark Talent (Alcatraz, #5)

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