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Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia

(Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  8,894 ratings  ·  661 reviews
When Alcatraz and Grandpa Smedry make a pilgrimage to the Free Kingdom city of Crystallia, the Smedry home base, Alcatraz is shocked to see that he is, in fact, a legend. When he was a baby he was stolen by the Evil Librarians, and his mother, a Librarian herself, was behind the whole scheme. Now, with his estranged father, who is acting indeed strange, Bastille, who has b ...more
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Published October 2009 by Scholastic Press
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Aug 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Alcatraz finally got to visit his mysterious native land. What was supposed to be a time of quiet and peace turned exciting deadly even before the poor guy stepped on the said land: his air vehicle was blown from the sky. Excitement followed the hero even when he met his (unfailingly very quirky) relatives and meddled in local politics. At least with the latter case everybody knows politics is supposed to be deadly, mystical land or not. Horror of horrors, Alcatraz might have to ask a librarian ...more
*** 4.65 ***

A buddy read with the addicted to Brandon Sanderson's genius and humor!!! We are all 13 year old when we read this series:):):)

".....Unfortunately, I know that some of you Hushlanders have trouble counting to three. (The Librarian-controlled schools don't want you to be able to manage complex mathematics.)

This obvious explanation of our terrible mathematical abilities is the reason I had to re-check several times to make sure I was reading the right book in order... I had already go
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Alcatraz is still breaking things!

Alcatraz, Bastille and his grandfather travel to the Free Kingdoms and the city of Nalhalla, the Smedry homeland only to find the counsel of kings is about to sign a treaty with the Evil Librarians. Bad idea!

As with the other books in the series, there is narration by the author throughout. Most of it funny. The book is a quick read and intended for younger readers. It is entertaining and fun to read. If you are a parent and read books with your kids, this is a

Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
A good continuation of the series, just as strong as the first two. The book brings in new elements to keep things fresh, while staying close enough to the original elements so that it remains familiar and satisfying.

One of the elements I enjoy about these books is the active-narrator-telling-you-a-story thing. There's a lot of discussion about what makes a story, and what the author is doing in order to manipulate the reader. Obviously that's close to my heart, as I do the same thing in my boo
Helen 2.0
3.5 - I don't have much to say about this one except that I'm starting to believe Alcatraz when he claims he's not a hero.

I kept track of Grandpa Smedry's author-related exclamations in the Knights of Crystallia. Here they are for your entertainment. (I'm sure my buddies at BB&B will fill in the blanks if I missed any).
"Rotating Rothfusses! You surprised me, lad!"
"Amazing Abrahams, lad!"
"Wasted Westerfields! That was exciting, eh, lad?"
"Debating Dashners! We're late!"
"Jabbering Joneses, peopl
Robin (Bridge Four)
On sale Sept 7 2016 on Amazon for $2.99

Buddy Read with the ever amazing group of Sanderson fans at Buddies Books and Baubles starting 8/21/16

I girl with a crystal sword....what could go wrong??? Well a lot but I think that was the point.


I flew through this series and so no time for reviews but....If you have kids 7-12 then this would be a fun family read.
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Brandon Sanderson. AKA THE Brandon Sanderson. AKA Mr Five Star.
You know, the creator of the Cosmere. What? You haven’t heard of him? I don’t care who you are or what you’ve read. If you have not yet read Brandon Sanderson’s books, then you have not yet discovered what fantasy can be. But fear not! I say it again, fear not! For your ignorance can be amended. Whether you are a fantasy veteran or a fantasy noob, today... today, you find yourselves equals.

For you are all equally blessed. For
Kells Next Read
I can't get enough of this series. It's so freaking good. This is the perfect series to read if you're looking for something lighthearted and funny. Sanderson is a Genius *coughs* I know, I know, I say that a lot, but it true.

I absolutely love Alcatraz Smedry and the other characters. Rushing off to read Alcatraz versus the Shattered Lens
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

The Knights of Crystallia is the third installment of the Alcatraz series by Brandon Sanderson. For those who don’t understand what a series actually means and where you should start reading it, Alcatraz Smedry is nice enough to help explain all this as the book begins.

I know that some of you Hushlanders have trouble counting to three. (The Librarian-controlled schools don’t want you to be able to manage complex mathematics.) So I’ve prepared this helpful guide
TS Chan
Aug 2016: Reread in anticipation of the release of the last book on 6th Sept.

This book means whatever you make of it. For some it will be about the dangers of fame. For others it will be about turning your flaws into talents. For many it will simply be entertainment, which is quite all right. Yet for others it will be about learning to question everything, even that which you believe. For, you see, the most important truths can always withstand a little examination.

This book even wrote its own
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)

Knights of Crystallia

First Sentence: So there I was, hanging upside down underneath a gigantic glass bird, speeding along at a hundred miles an hour above the ocean, in no danger whatsoever.

I was a bit disappointed in this one. The pace was a lot slower and the action almost none existing.
The interruptions in the beginning of each chapter was just plain annoying, and it didn't help the pace of the book.

I think I'm taking a break form this series for now - will get back to it later in the year.

Franco  Santos
You want to be a better person? Go listen to someone you disagree with. Don't argue with them, just listen. It's remarkable what interesting things people will say if you take the time to not be a jerk.
¡Qué final!
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd book in the Alcatraz series.

When Alcatraz and Grandpa Smedry make a pilgrimage to the Free Kingdom city of Crystallia, the Smedry home base, Alcatraz is shocked to see that he is, in fact, a legend. When he was a baby he was stolen by the Evil Librarians, and his mother, a Librarian herself, was behind the whole scheme. Now, with his estranged father, who is acting indeed strange, Bastille, who has been stripped of her armor, and Grandpa Smedry, who is, as always, late to everyth
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2014
[5 Stars] I think the other two books in this series were my personal favorites and this one wasn't quite as good as the others. May be this is more of a 4.5 star book, but regardless this series is gearing up to be one of my favorite middle grade series ever! I adore Alcatraz, his grandfather, Bastille, and Folsom and Himalaya in this book in particular. This series make me giggle so much, and I admit I'll be slightly sad when I finish the next one and don't have Alcatraz books to read for a wh ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pointedly aimed at tween readers with silly situations and goofy dialogue. Smedry (aka Sanderson) tells of his adventures in a fast paced, ridiculous manner.
The text is easy enough for young readers, while presenting a few challenges along the way to grow the reader's skills. The chapters are short and action packed, but lacking in pictures making this a solid 300 page book.
A perfect read for tweens with no foul language or adult content. Even the bathroom humor is limited to a single reference.
Grace Crandall
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things I love about these books:

- realistically flawed characters. Alcatraz is hugely likeable, at turns both heroic and unsavory, but always in ways that are incredibly human.

- the writing style! It reads like a Tumblr post! It uses the tropes and themes of traditional prose and storytelling like a jungle gym! I love it!

-worldbuilding, obviously. It's so much fun.

Anyway this is a great series if you want to laugh uproariously, but also experience the full spectrum of human emotion. I'm excit
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

How do I know when I have series addiction? Clearing my reading schedule and dropping everything the moment I get my twitchy fingers on the sequel is a pretty good indication. I simply adore these Alcatraz books! The first four installments are being re-issued this year, with The Knights of Crystallia being the third book to get the fully illustrated hardcover treatment, and my latest fix.

After their narrow escape from t
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, fiction
6/27/16 - reading aloud to the boys
7/17/16 - finished!

This series just keeps getting better! This third installment still has the biting self-deprecating humor of the first two, but it also has a more serious undercurrent. There's more depth to the interactions we see between Alcatraz and his parents and Alcatraz and Bastille. We start to see some of the behind-the-scenes details on how the Smedry Talents and Lenses work and to understand the political structure of Nalhalla and the Li
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I'd like to promise you that everything will turn out all right, but I think there's something you should understand. This is the middle book of a series. And as everyone knows, the heroes always lose in the middle book. It makes the series more tense."

This was way more fun than I expected.

Alcatraz's journey is halfway over and I can't wait for the big secrets to be revealed at the end. I need answers!

Since this is the middle book I would leave only a short review here, so that I could get
Evance Tairo
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An amazing read.. there is huge development in magic system and world building. We finally get to see the free kingdoms and i was not disappointed. Stakes rise in this book, but that did not necessarily force the main character to be stacked with more wisdom than his age by the Author. He remains in roots, a teenager, prone to making teenager-like mistakes throughout the book.

(spoiler below)
And i can't help but feel that it should have been titled ' Bastille Versus the Knights of Crystalli
Cori Reed
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just love this series. It's incredibly self-aware and hilarious.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital
This series is so good!

Last year I didn't read much middle grade fantasy, but then I started this series without expecting much and I just fell back in love and remember why I enjoyed middle grade novels so much. It's a quick read but it packs so much; it's fun, entertaining and clever. I love Sanderson's writing in this and his humor resonates with me.

I'm excited to read the next book.
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review crossposted from my book review blog.

In this, the middle book of the Alcatraz series, we finally get to see what the Free Kingdoms are like. Because the book isn’t almost entirely confined to one building, as in the first two, that helped this book feel a little bit bigger.

This book is just as good as the first two. The voice/narration continues to be funny, there are some interesting revelations, and once again we meet some new and fun characters. Sing comes back, and Australia is mentio
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
This book, and my reactions to it, are so similar to the first book in the series, that I’m just going to reprint what I said in my review of that preceding book, then I'll add some thoughts specific to this third book at the end.

I don’t enjoy this level of children’s literature, and I find Brandon Sanderson’s humour very hit or miss, so it was unlikely I was ever going to love the Alcatraz series, but I love his other works enough that I felt compelled to read everything he’s published. So on I
Jan 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I didn't enjoy this QUITE as much as the first two Alcatraz books, but I still firmly and excitedly recommend them for children, teens, and any adult who enjoys children's fiction (they're targeted towards 9-11 year olds, I believe). I just don't understand how Brandon continues to come up with more silly jokes and tricks with writing (type) in every book. I'm very curious to know if he can keep it up with the next two books without repeating himself! (Assuming, of course, that he has time in be ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Aug 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, fiction, fantasy
Alcatraz Versus The Knights Of Crystallia is certainly another fun, rollicking adventure from Brandon Sanderson. However, I have to say that I really enjoyed the first two Alcatraz books more. Perhaps because Alcatraz being down on himself is much more pleasant to read than Alcatraz pretending to be too full of himself, even though it's clear that he's not- or is he? In any case, I was a little disgruntled by all the bits about ego. However, this latest installment was still laugh out loud humor ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I don't really need to review this book as everyone knows how much I'm loving this series, but gah I love this series. Read It!
Avery (ThePagemaster)
4.25 our of 5 Stars

(I will make an in-depth review then the last book comes out. All I can say is that Brandon Sanderson is an amazing writer and Attica is a douche)
Taylor Ramirez
Reread Review (Spoilers for the ~Entire~ Series):

“You want to be a better person? Go listen to someone you disagree with. Don’t argue with them, just listen. It’s remarkable what interesting things people will say if you take the time to not be a jerk.”

A quote that needs to flash before anyone uses the internet. This was another great installment. There were so many great new characters in this book and we get some more world building. I can’t wait to con
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Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians (6 books)
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  • Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones (Alcatraz, #2)
  • Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens (Alcatraz, #4)
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