The Dark Talent

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<The Dark Talent
Dark Talent US Hardcover.jpg
by Scott Brundage
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (series)
Follows The Shattered Lens
Released September 6, 2016
Publisher Tor books
ISBN ISBN 978-0-7653-8140-8

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians: The Dark Talent is the final book of the five-part series Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians.[1][2] Brandon has also referred to it as "Alcatraz versus His Own Stupid Self". It was released on September 6, 2016.

Cover Blurb[edit]

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?


Behind the Scenes[edit]

Brandon always planned for the Alcatraz series to consist of five books, Scholastic, the original publisher, however, only bought the first four. For a variety of reasons, including Scholastic being unwilling to make a contract for the fifth book, Brandon bought back the rights in early 2013.[1] He later re-sold the series, including book 5, to Tor.[4]

Following a month of research for The Aztlanian, Brandon spent June 2014 writing the first draft of Alcatraz 5.[5]

Cover Art Gallery[edit]


  1. a b State of the Sanderson
    Brandon's website - Jul 24th, 2013
  2. Calamity is Done Update
    Brandon's website - May 29th, 2015
  3. Revealing the FIFTH Book in Brandon Sanderson's Alcatraz Series! - Sep 25th, 2015
  4. When is the next Alcatraz book coming out?
    Theoryland - March 21st, 2014
  5. State of the Sanderson: December 2014
    Brandon's website - Dec 18th, 2014
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