The Dark Talent

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<The Dark Talent>
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by Scott Brundage
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (series)
Follows The Shattered Lens
Precedes The Worldspire
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 of books (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians) written by Alcatraz.[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 had always claimed that the Alcatraz series was to consist of five books, and that the original publisher, Scholastic, had only bought the first four. Since Scholastic would not contract the fifth book, Brandon bought back the rights in early 2013.[1] He later re-sold the series, including book 5, to Tor.[4]

In reality, there was always a sixth book planned. Tor was one of the publishers willing to promote the five-book series with the grand reveal at the end: that there would actually be a sixth book, written from another character's perspective. The idea was that Alcatraz would end his narrative with his failure, but the sixth book would confirm to the readers that he was indeed a hero.[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. Alcatraz: The Big Reveal
    Brandon's website - Oct 5th, 2016
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