The Knights of Crystallia

January 1, 2018

Alcatraz Vs. the Evil Librarians #3. Author: Brandon Sanderson.


In this third Alcatraz adventure, Alcatraz Smedry has made it to the Free Kingdoms at last. Unfortunately, so have the evil Librarians–including his mother! Now Alcatraz has to find a traitor among the Knights of Crystallia, make up with his estranged father, and save one of the last bastions of the Free Kingdoms from the Evil Librarians.

(Published Summary)

My Thoughts:

Alcatraz has a few moments of seriousness for once. (Only a few. No worries.) They’re so quick, almost throwaway, that how you take them is entirely up to you: ignore them because he’s just messing with you, consider them to reveal a deeper side to Alcatraz, take them as morals – you can do anything. It’s very non-preachy, despite the bits on “the dangers of fame” and all that, which is great.

I love the self-aware narrator trope. And Alcatraz is one of the best. With his evil manipulations of chapter breaks, which he’s not at all shy of explaining to us, his wandering monologues – how dare he malign fish sticks, by the way, what a flaw in my hero – and his overt, blatant foreshadowing, he becomes such a real (also ridiculous, childish, and dramatic) presence it’s almost like he’s developing a relationship with the reader as well as the other characters in his life.

And Bastille. Oh, Bastille. How does she put up with the Smedrys? Given that she hasn’t taken Alcatraz out yet, despite spending so much time around him, I think she’s the real hero here.

Content Review:

Sexual Content: Alcatraz ‘breaks’ a butler’s clothes to prove who he is, leaving the man only in undergarments. (The scene isn’t actually sexual at all, and the near-nudity is not further described.)

Language: 4 scatological terms

Violence: Explosion on airship – a chunk falls off, taking two characters with it, one of whom is knocked out in the landing. No one’s seriously hurt. One character slaps another. One sword duel: no one is hurt. There are three instances of hand-to-hand fighting in which “bad dancing” talent (basically martial arts) takes multiple people down (there is, again, no real description of injuries, only “unconscious thugs piling up on the floor”).

This post was previously:

I’m afraid I haven’t been checking requests over the holidays as often as I should, so it’s been several days since this one came in – my apologies for that! I know I say 24 hour turn around in the request bar so that was a real slip up on my part. I really hope you weren’t in too much of a rush.

Re: The Knights of Crystallia: Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians #3.  This is a book I can get, so I’ll read it tomorrow, and the review should be up tomorrow evening, replacing this post.

Happy New Year, all!

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