The Dark Talent

The Dark Talent

Book - 2016
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Having broken the Smedry Talents while saving the kingdom of Mokia from the Evil Librarian army, Alcatraz Smedry infiltrates the Highbrary as part of a desperate plan to save his comatose friend, Batille.
Publisher: New York :, Starscape, a Tom Doherty Associates Book,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765381408
0765381400
Characteristics: 300 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Lazo, Hayley - Illustrator

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blue_falcon_1184 Jun 23, 2017

not as funny as the other ones but still great

samcmar Jan 05, 2017

I was dreading reading this book. Mostly because I didn't think I'd ever actually get to read this book. This is a story of failure, cowardice and family, and it should be what one comes to expect when reading the Alcatraz series. I got to say, for the last book in the series, Sanderson really threw down his gauntlet and the amount of surprises? Well, they were plentiful.

There's not a lot I can talk about with this book because it relies so heavily on the events of the previous books. The surprises in this story are many, and characters who didn't receive growth in prior novels definitely got much more developed this time around. There's always such a strong focus on family in this series, and this installment really truly reminds you if how fragile Alcatraz is in a lot of ways, and how his relationship with his parents isn't the most solid of foundations. There was a good amount of twist and turns, though I will say the excessive footnoting started to grate on me at times.

Also the artwork in this novel? It's pretty fantastic and I look forward to seeing how it looks in a finished copy, as a lot of what was in the ARC were mainly sketches. There's a lot of movement and personality in the artwork and it really does a great job of highlighting what a fun and cheeky series Alcatraz is.

Of all of Sanderson's series, Alcatraz has always been my favourite, and it's a series that I think deserves more recognition than it actually receives. It's fun, crazy, and just a heck of a ride, and this ending does a great job of coming full circle and showing why this series is such a great read. I definitely urge readers that if they haven't checked out the Alcatraz series to do so, and I hope you'll find the ending as satisfying as I did.

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ninigirl
Jan 01, 2017

I`ve read every one 1 2 3 4 but not 5.

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acmanjr
Oct 19, 2016

Whyyyy!!!!

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