“I’m convinced that responsibility is some kind of psychological disease.”


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 everything (that’s his Talent), Alcatraz tries to save a city under siege. From who? Why, the Librarians of course!

Personal Experiences

Do you know how when an author continues to create adventures for his hero, he begins to get redundant. I’ve noticed that this has never been a problem with Brandon. He always has a way to make his book different. I like this about him. 

Back to the book. This book might be my favorite of the series, but there is no way to know for sure, because the 5th book of the series comes out in June of this year (I’ts called The Dark Talent). 

An action packed, love filled addition to the Alcatraz series.


“Yes, Bastille. I keep trying to get killed because it’s inconvenient for you.”

“Now you may have gotten the impression that there are absolutely no uses for Librarians. I’m sorry if I implied that. Librarians are very useful. For instance, they are useful if you are fishing for sharks and need some bait. They’re also useful for throwing out windows to test the effects of concrete impact on horn-rimmed glasses. If you have enough Librarians, you can build bridges out of them. (Just like witches.)
And, unfortunately, they are also useful for organizing things.”

“Entropy shakes its angry fist at you for being clever enough to organize the world.

“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.”

“It’s actually a rather romantic and dramatic story — one I would eagerly tell you, except for the fact that I recently forgot it, based on it being far too long and having not enough decapitations.”

“I don’t want to make people mad. I just… well, how can people get better if you don’t tell them what you honestly think?”

“Somebody tell me that I should just go speak to the kings again.”
“uh,” Sing said, “didn’t I just do that?”
“I need to her it again, Sing,” Grandpa Smedry said. “I’m old and stubborn!”

Where to find the book

Indie Bound*

*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.


Happy Reading…

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia (Alcatraz #3) Brandon Sanderson," in {sereneharoon.com}, April 25, 2016, http://sereneharoon.com/2016/04/alcatraz-versus-the-knights-of-crystallia-alcatraz-3-brandon-sanderson/.

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