Alcatraz Smedry has made it to the Free Kingdoms. Unfortunately, so have the evil Librarians - including his mother. Now all Alcatraz has to do is find a traitor among the Knights of Crystallia, try to be friends with his very unfriendly father, save one of the last bastions of the Free Kingdoms from the enemy, and get his friend, Bastille, reinstated as a real knight. No pressure!
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"Like Lemony Snicket and superhero comics rolled into one...." (Publishers Weekly)
I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors are Sanderson and Abercrombie. Add Pacey as narrator and I'm happy.
As a devoted Sanderson fan I feel a little odd declaring "jury is out" on this one.
I think there are a couple of preceding books, but they're not on audible, so I've not read/listened to them. (and the first 10 minutes of this book lambasts the listener if they've not previously read/listened to these first books - so I actually stopped listening, went in search of the first two books, couldn't find them, so took a punt and listened anyway)
This book still has Sanderson's clever story telling, and unique other world with a clever magic powers system..............however it has a bit of a farcical feel to it. I'm sure this is absolutely intentional, and properly focussed on the younger reader, but I'm not sure if it was right for me personally given my more "mature" listener status. Having said that, my 10 year old can't put it down (she had a few late nights courtesy of listening beyond lights out). She also declared "it's a little bit silly" when she was about 10 minutes into listening -but clarified further as "good silly".
The narration is perfectly suited to the tone of the book (similar to the Reckoners series).
I'm not sure I'll be downloading any more in this series, but my daughter probably will.
(I probably should point out that I didn't do any research on this book before downloading it- I was just working my way through any Sanderson books I'd not listened to - perhaps if I'd read the blurb and other reviews I might have known what I was getting myself into)
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