In Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians you learned of the truth about our world: that the librarians are evil and have been lying to you your whole life. In Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones you learned what lengths the libraries will go to to keep the wool pulled over your eyes, as well as how far back through time this goes. Now Alcatraz is back, through the guise of the bestselling author Brandon Sanderson (the perfect cover), to tell more of his story, and to help you learn the truth about our world.
It’s finally time for Alcatraz to journey to the other world, the one where he is better known. He travels with Grandpa Smedry to the Free Kingdom city of Crystallia, and after once again being involved in a serious accident that he only just manages to survive, he discovers that he’s a giant celebrity here. He is the subject of a bestselling adventure series written by a member of the government, and enjoys himself in meeting with people who care little for him, but just wish to be close to him for reasons of fame. Bastille, who has been stripped of her armor and bodyguard title, is to be put under a tribunal to decide if her actions were serious enough to prevent her from regaining her title. At the same time there is a city under siege, and there are some evil librarians in Crystallia acting as liaisons looking to negotiate.
Alcatraz will have to use his unusual but incredibly powerful talent in this different world, under different conditions, ultimately putting him to his greatest test yet. As always, Alcatraz has endless advice to offer: buy his books, read a lot, and buy his books. Yes, he can be quite repetitive.
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Originally written on November 12th 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.