Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Book Review: Alcatraz versus the Knights of Crystallia

Title: Alcatraz versus the Knights of Crystallia
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Length: 316

Quality Rating: 9
Content Rating: PG

The adventures of Alcatraz, Bastille, and Grandpa Smedry continue, but this time we get a glimpse into the Free Kingdoms (we get to see what we Hushlanders are missing out on). The Librarians have been attempting to create a treaty while Grandpa Smedry was out fetching Alcatraz, and this can only mean one thing: they're up to something! This book, the middle book of the series, begins to detail what Alcatraz might call his fall and hints even more that something terrible happens that Alcatraz blames himself for. It definitely left me waiting for the next book and the next. I want to know what happens to Alcatraz, Bastille, and the rest of the Smedry clan! (Though it should be noted that the sentence isn't meant to indicate that Bastille is a Smedry, because she isn't).

This book definitely gets a PG rating because of fantasy violence, a near cold blood murder, and parental/child tension. When it comes to Alcatraz's parents - well his father just seems to not care and his mother is a Librarian. But still good a good read for older children and those of us who still think we are children.

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