Review: The Shattered Lens
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens (Alcatraz, #4)Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the fourth book in the Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarian series, and picks up pretty much right where book three left off: with Alcatraz in the Free Kingdom of Nalhalla. In keeping with the other books in this series, events quickly become chaotic, exciting, and just plain weird. While this is a bridge book in the series, it has a satisfying arc and conclusion.

World building:
This story continues to expand on Alcatraz's world of the Hushlands and the Free Kingdoms. Most notably, Alcatraz and his friends travel to the kingdom of Mokia in an effort to save it from falling under librarian control.

Character & Voice:
Once again, this book is narrated by Alcatraz, written by him at some point in the future. The internal monologues were, at times, a bit whiny, but did provide good insight. The characters were all carry overs from the previous books, with the exception of a few Mokians that didn't make much of an impact. As usual, the tone of the story was irreverent and, at times, downright silly.

Language & Mechanics:
As with previous installments of the series, the most unique mechanic used in this book was the recurring author interludes at the beginning of each chapters. These are at times amusing, though they can sometimes be quite confusing and disruptive to the flow of the story. My daughter (7 years old) loved them.

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