Review! The Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson

22 Aug

shatteredlensThe Shattered Lens

Series: Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (#2, #3)

Written by Brandon Sanderson

Illustrations by Hayley Lazo

336 pages – ages 9+

Published by Starscape on July 19, 2016

Synopsis- Alcatraz Smedry is back! Well, actually, he’s still been where he was, and you’ve just picked up the fourth book. Anyways, the country of Mokia is under siege by the Evil Librarians, and Nalhalla cannot send help because there is not a legal technicality enabling them to. Until Alcatraz and his family (plus Bastille!) decide to change that, that is. The Knights of Crystallia, the guardians of the royalty, are excellent warriors, and are supposed to protect the royalty. So, Alcatraz decides to do something stupid – he decides to visit a capital under siege. But will it be enough to change the outcome of the war?

What I Thought- This was an awesome book! It is a well-written for kids, and is clean. The book has a lot of humor that pokes fun on how books are written. Sanderson’s writing style is captivating.  I love the narration of  “Mr. Smedry” (the book is a “memoir” of Alcatraz), breaking the fourth wall with witty humor, and a way of making fun of everybody while not being 100% insulting. His snarkiness is just amazing. The story keeps the reader laughing through the entire book. The book is just as good as the others, if not better. You really see Alcatraz turn into a better leader, and learning responsibility (to a certain degree, after all, he is a 13-year-old boy and a Smedry!). There are illustrations throughout the book that add another dimension to the story, making the book even more funny. The book is a great read, and I cannot wait to read book five!

I give this five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

7 Responses to “Review! The Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson”

  1. Joanne Fritz August 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

    Great to know that Book Four is just as good as the earlier books or even better! Illustrations are a plus.

    Wishing you a productive new school year, Erik.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks August 31, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

      It’s an awesome series! Oh, and, by the way – book five is just as good, though a tad bit more shocking! 🙂


  2. Patricia Tilton August 23, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

    I bet the kids like the idea of evil librarians. Haven’t read this series, but your enthusiasm may nudge me to check it out.


  3. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews August 23, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

    Wow, this sounds terrific!



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