The Scriverner's Bones
by Brandon Sanderson (Alcatraz #2)
Published January 1st 2008 by Starscape
In this second Alcatraz adventure, Alcatraz finds himself on a mission to meet Grandpa Smedry when he gets swept up by a flying glass dragon filled with his unusual and mouthy Smedry cohorts.
Their mission? A dangerous, library-filled one, of course!
They are on their way to the ancient and mysterious Library of Alexandria (which some silly people think was long ago destroyed!) where they must find Grandpa Smedry, look for clues leading to Alcatraz's potentially undead dead father, and battle the creepy, dangerous soul-sucking curators who await them.
*An ARC was provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.*
As soon as I finished the first book in this series, I dived right into The Scrivener's Bones. Literally. I am 100% already hooked on this series - it makes me happy in my heart and as lame as that may sound it's the only way to put it. The unique tone, the story itself, the characters...they make me content. Alcatraz narrates the story, but it's his older self retelling the adventures and perils of his youth. He constantly breaks the fourth wall in a constantly entertaining and witty way; his sass and irreverent humor really sets the tone for these stories, which are a mixture of suspense, magic, humor and action. The plot keeps you guessing and wanting to know more. So far, both instalments have featured a healthy mix of familiar tropes and fresh ones but the better-known scenarios always have a clever twist on the usual.
Fun fact: beyond a truly hilarious scene that finds Alcatraz intentionally drooling all over himself to get himself out of a tight spot (LMFAO), this volume contains a joke about author Garth Nix. I have to say that Sanderson and Nix are my two all-time favorite male authors and both are among my top five authors of all time so having one of them make a joke about the other MADE.MY.LIFE. ♥
It's the characters and their unique magical abilities that set The Alcatraz Series apart. Alcatraz is immensely likeable, despite his best efforts to convince the reader that he's not. His estranged family is a unique assortment of oddities, but they all feel like long lost friends to me already. And Bastille. Well, Bastille is one tough cookie but that's why I enjoy her. She's feisty, prickly and hard but she and Alcatraz are developing a very special friendship, which I am loving to my bones!
But the best part out of all this? The tongue and cheek references to Brandon Sanderson's other adult fantasy books. They're BRILLIANT. Sanderson fans of all ages will get a kick out of little Easter eggs scattered throughout about the Cosmere. You don't need to have read his previous works to enjoy these books, but us fans get a little something extra for our
Considering my fangirling review of the first book in this series, I'm sure none of you are surprised that I loved The Scrivener's Bones just as much - maybe more! There was definitely no second-book-syndrome here. And just as I did before, as soon as I read the last page, I jumped into the next book.