Alcatraz Smedry is finally coming home. After years not knowing who he was and then months on the run from librarians, he is on his way. But just as the destination is in site, something blows up the glass bird they are flying in, and he barely makes it home.
He arrives to find that things are in an uproar. The Evil Librarians have approached the kings of the Freelands about creating peace. Meanwhile, Alcatraz's friend Bastille finally has to face the consequences of losing her sword. And Alcatraz learns that something of value might be hidden in the Royal Archives (not a library). How does this all tie together?
With all that going on, you might be surprised to learn that I actually felt this book a little uneven. At times, it felt like the story wasn't really moving forward. But the book always held my interest.
Part of that is the characters. Believe me, you do need the background of the first two books, but for those who know them, they continue to entertain here.
But the star for me has always been the narration. Alcatraz narrates as an older man looking back on his adventures, but his sarcasm and comments on the way a story is structured are hysterically funny and often spot on.
So fans of the series will enjoy this entry. And if you aren't familiar with them yet, drop everything and read the first two books.