News: Alcatraz Omnibus Release Date

“This book carries a secret…”

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Age: Children’s+

Released: 20th September 2012 (UK version)

Being a big fan of Brandon Sanderson’s work, it’s always irked me that his Alcatraz books weren’t released in the UK. Instead, they were imported from the US, at an exorbitant cost.

Just when I’m about to shell out for the Alcatraz books, I spot a pre-order notice for the UK Alcatraz Omnibus

The Omnibus is published under Gollancz, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy division of Orion Publishing. It contains 784 pages.

The Alcatraz books will also be available individually in 2013. These will be published by Orion Children’s division instead of Gollancz, so expect different covers and blurbs.

The Omnibus contains all the books that have been released so far: (The Individual Release Dates)

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (7th February 2013)

Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bone (7th March 2013)

Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia (4th April 2013)

Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens (2nd May 2013)

I have no idea what to expect from the books, other than they was written as a break from Mistborn, so are likely to be “lighter”.


On his thirteenth birthday, Alcatraz – a foster child – gets a bag of sand in the mail which purports to be his ‘inheritance’ sent from his father and mother. The Librarians, of course, immediately steal the bag of sand from him.

This sparks a chain of events which leads Alcatraz to realize that his family is part of a group of freedom fighters who resist the Evil Librarians – the secret cult who actually rule the world. Alcatraz’s grandfather shows up and tows him off to infiltrate the downtown library to steal back the mystical bag of sand. The ensuing story involves talking dinosaurs, sentient romance novels, and a dungeon-like labyrinth hiding beneath the innocent-looking downtown library.


The total cost of the Omnibus Hardback is £20, whereas the Paperback is around £12, but prices will vary widely.

The cost of each individual Alcatraz book is listed as £6.99 RRP, but again, prices will vary.

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