In addition, the characters in this book have hilariously comical magical "talents" that seem like nonsense. For instance, one is magically good at breaking things. One is magically good at arriving late to things, another good at tripping, another at saying things that don't make sense. But it turns out that when you can "arrive late" to bullets being shot at you, these can become pretty useful. I loved seeing the uses that Sanderson found for these seemingly useless skills.
Meanwhile, the librarians have control of the United States and the known world, seeking power through information and pulling all the strings behind events. Some - those in the three Kingdoms - seek to end their tyranny and keep them from their lands. Alcatraz learns that he's part of a famous line of stubborn oculators, and goes on an adventure to take back the sands of Rashid, said to be able to make the most powerful lens of all time. He goes to great lengths, however, to prove that he's not the hero everyone thinks he is.