Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive #4)

“Heroism is a myth you tell idealistic young people—specifically when you > want them to go bleed for you. It got one of my sons killed and another > taken from me. You can keep your heroism and return to me the lives of those > wasted on foolish conflicts.”

Well dang. After the absolutely bonkersiosity of the first three Stormlight Archive books, I hadn’t the slightest idea how Sanderson was going to pull off yet another (and another and another coming down the pipeline). And yet here we are.

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Dawnshard (The Stormlight Archive #3.5)

Well that was unexpectedly wonderful. I was all set to dive into the behemoth that is Rhythm of War and then I noticed that there’s a 50k word ‘short’ to read before it. I loved Edgedancer, so let’s give this a try!

In the end, this I do not regret at all. Edgedancer is a story that could was too long to be an interlude and too different to be in the main storyline, but having read it is a story that every much needed to be told.

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Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3)

Hooooly crap. The first three quarters of Oathbringer are fairly slow. They’re still fascinating, building up more and more of the world of The Stormlight Archive, answering some questions while raising even more.

And then crap really hits the fan. I read the final several hundred pages in one session and wow a lot of things happen. Epic. Just epic. Read the book just for that and don’t put it down early.

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Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5)

Edgedancer is a short story set in Sanderson’s Cosmere, specifically on Roshar of the Stormlight Archive. It features Lift, a young girl who was first featured in one of the interludes of Words of Radiance interludes and now has a story all to her own.

In short, Lift is a lot of fun. She’s a surgebinder who can make herself ‘awesome’–her term for it–and basically ignore friction. She seems an overall good person with a somewhat odd sense of morals and has a way of talking and acting that will just leave you smiling.

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Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3)

Hooooly crap. The first three quarters of Oathbringer are fairly slow. They’re still fascinating, building up more and more of the world of The Stormlight Archive, answering some questions while raising even more.

And then crap really hits the fan. I read the final several hundred pages in one session and wow a lot of things happen. Epic. Just epic. Read the book just for that and don’t put it down early.

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Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2)

“I am offend!” Shallan yelled. “You have offended Her Highness again!”

“Very offend!”

“You’d better apologize.”

“No apologize!” Shallan declared. “Boots!”

Kal leaned back, looking between the two of them, trying to parse what had just been said. “Boots?” he asked.

“Yes,” Shallan said. “I am liking your boots. You will apology with boots.”

“You . . . want my boots?”

“Did you not hear Her Highness?” Tyn asked, arms folded. “Are soldiers of this Dalinar Kholin’s army so disrespectful?”

“I’m not disrespectful,” Kal said. “But I’m not giving her my boots.”

“You insult!” Shallan declared, stepping forward, pointing at him. Stormfather, those horses were enormous! “I will tell all who are to listen! When arriving, I will say, ‘Kholin is stealer of boots and taker of women’s virtue!’”

Kal sputtered. “Virtue!”

“Yes,” Shallan said; then she glanced over to Tyn. “Virtue? No, wrong word. Virture . . . No . . . Vesture. Vesture! Taker of woman’s vesture! That is word I wanted.”

The soldier glanced to his companions, looking confused. Drat, Shallan thought. Good puns are lost on men with poor vocabulary.

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Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

Arcanum Unbounded collects a small pile of short stories all set in Sanderson’s shared universe (the Cosmere) and glues them together with some extra information about each world and about how the Cosmere itself works. While each of the stories is good by itself, they really shine collected together, where you get a sense of just how big and diverse this universe that Sanderson is building is.

Individual reviews:

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Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5)

Edgedancer is a short story set in Sanderson’s Cosmere, specifically on Roshar of the Stormlight Archive. It features Lift, a young girl who was first featured in one of the interludes of Words of Radiance interludes and now has a story all to her own.

In short, Lift is a lot of fun. She’s a surgebinder who can make herself ‘awesome’–her term for it–and basically ignore friction. She seems an overall good person with a somewhat odd sense of morals and has a way of talking and acting that will just leave you smiling.

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