Welcome to New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller Brandon Sanderson's first collection of short fiction.
These wonderful works, originally published individually, have been collected for the first time and convey the true expanse of the Cosmere. Telling the exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, Arcanum Unbounded include the Hugo Award-winning novella 'The Emperor's Soul', an excerpt from the graphic novel 'White Sand', and the never-before-published Stormlight Archive novella 'Edgedancer'.
The collection will include nine works in all:
'Edgedancer' (Stormlight Archive)
'The Hope of Elantris' (Elantris)
'The Eleventh Metal' (Mistborn)
'The Emperor's Soul' (Elantris)
'Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania' (excerpt; Mistborn)
'White Sand' (excerpt; Taldain)
'Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell' (Threnody)
'Sixth of Dusk' (First of the Sun)
'Mistborn: Secret History' (Mistborn)
This superb collection also includes essays and illustrations which offer an insight into the numerous worlds in which the stories are set.
Bestseller Sanderson's first short fiction collection gives readers nine behind-the-scenes glimpses at the intricate cosmogony that ties together his various blockbuster fantasy series. In the Shardworlds, magic comes from pieces of a shattered creator deity. Close investigation into how magic shapes its users in the world of Elantris (the Hugo-winning "The Emperor's Soul") contrasts neatly with how its users can reshape magic for their own needs ("White Sand," a graphic novel excerpt). Complete with spoiler alerts for the Mistborn series, a short story ("The Eleventh Metal") tells of the training of original Mistborn trilogy protagonist Kelsier, and a novella ("Mistborn: Secret History") fills in the trilogy's resolution with his "afterlife" activities. Original to the collection, "Edgedancer" chronicles the madcap adventures of Lift, a user of "awesomeness," who will be more important in upcoming Stormlight novels. Other pieces focus on non-series worlds: for example, in "Sixth of the Dusk," competing uses of magical ecology fuse into a determination to save a planet from the dangerous "gifts" of advanced aliens. This collection is required reading for Sanderson fans, offering plenty for new readers who are undeterred by learning too much.