An all-new 120-page Stormlight Archive novella, "Edgedancer," will be the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first book of short fiction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson.
The collection will include nine works in all. The first eight are:
“The Hope of Elantris” (Elantris)
“The Eleventh Metal” (Mistborn)
“The Emperor's Soul” (Elantris)
“Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Episodes 28 through 30” (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)
These wonderful works, originally published on Tor.com and elsewhere individually, convey the expanse of the Cosmere and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, including the Hugo Award-winning novella, “The Emperor's Soul” and an excerpt from the graphic novel "White Sand."
Arcanum Unbounded will also contain the 120-page Stormlight Archive novella "Edgedancer," which will appear in this book for the first time anywhere. It is a story of Lift, taking place between Words of Radiance and the forthcoming Oathbringer.
Finally, this collection includes essays and illustrations for the various planetary systems in which the stories are set.
Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages
Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning
Other Cosmere novels
The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent
The Rithmatist series
Other books by Brandon Sanderson
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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.
For fans of Sanderson and his amazing universe.
Brandon never stops amazing
An amazing collection I can’t recommend enough!
Lift is one of my least favorite characters in the Stormlight series ...
... and yet “Edgedancer” made her a whole lot more likable and also features one of my favorite characters. For the sake of not spoiling anything (and because the whole book isn’t about Lift) I don’t want to go into many details, but Edgedancer is definitely worth reading for anybody following the Stormlight series.
Also excellent, The Emperor’s Soul. Probably the strongest standalone story in Arcanum Unbounded, or better said, the one I personally enjoyed most. I also really enjoyed Sixth of the Dusk.
Having read the first three Mistborn books, which I frankly have very mixed feelings about (great ending, but I barely warmed up to any of the characters), I though the Eleventh Metal was somewhat interesting, but Secret History ... it’s hard to keep things completely spoiler free here, but let’s just say I liked a certain main character better in the main series. There were some interesting revelations and explanations regarding the first three books that I liked, along with other references I didn’t get (probably related to the newer Mistborn books).
Continuing with Mistborn, Allomancer Jak was interesting and well written, but felt more like a sample than something that should’ve been in the book on its own.
I skipped the Hope of Elantris, because I’m not familiar with that Universe and might want to read that series at some point - it’s a nice thing that Arcanum Unbounded warns the reader of potential spoilers.
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell was alright, it didn’t move me in either direction, but I wouldn’t want to know more about that Universe and its characters.
When I hit White Sand, I felt like returning the book (because at that point I only really enjoyed Emperor’s Soul). It’s an excerpt from a graphic novel, which is not only difficult to read in iBooks, but it’s also frankly not what I signed up for. I don’t mind graphic novels in general, but aside from this being a story collection and the technical difficulties, I did not care for the illustrations, characters and story.
Then of course, the last two stories put things in perspective and I feel the whole thing justifies 4 stars.
If you’re not familiar with (or don’t like) Mistborn and Stormlight Archives, I would recommend not buying this book, and instead just getting Emperor’s Soul. If you enjoyed only one of the aforementioned series and like Sanderson’s writing and world building, it’s a good collection.