Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Nov 22, 2016) Original Post: Cross-posted(Jan 24, 2017)     SPOILER WARNING: Arcanum Unbounded features major spoilers for Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive, and Elantris. This review contains spoilers for Mistborn & The Stormlight Archive. This anthology is best suited for fans of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere. ~ Arcanum Unbounded is a collection of fantasy novellas by Brandon Sanderson. All of the stories are set in his Cosmere universe. Each planetary system explored is prefaced by the White Sand’s Worldhopper Khriss. This unique perspective allows Sanderson’s observations Read More …

Secret History (Mistborn #3.5)

Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson Published: Dragonsteel Entertainment, Ltd. (Jan 26, 2016 ) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 30, 2016)     (Secret History and this review contains spoilers of the first three Mistborn novels.) Did the survivor actually persist past death? What secrets does the Eleventh Metal hold? What is the larger state of the Cosmere Mistborn: Secret History explores those questions in the form of a novella. The best way to read Secret History is after the 2nd novel of the Wax & Wayne series, The Bands of Mourning. So, including The Eleventh Metal (a short story prologue to Read More …

The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6)

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Jan 26, 2016) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 28, 2016)     The Bands of Mourning raises the bar for Wax & Wayne, taking everything Shadows of Self got right and expands upon it. It is by far the best of Wax & Wayne and well worth your time. Whereas past Wax & Wayne novels may have lacked the “epic” feel prior to the last half of Shadows of Self, Bands truly elevates Mistborn’s latest Era into the realm of epic fantasy. It contains so many different types of scenes – from Read More …

Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5)

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Oct 6, 2015) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 24, 2016)     TL;DR- Wow. If you like Mistborn, buy this now. The scope and depth of this novel will remind you of The Fallen Empire. Yet it stands on its own as being one of the best Mistborn books to date. Outstanding. *** Mistborn’s world is forged in metal. From it’s groundbreaking beginning, The Last Empire, to it’s latest incarnation starting with The Alloy of Law, the series has been about prophecy, ascendancy, growth and change. Shadows of Self exemplifies these constants, helping Read More …

The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4)

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Nov 8, 2011 ) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 18, 2016)     Alloy of Law is the beginning of Mistborn Era 2 (the second set of books after the Mistborn Trilogy). While it isn’t the second trilogy’s official beginning, it’s a fun adventure filled with loveable characters in a ten of the century, late 1800s-type setting. If you love fantasy and Victorian-esque literature (or the brief expansion of the American Midwest during the mid to late 1800s), you’ll thoroughly enjoy Era 2. Just insert automobiles and magic and you’ve got some Read More …

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3)

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Apr 28, 2009) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 14, 2016)     Outstanding finale for one of the greatest fantasy series I’ve ever read. If you thought the first two Mistborn novels were good, you’ll love this. Essentially continues the story of Elend and his army as well as former members of Kelsier’s crew. There’s also some pretty epic things that have been brewing for the last two books. There’s lots of action, comedy, sad moments and amazing storytelling. Just as face paced tempered with plenty of detail and excellent writing. Essentially Read More …

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Aug 21, 2007) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 2, 2016)     This is the second book in the Mistborn series and it’s absolutely amazing. The same well written and carefully constructed story you’d expect from a follow-up to The Last Empire and yet even more to love. This novel continues with the court intrigue in the first novel and expands it to political and military spheres this time around. It also has a hell of a lot of twists and turns along the way. All of the suspenseful threats and perils Read More …

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

The Final Empireby Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Jul 17, 2006) Posted: Goodreads (Jan 1, 2016)     TL;DR — Mistborn: The Last Empire is the start of an amazing and unique series that revitalizes epic fantasy. If you like similar novels but long for a well written story with intense pacing, Mistborn cannot be beat. Cut away the unresolved endings and meaningless story deviations in other similar works, Sanderson delivers an unparalleled saga that’s sure to amaze. *** I’ve read and reviewed my fair share of fantasy novels over the years, and yet I can’t recommend any of them Read More …

The Eleventh Metal (Mistborn #0.5)

The Eleventh Metal by Brandon Sanderson Published: Crafty Games (Apr 11, 2012) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 22, 2016)     The Eleventh Metal is a short story designed as a prequel to the Mistborn Adventure Game, an RPG of that series. Fans of the series will want to read the story out of love for the main character Kelsier. As other reviewers have noted, the story isn’t essential, the details of it are scattered throughout the actual novels. But I found the story to be a fun read. The writing is as excellent as novels in the series. What I liked Read More …