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Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection by [Brandon Sanderson]

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For the Mistborn series

“Mistborn utilizes a well thought out system of magic. It also has a great cast of believable characters, a plausible world, an intriguing political system, and despite being the first book of The Final Empire, a very satisfying ending. In short, it's one of those great kettle books, in which the author has thrown not merely a bone of an idea and a few potatoes of originality, but half a cow and everything in the garden. And then added seasonings. Highly recommended to anyone hungry for a good read.”―
Robin Hobb

“It's rare for a fiction writer to have much understanding of how leadership works and how love really takes root in the human heart. Sanderson is astonishingly wise.” ―
Orson Scott Card

“Sanderson is an evil genius. There is simply no other way to describe what he's managed to pull off in this transcendent final volume of his Mistborn trilogy.” ―
RT Book Reviews (Gold Medal, Top Pick!) on The Hero of Ages

"He has created a fascinating world here.”―
Washington Post Bookworld

Mistborn is a[n] . . . enjoyable, adventurous read . . . [it] should satisfy.”―Locus

“The action never lets up, and the characters never lose their endearing humanity.... A fast-paced fantasy adventure set in a fascinating world and populated with lovable, memorable characters.” ―
Kirkus Reviews, on Shadows of Self

“Sanderson’s fantasy world partakes equally of steampunk, early industry, and the Wild West, and he cleverly incorporates the metal-shaping magic of feruchemists and allomancers. Fantasy fans will savor this exciting escapade.”
Publishers Weekly, on Shadows of Self

“Fast, smart dialog and an abundance of exciting action keep the pages turning.” ―
Library Journal, starred review, on Shadows of Self

“Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexly in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters.”―
Booklist, on The Well of Ascension

“This mystico-metallurgical fantasy combines Vin’s coming-of-age-in-magic and its well-worm theme of revolt against oppression with copious mutilations, a large-scale cast of thieves, cutthroats, conniving nobles and exotic mutants.” ―
Publishers Weekly, on The Well of Ascension

For the Stormlight Archive

“I
loved this book. What else is there to say?” ―Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind, on The Way of Kings

“While the recent HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” has revitalized the epic fantasy genre, Sanderson brings enough new material to the epic fantasy format to keep it interesting… Sanderson will not disappoint.” ―
Vanguard Dohlenaga, on The Way of Kings

“Promising beginning to a hew high-fantasy series. This great big book pulled me in early on the strength of the world building, but the nicely drawn characters drew me in further for enjoyment . . .and anticipation of the next volume.”―
The San Diego Union-Tribune, on The Way of Kings

“It’s a classic story of intrigue, magic, and war, with a large cast of characters and multiple settings lovingly detailed in a way only possible in volumes of this size. Readers will plunge into it.”―
Booklist, on The Way of Kings

“Sanderson’s fondness for misleading the reader and his talent for feeding out revelations and action scenes at just the right pace will keep epic fantasy fans intrigued.”―
Publishers Weekly, on The Way of Kings

“Sanderson is, if nothing else, absolutely amazing at worldbuilding.”―
RT Book Reviews, on The Way of Kings

“This is a great choice for fans of Robert Jordan and Terry Brooks.” ―
Voice of Youth Advocates, on The Way of Kings

“The best part…is the compelling, complex story of Dalinar, Kaladin, and Shallan as they struggle though emotional, physical, and moral challenges. Fans and lovers of epic fantasy…will eagerly await the next volume.” ―
Library Journal, on The Way of Kings

“I give this book my highest recommendation and think
The Way of Kings will be one of those landmark novels of Epic Fantasy against which future novels will always be measured. ”―SFFworld.com, Rob. H. Bedford, on The Way of Kings

For
Elantris

“The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down....Sanderson is a writer to watch.”―
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“While every new fantasy author is hailed as unique, new, and different, Brandon Sanderson's
Elantris does indeed provide an absorbing adventure in a unique, different, and well-thought-out fantasy world, with a few nifty twists as well.”―L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

"Brandon Sanderson is the real thing--an exciting storyteller with a unique and powerful vision.
Elantris is one of the finest debuts I've seen in years."―David Farland

“Brandon Sanderson's
Elantris is a marvelous, magic monster of a book, packed full of intrigue and daring, based around a killer high concept. When the city of the gods becomes a city of the damned, who and what do you believe in? The story twists and turns, characters bait traps for one another as they vie for secular and religious power, and no one is necessarily who or what they seem. Royal houses rise and fall, the fate of all Humanity is in the balance, and maybe, just maybe... the gods are coming back. All this and a genuinely touching love story too. Elantris, the book that put epic back into fantasy.”―Simon R. Green, the NY Times bestselling author of the Deathstalker, Nightside, and Hawk & Fisher series

Elantris, Brandon Sanderson’s excellent debut novel, is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters (including a memorable female character) and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don’t miss it!”―Katherine Kurtz

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn® trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time® sequence. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01EFIH09G
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Books; Reprint edition (November 22, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 22, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 121343 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 673 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

In November 2020 we saw the release of Rhythm of War—the fourth massive book in the New York Times #1 bestselling Stormlight Archive series that began with The Way of Kings—and Dawnshard (book 3.5), a novella set in the same world that bridges the gaps between the main releases. This series is my love letter to the epic fantasy genre, and it's the type of story I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

November 2018 marked the release of Skyward, the first book in a new YA quartet about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world under alien attack. The follow-up, Starsight, was released December 2019. Also out that year was the final volume of the Stephen Leeds saga, Legion: Lies of the Beholder, which was also published in an omnibus edition, Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds, that includes all three volumes.

Most readers have noticed that my adult fantasy novels are in a connected universe, called the Cosmere. This includes The Stormlight Archive, both Mistborn series, Elantris, Warbreaker, and various novellas available on Amazon, including The Emperor's Soul, which won a Hugo Award in 2013. In November 2016 all of the existing Cosmere short fiction including those novellas was released in one volume called Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection. If you've read all of my adult fantasy novels and want to see some behind-the-scenes information, that collection is a must-read.

I also have three YA series: The Rithmatist (currently at one book), The Reckoners (a trilogy beginning with Steelheart), and Skyward. For young readers I also have my humorous series Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians. Many of my adult readers enjoy all of those books as well, and many of my YA readers enjoy my adult books, usually starting with Mistborn.

Additionally, I have a few other novellas that are more on the thriller/sci-fi side. These include the Legion series, as well as Perfect State and Snapshot. There's a lot of material to go around!

Good starting places are Mistborn (a.k.a. The Final Empire), Skyward, Steelheart, The Emperor's Soul, and Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians. If you're already a fan of big fat fantasies, you can jump right into The Way of Kings.

I was also honored to be able to complete the final three volumes of The Wheel of Time, beginning with The Gathering Storm, using Robert Jordan's notes.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at https://www.brandonsanderson.com/books-and-art/—and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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Alaran
5.0 out of 5 stars Across the Cosmere
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a collection of short stories...
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a collection of short stories...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 10, 2021
It's difficult to review something like this, it's not a full book of one consistent plotline, it's a collection of often completely seperate short stories.

For example, Mistborn: Secret History was brilliant and really filled in a lot of gaps and questions not just about Mistborn but the cosmere itself, whereas Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania felt pointless and I did not enjoy the way it was written and the little plot was just not for me.

So I'd recommend getting this book for the cheapness of what it contains, Emperor's Soul is just breathtakingly written and adds info that you will need to understand aspects of both Secret History and the cosmere itself, and then there's secret History itself, I'd buy this book just for them two simply for it being cheaper than buy them seperately.

I think this book would be better appreciated by Sanderson fans really eager to know and understand everything of the cosmere and enjoy his little Easter eggs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short Story heaven
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Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read. Don`t read without completing other Cosmere books first.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2018
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 17, 2019
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