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From Brandon Sanderson author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive and its fourth massive installment, Rhythm of War—comes a new hefty novella, Dawnshard. Taking place between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War, this tale (like Edgedancer before it) gives often-overshadowed characters their own chance to shine. When a ghost ship is discovered, its crew presume From Brandon Sanderson author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive and its fourth massive installment, Rhythm of War—comes a new hefty novella, Dawnshard. Taking place between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War, this tale (like Edgedancer before it) gives often-overshadowed characters their own chance to shine. When a ghost ship is discovered, its crew presumed dead after trying to reach the storm-shrouded island Akinah, Navani Kholin must send an expedition to make sure the island hasn't fallen into enemy hands. Knights Radiant who fly too near find their Stormlight suddenly drained, so the voyage must be by sea. Shipowner Rysn Ftori lost the use of her legs but gained the companionship of Chiri-Chiri, a Stormlight-ingesting winged larkin, a species once thought extinct. Now Rysn's pet is ill, and any hope for Chiri-Chiri’s recovery can be found only at the ancestral home of the larkin: Akinah. With the help of Lopen, the formerly one-armed Windrunner, Rysn must accept Navani's quest and sail into the perilous storm from which no one has returned alive. If the crew cannot uncover the secrets of the hidden island city before the wrath of its ancient guardians falls upon them, the fate of Roshar and the entire Cosmere hangs in the balance.


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From Brandon Sanderson author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive and its fourth massive installment, Rhythm of War—comes a new hefty novella, Dawnshard. Taking place between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War, this tale (like Edgedancer before it) gives often-overshadowed characters their own chance to shine. When a ghost ship is discovered, its crew presume From Brandon Sanderson author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive and its fourth massive installment, Rhythm of War—comes a new hefty novella, Dawnshard. Taking place between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War, this tale (like Edgedancer before it) gives often-overshadowed characters their own chance to shine. When a ghost ship is discovered, its crew presumed dead after trying to reach the storm-shrouded island Akinah, Navani Kholin must send an expedition to make sure the island hasn't fallen into enemy hands. Knights Radiant who fly too near find their Stormlight suddenly drained, so the voyage must be by sea. Shipowner Rysn Ftori lost the use of her legs but gained the companionship of Chiri-Chiri, a Stormlight-ingesting winged larkin, a species once thought extinct. Now Rysn's pet is ill, and any hope for Chiri-Chiri’s recovery can be found only at the ancestral home of the larkin: Akinah. With the help of Lopen, the formerly one-armed Windrunner, Rysn must accept Navani's quest and sail into the perilous storm from which no one has returned alive. If the crew cannot uncover the secrets of the hidden island city before the wrath of its ancient guardians falls upon them, the fate of Roshar and the entire Cosmere hangs in the balance.

30 review for Dawnshard

  1. 4 out of 5

    Petrik

    I have a Booktube channel now! Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/petrikleo 4.5/5 stars Dawnshard is a magnificent warm-up to the upcoming Rhythm of War. Dawnshard is a novella, or short novel, in The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson. I think many of you have known that I am a devout fan of Sanderson’s Cosmere universe. No, seriously, I love the Cosmere universe so much that I actually felt annoyed when Sanderson decided to focus on Skyward instead of finishing Mistborn: Wax and I have a Booktube channel now! Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/petrikleo 4.5/5 stars Dawnshard is a magnificent warm-up to the upcoming Rhythm of War. Dawnshard is a novella, or short novel, in The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson. I think many of you have known that I am a devout fan of Sanderson’s Cosmere universe. No, seriously, I love the Cosmere universe so much that I actually felt annoyed when Sanderson decided to focus on Skyward instead of finishing Mistborn: Wax and Wayne series first. But let’s get back on topic. I knew Dawnshard will be a wonderful book, and I knew it will provide character development and other necessary information for the future of the series. What I didn’t expect, however, was that it will shed light on so many Cosmere hints and revelations. Dawnshard takes place after Oathbringer and before Rhythm of War, it follows the story of Rysn as she’s tasked to go to Akinah. I haven’t read any previous chapters released for Rhythm of War, but I know for sure that the events that happened in Dawnshard display immense implications for the future of Roshar and the entire Cosmere universe. It is frankly insane. I just don’t know how Sanderson does it. This novella exceeded Edgedancer in every possible way, and I’m so pleasantly surprised by how important it was on the grander scheme of the Cosmere. “That was the thing about omens—they were made up. Imagined signals of something nebulous. So why not make them up to be something positive?” I never thought about it before, but Sanderson’s decision to put Rysn and Lopen as the two POV characters in this novella is such a brilliant move. Approximately half of the book takes place in a seafaring travel section, but it was never boring; Sanderson developed Rysn, Lopen, Cord, Huio, and also include stunning revelations about Cosmere in this section; entire book, actually. One of the things that Sanderson tried to do carefully in Dawnshard is to make sure the representation of disabled characters—mainly paraplegic—is done right. He has consulted and did his research. Now, I will not be presumptuous and say he has done it well; I believe this can only be judged by someone with the same issue, and I’m not. However, I would like to digress that this book made me feel more empathetic towards them. One of my younger brother’s legs is disabled since he was born, and this book occasionally made me stop and think about what he went through growing up. “Everyone else pranced around without ever having to worry they were a burden to others. Never remaining in the same place—when they longed to move around—because they didn’t want it to be a bother. They didn’t know what they had. But Rysn knew exactly what she’d lost.” Do note that this doesn’t mean that Dawnshard is a gloomy book. I think Sanderson’s books, all of them, aren’t like that. Sanderson always makes sure to include positivity in the bleakest of moments, and this feeling of invigoration I got from reading his books is something that I’ve come to truly appreciate from his works. This is why Lopen’s POV matters more. Lopen was hilarious in the main novels, and I personally found that Dawnshard deepens his characterizations further. Come to think of it, Lopen reminded me a lot of Wayne—another supporting character I loved—from Mistborn: Wax and Wayne series. I loved the positive attitudes that he brings with his existence; he genuinely just wants the people around him to be happy. “But it’s nice to make people laugh at you for something you do, and not something you can’t control. You know?” However, as much as I praised Rysn and Lopen, I have to say that the most pleasant surprise in character development, for me, was Huio. I didn’t think of him as remotely important in the main series so far, but Dawnshard successfully and efficiently established him as one of the supporting characters to watch out for. The same can also be said for Cord, Chiri-Chiri, you know what? Consider what I just said moot point because it applies to practically everyone now. I’m just seriously impressed with Dawnshard; I liked Edgedancer but Lift infuriated me non-stop there, and she made me hate the word ‘pancake’. Not only the overall content of Dawnshard felt so much more important to the scope and main story of The Stormlight Archive, but it also extrapolates the importance of having a positive mindset in the daily course of our lives. Superstition or bad omens are a big theme in Dawnshard, and Sanderson showcases examples of why sometimes bad omens can be turned around by simply shifting our mindset and perspective. “You could always defeat gloomy Passions with optimism and determination. Even the worst highstorm dropped fresh water.” One last thing before I conclude this review, which somehow ended up being longer than I expected. I’ll make this as spoiler-free and vague as possible, but if you’re caught up or understand the mechanism behind the Cosmere universe, Dawnshard is about to stun you with many mindblowing insights. One of the biggest hints is the implication that materials from other worlds in the Cosmere could be traded and appear in different worlds now. Aluminum is here, and I’m sure it will be as well in Rhythm of War and so on. Think about the usage of Aluminum in Mistborn series. From reading Oathbringer, we knew this could happen, but to see it appearing here (unless I’m mistaken) is truly a sign of great things to come in Rhythm of War and pretty much all future Cosmere books. Also, if I have to mention a growing and worrying issue from reading The Stormlight Archive so far, it would be that the characters and their healing power have become way too powerful. Well, Dawnshard has pretty much exhibited how this issue will be negated; several counter-mechanism has been shown, and our beloved characters will probably suffer more. Soon. “Sometimes you need to accept what you’ve lost, then move forward. Then you can instead realize what you’ve gained.” It’s astounding to me that there’s still so much about this relatively short book I could talk about here, but I’ll stop for now. I hope the day will come when Rysn becomes one of the main characters in the main novels. In less than 300 pages, I already preferred reading Rysn as one of the main POV characters compared to Shallan. There, I’ve said it. I would like to say that Dawnshard isn’t mandatory to read, but I can’t. Honestly, I’m still shocked and amazed by all the revelations I attained from reading this short novel. Dawnshard is an incredible appetizer before we devour the next main menu in The Stormlight Archive: Rhythm of War. More importantly, this is a must-read volume for many of us who’s adapting “Journey before destination” in our lives as we make our way through traversing every single piece of art in The Stormlight Archive and Cosmere universe. Needless to say, this is an amazing novella/short novel. Last but not least: I am ready for the Rhythm of War. Sidenote: Currently the ebook of Dawnshard is only available for Kickstarter backers. If I’m not mistaken, the ebook will come out on the 10th of November on Amazon and other stores. The physical copy will be published next year. You can pre-order the book from: Amazon UK | Amazon US You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewing! My Patrons: Alfred, Alya, Annabeth, Blaise, Devin, Diana, Edward, Hamad, Helen, Jimmy Nutts, Joie, Lufi, Michelle, Mike, Miracle, Nicholas, Zoe.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Muhtasin Oyshik

    Dawnshard (Stormlight Archive,#3.5) by Brandon Sanderson It's a part of the Stormlight Archive series which is set between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War and takes place about three months after the end of Oathbringer.The story gives some insights into some side characters(Rysn and Lopen). Sanderson formed his usual magic and developed the side-characters admirably. An enjoyable read and a pleasant conclusion with the chance of new stories in the future made this story very enjoyable. fate was Dawnshard (Stormlight Archive,#3.5) by Brandon Sanderson It's a part of the Stormlight Archive series which is set between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War and takes place about three months after the end of Oathbringer.The story gives some insights into some side characters(Rysn and Lopen). Sanderson formed his usual magic and developed the side-characters admirably. An enjoyable read and a pleasant conclusion with the chance of new stories in the future made this story very enjoyable. fate was on your side, even when an omen tried to darken the way. You could always defeat gloomy Passions with optimism and determination. Enjoyable read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Oh, there’s some illustrations 😃 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 Oh, there’s some illustrations 😃 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan O'Neill

    3 ⭐ Storm it Gancho, it’s good to finally have some new Stormlight material! It’s been… weeks since I last held a Sanderson book in my filthy lowlander mitts and I was starting to get the shakes like Teft after a couple of days without Firemoss! Dawnshard, not to be confused with Dawnshart (an early-hours fart that takes a sinister turn), is a Stormlight novella set between the 2 behemoths, Oathbringer and Rhythm of War. We follow Rysn and the crew of the Wandersail, along with Lopen, Huio, Cord a 3 ⭐ Storm it Gancho, it’s good to finally have some new Stormlight material! It’s been… weeks since I last held a Sanderson book in my filthy lowlander mitts and I was starting to get the shakes like Teft after a couple of days without Firemoss! Dawnshard, not to be confused with Dawnshart (an early-hours fart that takes a sinister turn), is a Stormlight novella set between the 2 behemoths, Oathbringer and Rhythm of War. We follow Rysn and the crew of the Wandersail, along with Lopen, Huio, Cord and a number of other very interesting characters as they embark on an expedition to the Storm-shrouded island of Akinah with the official assignment of ensuring the island has not fallen into enemy hands after a previous expedition to the island ended in the strange disappearance of a ship and it’s crew. Rysn and the Windrunners both have differing unofficial motives for travelling to the island but you can read about that yourself. Whilst I wouldn’t say this is mandatory reading before ROW, I will say that the characters in this novella won’t have nearly as much depth to you if you go in without having read this. ****SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT**** The character work is great, as usual for Sanderson. The choice of POV characters was unexpected but worked really well. Rysn is, as far as I can tell, a nuanced and accurate representation of someone with a physical disability. Her insecurities and everyday challenges as well as the ways in which people without a disability interacted with her all seemed really well done. She’ll be a very interesting character to watch going forward. I enjoy Lopen’s joviality and larrikinism. Particularly in novellas, I don’t have an issue with Sanderson going down the more lighthearted comedic route but it’s all pretty cheesy humor. You know the kind that gets like a one-syllable, almost obligatory humph sort of laugh. One thing I find quite amusing is people’s differing opinions on Lopen compared to Lift. I would say they’re about the same level of relentless when it comes to cracking wise (which I don’t have a problem with as I’m probably the same type of unbearable) yet people seem to love Lopen and hate Lift. If anything, I would say Lift’s balance between humour and heartfelt moments makes her much more interesting than ‘The Lopen’. I’m a sucker for a Hive-Mind species so I loved the introduction of the Sleepless. They were largely the driving force behind the mystery element in this novella and I found everything about their species and motivations on Roshar to be really interesting. It’s a real shame that was destroyed by the Dumpster Fire that were the negotiations towards the end of this novella. They were a completely “on-the-nose” attempt to illustrate Rysn’s skills in trade and negotiation but I did not buy it for a second! The fact that she managed to sway the minds of this ancient species with such a half-assed alternative to just killing them was so unconvincing and, frankly, laughable. What the Bejesus was the deal with Huio and Lopen’s Third Ideals?! So, for the Windrunners, it’s supposed to be something loosely based on “I will protect even those I hate…” right? Well, Huio achieves the ideal by basically protecting those (Lopen) that he… Um, doesn’t hate but occasionally can be a little bit annoying and hurtful when teasing people. And Lopen achieves it by basically declaring, “I will become a more boring version of myself and think more about others when I joke. Yes, I will get a lobotomy.” What the fudge?! Kaladin really took the hard road to get to the same point, huh! The revelations within the later chapters in this novella will, no doubt, have major implications for not only the future of Roshar but the Cosmere as a whole, however, it’s unclear when we will see the payoff. On to the main course, Rhythm of War awaits!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eon ♒Windrunner♒

    Dawnshard is another illuminating and beautifully crafted piece in the Cosmere puzzle. Every time a new Stormlight Archive story gets released my excitement goes through the roof. There is no reading I enjoy more, and I am so thankful that I am lucky enough to be getting not only one, but two new Cosmere stories this year! Dawnshard is a novella, and as such shorter than your average SA book, but it’s still longer than Brandon planned and comes in at about 200 pages. Let me tell you though, I Dawnshard is another illuminating and beautifully crafted piece in the Cosmere puzzle. Every time a new Stormlight Archive story gets released my excitement goes through the roof. There is no reading I enjoy more, and I am so thankful that I am lucky enough to be getting not only one, but two new Cosmere stories this year! Dawnshard is a novella, and as such shorter than your average SA book, but it’s still longer than Brandon planned and comes in at about 200 pages. Let me tell you though, I read this in the blink of an eye. All my favourite authors have that talent to make time disappear, but none more so than Brandon Sanderson and it’s almost sad, because while Brandon continuously over delivers, I can never seem to get enough. Dawnshard is no different. Slotting into the spot between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War, it bridges the gap between those two books with a story that focuses on an expedition to the mythical island of Akinah (Many fans will know that this mysterious place is exciting for a bunch of reasons). Rysn and Chiri-Chiri by Shuravf I had no idea what to expect when Sanderson first announced Dawnshard apart from another fantastic read, but I honestly was a little disappointed when I heard that the main characters of this novella were going to be Rysn and Lopen. I remembered enjoying Rysn’s interludes, but never thought of her as a main character, and the same case could be made for Lopen. While humorous and entertaining, the lead role for Lopen seemed to be a bit of a reach and maybe also a little too much of him for my taste... ...I should have never doubted though. Brandon Sanderson has pulled a Larkin out of the hat here, setting up minor characters as ones I want to see much more of now, with Rysn in particular becoming a bit of a favourite of mine. Rysn, Lopen, Huio, Cord - Sanderson gives them the spotlight and they absolutely revel in it. These are not characters most people would expect to be given major development, but their growth is explosive in Dawnshard and I LOVED every second of it. There is so much more depth to them than the glimpses we have been given before, and the things we discover about them are an absolute joy to read. Something else to take note of is that Sanderson manages to make you think quite a lot about disabilities and how they affect those who have them and also those who interact with people who have them, elevating the story even more with wonderfully empathetic writing. Also, did I mention how much I love Rysn already? :) I will honestly be holding out hope that at least one, but hopefully all of the above characters get much larger roles in the rest of the series. And this should go without saying, but MORE CHIRI-CHIRI please! The other big surprise of this book is the absolute wealth of information that we are given regarding the Cosmere. (FLAILS!). You don't always expect such major reveals in an in-between novella, but Sanderson packed Dawnshard with lore and hints that still has me and my friends discussing and guessing at the implications and possibilities. Dawnshard is a sublime new addition to the Stormlight Archives and sets the stage beautifully for Rhythm of War, adding just another little bit of hype. With this small puzzle piece of the Cosmere slotting into place, Sanderson not only shattered my expectations for this book, but also delivered a wonderful story that was exciting and utterly delightful, shedding light on so many different aspects. Pairing Rysn and Lopen was an inspired decision, and together with the marvelous character development and larger glimpse at the mysteries of the Cosmere it has made Dawnshard an indispensable read. What a journey we have ahead of us.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    I loved everything about this. My only complaint is that it wasn’t longer. It’s been a while since I read a book in under 24 hours, and I’m very tempted to just turn back to the beginning and start over. Before Dawnshard, I liked both Rysn and Lopen just fine. After Dawnshard, I pretty much adore them both. And Cord. And Chiri-Chiri. And Rushu. I needed a dose of powerful positivity in my life, and this book so delivered that exactly when I was thirsting for it the most. I love that Sanderson ra I loved everything about this. My only complaint is that it wasn’t longer. It’s been a while since I read a book in under 24 hours, and I’m very tempted to just turn back to the beginning and start over. Before Dawnshard, I liked both Rysn and Lopen just fine. After Dawnshard, I pretty much adore them both. And Cord. And Chiri-Chiri. And Rushu. I needed a dose of powerful positivity in my life, and this book so delivered that exactly when I was thirsting for it the most. I love that Sanderson raised more questions about the interconnectivity of the Cosmere, and I can’t wait to see those answered. But most of all, I love the ways in which he broached the way a disability effects so much more than the body. It was beautiful and empathetic and moving, and Rysn might just be my new favorite. This “novella” did nothing but increase the hype for Rhythm of War, and I’m quite literally counting down the days!

  7. 4 out of 5

    J.L. Sutton

    “The sea was so open, so welcoming. Pay her a little respect, and she would carry you anywhere you wished to go. She’d even feed you along the way and lull you to sleep with her songs at night.” Pausing Rhythm of War to read Brandon Sanderson's Dawnshard (Stormlight Archive 3.5) was a good call! Primarily, this novella followed Rysn and Chiri-Chiri's journey to the mysterious island of Akinah. Along with the Lopen. I liked the focus here and how it made me think back both to Rsyn's adventures in “The sea was so open, so welcoming. Pay her a little respect, and she would carry you anywhere you wished to go. She’d even feed you along the way and lull you to sleep with her songs at night.” Pausing Rhythm of War to read Brandon Sanderson's Dawnshard (Stormlight Archive 3.5) was a good call! Primarily, this novella followed Rysn and Chiri-Chiri's journey to the mysterious island of Akinah. Along with the Lopen. I liked the focus here and how it made me think back both to Rsyn's adventures in Words of Radiance and Sanderson's entire Cosmere. Akinah's guardians were formidable and helped provide an interesting end to this interlude. Back to Rhythm of War! 4.25 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Valliya Rennell

    3.5 stars **Although this is a spoiler-free review (spoilers are hidden), there may be spoilers for previous books in series** First off, you're in for a ride... physically and metaphorically. In this latest Cosmere novella, we follow Rysn and Lopen as they are sent on an expedition to Akinah after the ship that carried those unfortunate sailors and Soulcaster (that we saw in an Oathbringer Interlude) to their deaths... On the voyage, various "bad omens from the Gods" occur that dissuade the ship 3.5 stars **Although this is a spoiler-free review (spoilers are hidden), there may be spoilers for previous books in series** First off, you're in for a ride... physically and metaphorically. In this latest Cosmere novella, we follow Rysn and Lopen as they are sent on an expedition to Akinah after the ship that carried those unfortunate sailors and Soulcaster (that we saw in an Oathbringer Interlude) to their deaths... On the voyage, various "bad omens from the Gods" occur that dissuade the ship crew from making the journey, and as Rysn is battling a tension between her and her sailors/captain, things are not looking too bright. However, are these omens really omens? They seem too purposeful, and what is that island of Aimia truly hiding? This novella is so much better than Edgedancer: the emotional moments hit twice as hard, the tension/intrigue is also greatly increased, and the wider Cosmere implications are baffling me. I also believe that this novella will tie into the main series a tiny bit more than its predecessor (for spoiler reasons). It starts of quite slow... however intrigue is high from the get go. You can literally finish it in a day or two because you won't be able to put the book down. The narration from Lopen, as much as I enjoy him, has a similar issue (for me) as did Lift's. I can have small chunks of it, but if I'm getting chapter after chapter, it does get tiring. Other than that, I love Rysn's progression from the brat she was in The Way of Kings to the absolutely badass, intellectual merchant she is now. I cannot wait to read more from her and her crew. Overall, this novella is really solid. I enjoyed it a lot, though some points in the narration were tiresome and the first half-ish is a bit more of a struggle to get into. Now. I CANNOT WAIT FOR RHYTHM OF WAR... I have soooo many questions! Spoiler-Thoughts (Cosmere + Stormlight):(view spoiler)[ Ok holy smokes I have a question and a theory... Doesn't Rysn's powers at the end remind ANYONE of the Fifth Heightening?? And also... COMMAND!? So are the others like... Intent, Connection, and Investiture (not very confident about this last one)? I need answers. My theory is... that Hoid has another Dawnshard. Sanderson said that the weapon that was used to splinter Adonalsium is linked to why Hoid is able to stay alive for so long. In addition, Hoid was there where the splintering happened and he is called by Patji the bearer of the "First Gem"... could this be all meaning that Hoid has another Dawnshard? It would make sense as to why everyone is so hellbent on making him stop interfering... I'm fascinated by this. If you have any thoughts please dm me! Also, the mural that Rysn saw was red and gold... Trell anyone ....? Maybe some dude kills Rysn at the end of Stormlight 5 and starts going around trying to get Harmony to break up into Preservation and Ruin again? I just don't think that Sanderson would use symbolism in such a blase manner. Aaand that's all, I AM SO PUMPED please if you have any theories dmmmm :))) (hide spoiler)] ----------------------- The Stormlight Archive: #1 The Way of Kings: ★★★★★ #2 Words of Radiance: ★★★★.75 #2.5 Edgedancer: ★★.5 #3 Oathbringer: ★★★★★ #3.5 Dawnshard: ★★★.5 #4 Rhythm of War: ★★★.75

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Obida

    3.5 stars Dawnshard is a great addition to the Stormlight series, If it had come out months before Rhythm of War or had more publicity I would have made time for it, it came out few days to RoW, the worst part was that I wasn't aware of it's existence till RoW came out. It made reading this like a chore. I couldn't wait to finish, I all but rushed it. I'll try read it another time, hopefully I'll enjoy it more. This book is supposed to be read before RoW, just like Edgedancer is to be read before 3.5 stars Dawnshard is a great addition to the Stormlight series, If it had come out months before Rhythm of War or had more publicity I would have made time for it, it came out few days to RoW, the worst part was that I wasn't aware of it's existence till RoW came out. It made reading this like a chore. I couldn't wait to finish, I all but rushed it. I'll try read it another time, hopefully I'll enjoy it more. This book is supposed to be read before RoW, just like Edgedancer is to be read before Oathbringer. Dawnshard follows Rysn, a character from the interludes of the previous books in the series. She is a merchant and owns her own ship. The Alethi contacted her for an expedition to use her ship. It's the Alethi, so things didn't go as planned. Conquering folks is basically their primary cultural heritage. It’s taking some time for them to learn to see things another way—but they are listening. The world building is out of this world and the writing though comprehensible was extremely slow. Rysn is the protagonist, other characters like Lopen the Windrunner/Bridge four member also have a POV. Kaladin and Navani made an appearance. Attitude, she reminded herself. You will never sell anything if you don’t believe it’s worth the asking price. The plot follows the Rysn and the Alethi on their way to an Island that is suspected to have an Oathgate, The coalition need to make sure whether it's there and functioning before Odium and the Listeners know about it. The Island is rumoured to be a death trap as people that go there never returns again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    Dawnshard follows Rysn on a journey to the mysterious Island of Aimia after the ship from one of the interludes for Oathbringer is found with no personnel, drifting in the ocean. I was happy to see a certain sailor made it out of Words of Radiance alive. I have always liked Rysn’s interludes as they introduced us to other places and people. But I wasn’t sure what to think of her being the main character in a novella. It seems that Chiri-Chiri is not doing well and has grown larger than her fellow Dawnshard follows Rysn on a journey to the mysterious Island of Aimia after the ship from one of the interludes for Oathbringer is found with no personnel, drifting in the ocean. I was happy to see a certain sailor made it out of Words of Radiance alive. I have always liked Rysn’s interludes as they introduced us to other places and people. But I wasn’t sure what to think of her being the main character in a novella. It seems that Chiri-Chiri is not doing well and has grown larger than her fellow larkins. Rysn needs to get to Chiri-Chiri’s homeland of Aimia to see if there is something that will help her little larkin. Good thing it seems to line up with an expedition Navani would like to make to see if there is an Oathgate on that island. For a novella there are some exciting things happening in regards to the entire Cosmere and some huge implications. Rsyn needs to help Chiri-Chiri but she is also going to enter into the biggest trade of her life. I really enjoyed the side characters chosen for this journey. Lopen, Huio, Cord and Rushu all brought something to the story. Lopen learned a few lessons before he was able to say his oath. Huio is there for Lopen to run lines on and to possibly push his cousin to be something better. “Cousin,” Lopen said, “do you know why it is that people stick you to the wall so often?” “To judge the relative strength of Radiants by oath level, measuring the duration of Lashings against the Stormlight expended.” “It’s because you’re no fun.” “Nah, I decided to let it be fun. You get an entirely new perspective on life when hanging from the wall.” Rushu found an interesting way to help Rysn get around using fabrials and may have discovered a secret or two on the mysterious island. Cord, well I knew Rock’s daughter was going to be interesting and she leads me to believe that the Horneaters will be very important in the Stormlight Archives series. Do not miss out on this book as it is the tie in between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War, but more than that there are some huge implications for the Cosmere and something about gravity and Greatshells is confirmed in Dawnshard as well.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jake Bishop

    Dawnshard is consistently interesting, and well written throughout, and has some really interesting large scale Cosmere and Stormlight implications, but lacked the amazing moments to be among my favorite cosmere books. I think the best thing about this book is how good of a job Brandon does at writing someone who has lost the use of their legs. As you would expect from Brandon it is an extremely realistic and well done approach. This book does feel a little different from Edgedancer, and really e Dawnshard is consistently interesting, and well written throughout, and has some really interesting large scale Cosmere and Stormlight implications, but lacked the amazing moments to be among my favorite cosmere books. I think the best thing about this book is how good of a job Brandon does at writing someone who has lost the use of their legs. As you would expect from Brandon it is an extremely realistic and well done approach. This book does feel a little different from Edgedancer, and really every Sanderson story, in that there isn't really a Sanderlanche. It is pretty consistently paced throughout, and obviously when your main character can't walk you aren't going to have an action packed third act. That being said the characterization, and worldbuilding really drew me in. One thing it did better then Edgedancer is that it felt more important to the bigger story, it felt like less of a side quest, and more of a smaller part of the main story. I also don't think Rysn will be as divisive as Lift was, even though I think Lift is a deeper character if you don't only focus on the bad jokes. I also really enjoyed the development of The Lopen, and Cord in this novella. Overall this was a really well written story, that had some major reveals, and implications.. 7.7/10

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Appetite well and truly whetted.

  13. 5 out of 5

    TS Chan

    Cosmere fans, you're in for such a treat because I was not expecting such a stunning revelation. But not only do we get loads of lore and Cosmere connections in this, the character development of these two side characters from the main series was fantastic! And there's excellent representation of those who are disabled or people who are 'different'. Brilliant empathetic writing all round without sacrificing plot, pace and worldbuilding. Full RTC. Cosmere fans, you're in for such a treat because I was not expecting such a stunning revelation. But not only do we get loads of lore and Cosmere connections in this, the character development of these two side characters from the main series was fantastic! And there's excellent representation of those who are disabled or people who are 'different'. Brilliant empathetic writing all round without sacrificing plot, pace and worldbuilding. Full RTC.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sambora

    *This is an almost spoiler-free review. It is all safe apart from my second complaint which has been hidden for those who haven't yet read the book.* This novella is not only chock full of interesting plotlines and great character work, but it also contains within it so much more than I was expecting in terms of both lore, world building and references to (and straight up knowledge of) the wider Cosmere. I was captivated enough to read Dawnshard in a single day and it was generous with it's length *This is an almost spoiler-free review. It is all safe apart from my second complaint which has been hidden for those who haven't yet read the book.* This novella is not only chock full of interesting plotlines and great character work, but it also contains within it so much more than I was expecting in terms of both lore, world building and references to (and straight up knowledge of) the wider Cosmere. I was captivated enough to read Dawnshard in a single day and it was generous with it's length too, as most of Brandons's stories are. BUT. But. I could not give it 4 stars. Yes that's right, I have complaints about a Sanderson book. I am aware that I may be crucified by the Goodreads Gods for this, but yes, complaints first - praises to follow below. I won't dive into specific details so as to avoid spoilers, but there are issues I had with this story that I'm sure others that have read it must have noticed, whether they agree with me about them or not. My first, and more minor complaint, is regarding a seemingly forgotten about and entirely useless character; an assistant, that should have either had a conclusion of some sort or been cut. Either way would have been fine, but this must have just simply been a mistake that slipped through the cracks of beta and proof readers. It happens. Secondly, and more importantly... (view spoiler)[I have to say - I wasn't a huge fan of the mysterious, ageless, highly Cosmere-aware entities having their centuries long plan undermined and taken apart, in just a matter of moments, and almost entirely by accident. Then, them just going along with the first alternative suggestion they are given by a young, and relatively unexperienced, Theylen tradesmaster. It just felt super weak to me, and it made the Sleepless in general somewhat disappointing, which is a real shame because the mystery surrounding them up until this point (and particularly in Edgedancer) was super engaging and I've wanted to know more for so long. So yes, despite loving all of the lore we were given here, it wasn't at all worth the payoff. At least for me. (hide spoiler)] The two key complaints aside, there were a host of other elements to this story that I really enjoyed. The incredibly well written inclusion of characters with physical disabilities, particularly as the main POV, was superb. And the playtime that we get with fabrials as byproduct of that point of view was genius. What is learnt about fabrials here is going to change a lot for Roshar and it's people I reckon. The off-screen mention of a potentially very important character that is trans, and supposedly a Knights Radiant, is super-intriguing as well, I cannot wait to meet them properly and learn more about them. We got more cool Windrunner shenanigans, and learn more about their Ideals - as well a meeting more Spren! We learned more about creatures of the oceans, as well as Larkins of course. The change of pace, with a largely naval setting, was very refreshing. And meeting a new group of nomads (that I don't believe have been previously mentioned) was cool too! Again, seeing a bit more of the Cosmere be mentioned was satisfying, and I can see why people are excited by it - it certainly tells us a lot, but I just wish that it had been handled better and that it didn't feel so rushed. Alas, I know Brandon was under time constraints here, but still. So yes, there is a lot of good here too. And maybe I am being too harsh, but despite everything that Dawnshard did right, I came away feeling like something wasn't quite right or that something crucial was missing. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the slightly unsatisfying payoff. _____________________ Thank you for reading my review! Despite some of the negativity here, I am very very excited for RoW and hope that Brandon will be back on top form with another main entry to the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Elend Wolf

    4.5 stars. “Sometimes you need to accept what you’ve lost, then move forward. Then you can instead realize what you’ve gained.” Writing this review is one of the most daunting and anxiety-inducing things I've ever done. Not because I don't have my thoughts clear about it, or don't quite know how I felt while and after I read it; but because I love this series so much that writing something worthy of it seems impossible. How can I properly capture its essence so everyone wants to read it 4.5 stars. “Sometimes you need to accept what you’ve lost, then move forward. Then you can instead realize what you’ve gained.” Writing this review is one of the most daunting and anxiety-inducing things I've ever done. Not because I don't have my thoughts clear about it, or don't quite know how I felt while and after I read it; but because I love this series so much that writing something worthy of it seems impossible. How can I properly capture its essence so everyone wants to read it as much as I do? If ever figure it out, I will let you know. For the time being, I'll do my best to express all that this book means to me. And it means a lot. Even after all the time that has passed since I finished the book, it remains crystal-clear and as deeply embedded in my soul as the moment I first picked it up and I don't think that will ever change. Dealing with subjects such as disability and its aftermath as well as overcoming challenges and personal growth Dawnshard is deeply emotional and challenging going to the soul of the reader and teaching valuable lessons. “What kind of person sought work on a sailing vessel? The type who longed for freedom – who wasn’t content to sit where they were told, but instead wanted to see something new. A person who wanted to chase the horizon.” One of the things that I love the most about this novella - and yes, I will accept it as a novella even though it's over 200 pages only because the series is usually over a thousand pages long - is Rysn. She is, by no means, a new character, we have been following her since the beginning through all those interludes and we were already decently familiar with her but the protagonist certainly agrees with her. No, I never really thought much about her. I mean, I didn't dislike her or anything and I had a feeling she would be more important later but I was also not the biggest lover of her character. This little adventure changed my mind for sure. Getting to read so much of her and understand her better thanks to that was a great thing I think. That combined with a healthy dose of character-growth and we have a character that inspired me and warmed my heart at the same time that she was awing me with every one of her actions. She could have easily remained unremarkable since I doubt we'll get much of her for a long time to come yet, but instead, she became one of my favorite characters from the series, probably ever, and made the novella all the more memorable. “You didn’t realize that something fearsome, something different, could be so intoxicating.” Generally speaking, all the characters are amazing and bring so much heart and passion to the story that it just jumps right out of the page. From Drlwan and Kstled who are more than meets the eye. To Cord who doesn't let language be a barrier or costume determined what she should believe. Huio with his wonderful curiosity and Rushu with her distractedness and genius. And Nikli with his unvariable need to help and understand. Lopen was the other one that stole a little piece of my heart with his perpetual good humor and his often-overlooked wisdom. He made me laughed all the time but delivered one of the most powerful moments I've read. Even Chiri-Chiri was an amazing addition to the overall drama and chaos of the story. “Storms, she thought. What have I done? What you needed to, another part of her thought. You have adapted. You have Remade yourself.” The one thing I can not stop thinking about, however, is the beautifully raw and real representation of disability. Paraplegia is not something that you'll usually encounter in a fantasy adventure - with enough good reasons as to why - but I do think that Sanderson managed to capture it and utilize it just right. I've grown up around people who suffer from a disability, maybe not paraplegia per se but the same struggle of losing a part of yourself and having to learn to live a productive, complete life all over again. So, I think I can say with some authority that Sanderson captured it perfectly. Seeing that struggle on paper, was such an emotional thing. And is greatly why I love this novella as much as I do. It was encouraging and brave and daring and I think it encompassed and showcased the strength the person needs to move forward, however they decide to do that. Maybe I haven't lived it personally, but it's been a part of my life either way and it touched the deepest strings of my heart. “That was the thing about omens – they were made up. Imagined signals of something nebulous. So why not make them up to be something positive?” Before I started the novella I was very hesitant as if to read it before or after Rhythm of War after all, many of the novellas I've read don't care either way. That is not the case with this one. No, reading it before RoW though not an outright necessity is much more satisfactory than after. On one hand, it's great to remember what is going on and it will fill in the blanks of some things that are gonna be referenced on RoW though won't have a major impact just yet. On the other hand, it gives you an idea of just how connected the series starts to become to the Cosmere and helps bring that feeling of greatness and vastness to the forefront of your mind. Because the Cosmere can be a bit complicated I had to re-read some parts a couple of times to fully grasp them; it was truly satisfying when everything made sense and I was just in constant awe of everything. After all, the novella is an adventure that had a very specific purpose and end goal that was way more interesting than anything my meager imagination could come up with. Yet again, what else is new? “That was the true purpose of a merchant. To find complementary needs, then bridge the distance between them so everyone benefited.” Once again I was delighted to find Sanderson's amazing brand of perfectly crafted humor that is witty and spontaneous and doesn't feel even a little bit planned but rather as something that comes naturally in conversation... a lot like real life. With his clever use of words and storytelling abilities, the book was peppered with the nicest jokes and humorous moments that didn't become silly or felt even a little bit out of place, a real treat considering the number of jokes that are packed in this one. Interweaving the humor and the soul-piercing themes and ideas of the book and arriving at a natural and perfect balance, this little novella entertained me for all its value and every second I was at its mercy. I don't repent from a single thing. “The sea was a strange mistress indeed. Open. Welcoming. Inviting. Sometimes a little too much so.” I honestly can't believe I managed to finish writing this review. It feels like it took everything out of me but was absolutely worth it. The fact that this is the first proper review I've written for The Stormlight Archive is something that will never cease to blow my mind into tiny little pieces... I think that was also the reason I was so overwhelmed with the sole idea of having to do it. Brandon Sanderson never disappoints me and never, ever, ends to amaze me. “Don’t let people tell you that style is limited, pretending it will run out like Stormlight. Style is the best resource in the world, because we can make as much of it as we want – and there’s plenty, sure, for everybody.” ________________ At this point in my life I should not be impressed whit anything Sanderson writes because I know, I know, he is going to blow me away. I should expect it, and yet, I can't help but be in complete awe of what he did here. Beautiful and healing and mind-blowing are too small words to actually describe it but will suffice until I find better ones. I just, I love what he did with Rysn and Lopen. So much. RTC. _________________ I wasn't sure of when, exactly, to read this novella but I figured that do it before reading Rhythm of War is probably for the best. So, here I go. Ready to start reading this "novella" that looks more like a small book and prepare for the next couple of weeks where I'll be having a blast just enjoying Sanderson's amazing writing... I'm not ready. Honestly, I'm so excited and nervous but I can't wait to see what this brings to the story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nils | nilsreviewsit

    4.5 Stars ‘What kind of person sought work on a sailing vessel? The type who longed for freedom—who wasn’t content to sit where they were told, but instead wanted to see something new. A person who wanted to chase the horizon.’ One piece of joy Cosmere fans have been clinging onto this year has been the release of two brand new instalments in the Stormlight Archives series. The first being Dawnshard, a novella set months after the cataclysmic ending of Oathbringer, and is recommended to be read be 4.5 Stars ‘What kind of person sought work on a sailing vessel? The type who longed for freedom—who wasn’t content to sit where they were told, but instead wanted to see something new. A person who wanted to chase the horizon.’ One piece of joy Cosmere fans have been clinging onto this year has been the release of two brand new instalments in the Stormlight Archives series. The first being Dawnshard, a novella set months after the cataclysmic ending of Oathbringer, and is recommended to be read before the second new instalment - Rhythm of War. There has understandably been a lot of hype for both books this year, and so before reading Dawnshard I already knew it would feature two of the minor characters from the previous books in the series. Those being Lopen, a Radiant and member of Kaladin’s Bridge Four, and Rysn who we met during an interlude in Oathbringer. I was actually really excited to have these two become main characters because Lopen has never ceased to entertain me with his eccentric sense of humour, and with Rysn being physically disabled she is a character whom I felt a personal connection with. The first half of Dawnshard takes place on Rysn’s ship - the Wandersail, as we follow the characters on an expedition to the mysterious island of Akinah. I did find the pace slow going to begin with; considering how short this novella is, I found myself eager for the crew to reach the island quicker as I was desperate to see its secrets uncovered. Yet I’m aware of Sanderson’s style - he painstakingly, and wonderfully, fleshes out each of his characters, so really, I should have expected the detailed character development at the start. I must applaud Sanderson for his portrayal of Rysn. After a tragic accident she is left a paraplegic, which is a condition almost identical to my own disability except that I have had it since birth. Therefore when I say that Sanderson illustrates the difficulties and frustrations wheelchair users encounter spot-on, I speak from my own personal experience. Rysn faces accessibility hindrances, she reflects upon feeling ignored, feeling a burden, being belittled by others, her need and pleasure to have small amounts of independence, to feel useful and worthy. These are all thoughts and insecurities I have also faced and Rysn’s journey to accepting her condition and learning to live with it the best she can, is something anyone with a disability also goes through. I know that Sanderson consulted paraplegics to help him depict these issues authentically, and I truly commend him for this. Every author should go this extra mile when writing about issues they have not experienced first-hand. “They can’t see me. They see the chair.” I also appreciated that Rysn doesn’t have a snarky attitude towards others either. I have come across disabled characters who are portrayed in an unsavoury manner, they are shown to be bitter, wallowing in self-pity or even faking aspects of their disability, which I find extremely irritating. Yet Rysn is pleasant, respectful, intelligent and genuinely appreciates others effort to help even if that help is often unwanted. Her loneliness is apparent, yet her bond with Chiri-Chiri, her animal companion, softens her heart, and ours. To counteract Rysn’s more serious nature, Sanderson presents us with ‘the Lopen!’ We see an endearing friendship between Lopen and Rysn developing as they both bond over their shared experiences of being different. This made for some comical chapters and heightened my love for Lopen. He entails such a quirky, outlandish personality and can execute the most utterly ridiculous jokes at such tense moments, which easily makes him charming. “Fine,” Lopen said, pointing forward heroically, with Rua copying him. “Onward we go, to step foot on a land no person has visited in centuries!” “Except the crew of the other ship,” Huio said.’ A few other memorable characters were Huio - Lopen’s cousin and Cord - Rock’s daughter. They both became more significant characters in Dawnshard with gripping story arcs. Once again Sanderson casts his spell and has made me invested in even more of his characters! I won’t disclose much about the world-building or any details on the island of Akinah itself, but we do learn a great deal and there are many connections and implications which relate to other Cosmere books. I’ll admit there were parts I didn’t fully grasp, but I’m told that I’ll learn more in the Mistborn series, so hopefully a lot will fall into place once I begin my journey through those books. I believe the magic within Dawnshard’s pages resides in Lopen and Rysn, as together they create a fantastic journey of unlikely heroes with so much heart and humour. Once more Sanderson also delivers a high-octane ending, one which is full of action and suspense. He leaves his readers with tantalising revelations and copious amounts of questions. This is certainly another crucial book for all Cosmere fans to dive into. Well, my traverse through the Stormlight Archives is almost at an end with only one more published instalment to go. Rhythm of War awaits me, but am I ready for what awaits inside? Let’s see.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    As soon as I got access to Dawnshard through the Kickstarter, I immediately started reading. Dawnshard is an incredible and intricately woven story that stands alone while also expanding the Cosmere in significant ways. Dawnshard mostly follow Rysn with The Lopen sprinkled throughout. When the perspectives for the novella were first announced, I was slightly disappointed since The Lopen isn’t my favourite character. I find him to be slightly annoying at times. The amount I see him in the main se As soon as I got access to Dawnshard through the Kickstarter, I immediately started reading. Dawnshard is an incredible and intricately woven story that stands alone while also expanding the Cosmere in significant ways. Dawnshard mostly follow Rysn with The Lopen sprinkled throughout. When the perspectives for the novella were first announced, I was slightly disappointed since The Lopen isn’t my favourite character. I find him to be slightly annoying at times. The amount I see him in the main series is just enough that I don’t tire of him quickly. However, after Dawnshard I found a new appreciation for him. From the moment Rysn was introduced in The Way of Kings I knew I would want to see more about her and Chiri-Chiri. Rysn is thoughtful, intelligent, and perceptive. She’s had to learn and grow a lot since her accident in her interlude in The Way of Kings causing her to loose the function of her legs. Sanderson’s portrayal of a paraplegic seems authentic. I can’t speak directly to this authenticity since I am not a paraplegic, though I remember Sanderson putting out a call for advice and it seems to have augmented his writing immensely. Now, for the most interesting part of Dawnshard: all the Cosmere implications! I must have highlighted full chapters near the end of the novella. Sanderson packed so much information into the final chapters that it was hard to keep up. I was invested in the story and wanted to find out what happened as quickly as possible, but I also wanted to take my time and go through every line with a fine-tooth comb. I will certainly be rereading the ending of this novella before Rhythm of War officially releases. Overall, Dawnshard is easily one of Sanderson’s best novellas. It expands the Cosmere like never before, but also gives readers a story they can lose themselves in with a fully realized and well-written main character. I’ll also say I could read full length novels follow Rysn on various expeditions!

  18. 5 out of 5

    inês ☾

    Freaking adored this! Love the Cosmere so much.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    I guess you could read Rhythm of War, without reading this book first, but it really feels like an important link. There's so much new Cosmere info and revelations, that no fan will want to miss this fantastic story. I feel a crucial character to the series has been introduced. I may be wrong, but why take a chance of missing out. I guess you could read Rhythm of War, without reading this book first, but it really feels like an important link. There's so much new Cosmere info and revelations, that no fan will want to miss this fantastic story. I feel a crucial character to the series has been introduced. I may be wrong, but why take a chance of missing out.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Waworga

    This book is another proof that Brandon Sanderson can do no wrong! THIS IS SO SO MUCH FUNNNNN and definetly so much better than i expected There are 2 POVS in this book and I love them especially this one particulary character which is one of my favorite member of Bridge Four and also a storyline with a lot of my favorite things inside (dragon, seafare and friendship), I also want to mentioned how I appreciate Sanderson for representing disabilities character and also amazing female characters in This book is another proof that Brandon Sanderson can do no wrong! THIS IS SO SO MUCH FUNNNNN and definetly so much better than i expected There are 2 POVS in this book and I love them especially this one particulary character which is one of my favorite member of Bridge Four and also a storyline with a lot of my favorite things inside (dragon, seafare and friendship), I also want to mentioned how I appreciate Sanderson for representing disabilities character and also amazing female characters in this novella I tried my best not to spoil anything but I think it’s necessary to read this novella before dive into “Rhytmn Of War” the new revelation is mind blowing! 😍😨 i mean.. wtf is that thing ????? 😱

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gabi

    Full stars! This is not only an exciting adventure with a game changer reveal about the cosmere. It is also the tale of the inner journey of two wonderful side characters: the paraplegic Rysn and the bolstering Lopen. Both of them coming to terms with themselves is told in such a respectful authentic way that for me it even outshines the main plot itself. Absolutely lovely and meaningful.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alex Nieves

    Full video review here: https://youtu.be/nSAx9q4Tyj4 About half of this book takes place on the ship known as the Wandersail, of which Rysn is the captain. Sanderson has done a fantastic job of bringing a disabled character to the forefront of this novella. Rysn does not have functioning legs, and this is yet another case of Brandon Sanderson showcasing his strong character work and ability to write interesting protagonists, as well as knocking it out of the park when it comes to representation. L Full video review here: https://youtu.be/nSAx9q4Tyj4 About half of this book takes place on the ship known as the Wandersail, of which Rysn is the captain. Sanderson has done a fantastic job of bringing a disabled character to the forefront of this novella. Rysn does not have functioning legs, and this is yet another case of Brandon Sanderson showcasing his strong character work and ability to write interesting protagonists, as well as knocking it out of the park when it comes to representation. Lopen of course gets a lot of character growth and background and he wasn't JUST the comic relief, as he typically was in the Stormlight Archive. His cousin Huio was a pleasant surprise as well and their back and forth was entertaining. This novella also expands on the implications we have been drip-fed throughout the novels when Navani has POV chapters and deepens the possibilities of metals being used in Roshar. This was a much better novella experience than what I had reading Edgedancer, that's for sure. Sanderson has proven once again that he can make a heartfelt story with great characters and an interesting plot in his sleep. The fact that this even exists impresses me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    ~ these words are accepted ~

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Gutilla

    I am officially ready for Rhythm of War. LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shreyas

    RTC Ratings:- 4.5 stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Siona St Mark

    Post-release review: this was such an amazing entry not only to the Stormlight Archive but also to the Cosmere as a whole. Things from across the Cosmere are finally starting to come together, and more inner-workings are being made clear. Or maybe not clear lol, but not quite as obfuscated. Edit 11/17/2020: I bought the Way of Kings leatherbound from BYU’s bookstore 🥴 I decided past me, while making the correct decision at the time, was wrong. I do need the leatherbound edition of Brandon Sander Post-release review: this was such an amazing entry not only to the Stormlight Archive but also to the Cosmere as a whole. Things from across the Cosmere are finally starting to come together, and more inner-workings are being made clear. Or maybe not clear lol, but not quite as obfuscated. Edit 11/17/2020: I bought the Way of Kings leatherbound from BYU’s bookstore 🥴 I decided past me, while making the correct decision at the time, was wrong. I do need the leatherbound edition of Brandon Sanderson’s books lol Pre-release review: Originally I had preordered the leatherbound Way of Kings edition, but after I had to take my cat to the vet so I lowered my pledge to just getting the hard copy of this (and I'm going to add on the Way of Kings prime book and all of the orders' patches and pins (and maybe coins)). Honestly the more I think about it I really don't need the leatherbound editions of any of the cosmere books. I already have them as hardcovers, that's good enough.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Allan

    Hey, gancho! You should read this novella, I think. I have, sure, five, even ten, cousins who read it, and all said they were super impressed. “Oh, Brightlord the Lopen, former king of Alethkar, I want to know more about your glowing!” I hear you ask. Well, I promise on the word of a newly two-armed Herdazian, there could be no better book to, sure, display my astonishing and heroic acts. Women, you will be overwhelmed by the amount of my greatness you will soon read of. I think there are a few Hey, gancho! You should read this novella, I think. I have, sure, five, even ten, cousins who read it, and all said they were super impressed. “Oh, Brightlord the Lopen, former king of Alethkar, I want to know more about your glowing!” I hear you ask. Well, I promise on the word of a newly two-armed Herdazian, there could be no better book to, sure, display my astonishing and heroic acts. Women, you will be overwhelmed by the amount of my greatness you will soon read of. I think there are a few other people in the book, maybe, but don’t worry about them. I can glow, I can fly, and I will stick you to the wall if you do not buy this story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    You can check out my review here! https://youtu.be/fsOhIvSeLY8 You can check out my review here! https://youtu.be/fsOhIvSeLY8

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    holyyyyyyyyyyyyy shit also cord and rysn I SHIP IT

  30. 5 out of 5

    Manveer

    Finished in a single sitting, pretty fun. We could all use a bit more of The Lopen in our lives.

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