Thursday, 2 July 2020

Brandon Sanderson

chAuthor Website | Reviews | Bibliography & Rights Information

You can also read the first sections of Brandon Sanderson’s work online, as well as the full text of Brandon’s latest standalone novel, WARBREAKER!

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Standalone Novels
Elantris | Biblio. & Rights Info
Warbreaker | Biblio. & Rights Info
The Emperor’s Soul | Biblio. & Rights Info
Infinity Blade: Awakening | Biblio. & Rights Info
Infinity Blade: Redemption| Biblio. & Rights Info

Legion novellas | Biblio. & Rights Info
Legion: Skin Deep
Legion: Lies of the Beholder
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds (omnibus edition)

The Mistborn Saga | Biblio. & Rights Info
Mistborn: The Final Empire
Mistborn: The Well of Ascension

Mistborn: The Hero of Ages

The Mistborn Novels: Wax and Wayne| Biblio. & Rights Info
The Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
The Bands of Mourning
Lost Metal (Forthcoming)

The Stormlight Archive | Biblio. & Rights Info
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
A #1 New York Times bestseller!
Oathbringer A #1 New York Times bestseller!
Book #4 under contract!
Stormlight Archive Pocket Companion

Short Stories / Novellas | Biblio. & Rights Info
Defending Elysium & Firstborn
Eleventh Metal
Sixth of Dusk
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell
Hope of Elantris
Secret History
Children of the Nameless

Arcanum Unbounded | Biblio & Rights Info

Graphic Novels | Biblio. & Rights Info
White Sand Vol. 1
White Sand Vol. 2
White Sand Vol. 3

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time Series
The Gathering Storm
Towers of Midnight
A Memory of Light – A #1 New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Locus, and NPR Bestseller!




“ELANTRIS is the finest novel of fantasy to be written in many years. Brandon Sanderson has created a truly original world of magic and intrigue, and with the rigor of the best science fiction writers he has made it real at every level. What makes this novel unforgettable, however, is the magnificent characters he has created. True heroes who, in the face of adversity, find strength they did not know they had, make mistakes from whose consequences they do not shrink, and sacrifice to save what is worth loving in their world. “Best of all, the story is complete. Oh, there’s room for a sequel – and I hope there’ll be one. But this does not feel like ‘volume 1,’ with all the important questions yet to be answered. Sanderson bring off an impossibly complicated resolution only a few pages from the end of the book, and you finish the book satisfied. “Sanderson writes within a moral universe where people are rarely sure who the good guys and the bad guys might turn out to be. But the difference between good and evil is clear even though it’s subtle and sometimes hard to find. It’s rare for a fiction writer to have much understanding of how leadership works, how communities form, and how love really takes root in the human heart. Sanderson is astonishingly wise. I’m glad I didn’t write this book. I’m not the least bit envious. Because if I had written it, I wouldn’t have had the pleasure of letting it unfold before me as this story did, in all its ugliness and beauty and excitement and pain.”

Orson Scott Card

“Sanderson’s outstanding fantasy debut, refreshingly complete unto itself and free of the usual genre cliches, offers something for everyone: mystery, magic, romance, political wrangling, religious conflict, fights for quality, sharp writing and wonderful, robust characters… The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative: by the end readers won’t want to put it down. As the blurb from Orson Scott Card suggests, Sanderson is a writer to watch.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred review!

“In this stunning debut novel, Sanderson has created a completely unique world that enfolds the reader in mystery and wonder right through till the last page. Sarene and Roaden are compelling characters, and it’s wonderful to see a strong female heroine who doesn’t compromise her integrity.”

RT Book Reviews

“A surprisingly satisfying, single-volume epic fantasy that invokes a complex, vibrant world.”


“Sanderson’s fantasy debut offers a vibrant cast of characters and a story of faith and determination set against a vividly portrayed world where magic is based on channeling power through the depiction of runs. The author’s skill at turning conventional fantasy on its head produces a tale filled with surprising twists and turns and a conclusion both satisfying and original. Libraries of all sizes should add this to their fantasy collection.”

Library Journal
Starred review!

“Fascinating… [ELANTRIS] is handled with such expertise, you’ll swiftly forget you’re reading a first novel. This is a heck of a debut.”


“ELANTRIS will be enjoyed immensely by those dedicated, advanced fantasy readers who appreciate a complex plot. Sanderson leads his readers through a long and difficult puzzle, but the freshness and inventiveness of the conclusion make the ending well worth the wait for a reader who finds delight in serious fantasy lore.”


“ELANTRIS is a well-told, character-driven story. It’s also that rarest of creatures: a done-in-one-volume fantasy… although there is room for a sequel. If readers are fortunate, Sanderson will return to Arelon soon.”


“A genuinely interesting setting as well as a good story… Good reading.”

Science Fiction Chronicle

“A new and fascinating world… a brilliant first novel.”

Book Loons

“A complicated many-stranded tapestry that Sanderson weaves … bright, witty and engrossing.”

Fantasy Literature

“Sanderson’s writing is superb…[he] crafts an intricate fantasy world in ELANTRIS…The structure of the story is tight and the writing intelligent. In the end, everything comes back to the beginning and is beautifully tied up. ELANTRIS is truly a pleasure just to look at.”

Pages Unbound

“Brought to a satisfying ending, ELANTRIS is a story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.”

World’s Biggest Bookstore (fan letter)

“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

“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

“ELANTRIS is a new Ben-Hur for the fantasy genre, with a sweeping, epic storyline and closely personal characters.”

Kevin J. Anderson

“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

“Brandon Sanderson obviously has thought about it-and has used a variation on this notion as part of the premise for his excellent first novel, Elantris-except that, in the world he’s imagined, this unhappy state stems from a disease. After you’ve ‘died’ from it, you’re not really dead-but every injury done to you from that point accumulates, along with all the aggregate of pain. And you can never really die.

“There’s more-much more-but I’ll refrain from revealing any more of the ingenious plot twists.

“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

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“Epic fantasy heavyweight Sanderson (the Mistborn series) pens a powerful stand-alone tale of unpredictable loyalties, dark intrigue, and dangerous magic… Sanderson melds complex, believable characters, a marvelous world and thoughtful, ironic humor into an extraordinary and highly entertaining story.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred review!

“Lets Sanderson show off what he does best… Beyond shining as a world-building exercise, WARBREAKER’s drama is peppered with excellent humor. With so much to love, it’s easy to wish for a sequel, but hard to imagine a better ending.”

The Onion/A.V. Club
Best of 2009

“A highly readable and compelling stand-alone volume from the acclaimed author of the Mistborn trilogy. As is to be expected, the worldbuilding is superb, utilizing a thoroughly thought-out system of magic and religion. Highly recommended to fans of epic fantasy.”

RT Book Reviews
4.5 stars, a Top Pick!

“Sanderson again demonstrates his capacity for handling large and complex themes while creating believable characters. He also succeeds at building a unique fantasy environment. This series opener is essential reading for fantasy fans.”

Library Journal
Starred review!

“The developing drama is compelling… in a genre dominated by series that drag on as long as people keep shelling out for the books, Sanderson knows how to wrap things up cleanly. He spins a world that’s easily complex and mysterious enough to warrant sequels, but prefers to end it climactically, answering many of his biggest questions, while leaving others to the imagination.”

The Onion/A.V. Club

“This very superior stand-alone fantasy proves, among other things, that Sanderson was a good choice to complete the late Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga. Sanderson is clearly a master of large-scale stories, splendidly depicting worlds as well as strong female characters…The system of magic is also novel… and demands far more of the characters’ ingenuity, which in turn demands developing them – male and female, divine and mortal – to a far higher degree than one expects of much fantasy these days. May the author write long and prosper.”


“A first rate storyteller… Twists and turns keep the excitement high, and the action is relentless. Sanderson has really delivered with a solid and intriguing novel full of magic and mayhem, worthy of addition to your personal library.”

“That rarest of fantasy rarities, a satisfying self-contained book that leaves the door open for more books down the line. As usual, Sanderson’s meticulous world-building sets the stage marvelously; his characters are complex and compelling, and his plot is full of unexpected twists.”

Contra Costa Times

“Sanderson is expert at spinning fantasy stories packed with memorable characters, crisply detailed settings, unique magic, and major helpings of intrigue. [Warbreaker] is a single fantasy novel, and as it stands a quite nice one, with room for irony and sarcasm as well as brooding, foreshadowing, some lively action, and even a little romance, all wrapped up in a multi-layered story of believable characters and choices that are far from easy.”

Black Gate

“Every major character in this novel is memorable… an iridescent tale of magic, mystery, mayhem – and love.”


“The stuff of great epic fantasy… Sanderson weaves a complex and fascinating plot, with many twists and turns… I wholeheartedly recommend the work of Brandon Sanderson after this, my first reading of his writing… an excellent starting point for this soon-to-be-if-not-already household name.”

—Grasping for the Wind

“A unique new world… a compelling plot… Sanderson’s prose falls into a nice rhythm that helps to move the action forward. Multifaceted characters and actions of both the mystical and sword-fighting realms bring added excitement to a complex and creative read.”

—The Deseret News

“An excellent read.”

Book Loons

“Another top-notch novel from Sanderson – a novel that will likely be one of the top fantasy novels of the year.”


“A book that has it all … Sanderson will be forever mentioned as one of the finest fantasy writers of this generation.”

Fantasy Faction

“Sanderson is a deft manipulator of fantasy tropes… this book will deliver much pleasure.”

SciFi Wire

“Sanderson’s best book yet… highly recommended.”

Book Spot Central

“A fascinating world and plenty of scope for future novels.”


“Big, vibrant sword-and-sorcery fantasy … some nifty scary moments.”

Cleveland Plain-Dealer

“Has me convinced that he will be a mainstay in the fantasy scene for years to come … it’s readily apparent that Brandon Sanderson is an extremely talented author. The novel was a real page-turner and was filled with wonderful characters and thoughtful original ideas.”

SF Site

“A beautiful, highly recommended read. 9 out of 10.”

—Walker of Worlds

“Yet another strong showing … If the worst you can say about a book is that it wasn’t long enough, the author is clearly doing something well. In Brandon Sanderson’s case, that’s nearly everything.”

Fantasy Literature

“There was something new and exciting at every turn, and the author’s words did a magnificent job of transporting us to this unique world.”

The Infinite Curio

“The magic is fascinating, the characters are dynamic…You know it’s a good book when there are multiple moments when you literally gasp at a new revelation…I enjoyed this book immensely.”

Collected Warblings

“Brandon Sanderson has written an heroic fantasy depending on originality of character and plot. His heroines and heroes are outstanding – especially Vasher, the Warbreaker, whose special relationship with his sentient sword is both sardonic and sinister. The mysteries of life after death, of identity and destiny, the politics of magic, are unveiled through three-dimensional characters. Not only has Sanderson drawn a freshly imagined world and its society, he has also given us a plot full of unexpected twists and turns. In subtle prose, notable for its quiet irony, Sanderson tells the story of two sisters and the god they are doomed to marry. Anyone looking for a different and refreshing fantasy novel will be delighted by this exceptional tale of magic, mystery and the politics of divinity. It’s fair to say WARBREAKER might even take your breath away!”

Michael Moorcock




**Winner of the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella** **Finalist for the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novella**

“[B]etween the commissioned volumes drawing Robert Jordan’s Wheel Of Time series to a close, [Sanderson]’s taken a break to pen THE EMPEROR’S SOUL, a novella that shows off his impressive ability to build worlds and characters…Sanderson is a pro at creating magic systems.”

The Onion/A.V. Club

“Sanderson proves to be an exceptionally talented writer … we learn everything we need seamlessly as the story unfolds. His prose is lyrical without ever getting in its own way (you know what I mean; his writing never sits up saying “Look at me”). His characters are fascinating and fully realized. So here is an exception to what seems to have become the rule: THE EMPEROR’S SOUL is one of those rare high fantasies that feels fresh and is filled with a sense of wonder.”

Fantasy & Science Fiction (Charles de Lint)

“Sanderson delivers a thoughtful yet exciting read that is difficult to put down and save for later.”

Strange Horizons

“Sanderson, the best-selling author of the “Mistborn Trilogy” and TheWay of Kings, has set this novella in the same world as Elantris, one of his earlier novels, but it is totally independent. Fantasy fans will love both the compelling story and the creative magical setting.”

Library Journal

“Sanderson has a unique, well thought out magical system, thoughtful worldbuilding, and interesting characters…and if you are not familiar with him, I think this novella would make a great starting place.”

Fantasy Literature (Ruth Arnell)

“[U]nique and fascinating detailed magic systems, interesting settings, likeable characters, and the perfect amount of truly funny humor… I can heartily recommend.”

Fantasy Literature (Kat Hooper)

“THE EMPEROR’S SOUL is a great example of riveting story and enthralling fantasy, a perfect example of why Sanderson is one of our best fantasy writers writing today.”

Book Banter

“THE EMPEROR’S SOUL has everything that Sanderson is known for: brilliant magic system, moral issues, strong characters, and an action-packed conclusion. It’s fairly short and easy to pick up, yet it is mind-blowing to see how much Sanderson manages to cram into it.”

The Ranting Dragon

“If you’ve wanted to give Brandon Sanderson’s writing a try, but have been given pause by the sheer size of his novels, I highly recommend you track this novella down. I enjoyed this quite a bit.”

Civilian Reader

“Brandon Sanderson continually amazes me with his ability to create utterly unique magic systems and THE EMPEROR’S SOUL was no different…It was such a well done story even as short as it was. I think it would make an excellent movie too. I highly recommend it to any fantasy fan.”

My Shelf Confessions

“It contains all of Sanderson’s trademarks like an original magic system and great world building with wonderful characters. In the dialogues and the self-reflections you can also find his passion for religion and art.”

Fantastical Imaginations

“This was a fantastic novella…The magic was absolutely fascinating, and really well thought out…Sanderson’s writing style was unnoticeable – that is to say, perfect.”

The Cannonball Read

“[A] great, great story that is short, but doesn’t feel short. Nothing is wasted, nothing is lost. A beautiful, wonderful read. Everyone who likes good fantasy should seek this one out.”

The Artolater

“Wow, what a lovely well written novella, I loved it!… I highly recommend this book for young adults and to anyone who enjoys the Fantasy genre and magic.”

Open Book Society

“THE EMPEROR’S SOUL should keep fans ticking over nicely and is a good ‘stepping on’ point for people like me who have yet to read the bulk of Sanderson’s work.”

Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review

“The story moves briskly and Sanderson’s prose is graceful and lively as always. It’s a pleasant way to spend a few hours.”

Fantasy Literature

“The strengths of the novella first are ones that readers of Sanderson will come to expect: worldbuilding and magic… The magic system of forging is new, layered, different, detailed and intriguing. Fans of Sanderson’s work are of course not surprised, as this is a hallmark of his work.”

Functional Nerds

“The most perfect novella I have ever read.”

Oh Magic Hour

“THE EMPEROR’S SOUL is a delightful read.”

Geeks Under Grace

“I highly recommend it, and I suspect it will go on my award ballots this year.”

Brenda Cooper,
author of The Creative Fire




“INFINITY BLADE: AWAKENING might just be the best adaption of a popular video game that I have experienced.”

Fantasy Book Review

“If you’re looking for both escapism and reading with no strings attached, then this is the one 122-page iPhone novella for you.”

Blog Critics

“AWAKENING stands as testament to the fact that tie-ins to video games can indeed be compelling and highly enjoyable works in their own rights. The novel deftly mixes a number of inventive action scenes with strong character development and a compelling, if basic, plot into an overall whole that will leave readers begging for more. Far from meaningless filler, AWAKENING is exactly the kind of world building the series needed in the wake of the success of the original game.”

Blistered Thumbs

“Sanderson added a significant level of creativity in helping the reader understand this world through dialogue and character progressions, particularly with supporting characters, which is a hallmark of Sanderson’s style.”

Top Shelf

“The twist at the end really worked for me and was foreshadowed brilliantly.”

CS Fantasy

“Sanderson has taken the bare-bones and turned it into a rich world that is immediately memorable.”

The Troll King

“This was a amazing book with only one problem. It was way to short!”

Genius Book Reviews

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For The Legion Series


“Reality and illusion, sanity and insanity, are but subjective labels in this thought-provoking foray into a world where visions abound like the biblical demons the title evokes.”

Publishers Weekly

“LEGION is a successful novella experiment…a short, fun read. Sanderson’s experiment with urban fantasy was quite enjoyable, and now I can add a potential Legion sequel to my list of Sanderson works I’m looking forward to.”

Fantasy Faction

“It’s a short read but an excellent one. Hopefully, this will lead to a whole series of Legion stories as there is so much to be mined about this character or is it characters?”


“[An] addictive joyride. Its biggest fault: the fun ends too soon…Adventure, action, mysteries, twists, even love — it’s all here, and crammed into just 88 pages to boot.”

Tonawanda News

“LEGION is a quick exciting read. This concept and plot is worthy of many more pages, though, so I sincerely hope that Brandon Sanderson will be writing more stories about Stephen Leeds and his legion.”

Fantasy Literature

“LEGION thus succeeded in being a fantasy story that pushed my sf buttons. It was deliciously odd reading something that felt a little like a contemporary urban fantasy, but had me thinking about all the cool uses of Razon’s invention. It helped that Sanderson’s whip-smart dialogue and fast-moving story never let up. That’s not an easy thing to do when it’s also delivering some fascinating world building and offering up some thought-provoking ideas.”

SF Signal

“They say that good things come in small packages, and in this case they are absolutely right. LEGION is the opening chapter of what could well be Brandon Sanderson’s most fascinating creation yet!”

Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist

“It is very readable, quite accessible and no doubt will win Brandon more fans. I read it in a couple of hours and enjoyed it a great deal.”


“Based on this short teaser novella and Sanderson’s writing talent, Legion could be the starting point for a great contemporary fantasy/crime hybrid.”

Far Beyond Reality

“Brandon Sanderson has written a fun, thoughtful, and smart science fiction book…full of brilliant character interactions and smart plotting.”

Bewitched Bookworms

“In LEGION, we get the epic feeling that Brandon Sanderson is known for, but in a condensed and focused format. If you are a fan of Sanderson’s work, purchasing this is a no-brainer. It’s worth every penny.”

Elitist Book Reviews

“LEGION is escapism literature at its finest… I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in trying sci-fi, time travel, and speculative fiction.”

Coffee & a Book Chick
An AudioBook review

“[Brandon Sanderson] doesn’t need 1000+ pages to tell a great story, as it turns out he doesn’t even need 100…It’s a very quick read, but it left me very much wanting more.”

Nerd Base

“Definitely check this one out… it’s a good, relaxing, fun evening read with some provocative concepts.”

The Artolater

“LEGION is incredibly brief yet incredibly captivating. Sanderson’s effortless writing shines through even outside his typical genre in a way that you easily forget you’re even reading a book.”

Fixed on Fantasy

“LEGION is the kind of story that totally defies genre. It’s simply a fascinating tale with an amazing character that should please anyone who has two spare hours and needs something fun to fill up that time. Don’t let any misconceptions of prejudices of genre writers to allow you to miss this fun little story.”

The Guilded Earlobe
An AudioBook review

“In “Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds,” Brandon Sanderson steps away from the massive tomes he’s known for writing and embraces the much smaller novella, offering short, punchy and thoughtful adventures from the life and mind of one of his most brilliant (and maybe craziest) characters… Quirky characters, thoughtful ideas and action-packed stories make it the perfect binge read for anyone who wants a dash of excitement with a tinge of insanity and introspection in their life.”

Deseret News Entertainment

“This is an easy read, with lots of witty dialogue and really likeable imaginary characters. It won’t leave you hanging because resolutions are right around the corner. Each novella builds upon the last, making the stakes more dire and morphing Stephen’s worldview along the way. We might even have some revelations about the human psyche in the process.”

Den Of Geek

“If you enjoy any of Sanderson’s works you’ll love Legion, but if you haven’t had the chance to read any of his works yet this would be an awesome introduction to his style of writing which I hold to be the gold standard of quality.”

Game Industry News


“This quick, entertaining read has the pulse of a thriller and the hook of a fascinating hero balancing on the edge of psychosis. It reads like a ready-made tale for a TV show, and, indeed, one is in the works.”

Library Journal

“Like the first Legion story, SKIN DEEP is creative and exciting…I have and can recommend both.”

Fantasy Literature

“The interplay between these inner voices and the ongoing plot twists is the source of both tension and humor…The payoff is both credible and entertaining…A fun read.”

Asimov’s Science Fiction

“The narration [was] top notch! It delivered very different and unique voices for all of the characters and hallucinatory characters that Leeds has. The dialogue between himself and his hallucinations is so much fun to listen to at times that I even went back and wrote some of them down for favorite quotes.”

Not Yet Read

“Sanderson proves he is the master of the craft, whether it’s the casual (and not overdone) self-aware humor, the drama created by the deadly corporate-hired assassin tracking Leeds (and how she is ultimately dealt with), or the way the narrative plays out and shows us new ways of looking at a situation.”

SF Signal

“Sanderson captures the current state of technology and where it could actually realistically go in the future so well that I never had a moment of disbelief….I’m really excited to see what Sanderson has in store for this series. (Also, how freaking impressive is it that this is his side project?…SKIN DEEP is a very fun and fast ride. Sanderson packs a full plot into this novella along with some pretty awesome anticipation for where the series is going to go. Fans of Holmes-style heroes and  near-future sci-fi definitely don’t want to miss SKIN DEEP or Legion!”

On Starships & Dragonwings

“An engrossing and entertaining series. Brandon Sanderson remains ambitious as ever…LEGION: SKIN DEEP will please Sanderson’s legions of fans and will probably gain him some new followers. God knows I’m looking forward to what comes next!”

Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist

 “There’s plenty of humor, some suspense, and a good dash of very interesting cutting edge technology…Put all together, it’s an excellent installment in this series…Interesting core mystery; plenty of humor; very cool biotech…it was a great book!

Dab of Darkness

“Just like the first novella, it was full of an interesting plot with a great mystery, complex characters, and an interesting world…Leeds was still a great main character for this story. I loved getting to know him better and be along for the ride while he solved yet another mystery.”

My Thoughts…Literally!

“Brandon Sanderson is one of the most significant fantasists to enter the field in a good many years…In Legion, a short, distinctly contemporary novella filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson revealed a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent. In the stunning sequel, LEGION: SKIN DEEP, that talent is on full display...LEGION: SKIN DEEP is speculative fiction at its most highly developed. It reaffirms Sanderson’s place as one of contemporary fiction’s most intelligent – and unpredictable – voices.

—The Book Plank


“Sanderson’s contemporary fantasy is populated with superb characterizations (as evidenced by the multiple depictions of Legion’s aspects) and is surprisingly thought-provoking.”


“Readers will get drawn into the fascinating world of Stephen and his friends—real and imagined—as they work together to solve the seemingly unsolvable.”

Publishers Weekly

“Stephen Leeds is a genius with a problem with multiple personalities… This collection combines three novellas featuring this fascinating character.”


“Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds’ by Brandon Sanderson was fantastically, amazingly brilliant.”

SF Crowsnest

“If you haven’t checked it out yet, LEGION: THE MANY LIVES OF STEPHEN LEEDS is the perfect opportunity to read Brandon Sanderson’s beloved series featuring everyone’s favorite schizophrenic genius detective.


“The last novella is newly published and serves as a conclusion to the series. Each is a captivating story with humor, suspense, and drama.

SciFi Chick

“The real pleasure is . . . reading about Steve and his hallucinatory alter egos. Sanderson handles it all with a deft, humorous hand.”

—Fantasy Literature

“Legion is a wonderfully clever, compelling story with a brilliant emsemble of characters that just won’t leave you alone.”

Suzanne Palmer, Hugo Award Winning author of The Secret Life of Bots

“Brandon Sanderson’s Legion is a marvellously entertaining collection of linked stories, that build on each other to a fascinating conclusion. Stories that are so much fun, you almost need your own bunch of alternate personalities to appreciate them.”
Simon R. Green – New York Times bestselling author of Night Fall

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For The Mistborn Saga

Orson Scott Card on the Mistborn books: “In short: These books are, together, a masterpiece.”

“The Mistborn Trilogy is brilliant. It was an amazing unforgettable experience for me. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who considers themselves a fan of the genre. If The Mistborn Trilogy is any indication of the kind of creativity and writing we can expect from Brandon Sanderson in the future, we are all in for a treat. It’s obvious that he is an author we are going to have to keep a close eye on. If you don’t believe me, ask Robin Hobb.”

SF Site

High fantasy can only succeed by completely immersing its readers in alien worlds and making them feel as authentic and accessible as the real world. Scadrial is a living, breathing society that is made all the more tangible by one of the most impressively designed magic systems fantasy fiction has ever seen.”

The Observer


“Sanderson is not only one of the best writers in the business, he’s also one of the most prolific, churning out top-notch books year-over-year for both adult and young adult readers… To say I was pleasantly surprised would be to understate my enjoyment of the books. This is easily one of the finest fantasy stories I’ve ever read, and my only regret is that I read it so quickly.”

Forbes Magazine

“An amazing piece of fantasy literature… brilliant… unforgettable… I would highline recommend this series to anyone who considers themselves a fan of the genre.”

SF Site (on the MISTBORN trilogy as a whole)

“Brandon Sanderson has come up with his own neat idea… He has created a fascinating world here, one that deserves a sequel.”

Washington Post Book World

“The characters in this book are amazingly believable. Vin is an eminently sympathetic protagonist whose development over the course of the book is beautifully and realistically delineated. The system of magic is exceedingly clever and well integrated into this complex and plausible world that Vin and Kelsier inhabit…While this is the first in a series, it’s an exceedingly satisfying book on its own, and fans of the genre should waste no time picking it up.”

RT Book Reviews
4.5 stars, a gold review!

“Complicated and yet fast-paced and entertaining, with likably human protagonists and a large-scale cast of colorful characters, this trilogy introduced Sanderson as an important new voice in epic fantasy.”

Library Journal, on the series as a whole
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Publishers Weekly

“Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexity in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and people with impressive characters.”


“Author of the critically acclaimed instant fantasy classic Elantris (2005), Brandon Sanderson returns with the first novel of his new Mistborn S=series. Staunch fans of Elantris no longer have to defend their new favorite fantasy author; with a riveting opener to an intriguing new series Sanderson is here to stay. Be sure to check this book out.”

Cinescape Magazine

Mistborn is a[n]…enjoyable, adventurous read…should satisfy.”


“Sanderson does an excellent job of laying the ground work, of establishing both the world and the characters and in developing the major plot lines to be explored. While it’s hard to judge a trilogy based only on the first book, this first book holds a lot of promise. Definitely worth a read.”


“A surprisingly satisfying, single volume epic fantasy that invokes a complex, vibrant world, and in quick-moving, suspenseful, stunning story for fantasy readers and the world of fiction.”

Curled up with a Good Book

“Sanderson populated this fantastical, red-skied, ash-falling, mist-rising world with believable characters in a fascinatingly detailed world. I liked the novel a great deal, and my enjoyment truly progressed with each page. By novel’s end, I felt fully entrenched. I felt very much in tune with the characters and am glad I have the second book by my side to start reading. Readers who enjoy Greg Keyes, Robin Hobb and Gary Wassner would enjoy Mistborn.”


“Brandon Sanderson has done something rare here–written a sharply original fantasy that stands on its own as a single book while teasing the reader into a sense of impatience for the sequel. Strongly recommended. A good balance of good, evil, action, drama, politics, scheming, backstabbing, mystery–you name it, Mistborn has it all!”

Fantasy Literature

“Exceptionally well-written… smart, witty and emotional.”


“One of the most stunning entrances to a series I have had the pleasure of reading. If you want to read one of the best fantasy books published in the last decade, then this definitely has to go at the top of your list. A must have for any reader of good fantasy. 9.8 out of 10.”

Fantasy Book Review (Joshua S. Hill)

“A highly compelling read and has the right blend of characters and suspense to ensure the reader will be eager to seek out the following book in the trilogy. 9.1 out of 10.”

Fantasy Book Review (Allan Fisher)

“One of the best fantasy series in recent years — great characters and one of the best magic systems ever.”

Fantasy Literature

“He couples raw talent and gifted story-telling with bizarre magics, extreme world building, and incredible creative vision.”

The Inquisitive Loon

“In exploring a shocking question—What happens if the hero fails and the villain reigns?—Brandon Sanderson kicks off a thrilling fantasy saga with MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE. It boasts all of the best fantasy elements: a unique magic system, a ragtag group of rebels led by a charismatic rogue, an orphan with mysterious powers. But Sanderson weaves those predictable elements into a breathtaking saga that promises twists every step of the way. MISTBORN succeeds in celebrating what makes fantasy magical while simultaneously delivering a fresh adventure that’s endlessly entertaining.”

Paste Magazine (Frannie Jackson)
“The 50 Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century (So Far)”

“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 in 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


“A real breath of fresh air. It both subverts an embraces the typical epic fantasy genre and it does both well. Fans of epic fantasy should run out and read these now if they haven’t already.”

Best of 2008!

“This entertaining read will especially please those who always wanted to know what happened after the good guys won.”

Publishers Weekly

“THE WELL OF ACENSION is full of plot twists and surprises, leading to a cliffhanger ending.”


“Vin’s a beautifully realized protagonist whose struggles are wonderfully written and, as always, the worldbuilding is unusual and compelling.”

RT Book Reviews

“Vin’s struggles with love and power inject the human element into Sanderson’s engaging epic.”


“Throughout the novel Sanderson does a good job of incorporating interesting aspects of the mist-magic into the otherwise realistic scenario, and of juggling the small-scale and large-scale scenes that must comprise an undertaking of this scope and magnitude. …Most [readers] will be mesmerized by Sanderson’s balancing act.”

Realms of Fantasy

“Part of this one is a quest, but part of it is also an examination of what it might really be like to bring down an absolute ruler.”

Critical Mass

“Fans of Terry Goodkind and Terry Brooks will find THE WELL OF ACENSION fulfilling, satisfying and incredibly exciting.”


“Sanderson is crafting an extremely well-thought out saga with Mistborn, one that looks to stand above the pack of his literary peers. The magic system is perfectly detailed, the world, though not completely revealed, has a great sense of natural logic to it, and the characters are a reflection of both. Reading both books so far has helped to remind me why I enjoy Fantasy, especially those stories told in a secondary world, so much.”


“For readers who always wanted to know what happened after the hero killed off the evil bad guys, this is an intricate story fill of tangles and twists, and plenty of intriguing characters.”

—Black Gate

“[Sanderson’s] books are a lot different than I’ve come to expect from fantasy. What I like about Sanderson is that he can write novels where the plot just hums along, and still have some profound character development going on at the same time.”

Textual Frigate

“Builds to a heartstopping crescendo of a conclusion, setting the stage nicely for book three.”


“A brilliant sequel to a brilliant narrative.”




“Transcendent… all the familiar ideas and plots from epic fantasy have been turned inside out, and what happens at the end is utterly astounding in its audacity. The characterization is stellar, the worldbuilding solid and the plot intricate and compelling — if you haven’t read the first two books, go and do so immediately then buy this one. You won’t regret it.”

RT Book Reviews
4.5 stars, Gold Medal, Top Pick (the highest ratings awarded by RT)

“A dramatic and surprising climax… Sanderson’s saga of consequences offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.”

Publishers Weekly

“A scale grand enough to be almost Stapledonian… where most standard epic fantasy returns to the status quo, this trilogy ends with something bracingly different.”


“A good story and a good ending to the series… if (this) is any indication, “Wheel of Time” will have an excellent conclusion as well.”

Sacramento Book Review

THE HERO OF AGES is a fitting, bittersweet end to a wonderful trilogy. I loved this powerful conclusion, and I absolutely cannot wait to read more from Brandon Sanderson….[it is] a great, final book in an extremely well-plotted and very (VERY) original Fantasy series which I highly recommend. After reading both this and Warbreaker this year, I am fully aware of the author’s strengths and weaknesses and the former far surpasses the latter.”

Book Smugglers

“The trilogy is worth reading for its original concept, its magical system, and an ending that is true to the story, heart-rending, and gorgeously written.”

Fantasy Literature

“I do not believe I have read a book as compelling and as flawlessly executed as the third in the Mistborn trilogy … this book is one of the seminal fantasy stories of this generation of writers … one of the best that I’ve ever had the opportunity, and sheer pleasure, to read. 10 out of 10.”

Fantasy Book Review 6000

“Sanderson finish(es) the trilogy with three top notch books, each telling a part in a greater story all the while managing to play with his own rules and the conventions of the genre… a terrific story, with great characters and a fascinating world. I would highly recommend this volume and the whole series without hesitation.”


“The level of world building and depth that Sanderson puts into this series is a very enjoyable one, and you can tell that he hasn’t made this ending up on the spot. This was planned, and I am really glad to see that Sanderson’s conclusion has met the promise set by the last two books, and given us a series that I’m not likely to forget in a while.”

The Founding Fields 1400

“Fantasy trilogies are so common that it’s sometimes hard to decide which ones to recommend above the others. I have no problem recommending this one.”

Critical Mass

“The conclusion to Sanderson’s outstanding — and highly innovative in its magical elements — Mistborn trilogy… I highly recommend this unique series to all fantasy readers. I thoroughly enjoyed THE HERO OF AGES and look forward to Sanderson’s future works.”

Book Loons

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“Rollicking adventure … Part Sherlock Holmes, part X-Men, this exciting stand-alone adventure is full of close shaves, shootouts, and witty banter.”

Publishers Weekly

“A fresh view of how a world can grow, building new dimensions into the best of the old. Sanderson continues to show that he is one of the best authors in the genre.”

Library Journal
Starred review!

“An engaging and fun romp of a read. The characters really shine in this book. “

RT Book Reviews

“Sanderson’s fresh ideas on the source and employment of magic are both arresting and original … Think brisk. Think fun. Enjoy.”


“All fantasy readers will want.”

Library Journal

“Sanderson creates a nice steampunk vibe while getting full use of his metal-based magical system and his pantheon of very involved gods. The book has some philosophical questions about society, wealth and crime, but it’s mostly a great action yarn.”

Fantasy Literature

“Fans of high fantasy and adventure who can broaden their horizons to include a dash of actual (or at least psuedo-) science will find plenty to like here.”


“Sanderson manages to blend familiar fantasy and action tropes into something that is new, exciting, and just plain fun, full of neat ideas, crackling dialogue, and a very big helping of dry with. It’s the start of a new series, of course, so things don’t quite end here-but I can’t wait to find out what happens next.”

Black Gate

“[An] excellent blend of detective story, high fantasy, and western all rolled into an enjoyable tale of action and adventure.”

Portland Book Review

“A wonderful continuation of the storyline started in the original Mistborn trilogy. This book stands on its own and is a wonderful read that kept me reading well into the night. If you’ve read the series, then you’ll love this. If you haven’t, then I can almost guarantee you that you’ll want to after reading this.”

Fantasy Book Review

“A good entry point for new readers … his shortest novel-length work, but still contains the hallmarks of his revious work — likeable/believable characters, layered plot, detailed magic, and genre savvy. I liked Alloy of Law a great deal, and will be eagerly waiting to see where he enxt takes the Mistborn saga.”


“A stand alone that can be read without the benefit of perusing the original trilogy though those who have not are missing a wonderful magical fantasy. Filled with amusing Rough frontier banter in a realm in which early twentieth century technology and science competes with magic, fans will enjoy this action adventure caper. Brandon Sanderson brilliantly provides a refreshing guns and sorcery thriller.”


“[Sanderson’s] impact on the fantasy genre has been intense and far-reaching… a terrific writer.”

January Magazine
Best of 2011

“Wholly, exuberantly, non-stop, entertaining … out and out fun. I can’t wait for the next one.”

Fantasy Literature

“An enjoyable story and worth a read.”

SF Site

“With plenty of drama, action, suspense and intrigue, THE ALLOY OF LAW was completely riveting and a fun mystery.”

Sci Fi Chick

“One of the best of 2011.”

Fantasy Book Review
Best of 2011

“A terrific story, a lot of action, some awesome banter and hilarious conversations and an exceptional magical system.”

A Lot of Pages

“A puzzling mystery to solve, engaging banter, and seeds of romance. Delightful characters. Don’t miss!”



“[An] excellent fifth Mistborn industrial revolution fantasy…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

“A fast-paced fantasy adventure set in a fascinating world and populated with lovable, memorable characters.”


“Sanderson’s writing is still prime…[A] good read in this second piece.”

RT Book Reviews

“Sanderson does a great job of bringing new readers up to speed. Fast, smart dialog and an abundance of exciting action keep the pages turning…The magic system that Sanderson has developed shows why this is one of his great strengths in the fantasy field. Picking out a favorite character might be hard—honorable but haunted Wax has merits, as does the lovely Marasi, struggling to succeed in the Elendel Constabulary—but Wayne remains one of the most charmingly irrepressible thieves in fantasy.”

Library Journal

“Sanderson excels at writing solid character relationships, which are often hilarious, especially with the comedic timing between Wax and Wayne.”

Deseret News Review

SHADOWS OF SELF is a solid, standalone story in Sanderson’s Mistborn universe. Sanderson does an incredible job of worldbuilding, and his novels never fail to impress. This latest Mistborn novel is full of suspense, mystery, magic, and mysticism. The story is riveting and the characters are vivid and engaging. . .Don’t miss this epic fantasy series.”

SciFi Chick

“Brandon Sanderson’s SHADOWS OF SELF delivers more excitement, adventure, and magic in a newly industrialized world that is as richly realized as any of Sanderson’s creations.”

“The 32 Best Fantasy Books of 2015”

“Sanderson’s world building shines through. . .with plot twists and schemes within schemes that culminate with a solid and satisfying end.”

Geek Dad

“The mix of magic and technology is interesting and well worth the time.”


“Another fantastic romp of a read from Brandon Sanderson, filled with Allomancy in action, puzzles to solve, amusing banter, relationship questions – and big shockers at the end that leave readers eagerly anticipating what might come next. Can’t wait!”


“The Mistborn series is far and away Sanderson’s best work, and SHADOWS OF SELF is a worthy continuation of it. . .The book is far deeper than its surface description of fantasy-western-murder-mystery might imply, and as the series progresses such themes will likely become more prominent.”

Starburst Magazine


“This quest is classic Sanderson, with magic, intrigue, and witty repartee. All the familiar elements from the earlier Mistborn novels are here, including the metal-based magics of allomancy, feruchemy, and the forbidden art of hemalurgy (about which more is revealed over the course of this story). Open questions from earlier adventures are finally addressed, and Sanderson skillfully weaves in new opportunities for the dynamic duo’s next adventure.”

Publishers Weekly

“A fast-paced novel that’s part Wild West, part Indiana Jones, and wholly entertaining, combining high emotional stakes with a deep, good-natured sense of humor.”


“Definitely the best in this series, THE BANDS OF MOURNING incorporates the excellent action and scenery of the early trilogy while ironing out the character conflicts that held them back. . .THE BANDS OF MOURNING encompasses the kind of cinematic adventure of an Indiana Jones movie but sets it in the fascinating Mistborn world. This is a very satisfying conclusion, but one that also definitely sets up further stories in this universe.”

RT Book Reviews

“THE BANDS OF MOURNING is a rollicking good time, albeit with moments of sadness and seriousness. . .Sanderson does a nice job of expanding his world greatly in the last part of this novel, and giving us too a vividly strong ending that opens things up as well.”

–Fantasy Literature

“Witty, memorable characters; a fast-moving, plate-spinning plot; and a deepening of one of the most creative magic systems ever conceived: it’s everything a Sanderson fan could ask for.”

B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

“Overall, I give THE BANDS OF MOURNING 5 stars, and I highly recommend it for fans of the series!”
Paper Trail
“You will find delight in this book.”
Best Fantasy Books
“THE BANDS OF MOURNING provides a story that’s much lighter — but still thought-provoking — than its predecessor, ‘Shadows of Self’…the characters show real development by coming to terms with loss, love and duty…New characters add some interesting elements in addition to fleshing out the world.”
Deseret News
“In addition to the wonderful characters, the story itself is incredibly engaging. … The action sequences are often breathtaking. The warmth between the main characters is genuine and heartfelt. THE BANDS OF MOURNING is beautifully written. This is a fabulous novel with great action and pacing, politics, a quest, a very well developed mythology, and thoroughly memorable characters. Highly Recommended!”
The Qwillery
“I loved this story and would strongly recommend it to those who love action-packed adventure, fascinating and structured magic, and plenty of wit and humor.”

Pure Textuality

“This is a must for fans of Brandon Sanderson and his Mistborn tales.”

Henry Lazarus blog

“This is absolutely worth your time. Pick it up, and you probably won’t be able to put it down again for quite a while – it’s a great read.”

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews

“This is another fantastic entry into the Cosmere and an epic Mistborn adventure. Along the way there will be love, laughs and great secrets revealed, which will change the face of the world forever.”


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The Stormlight Archive



“Sanderson is … absolutely amazing at worldbuilding. The level of detail is just astonishing … Kaladin and Shallan’s stories are compelling and readable.”

RT Book Reviews

“Sanderson is a master… Fans and lovers of epic fantasy will find the ending satisfying, yet will eagerly await the next volume.”

Library Journal

“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… There’s wit, magic and erudition… Readers will plunge into it.”


“Brandon Sanderson is modern epic fantasy’s Grand Master, comparable only to Tolkien in scope and richness of story, and I for one hope has a long, long career.”

Grasping for the Wind

“A good mix of military action, political machinations, faith-based intrigue, and personal drama keep the pages turning. This is a great choice for fans of Robert Jordan and Terry Brooks.”


“Epic in every sense. Sanderson has built a world that leaps to life, a cast of varied characters, and a vast history… while Sanderson cuts from the familiar cloth of fantasy, his narrative impetus and meticulous world-building bode well for future volumes.”

The Guardian (UK)

“Sanderson reveals a world with incredible depth on the brink of a major paradigm shift … For a novel that tops out over 1000 pages, Sanderson’s tale does not falter in its narrative pull nor does his ability to evoke tension waver … I can’t say that it felt like a long tale. It felt epic and powerful … 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.”


“An epic fantasy world of his own that promises to captivate genre fans.”

SciFi Now (UK)

“THE WAY OF KINGS is a promising and compelling start to this new series, and it looks to be a long and exciting journey …”

“The pages fly by as the reader gets engrossed…epic in all regards – size, scope and story. With this epic, it’s time to get in on the ground floor.”

Lincoln Journal Star

“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.”

San Diego Union Tribune

“A very accomplished Book 1, superior to any book in the Wheel of Time series. And as usual, Sanderson’s meticulous world-building includes not only an ecology, but a carefully thought-out magical system that has echoes in the culture and society at large.”

Contra Costa Times

“A rousing start to Sanderson’s grand new epic fantasy… Those enjoying his completion of [the] Wheel of Time can now look forward to another engrossing epic.”

Book Loons

“The characters and the society are beautifully drawn. The pace is breathless and although the book is long, everything has relevance. As the winner of the 2011 Gemmell Award for best fantasy novel, it well deserves the accolade.”


“Recommended for readers looking for the next big fantasy saga.”

SF Site

“Even the most grizzled fantasy readers will find Roshar a backdrop beyond compare. Culturally diverse and structurally sound, from the radiance of the City of Bells with its skyeels and songlings to the weather-cracked barrens of the Shattered Plains, the roots of this terrific world are dug deep, and as Sanderson goes about systematically exposing them, so too does he shed light on the complex systems underpinning the magic one imagines Roshar would not turn without.”

Strange Horizons

“Spectacular in every way a fantasy novel can be.”

SF Site

“It’s his best book to date and the start of something very promising. The world is wonderfully creative with a deep history and uncertain future, the characters draw you in and make you care, and it all combines into something very special.”

Neth Space

“A world of gargantuan proportions, fresh with brilliantly realised cultures and people, effortlessly depicting magic and extensive history… I am very impressed.”

–Galaxy Books

“For those that like their books gigantic and epic, this is your book.”

–SF Signal

“Highly recommended.” (Bill)

“An excellent start to a promising series that’s sure to dominate sales charts and bookstore shelves for many years to come.” (Stefan)

“A piece of art.”

Fantasy Faction
Best of 2010


One of the best of 2010. 9.9 out of 10.”

Fantasy Book Review

“The first volume of what will become the decade’s foremost fantasy series. Highly recommended … Readers will be thrilled with this first book and anxiously await the next.”

Curled Up with a Good Book

“Looking to be one of the best epic fantasy series out there.”

Best Fantasy Books

“Sanderson reveals himself a master at his craft as he carefully reveals the layers of his world, his characters, and their flaws and triumphs. For those that are fans of fantasy, THE WAY OF KINGS is a must read.”

Fine Print

“Brandon Sanderson is a master of many aspects of the fantasy genre: epic world-building, coherent systems of magic and unforgettable character development. All those are in peak form in his masterwork, THE WAY OF KINGS…”

Paste Magazine (Josh Jackson)
“The 50 Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century (So Far)”

“An amazing and fresh work of imagination, and a significant accomplishment in the grand tradition of fantasy literature. The sheer scope of the tale, the completeness of your vision of Roshar, is a wonder.”

—Michael Whelan

Sanderson stands out because he tells great stories, and The Way of Kings is a great story.”

The Observer


“Balancing fascinating worldbuilding with a page-turner of a plot, this is a series fantasy fans won’t want to miss.”


“Sanderson has used the room afforded by a book of this size to build it in loving detail…the characterization is on the whole as as meticulous as the world-building. A very impressive continuation.”


“Sanderson’s skill at world building is unmatched, and in the Stormlight Archive series he has developed an innovative magical system and combined it with rich, complex characters to create a compelling story. His eagerly awaited sequel to The Way of Kings exceeds expectations. This developing epic series is a must-read for all fantasy fans.”

Library Journal

WORDS OF RADIANCE is excellent…[it] cranks up the level of intrigue to dizzying extremes…Sanderson’s experiment is working, and he gets better with every book. The journey will be worth it. Yes, you should buy this book. Yes, this is a series worth following to the end.”

“Whether you’ve been hyped for WORDS OF RADIANCE or not, you are not prepared for how fantastic it is…it absolutely revels in its fantasy world, one of actual gods, bizarre magic, knights with superpowers, spirits and sorcery, monsters, demons, and magic sword called Shardblades. It embraces the fantastic, and does so with an astonishing amount of creativity…WORDS OF RADIANCE is a must-read.”

“Brandon Sanderson’s reputation is finally as big as his novels.”

The New York Times

“WORDS OF RADIANCE may be the most accomplished followup to a popular first novel in the last 15 years and the time and energy that Sanderson put into this work tells throughout the novel.”


“This story is well worth the length of the read. Sanderson has truly brought back the epic fantasy…The book has a quick and enjoyable flow while moving forward to a satisfying climax that sets up the series as the books move forward…WORDS OF RADIANCE is an extremely satisfying read that shows what the beginning of an epic fantasy series should look like.”

Lincoln Journal Star

“The first volume in this epic, The Way Of Kings, was the winner of the Gemmell Award for Fantasy. Award winners are always worth looking at. This one was an exceptional and worthy winner. WORDS OF RADIANCE is an equally brilliant sequel… These two books together represent the best fantasy that has been produced for a very long time.”


“[Some] of the finest examples of worldbuilding, magic system and religion creation and explanation I’ve ever come across.”

Fantasy Faction
A “Top 10 Anticipated Fantasy Book” for 2013

“With the first book in the Stormlight Archive, The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson has created a probably THE fantasy series of our times… The eagerly anticipated second installment, WORDS OF RADIANCE, is worth the wait and proves that Sanderson’s projected ten book series could be a significant literary presence in your life for the next decade. Get in on the second floor before everyone else does.”

Swide Magazine

Sanderson does an excellent job of juggling all these threads and scenes, transitioning smoothly amongst and between them, spending just the right amount of time with each before moving on and often doing so in a way that allows for greater suspense, or for a powerful moment to linger a little longer. Plotting has always been one of Sanderson’s strengths and it shows throughout WORDS OF RADIANCE….This is an incredibly complex and rich world Sanderson is creating.”

Fantasy Literature

“Brandon Sanderson has undertaken a task of enormous scope, and two volumes into The Stormlight Archive, he’s executing admirably. Brandon Sanderson is putting the “epic” in epic fantasy and I’m reveling in the story every step of the way.”

Fantasy Book Critic

“Stupefyingly, overwhelmingly stunning….The third and last facet that makes WORDS OF RADIANCE a novel that changes the face of epic fantasy and ups the scale for future fantasy authors—even more than its predecessor The Way of Kings—is its depth of detail…WORDS OF RADIANCE is an epic fantasy novel that does everything right. It is a love letter to its genre and an improvement upon anything the genre has ever churned out before. Without a doubt, this is Sanderson’s best novel to date. With its remarkable scope and size, realistic character focus, splendid worldbuilding, deeply imaginative magic, spectacular action sequences, cute romance, and mind-blowing position in the greater Cosmere, WORDS OF RADIANCE is one of the best books—and most likely the best epic fantasy—I’ve ever read.”

The Ranting Dragon

“It is a piece of art composed by a mad master who is so deep into his work that he cannot see beyond it–out of control and in danger of toppling over, but undeniably brilliant.”

Staffer’s Book Review

“Like much of Sanderson’s work, the novel balances traditional epic fantasy tropes with highly original and interesting worldbuilding, logically well-thought-out magic systems and hints of a much grander plan lying behind everything.”

The Wertzone

“Sanderson’s world building always feels so effortless and easy without losing any of the complexities and nuances that I love so much. The magic system is incredibly unique….Sanderson is taking me on a mind-blowing journey, which, so far, has been just as impressive as any conclusion or answers I could find.”

Bookworm Blues

“The sheer scale of the world that Sanderson created in the first one The Way of Kings, and continued in Words of Radiance was enough to me want to read the 1000+ page book. On top of that, there’s the dynamic characters, the fascinating magic system, and the dozens of plots that are interwoven through that many characters, interludes and everything else. This novel was hands-down my favourite novel on the year.”

The Arched Doorway
“Best Books of 2014”

“Majestic in the themes that are evoked; heroism, duty, loyalty, strength, conviction of character. Those large themes are writ over the characters and the balance of intimate and epic was quite satisfying…I suspect novels in The Stormlight Archive will be the highlight Epic Fantasy novels of the year for quite a while to come.”


“Sanderson writes with a clear confidence and utterly engaging writing style, one that will pull you in from the first page…one of the best epic fantasy series ever.”

The Book Plank

“Sanderson hooked me right from the start and relentlessly entranced me throughout the book, easily…A combination of an absorbing story, unique characters and a breathtaking evocation of a world on the verge of collapse, makes Words of Radiance Sanderson’s best novel to date in my opinion.”

Drunken Dragon

“Sanderson’s absolute best to date, and an incredible follow up to The Way of Kings.

–Drunken Dragon
Top 10 of 2014″

“I was really sure I would love this book… I’m glad (but not surprised) to say that I wasn’t disappointed at all.”

Just a World Away

“[WORDS OF RADIANCE] continues Sanderson’s tradition of written excellence…This Stormlight Archive series is not to be missed by serious fantasy fans.”



“OATHBRINGER is everything I expected it to be. Not only does it make good on the promises of the first two volumes, it elevates the Stormlight Archive to new heights of epic magic, exceptional worldbuilding, and satisfying action. With each new novel, Sanderson proves himself to be the true heir to Robert Jordan’s throne. He’s writing big, meaty, contemplative epic fantasy, and showing no signs of slowing down.”

B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

“Sanderson absolutely blew me away with OATHBRINGER.”

Book Nest

“Venli, Taravangian, Moash and Wit each take pivotal next steps towards the end of this episode. I can’t wait to see where they lead the series next!”

Book Loons

“Fans of the Stormlight Archive series will enjoy this book, which brings back favorite characters and deepens a well-drawn fantasy world.”


“The much-anticipated third Stormlight Archive epic fantasy installment is classic Sanderson, with multiple story lines and unexpected twists and turns . . . Sanderson successfully balances introducing new elements and satisfactorily resolving some threads, leaving fans to eagerly await the next in the series.”

Publishers Weekly

“The main story arc in OATHBRINGER follows Dalinar’s efforts . . . Of course, there are many other fascinating plot threads to follow – individuals like Szeth, the Assassin in White, and Adolin’s brother Renarin, on their own journeys to self knowledge . . .  Indeed, Venli, Taravangian, Moash and Wit each take pivotal next steps towards the end of this episode. I can’t wait to see where they lead the series next!”


“The big twist in this novel definitely changes the perception of events. It will be interesting to see how each character learns to rebalance their beliefs and actions. Additionally, there is a whole new history which can be explored. I definitely did not expect the revelation, but it will make the future action more interesting.”


“Sanderson outdid himself once again. It is a wonderful, well-paced, emotional read with a poignant focus on the brokenness of people and how to overcome your own limits.”

The Ranting Dragon

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Short Stories


“This collection is required reading for Sanderson fans, offering plenty for new readers who are undeterred by learning too much.”

Publishers Weekly

“There are some standout stories here … a treat for superfans.”


“As one expects from Sanderson, his stories are meaty, well-developed adventures, even the shorter works demonstrating an impressive (but never overwhelming) amount of thought about how the worlds they’re set in work. On top of that, of course, he is expert at swift-moving stories with engaging characters.”


“Overall, ARCANUM UNBOUNDED is a lengthy and mostly engaging collection; certainly one for completists who are determined to learn all they can about the Cosmere and its hidden secrets, and also people who just love well-crafted fantasy tales.”

Starburst Magazine

“This was an excellent collection that has me eager to dive into the unread Brandon Sanderson novels sitting on my personal Mount Toberead. Highly Recommended.”



“…a well-crafted novella featuring a fun character and a fast-paced, interesting plot. Recommended.”

Fantasy Literature


“The plot is full of twists and turns, the pace reckless, the action as satisfying as anything else Sanderson’s written…If you’ve ever enjoyed a Sanderson book, you’re going to love CHILDREN OF THE NAMELESS.”

“Take Sanderson’s peculiar brand of quirky characters and inevitably revelation-laden plotlines, and fold it up into bite-size novella format? Delicious. The best part is you don’t have to be a Magic geek to understand it.”

Fantasy Book Critic

“The characters shined brightly and that Sanderson charm spilled over. The story is full of mystery, action, and great interactions…everything you’d expect from a Sanderson book.”

Magic the Gathering Salvation

“[CHILDREN OF THE NAMELESS] manages to strike a fantastic balance between the dramatic and the humorous.”

Multiverse in Review


“Defending Elysium is an engaging and entertaining short story.”

The Hat Rack


“Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Dreamer’ is a bloody and violent story, well paced and packed with action, as befits a ‘capture the flag’ challenge.”

It Puts the Blog in the Basket
Review for Games Creatures Play anthology


““Perfect State” is the kind of story that pushes all the right buttons for me (after all, I love The Matrix) and I didn’t want it to end. I wish it had been a novel. I loved the premise, the setting, the plot, and the characters (though sometimes Kai’s beliefs are a little inconsistent with his “concept”). This story is fun, but Sanderson manages to explore a few interesting existential ideas, too, such as personality, free will, determinism and, of course, the nature of reality.”

Fantasy Literature

“It’s an intriguing premise and a creative twist on the Matrix world scenario, and Sanderson handles it well. The characters have some lively and rather meta discussions about what constitutes reality, and whether it’s important to treat Machineborn as real people. I only hope that Sanderson chooses to write more stories in this world.”

Fantasy Literature


“The plot of “Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell” is creative, exciting, and fairly intense. It’s easy to root for Silence, a woman we hardly know but would like to learn more about.”

Fantasy Literature

For Graphic Novels


“WHITE SAND is the hidden gem of Sanderson’s Cosmere.”


This [comic] book is amazing. The worldbuilding is dense and deep … [Brandon Sanderson’s] novels are addictive. WHITE SAND is a fantastic new addition to his growing list of books. Highly recommend.


“Within WHITE SAND, traditional fantasy comes to life, in this intriguing blend of action, suspense, and mystery.”

Graphic Policy

“Employing powerful imagery and Sanderson’s celebrated approach to magical systems, WHITE SAND is a spectacular new saga for lovers of fantasy and adventure.”

Comic Book Round Up

“Brandon Sanderson is well known for his ability to craft believable worlds out of the deepest corners of our imagination and to place the reader at the heart of each tale. … WHITE SAND is no different; a blend of magic and culture that’s sure to amaze many, and spark further conversation among Sanderfans.”



WHITE SAND is a fantastic addition to the Cosmere universe.


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Career Awards

  • 2014 Indie Champion Honor Award!


  • WINNER!! – Romantic Times Award, Best Epic Fantasy
  • Selected as Barnes & Noble Explorations’ #1 Editor’s Pick.
  • in its 5th hardcover printing and 8th mass market printing
  • SF Book Club selection
  • Audio rights (unabridged) to Recorded Books
  • Audio rights (dramatic abridgment) to Graphic Audio
  • Brazilian (Portuguese) rights to Leya
  • Bulgarian rights to Bard
  • Chinese rights to Chongqing Tianjian
  • Czech rights to Talpress
  • Dutch rights to De Boekerij***
  • French rights to Calmann-Levy***
  • French rights to Livre de Poche
  • German rights to Heyne***
  • German rights to Piper
  • German audio rights to Heyne
  • Hebrew rights to Silver Stars***
  • Hebrew rights to Opus
  • Hungarian rights to Delta Vision
  • Indonesian rights to Mizan Publishing
  • Italian rights to Fanucci
  • Japanese rights to Hayakawa
  • Polish rights to MAG
  • Romanian rights to Editura Art
  • Russian rights to Azbooka***
  • Spanish rights to Ediciones B
  • Spanish book club rights to Circulo de Lectores
  • Taiwanese rights to Fantasy Foundation
  • Thai rights to ARIP***
  • Turkish rights to Arkadas
  • UK rights to Gollancz
  • UK audio rights to W.F. Howes
  • UK book club rights to BCA***


  • #24 on NY Times hardcover list!
  • Chosen by Library Journal as one of the 5 best SF&F novels of 2009!
  • Chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of the 5 best SF&F novels of 2009!
  • Chosen by The Onion A.V. Club as a Best of 2009!
  • Nominated for the 2010 David Gemmell Legend Award (along with THE GATHERING STORM)
  • Nominated for 2009 Romantic Times Award, Best Epic Fantasy
  • An ALA Top Five Fantasy of 2009!
  • In 3rd hc printing and 3rd mm printing
  • Audio rights (unabridged) to Recorded Books
  • Audio rights (dramatic abridgment) to Graphic Audio
  • Bulgarian rights to Bard
  • Chinese rights to Chongqing Tianjian
  • Czech rights to Talpress
  • French rights to Calmann-Levy
  • German rights to Heyne
  • Greek rights to Fantastikos Kosmos
  • Italian rights to Fanucci
  • Polish rights to MAG
  • Russian rights to Azbooka
  • Spanish rights to Ediciones B
  • Taiwanese rights to Gaea
  • Turkish rights to Arkadas
  • UK rights to Gollancz
  • UK audio rights to W.F. Howes


  • Winner!! – 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella
  • Finalist!! – 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novella
  • A #1 Locus Magazine Bestseller, May 2013
  • Named a “Top 20 Best Speculative Fiction Novel of 2012” by The Ranting Dragon
  • A Best of 2012 pick by Fantastical Imaginations
  • A “Top Ten Tuesday” pick by Oh Magic Hour
  • Audio rights to Recorded books
  • Film/TV rights to DMG
  • Bulgarian rights to Studio Art Line
  • Chinese rights to Chongqing Tianjian
  • Croatian rights to Hangar 7
  • Czech rights to Talpress
  • French rights to Livre de Poche
  • German rights to Heyne
  • Korean rights to Paranmedia
  • Polish anthology rights to Solaris
  • Polish rights to MAG
  • Romanian rights to Editura Art
  • Spanish rights to Penguin Random House
  • Taiwanese rights to Fantasy Foundation
  • UK rights to Orion


  • Book #1 Named a “Top 20 Best Speculative Fiction Novel of 2012” by The Ranting Dragon
  • Bulgarian rights (#1-2) to Studio Art Line
  • Chinese rights (#1-2) to Chongqing Tianjian
  • Czech rights (#1) to Talpress
  • French rights (#1-2) to Panini
  • German rights (#1) to Heyne
  • Spanish rights (#1-2) to Ediciones B
  • Taiwanese rights (#1-2) to Fantasy Foundation

1. LEGION (Subterranean Press, 2012)
2. LEGION: SKIN DEEP (Subterranean Press, 2014)
3. LEGION: LIES OF THE BEHOLDER (Forthcoming from Subterranean Press, 2018)
4. LEGION: THE MANY LIVES OF STEPHEN LEEDS (omnibus edition) (Forthcoming from Tor, 2018)


  • THE HERO OF AGES – #21 on NY Times hardcover list!
  • THE HERO OF AGES – WINNER!! — Romantic Times Award, Best Epic Fantasy
  • THE HERO OF AGES chosen as a finalist for the inaugural David Gemmell Award!
  • THE HERO OF AGES –winner of the 2008 Whitney Award for Best Speculative Fiction!
  • Books #1 & #2 – Both Finalists for Romantic Times Award, Best Epic Fantasy
  • Books #1-3 – #12 on Buzzfeed‘s list of “The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written
  • Bk #1 in 3rd hc printing, 12th mm printing, with a special limited edition, 4th YA printing
  • Bk #2 in 3rd hc printing, 7th mm printing, 3rd YA printing
  • Bk #3 in 4th hc printing, 8th mm printing
  • Bks #1-3 named a “Top 25 Series” by The Founding Fields
  • Bks #1-3 SF Book Club selections
  • Bks #1-3 among Unbound Worlds’ 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time
  • Book #1 — one of Paste Magazine’s “50 Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century (So Far)”
  • Bk #3 selected as an Indie Next List Notable for Dec. 2008
  • Audio rights (#1-3) to Macmillan Audio
  • Abridged dramatic audio rights (#1-3), world English, to Graphic Audio
  • Brazilian rights (#1-3) to Texto
  • Bulgarian rights (#1-3) to Bard***
  • Chinese rights (#1-3) to Chongqing Tianjian
  • Croatian rights (#1) to Hangar 7
  • Czech rights (#1-3) to Talpress
  • Czech Audio rights (#1) to One Hot Book
  • Dutch rights (#1-3) to Luitingh-Sijthoff
  • Finnish rights (#1-3) to Art House
  • French rights (#1-3) to Calmann-Levy
  • German rights (#1-3) to Heyne***
  • German rights (#1-3) to Piper
  • Greek rights (#1-3) to Fantastikos Kosmos
  • Georgian rights (#1-3) to Books in Batumi***
  • Hebrew rights (#1-3) to Opus Press
  • Hungarian rights (#1-3) to DeltaVision
  • Italian rights (#1-3) to Fanucci
  • Indonesian rights (#1-3) to Mizan Publishing***
  • Japanese rights (#1-3) to Hayakawa
  • Korean rights (#1-3) to Namu Bench
  • Lithuanian rights (#1-3) to Alma Littera
  • Persian rights (#1-3) to Houpaa Books
  • Polish rights (#1-3) to MAG
  • Portuguese rights (#1-3) to Saida de Emergencia
  • Romanian rights (#1-3) to Trei
  • Russian rights (#1-3) to Azbooka
  • Serbian rights (#1-3) to Laguna
  • Spanish rights (#1-3) to Ediciones B
  • Swedish rights (#1-2) to Modernista
  • Taiwanese rights (#1-3) to Fantasy Foundation
  • Thai rights (#1-3) to Words Wonder
  • Turkish rights (#1-3) to Arkadas
  • UK rights (#1-3) to Orion/Gollancz [now in its 15th printing!]
  • Film rights for MISTBORN to Chris Geary and Paloppa Pictures LLC***
  • RPG rights to Crafty Games
  • Video game rights to Little Orbit

4. LOST METAL (Under contract)

  • Series listed among Reedsy’s 100 Fantasy Books of All Time
  • Book #1 – A #7 New York Times bestseller
  • Book #1 – Winner of the 2011 Whitney Award for Best Speculative Fiction!
  • Book #1 – Winner of the 2013 Imaginales Prize (France) for “Best Foreign Work of Fantasy”
  • Book #1 – A #5 Locus Magazine bestseller (Feb. 2013)
  • Book #1 – 3 on the Eslite bestseller list in Taiwan
  • Book #1 – An SF Book Club main selection
  • Book #1 – A finalist for’s Best Fantasy novel of 2011
  • Book #1 – January Magazine‘s Best SF/F of 2011 list!
  • Book #1 – Included on Buzzfeed‘s list of “The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written” with the Mistborn Trilogy
  • Book #1 –’s Best SF/F of 2011 list!
  • Book #1 – Winner of the 2019 Geffen Award for Best Translated Fantasy (Opus)
  • Book #2 — A #8 New York Times bestseller
  • Book #2 – Finalist for Fantasy Book of the Year 2016 in Poland
  • Book #2 – Chosen as one of the “Mind-Blowing Science Fiction And Fantasy Books To Watch For In 2015” by
  • Book #2 – Chosen as one of the “All The Most Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books in October” by 
  • Book #2 — Chosen as one of the “10 Best Fantasy Novels” by Independent
  • Book #2 — Chosen as one of the “Best Fantasy Books of 2015” by Waterstones
  • Book #2 — Chosen as one of the “Best Fantasy Books of 2015” by Fantasy Faction
  • Book #2 — Chosen as one of “The 32 Best Fantasy Books of 2015” by Buzzfeed
  • Book #2 — Winner of Reddit’s 2015 Stabby Awards for Best Novel
  • Book #2 — Finalist for the 2015 Whitney Awards for speculative fiction
  • Book #2 — Finalist for the Best Fantasy Novel of the Year by (Poland)
  • Book #3 — #6 New York Times Bestseller
  • Book #3 — A 2016 Locus Bestseller
  • Book #3 — Finalist for the 2016 Whitney Awards for speculative fiction
  • Book #3 — Finalist for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy
  • Book #3 — Finalist for the 2017 Audie Awards
  • Brazilian rights (#1-3) to Casa da Palavra
  • Bulgarian rights (#1) to Bard
  • Bulgarian rights (#2-3) to Studio Art Line
  • Chinese rights (#1-4) to Chongqing Tianjian
  • Czech rights (#1-3) to Talpress
  • Dutch rights (#1) to Luitingh-Sijthoff
  • French rights (#1) to Calmann-Levy / Orbit France
  • French rights (#2-3) to Livre de Poche
  • German rights (#1) to Heyne
  • German rights (#2-4) to Piper
  • Hebrew rights (#1) to Opus
  • Hungarian rights (#1) to Delta Vision
  • Italian rights (#1) to Fanucci
  • Italian rights (#2-4) to Mondadori
  • Polish rights (#1-3) to MAG
  • Romanian rights (#1-2) to Editura Trei
  • Russian rights (#1-3) to Azbooka
  • Spanish rights (#1-4) to Ediciones B
  • Taiwanese rights (#1) to Fantasy Foundation
  • Turkish rights (#1-3) to Arkadas
  • UK rights to Gollancz

1. THE WAY OF KINGS (Tor, August 2010)
2. WORDS OF RADIANCE (Tor, March 2014)
3. OATHBRINGER (Tor, November 2017)

Short Stories / Novellas

  • #4 — Winner of Reddit’s 2015 Stabby Awards for Best Short Fiction
  • #4 — Finalist for the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novella
  • #5 — Mélanie Fazi was nominated for the 2019 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Shortlist for translation
  • #10 — a #3 Locus Bestsller!
  • Bulgarian rights (#11) to Studio of A
  • Chinese rights (#1-3) to Chongqing
  • Croatian rights (#4) to Hangar 7
  • French rights (#4-6, #8-10) to Livre de Poche
  • German rights ( #7) to Piper
  • German rights ( #10, #11) to Heyne
  • Greek rights (#11) to Fantastikos Kosmos
  • Hungarian rights (#7) to Delta Vision
  • Polish Anthology Rights (#1) to Solaris
  • Polish Rights (#8) to MAG
  • Spanish rights (#1, #2, #4, #9) to Ediciones B
  • Taiwanese rights (#1-6) to Fantasy Foundation
  • Audio rights (#4, 6) to Audible
  • Dramatic audio rights (#7) to Graphic Audio

Arcanum Unbounded

  • Selected as a “Favorite Book of 2016” by Fantasy Literature
  • Selected as a “New & Notable Book” by Locus Online
  • Czech rights to Talpress
  • Hungarian rights to Delta Vision
  • Polish rights to MAG
  • Spanish rights to Ediciones B
  • UK rights to Orion

Graphic Novels
1. White Sand Vol. 1
2. White Sand Vol. 2
3. White Sand Vol. 3

  • Volume 1 – a #2 New York Times bestseller!!
  • Volume 1 – Finalist for the 2016 Diamond Gem Award for best original graphic novel of the year
  • Volume 1 – Winner of Dragon Con’s 2018 Dragon Award for Best Graphic Novel!
  • Czech rights (#1-3) to Talpress
  • Bulgarian rights (#1) to Studio Art Line
  • Polish rights (#1-3) to MAG
  • Spanish rights (#1) to Ediciones B
  • Turkish rights (#1) to Arkadas

Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series


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