Dawnshard (#3.5)

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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.


"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."

Fantasy Hive

"DAWNSHARD is about to stun you with many mindblowing insights...an amazing novella."

Novel Notions

"The story does a great job of digging into one of the more mysterious corners of this fascinating world and satisfying the reader while still leaving so many questions for the larger novels to explore. "

No Strong Opinions

“DAWNSHARD is everything fans of Sanderson have come to expect. Relatable characters, an intricately built world, and a complex magic system...For fans wishing to experience the full breadth of Roshar, DAWNSHARD is an essential chapter in the grand adventure that is the Stormlight Archive.”


Awards & Accolades


#15 on the New York Times bestseller list!


#43 on the USA Today bestseller list


#10 on the Waterstones Hardback Fiction list!