The Alloy of Law – Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn #4 Wax’ life as a lawkeeper is done with when he returns to Elendel to resume his status as Waxillium, Lord Ladrian. With the occasional lapse, he turns dutifully to rebuilding House Ladrian’s finances, and to marrying well. But a visit from his ex-deputy, the wisecracking Wayne, draws them both deep into a complex criminal plot. “I’d like to write a western.” That’s what I imagine going through Brandon Sanderson’s mind. “With a nod…

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Words of Radiance – Brandon Sanderson

Stormlight Archive #2 Human war with the Parshendi continues, complicated by human greed, the Parshendi’s own mysterious motives, and the gradual reappearance of legendary, sometimes forbidden powers. I haven’t read Brandon Sanderson’s continuation of the Robert Jordan Eye of Time series; I lost interest in Eye of Time around book 7, and have never seen much reason to go back. Still, around halfway through Words of Radiance, I found myself thinking that Sanderson, with his…

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The Rithmatist – Brandon Sanderson

Rithmatist #1 Joel, a staff-brat attending a posh and prestigious prep school, shares classes with regular students and with Rithmatists – children chosen young as trainees in a war of magic waged with chalk drawings. Obsessed with Rithmatism, Joel finds every opportunity to learn more about it, even when his interest is unwelcome. When a series of crimes targets students, and the perpetrator appears to be a Rithmatist, Joel finagles his way into an investigation…

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Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson

Reckoners #1 After Calamity appears in Eath’s sky, people with Epic superpowers start to appear and emplace themselves as tyrants. As a boy, David saw one of the most powerful Epics emerge and kill his father. Since then, the boy has dedicated his life to revenge. don’t get too excited about superhero stories, but Brandon Sanderson has done his usual thing with the concept – likable characters, decent storyline, and a carefully thought out magic…

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The Emperor’s Soul – Brandon Sanderson

Shai, a ‘Forger’, is caught replacing a painting, and forced to create a fake soul for a severely injured emperor. Brandon Sanderson’s approach, as he admits in an afterword, is to develop magic systems that operate according logical, vaguely scientific principles – an approach he demonstrated to good effect on his debut, Mistborn. In some ways, it’s quite similar to L.E. Modesitt’s Recluce series, but less topheavy, and with better story. In The Emperor’s Soul,…

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The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson

Stormlight Archive #1 The Knights Radiant have gone, but their weapons and armor remain, used by men to battle each other and the world’s other races. But some researchers have recently begun to suspect the weapons’ true nature. One of the first e-books I ever read was Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn. It was before I had committed to e-books, and I forget now whether it was a PDF or a ‘real’ e-book. It was free, though;…

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