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Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere |OT| Journey Before Destination

Oct 25, 2017
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Welcome to the official thread for Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere, where we can discuss the books of this epic fantasy universe.

** USE SPOILER TAGS AND LABEL THEM PROPERLY **
Since there are readers discovering the Cosmere for the first time or going through Sanderson's work in various orders, please be considerate when discussing any specific events in the stories! Include the name of the relevant book/work (and section, chapter, etc. if it's that specific) in the spoiler title.

Example:​
[SPOILER="The Well of Ascension - Chapter 10"]What an amazing scene![/SPOILER]​

STATE OF THE SANDERSON 2018:
LATEST RELEASES:


Don't remember The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance as well as you'd like before you start Oathbringer?



Brandon Sanderson is a prolific American writer whose main strengths are his extensive world-building, detailed magic systems, and incredible action scenes. He is most well known for the Mistborn and Stormlight Archive books and completing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.


The Cosmere is the name of the shared universe in which Sanderson's epic fantasy works take place. While each book or series can be read as standalone, they often have references and cameos that connect them to the larger story happening behind the scenes. The most obvious example is the character Hoid, who appears in nearly every Cosmere work. He is a Worldhopper who travels between planets in order to observe and sometimes influence major events. There are other characters capable of moving between worlds, including members of the mysterious organization called The Seventeenth Shard.

The mythology of the Cosmere centers around Adonalsium, the power of creation, which was broken into 16 pieces called Shards. Each Shard represents a facet of Adonalsium and grants godlike powers to whoever posesses it. The Shard holders often come into conflict and have ended up on different worlds of the Cosmere. Magic on each planet (such as Mistborn's Allomancy and The Stormlight Archive's Surgebinding) derives from the Shards that are present.

Sanderson eventually plans to bring the overarching story of the Cosmere to the forefront with Dragonsteel (a prequel series centered on the world Yolen, where Adonalsium's Shattering occurred) and the final Mistborn trilogy (which will take place in an advanced enough time period where travel between planets is common).


The stories of the Cosmere can be read and enjoyed in any order, but I usually recommend people start with either The Mistborn Trilogy (which consists of The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages) or Warbreaker. Mistborn is by far Sanderson's most popular work, while Warbreaker is a standalone novel that is available for free on his website. You can also go by publication date, starting with Sanderson's first novel Elantris. Once you've finished those 3, feel free to move onto any of the standalone novellas like The Emperor's Soul and join us in following the ongoing series of The Stormlight Archive and Mistborn Adventures. :)

If anyone else in CosmereERA wants to share their recommended reading orders, please post and I'll stick 'em here.


Organized by the Shardworld on which each takes place...

[ Scadrial ]

Era 1
The Mistborn Trilogy (referred to as the original or first trilogy)
--- The Final Empire (novel 1, often published as Mistborn or Mistborn: The Final Empire)​
--- The Well of Ascension (novel 2)​
--- The Hero of Ages (novel 3)​
Mistborn: Secret History (companion novella to the Mistborn Trilogy, available standalone or in Arcanum Unbounded, best read after The Bands of Mourning)
The Eleventh Metal (short story included in the Mistborn Adventure Game, also available in Arcanum Unbounded, prequel to the trilogy but best read after)

Era 2
Mistborn Adventures (4-book series starring Wax)
--- The Alloy of Law (novel 1)​
--- Shadows of Self (novel 2)​
--- The Bands of Mourning (novel 3)​
--- The Lost Metal (novel 4, upcoming Fall 2019)​
Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania (short story included in the Alloy of Law Rule Book expansion of the Mistborn Adventure Game, also available in Arcanum Unbounded)

[ Roshar ]
The Stormlight Archive (Sanderson's 10-book magnum opus)
--- The Way of Kings (novel 1)​
--- Words of Radiance (novel 2)​
--- Oathbringer (novel 3)​
--- Title TBD (novel 4, upcoming Fall 2020)​
Edgedancer (novella, available standalone or in Arcanum Unbounded, set between Words of Radiance and Oathbringer)

[ Sel ]
Elantris (novel)
The Hope of Elantris (short story, available for free on Sanderson’s website or in Arcanum Unbounded)
The Emperor’s Soul (novella, available standalone or in Arcanum Unbounded)

[ Nalthis ] Warbreaker (novel, available for free on Sanderson’s website)

[ First of the Sun ] Sixth of the Dusk (novella, published in the Shadows Beneath anthology, also available in Arcanum Unbounded)

[ Taldain ] White Sand (graphic novel)

[ Threnody ] Shadows For Silence In The Forests Of Hell (novella published in the Dangerous Women anthology, also available standalone on Kindle or in Arcanum Unbounded)

** Note: the following Sanderson works are NOT part of the Cosmere:
  • set on alternate versions of Earth - Reckoners (Steelheart, Firefight, Calamity), The Rithmatist, Alcatraz series, Legion series
  • loosely related to Reckoners - The Apocalypse Guard series
  • set in a different universe - Skyward
  • game adaptation - Infinity Blade series
  • from The Wheel of Time - The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight, A Memory of Light


BrandonSanderson.com - author's website, follow news about tours/events and his writing progress
A Newbie’s Guide to Brandon Sanderson, the Cosmere, and the Stormlight Archive - by author and fan Aidan Moher
17thShard.com - official fansite, the forums contain tons of theory discussion and the collection of non-book Cosmere information (aka WoB or Word of Brandon)
Coppermind.net - official wiki, lots of excellent articles but be mindful of spoilers

Thanks to Flips for providing updates on the release schedule, news, and other helpful resources!
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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I've been going through Words of Radiance again, slowly, in preparation for Oathbringer. I've been trying to avoid the prerelease chapters so I can sit down with my hefty hardcover on release and experience it for the first time, but I'm so goddamn excited.
 
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ExMachina
Oct 25, 2017
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I've been going through Words of Radiance again, slowly, in preparation for Oathbringer. I've been trying to avoid the prerelease chapters so I can sit down with my hefty hardcover on release and experience it for the first time, but I'm so goddamn excited.
Same re: preview chapters. Can't handle the drip feed pace, need the whole thing to sit down with and immerse myself. :P Man, I still need to get my re-read started...

Main reason I wanted to get this thread back up and running is for the Oathbringer hype though. So excited!
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Ah, i wondered if this would be up.
Not resubbing until i've read Oathbringger though.

Also gotta find time to re-read WoK and WoR. Shouldn't take but few days once i get started.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Nice, got this thread up. I'm going to begin reading Warbreaker in November as soon as I finish the book I'm currently reading.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I have Oathbringer preordered on Audible, but I’m going to read Way of Kings and Words of Radiance over again to jog my memory. I don’t recall the sword from Warbreaker showing up like others said it did, but I guess I’ll read that again too.

Whew! So much to go over, but I can’t wait!

Any news on media adaptions of any of the Cosmere books? Last I read, DMG acquired the rights, but all has been silent since.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Any news on media adaptions of any of the Cosmere books? Last I read, DMG acquired the rights, but all has been silent since.
That's the last thing I've read about the movie adaptions (May 2017):

DMG Using VR Pitch to Sell Studios on Brandon Sanderson ‘Cosmere’ Adaptations
DMG is taking an unusual approach in how it’s trying to sell the major studios on its planned big screen adaptation of Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy novel series “Cosmere.” The media and entertainment company is spending “seven figures” to create a 15-minute virtual reality experience drawn from “The Stormlight Archive,” one of the books in the series. It wants to use the technology to demonstrate to wouldbe distributors that the author’s vision has a scope and scale akin to those of J.R.R. Tolkien or George R. R. Martin, two fantasy icons whose works have been embraced by Hollywood.
http://variety.com/2017/film/news/brandon-sanderson-cosmere-dmg-1202407849/
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I recently got Way of Kings and have been enjoying it a whole lot whenever I don't feel the stress of college bringing me down. Not sure I'll be able to finish it and also book 2 in time for Oathbringer though. However I did order a signed and numbered copy of Oathbringer anyways because hey signed copies are always nice. Once that arrives I'll be sure to post it here.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I'm going to get into this saga once I've completed The Wheel of Time. It will be a while yet but that'll be my exposure to Sanderson once I reach the endgame novels and I've had enough friends tell me I'll like this too that I can't help but be excited.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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For the first time in ages I'm actually hyped for a book release. Pre-ordered the UK version, love the cover,

Ughhhhh I want that cover so bad >:( Well I'm getting the audiobook so I guess it doesn't really matter

Edit: ^^^ Top one is pretty good but holy shit at that second one. Blowing me away
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I recently got Way of Kings and have been enjoying it a whole lot whenever I don't feel the stress of college bringing me down. Not sure I'll be able to finish it and also book 2 in time for Oathbringer though. However I did order a signed and numbered copy of Oathbringer anyways because hey signed copies are always nice. Once that arrives I'll be sure to post it here.
After seeing your post, I went and grabbed a signed edition as well. There's only 1'100 numbered signed copies and they are still available for only $35 https://www.wellerbookworks.com/oathbringer-book-three-stormlight-archive-signed-numbered
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I started my re-read of WoK last weekend and about 33% done. Hopefully I should be all done with WoR again before Oathbringer!

I can’t believe it’s almost here!
 
Oct 26, 2017
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So glad we have a new place to discuss Oathbringer when it comes out!

What's everyone doing to refresh the first two novels? I don't have time to do a re-read :(.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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So happy to see so many made it over from the other side. :) Just in time for Oathbringer~

After seeing your post, I went and grabbed a signed edition as well. There's only 1'100 numbered signed copies and they are still available for only $35 https://www.wellerbookworks.com/oathbringer-book-three-stormlight-archive-signed-numbered
Decided to jump on this. I got hardcovers of WoK and WoR signed by Brandon during the release tours for those books... but sadly no stops in my area for OB. :<

Holy shit, I love the OT title so much
Wanted something positive/inspiring up there. :D (everyone else picturing that scene when they read the quote? I hope so)

My god, these are GORGEOUS.
Seriously. Some of my favorite pieces in a series packed with amazing artwork.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Hey everyone. Finally got through in the last round of verification codes. Glad to see Cosmere thread already up and running!

Those end papers are indeed amazing. I honestly thought about going digital first this time out and... nope, physical all the way. I’ve been keeping up with the drip feed on tor.com and neeeeed this book.

They shared a couple more earlier today btw. Article contains the identities of the people depicted in all 4 if that’s too much info for you.
https://www.tor.com/2017/10/26/revealed-the-full-endpapers-from-brandon-sandersons-oathbringer/
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Hey everyone. Finally got through in the last round of verification codes. Glad to see Cosmere thread already up and running!

Those end papers are indeed amazing. I honestly thought about going digital first this time out and... nope, physical all the way. I’ve been keeping up with the drip feed on tor.com and neeeeed this book.

They shared a couple more earlier today btw. Article contains the identities of the people depicted in all 4 if that’s too much info for you.
https://www.tor.com/2017/10/26/revealed-the-full-endpapers-from-brandon-sandersons-oathbringer/
Yo, Faiz! Good to see you made it. :D

I think I like Dos Santos' vibrant colors more (small wonder he did the Warbreaker cover :P) but Lyon's illustrations are so classic looking.

Legit one of my favorite things about Brandon is how much he geeks out over artists and the work he commissions them for.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Two back cover end papers are sweet. The amount of tlc that goes into the Stormlight hardcovers is incredible

Tor really goes all out for them
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Those end papers are insanely hype inducing!

Edit: WOOOW at the full set of endpapers. My mind is racing!

 
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Oct 25, 2017
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I love Michael Kramer and Kate Reading’s narration for Sanderson’s books, but that art is gorgeous. I may end up buying the book as well.

Hmm... I’m tempted to paint some Cosmere art myself. Would love to paint Hoid by the fire.
 
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Discovering a lot of different OT's now they're not buried under all those pages. Really loved the Mistborn trilogy and didn't know Brandon had so many books after those! Watching this thread for when I'm done with the Xeelee Sequence books by Stephen Baxter. Almost done with that so might already pick up some books.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Decided to do a reread of the storm light books before Oathbringer came out but I've finished those, then decided to reread warbreaker, finished that, now I'm just anxious for Oathbringer!!
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Holy shit I completely forgot about Oathbringer coming out so soon. I was planning on going back through Way of Kings and Path of Radiance, but I don't think I'll be able to resist starting Oathbringer the minute I get my hands on it.

That cover is soooo dope too
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Slowly making my way through The Well of Ascension currently. Have read Warbreaker and Elantris as well. Glad to see this thread make it over but I guess I'll have to avoid it when Oath comes out.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Slowly making my way through The Well of Ascension currently. Have read Warbreaker and Elantris as well. Glad to see this thread make it iver but I guess I'll have to avoid it when Oath comes out.
I think there might be an Oathbringer OT of its own? There was for WoR iirc
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Swapped the OP's images over to Abload.de since the site's having issues displaying images from Imgur...

Slowly making my way through The Well of Ascension currently. Have read Warbreaker and Elantris as well. Glad to see this thread make it iver but I guess I'll have to avoid it when Oath comes out.
Welcome! Always glad to see new people reading their way through the Cosmere. :D

As for Oathbringer...

I think there might be an Oathbringer OT of its own? There was for WoR iirc
Yeah, there were individual threads for WoK and WoR in addition to the Cosmere topic, so I'll post an OT for Oathbringer when the release date rolls around. :)

So I imagine most OB talk (including spoilers) will end up there, plus more people will find the discussion since it'll be in the main EtcetEra forum.