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review 2018-07-08 00:45
Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5)
Edgedancer: From the Stormlight Archive - Brandon Sanderson

Traveling from the palace of the Azish emperor to the carved out city of Yeddaw, a young Knight Radiant stalks her would be executioner even as a danger to her world stalks the land.  Brandon Sanderson’s Edgedancer is a tale from the Stormlight Archive set in-between the second and third volumes of the main series as it shows the how Lift, the titular Edgedancer, and a long surviving Herald react to the Everstorm.


Feeling confined and unsure, the adventurous theft Lift travels to the city of Yeddaw to find more Radiants before they are murdered by Darkness.  The teenager displays her Edgedancer talents to draw the attention of her would be executioner while also exploring the city and trying to figure out its people.  Her tactics pay off as Darkness learns she’s in the city and she follows him to discover what he knows only to find out that Darkness has Radiant apprentices of his own including a man in white.  Eventually Lift is forced to use her connections with the Azish emperor to find out who Darkness is searching for only to discover that his apprentices had made a mistake and that the unlikeable woman Lift has had several encounters will is his target.  But it is during their confrontation that Lift convinces Darkness, the Herald Nale, that the Everstorm hitting the city means a new Desolation has arrived.


Although this book comes in at roughly 270 pages, the first 58 being a reprinting of Lift’s Interlude in Words of Radiance, the small hardback volume that it appears in makes it seem longer than it is.  In a postscript, Sanderson wrote that this novella was needed before both characters appear again in Oathbringer thus meaning for that anyone reading the series this short little story is something they might want to quickly read.  Given it’s short length, Sanderson packs a lot into it as he wants to describe the city of Yeddaw as well as continue to develop Lift—who he is not shy in saying he enjoys writing—in both her understanding of who she is and in giving readers hints about what the “Nightwatcher” gave her instead of her request to remain 10 years old.


Edgedancer is a quick, fun read about young adventurous character looking to figure herself out and in the process helping an age-old hero begin to regain his focus on what the world of Roshar needs.  Even though you’ll need to have read earlier volumes of the Stormlight Archive to understand the magical system and world it take place in.

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text 2018-06-12 12:05
adjusting targets
Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight Archive - Brandon Sanderson

So apparently it's day 162 of the year and I've read 88 books, so I'm adjusting my target this year to 200 from 250, the progress gap was beginning to make me twitchy and this is to be enjoyable, not stressful.  If the progress starts to get to far to the other side I'll readjust.


Still think the Brandon Sanderson tome should have count for about 4 books...

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quote 2018-06-06 13:49
'Shallan grinned. "Have you ever considered, bridgeman, that bad art does more for the world than good art? Artists spend more of their lives making bad practice pieces than they do masterworks, particularly at the start. And even when an artist becomes a master, some pieces don't work out. Still others are somehow just wrong until the last stroke.
"You learn more from bad art than you do from good art, as your mistakes are more important than your successes. Plus, good art usually evokes the same emotions in people - most good art is the same kind of good. But bad pieces can each be bad in tyheir own unique way. So I'm glad we have bad art, and I'm sure the Almighty agrees."'
Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight Archive - Brandon Sanderson

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review 2018-06-06 13:42
heavy, twisty and interesting
Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight Archive - Brandon Sanderson

This could have been split into 2 or 3 manageable books. By managable I mean will not cause my RSI to flare. At over 1200 pages it's a tome and a half. We're dealing with the fact that things have to be resolved, there's a lot of twisty messy politics, social issues, and pasts coming to haunt people. It's mostly about people dealing with past trauma so they can move on. A lot of it is self-inflicted but much of it is situational and then I got to the end and realised that while there were a few tied threads there were a number left untied and waiting for another book.

It's an interesting read, intresting and complex characters that aren't simple and straightforward but our heroes are mostly trying to do the best they can with the tools at hand and sometimes the tools break and sometimes those tools are humans. politics is a messy, complicated thing that breaks the best and under a war footing can make some strange bedfellows.

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review 2018-02-03 17:05
A marathon fantasy epic
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

This is the first of a projected ten book epic fantasy series by Sanderson. I'd been holding off on starting it because I wanted him to get a few more books under his belt. He has now released book three, Oathbringer, and my husband finished his massive listen of the entire Wheel of Time series and was looking for a new fantasy listen to keep him occupied while he remodels our master bathroom, closet & bedroom, so I bought the audiobook to go along with the print book and decided to listen along with him while I stitched/quilted.


It did not turn out to be a great listen for me - I find that I struggle with listening to extremely long books, and I often end up switching to the print format because I can move so much more quickly through the story. That's exactly what happened here - I switched out the listen for a reread of Agatha's The ABC Murders, and read this one on my kindle fire.


This is an epic fantasy, with all of the tropes and tells that sort of book requires. There's world-building! There's magic! There's heroes being subjected to terrible things! 


I've read a lot of Sanderson - his entire Mistborn series (both his first trilogy and the second series, which has more of an "old west" vibe) and his YA series The Reckoners, starring David Charleston, killer of epics and purveyor of misplaced metaphors. I would note, just as an aside, that The Reckoners is a family favorite - my husband, my 21 year old daughter and my 17 year old son all found it to be great fun. I find his books to be competently written and well-paced. This is also true of The Way of Kings


He's written an interesting world, with mostly likeable characters. One of his strengths is his ability to build a world without engaging in a lot of info-dumping, which makes jumping into a new series a bracing experience. You just have to take it all in and wait for it to come together.


I did jump into Words of Radiance, which is book 2, which I have also finished. Post to follow.

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