Book Review: Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson

Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older–a wish she believed was granted.

Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can’t help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers.

The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility.


Book Review:

Edgedancer is a short story about Lift. If you haven’t read Words of Radiance, you wouldn’t be able to know who this character is. One of the things that I like about Lift is her remarks regarding food. Actually, reading this book is difficult. Why? Because it can make you crave for food — especially pancakes.

[Related Link: Book Review of Words of Radiance]

There are some answers here that you would find after reading Words of Radiance and that is exactly what I need. It strives for adventure. It shows the flaws of Lift and I think that’s where her spren’s personality came from. On another note, Wyndle, her spren is such a lively spren. I could talk to Wyndle all day and read all his remarks regarding Lift’s personality.

In this book, you will also discover who is the character associated with Szeth in Words of Radiance and what is the importance of Lift in the coming story and the discovery that has yet to unfold in the end. It is a marvelous read and a satisfying read but I think, Sanderson should just put Lift’s story to one of the Interludes in Words of Radiance.

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Brandon’s major books for the second half of 2016 are The Dark Talent, the final volume in Alcatraz Smedry’s autobiographical account of his battle against the Evil Librarians who secretly rule our world, and Arcanum Unbounded, the collection of short fiction in the Cosmere universe that includes the Mistborn series and the Stormlight
Archive, among others. This collection features The Emperor’s Soul, Mistborn: Secret History, and a brand-new Stormlight Archive novella, Edgedancer.

Earlier this year he released Calamity, the finale of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners trilogy that began with Steelheart .

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light, in January 2013. Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series have been released in new editions by Starscape, and his novella Infinity Blade Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series. Two more novellas, Legion and The Emperor’s Soul, were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, and 2013 brought two young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.

The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of KingsThe Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson

  1. So this book would be a companion to Words of Radiance? Lift sounds like an intriguing character, but I think it’s true that I have to pick up Words of Radiance first before I can really understand what’s going on! Helpful review!


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