Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection
The Stormlight Archive, Book #2.5
By Brandon Sanderson
Author’s Website: http://brandonsanderson.com/
Brandon Sanderson’s first story collection: novellas and short stories set in the Shardworlds, the worlds of Stormlight, Mistborn, Elantris, and more.
An all-new Stormlight Archive novella will be the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first book of short fiction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson.
The collection will include eight works in all. The first seven are:
“The Hope of Elantris” (Elantris)
“The Eleventh Metal” (Mistborn)
“The Emperor’s Soul” (Elantris)
“Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Episodes 28 through 30” (Mistborn)
“Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell” (Threnody)
“Sixth of Dusk” (First of the Sun)
“Mistborn: Secret History” (Mistborn)
Originally published on Tor.com and other websites, or published by the author, these wonderful tales convey the expanse of the Shardworlds and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, including the Hugo Award-winning novella, “The Emperor’s Soul.”
Arcanum Unbounded will also contain a currently untitled Stormlight Archive novella which will appear in this book for the first time anywhere.
I will start by mentioning that Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, is a book that looks like a long book, but it’s very interested to read. I had to take pauses in between stories, and in the middle of stories in some cases because the information and stories was so much to take, but still so good.
This is my first time reading any work by author Brandon Sanderson, and I will say that I have become a fan of his work after reading this collection of stories. Like it mentions in the summary of the book, all stories take place in the same universe only; the stories range from constellation to constellation, from planet to planet, and from world to world. This universe contains a range of different magic and creatures that seem to work best in their specific stories. Some of them are metal magic, others make perfect false copies of object and things, and other cases magic simple fusions with nature.
All stories are written differently. I really liked Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Episodes 28 through 30. For this story, I loved the footnotes that help narrate the story, and try to clear what Jak writes in his letter, while also trying to help the reader with points from the previous chapters.
Every story on the book has a cover imagen at the beginning before the prologue. They help the reader get into the story, and form an idea of who the world looks like. In the case of White Sand, it has a whole comic beforehand.
For the new Stormlight Archive novella called Edgedancer is the reason to start reading more of the Stormlight series. In hopes of not given away SPOILERS, I won’t mention who appears in the novella, but I encourage readers to read it if you like the work of Brandon Sanderson. Most of all I want to know what type of fun he based the “pancakes” that the main character eats throughout the storyline. If the Emperor’s Soul wasn’t the push I needed to read more of Sanderson, Edgedancer was.
If you are a fan of Brandon Sanderson and will like a compilation of some of his novellas or new to his work, then I recommend you to read, Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection. The world that author Sanderson has created is so immense that will swallow you and make you want to read and learn more of his work.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*