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Summary

From Brandon Sanderson—author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive and its fourth massive installment, Rhythm of War—comes a new hefty novella, Dawnshard. Taking place between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War, this tale (like Edgedancer before it) gives often-overshadowed characters their own chance to shine.

When a ghost ship is discovered, its crew presumed dead after trying to reach the storm-shrouded island Akina, Navani Kholin must send an expedition to make sure the island hasn't fallen into enemy hands. Knights Radiant who fly too near find their Stormlight suddenly drained, so the voyage must be by sea.

Shipowner Rysn Ftori lost the use of her legs but gained the companionship of Chiri-Chiri, a Stormlight-ingesting winged larkin, a species once thought extinct. Now Rysn's pet is ill, and any hope for Chiri-Chiri’s recovery can be found only at the ancestral home of the larkin: Akinah. With the help of Lopen, the formerly one-armed Windrunner, Rysn must accept Navani's quest and sail into the perilous storm from which no one has returned alive. If the crew cannot uncover the secrets of the hidden island city before the wrath of its ancient guardians falls upon them, the fate of Roshar and the entire Cosmere hangs in the balance.

©2022 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2022 Mainframe, Inc.

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wow

Who doesnt love The Lopen, what a fantastic gripping novella. its a must read for any Brando fan.

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  • JP
  • 21-08-22

As usual another stand out Sanderson book

Interesting bit of world building. Nice to spend some time with some of the less well known characters!!

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Another excellent addition

I love these books by Sanderson, he has a very specific way of telling a story that obviously resonates with many people. His Storm light volumes are an excellent read and I would definitely recommend them to anyone especially fantasy lovers

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Excellent spin off book as we wait...

I am itching for the next book and we still have a while to wait. this book although released a while ago was new for me - and took me straight back to the good old bridge 4 days. love this series and this book is awesome.

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Really good novella word word word word word noun adverb word word seven unique words

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Brandon's style doesn't work with short books

Honestly I don't really know what to say about the book but I feel like reviewing it is important because for whatever reason everyone is giving this book 5 star ratings for seemingly no good reason.

It's stormlight 3.5 so I'm listening to it before Stormlight 4 and I really hope it was worth it and significantly improves that story because on it's own Dawnshard is just nothing to write home about. So far this is the only side story that I feel like I should have just skipped completely.

Dawnshard is weirdly enough really preachy in a very simplistic and heavy handed way and basically nothing happens for the first half of this 7 hour long audiobook. I've seen other authors tackle all of the same issues far better without coming off as annoying.

The last hour is pretty good and while it makes it so the experience as a whole does not leave you with a bad taste in your mouth, it doesn't really make the book as a whole great.

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Fabulous

Brilliant as usual my only complaint is it was not long enough but I guess I have been spoilt with your 40 hour epics

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Very satisfying addition to the Stormlight Archive

Great story and what a read from Michael and Kate bringing the characters alive. Looking forward to the next epilogue of the Stormlight Archive.

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Good little story. Critical Cosmere entry.

Sanderson gets me every time. Rysn embarks on a quest. There's always another secret.

It's fairly straightforward and I saw a lot of the main plot coming.

The narrative revelations are worth the time, and mostly the time with Rsyn herself is the best selling point of the story. She's a joy to be around and a lot of people will benefit from knowing her struggles.

I look forward to seeing how the events of this story pay off later in the Cosmere.

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An honour to read, simply spectacular!

Firstly, I can't thank Brandon enough for the joy and wisdom he has brought me since I reinvigorated my love of literature after discovering his works.

This accompaniment to the primary Stormlight Archives books was as wonderful as I could have imagined, bringing new characters and mysteries to life. I found it to be a perfect blend between witty humour and moments which invoke reflection on character experiences. I loved every cremming minute!

A must read for any Cosmere fan!

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  • 25-08-22

Not a book

One of my favorite series and I was excited to dig into this new book. But to my surprise it was a short story with no explanation behind its purpose. I can see how it may be used later, but it is not deserving it’s own short story. This fixation with physically or mentally disabling his character’s is really hard to understand. I hope he stops creating mental issues for Kaladin, the guy survived Bridge 4, but he repeatedly makes him seem like he has no mental fortitude. Experiences like that build character, not create doubtful, inability to act, and indecisive hero’s.

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  • 24-08-22

I was disappointed

I love the series, however, there was not much progress on the story, felt like the book is more about how a person with disability feels. glad they kept the same narators. this book could have waited till there is more to it. I was hoping to learn more about what happened to the main characters 😔.

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  • 20-08-22

wheres the story?

it took 15 chapters of infodump to even get anywhere near a reasonable story. my sense is that the writer has arrogance combined with boredom from writing so many books now so has to try to show that he knows how to build worlds. he doesn't seem to get the point that this is a short story and should be entertaining and we don't care about the worldbuilding. if we did we would get a long book like he has plenty of. his short book 2.5 was much better in this regards. the writer can and should know and do better. smh.

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  • 16-08-22

Too short…

Amazing story, high adventure, read without being able to stop… Simply amazing… Leaves you wanting so much more… Just too short… Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to bring us this masterpiece….

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  • David Trotter
  • 22-09-22

Excellent Novella, Why Did I Wait So Long

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Brandon’s writing is amazing, period. Now, add in The Lopen and You’re guaranteed a good time. I love the effort that went into understanding physical and mental disabilities and hardships. Having a brother born blind, and witnessing his struggles, I was so happy with how this concluded. ****spoiler**** without naming anyone, I am glad that the person in question was not “healed” but healed themselves metaphorically while maintaining what is a physical handicap.

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  • Aubrey
  • 19-08-22

Worth the wait

Fantastic edition to the series and the cosmere. Have never been disappointed by Brandon Sanderson. And as always, the readers are fantastic

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  • F & E
  • 11-09-22

Brandon Sanderson fan, however...

Firstly I'm I a huge Brandon Sanderson fan and absolutely love the concepts of the stories in the Cosmere Universe. With that, I really enjoyed the the concept of this story. I would have enjoyed a little more action to go with the intrigue and I would have liked a bigger climax. As each of the stories from the Cosmere are stand alones, there is the hints that there is connectivity. Brandon please write a PAYOFF novel that shows that connection and put a bow and box up the stories for us. Looking forward to it!

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  • 10-09-22

don't skip this one

I was told I didn't have to read dawnshard before continuing the series, but I'm glad I chose otherwise.

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  • S. D. Schwaitzberg
  • 30-08-22

liked it but can't live it.

I am a huge Sanderson fan but this was somehow not the world's greatest story. it was a lot of blah blah blah to get to the end which wasn't even that dramatic.

I'm also a big fan of the narrators but the agonizingly slow speech. it was improved when I followed the advice of one of the other reviewers at 1.1 speed. much better

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  • 28-08-22

Very fun with lots of Cosmere connections

I enjoyed this a lot as a little side quest in the midst of the Stormlight mythos, and don’t get me started on the majesty that is Kate Reading and Michael Kramer’s performance!

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