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Dawnshard ❰Read❯ ➬ Dawnshard Author Brandon Sanderson – 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 Oathbr From Brandon Sanderson author of the 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 shineWhen a ghost ship is discovered its crew presumed dead after trying to reach the storm shrouded island Akinah 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 seaShipowner 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 uest 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.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 208 pages
  • Dawnshard
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • English
  • 05 December 2016

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10 thoughts on “Dawnshard

  1. Petrik Petrik says:

    I have a Booktube channel now Subscribe here is a magnificent warm up to the upcoming Rhythm of War Dawnshard is a novella or short novel in The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson I think many of you have known that I am a devout fan of Sanderson’s Cosmere universe No seriously I love the Cosmere universe so much that I actually felt annoyed when Sanderson decided to focus on Skyward instead of finishing Mistborn Wax and Wayne series first But let’s get back on topic I knew Dawnshard will be a wonderful book and I knew it will provide character development and other necessary information for the future of the series What I didn’t expect however was that it will shed light on so many Cosmere hints and revelations Dawnshard takes place after Oathbringer and before Rhythm of War it follows the story of Rysn as she’s tasked to go to Akinah I haven’t read any previous chapters released for Rhythm of War but I know for sure that the events that happened in Dawnshard display immense implications for the future of Roshar and the entire Cosmere universe It is frankly insane I just don’t know how Sanderson does it This novella exceeded Edgedancer in every possible way and I’m so pleasantly surprised by how important it was on the grander scheme of the Cosmere “That was the thing about omens—they were made up Imagined signals of something nebulous So why not make them up to be something positive” I never thought about it before but Sanderson’s decision to put Rysn and Lopen as the two POV characters in this novella is such a brilliant move Approximately half of the book takes place in a seafaring travel section but it was never boring; Sanderson developed Rysn Lopen Cord Huio and also include stunning revelations about Cosmere in this section; entire book actually One of the things that Sanderson tried to do carefully in Dawnshard is to make sure the representation of disabled characters—mainly paraplegic—is done right He has consulted and did his research Now I will not be presumptuous and say he has done it well; I believe this can only be judged by someone with the same issue and I’m not However I would like to digress that this book made me feel empathetic towards them One of my younger brother’s legs is disabled since he was born and this book occasionally made me stop and think about what he went through growing up “Everyone else pranced around without ever having to worry they were a burden to others Never remaining in the same place—when they longed to move around—because they didn’t want it to be a bother They didn’t know what they had But Rysn knew exactly what she’d lost” Do note that this doesn’t mean that Dawnshard is a gloomy book I think Sanderson’s books all of them aren’t like that Sanderson always makes sure to include positivity in the bleakest of moments and this feeling of invigoration I got from reading his books is something that I’ve come to truly appreciate from his works This is why Lopen’s POV matters Lopen was hilarious in the main novels and I personally found that Dawnshard deepens his characterizations further Come to think of it Lopen reminded me a lot of Wayne—another supporting character I loved—from Mistborn Wax and Wayne series I loved the positive attitudes that he brings with his existence; he genuinely just wants the people around him to be happy “But it’s nice to make people laugh at you for something you do and not something you can’t control You know” However as much as I praised Rysn and Lopen I have to say that the most pleasant surprise in character development for me was Huio I didn’t think of him as remotely important in the main series so far but Dawnshard successfully and efficiently established him as one of the supporting characters to watch out for The same can also be said for Cord Chiri Chiri you know what Consider what I just said moot point because it applies to practically everyone now I’m just seriously impressed with Dawnshard; I liked Edgedancer but Lift infuriated me non stop there and she made me hate the word ‘pancake’ Not only the overall content of Dawnshard felt so much important to the scope and main story of The Stormlight Archive but it also extrapolates the importance of having a positive mindset in the daily course of our lives Superstition or bad omens are a big theme in Dawnshard and Sanderson showcases examples of why sometimes bad omens can be turned around by simply shifting our mindset and perspective “You could always defeat gloomy Passions with optimism and determination Even the worst highstorm dropped fresh water” One last thing before I conclude this review which somehow ended up being longer than I expected I’ll make this as spoiler free and vague as possible but if you’re caught up or understand the mechanism behind the Cosmere universe Dawnshard is about to stun you with many mindblowing insights One of the biggest hints is the implication that materials from other worlds in the Cosmere could be traded and appear in different worlds now Aluminum is here and I’m sure it will be as well in Rhythm of War and so on Think about the usage of Aluminum in Mistborn series From reading Oathbringer we knew this could happen but to see it appearing here unless I’m mistaken is truly a sign of great things to come in Rhythm of War and pretty much all future Cosmere books Also if I have to mention a growing and worrying issue from reading The Stormlight Archive so far it would be that the characters and their healing power have become way too powerful Well Dawnshard has pretty much exhibited how this issue will be negated; several counter mechanism has been shown and our beloved characters will probably suffer Soon “Sometimes you need to accept what you’ve lost then move forward Then you can instead realize what you’ve gained” It’s astounding to me that there’s still so much about this relatively short book I could talk about here but I’ll stop for now I hope the day will come when Rysn becomes one of the main characters in the main novels In less than 300 pages I already preferred reading Rysn as one of the main POV characters compared to Shallan There I’ve said it I would like to say that Dawnshard isn’t mandatory to read but I can’t Honestly I’m still shocked and amazed by all the revelations I attained from reading this short novel Dawnshard is an incredible appetizer before we devour the next main menu in The Stormlight Archive Rhythm of War More importantly this is a must read volume for many of us who’s adapting “Journey before destination” in our lives as we make our way through traversing every single piece of art in The Stormlight Archive and Cosmere universe Needless to say this is an amazing novellashort novel Last but not leastI am ready for the Rhythm of War SidenoteCurrently the ebook of Dawnshard is only available for Kickstarter backers If I’m not mistaken the ebook will come out on the 10th of November on and other stores The physical copy will be published next yearYou can pre order the book from UK | USYou can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewingMy Patrons Alfred Alya Annabeth Blaise Devin Diana Edward Hamad Helen Jimmy Nutts Joie Lufi Michelle Mike Miracle Nicholas Zoe

  2. Muhtasin Oyshik Muhtasin Oyshik says:

    Dawnshard Stormlight Archive#35 by Brandon Sanderson It's a part of the Stormlight Archive series which is set between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War and takes place about three months after the end of OathbringerThe story gives some insights into some side charactersRysn and Lopen Sanderson formed his usual magic and developed the side characters admirably An enjoyable read and a pleasant conclusion with the chance of new stories in the future made this story very enjoyable fate was on your side even when an omen tried to darken the way You could always defeat gloomy Passions with optimism and determination Enjoyable read

  3. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Oh there’s some illustrations 😃Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  4. Jonathan O& Jonathan O& says:

    3 ⭐Storm it Gancho it’s good to finally have some new Stormlight material It’s been weeks since I last held a Sanderson book in my filthy lowlander mitts and I was starting to get the shakes like Teft after a couple of days without FiremossDawnshard not to be confused with Dawnshart an early hours fart that takes a sinister turn is a Stormlight novella set between the 2 behemoths Oathbringer and Rhythm of War We follow Rysn and the crew of the Wandersail along with Lopen Huio Cord and a number of other very interesting characters as they embark on an expedition to the Storm shrouded island of Akinah with the official assignment of ensuring the island has not fallen into enemy hands after a previous expedition to the island ended in the strange disappearance of a ship and it’s crew Rysn and the Windrunners both have differing unofficial motives for travelling to the island but you can read about that yourself Whilst I wouldn’t say this is mandatory reading before ROW I will say that the characters in this novella won’t have nearly as much depth to you if you go in without having read thisSPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT The character work is great as usual for Sanderson The choice of POV characters was unexpected but worked really well Rysn is as far as I can tell a nuanced and accurate representation of someone with a physical disability Her insecurities and everyday challenges as well as the ways in which people without a disability interacted with her all seemed really well done She’ll be a very interesting character to watch going forwardI enjoy Lopen’s joviality and larrikinism Particularly in novellas I don’t have an issue with Sanderson going down the lighthearted comedic route but it’s all pretty cheesy humor You know the kind that gets like a one syllable almost obligatory humph sort of laugh One thing I find uite amusing is people’s differing opinions on Lopen compared to Lift I would say they’re about the same level of relentless when it comes to cracking wise which I don’t have a problem with as I’m probably the same type of unbearable yet people seem to love Lopen and hate Lift If anything I would say Lift’s balance between humour and heartfelt moments makes her much interesting than ‘The Lopen’I’m a sucker for a Hive Mind species so I loved the introduction of the Sleepless They were largely the driving force behind the mystery element in this novella and I found everything about their species and motivations on Roshar to be really interesting It’s a real shame that was destroyed by the Dumpster Fire that were the negotiations towards the end of this novella They were a completely “on the nose” attempt to illustrate Rysn’s skills in trade and negotiation but I did not buy it for a second The fact that she managed to sway the minds of this ancient species with such a half assed alternative to just killing them was so unconvincing and frankly laughableWhat the Bejesus was the deal with Huio and Lopen’s Third Ideals So for the Windrunners it’s supposed to be something loosely based on “I will protect even those I hate” right Well Huio achieves the ideal by basically protecting those Lopen that he Um doesn’t hate but occasionally can be a little bit annoying and hurtful when teasing people And Lopen achieves it by basically declaring “I will become a boring version of myself and think about others when I joke Yes I will get a lobotomy” What the fudge Kaladin really took the hard road to get to the same point huhThe revelations within the later chapters in this novella will no doubt have major implications for not only the future of Roshar but the Cosmere as a whole however it’s unclear when we will see the payoff On to the main course Rhythm of War awaits

  5. Eon ♒Windrunner♒ Eon ♒Windrunner♒ says:

    Dawnshard is another illuminating and beautifully crafted piece in the Cosmere puzzle Every time a new Stormlight Archive story gets released my excitement goes through the roof There is no reading I enjoy and I am so thankful that I am lucky enough to be getting not only one but two new Cosmere stories this year Dawnshard is a novella and as such shorter than your average SA book but it’s still longer than Brandon planned and comes in at about 200 pages Let me tell you though I read this in the blink of an eye All my favourite authors have that talent to make time disappear but none so than Brandon Sanderson and it’s almost sad because while Brandon continuously over delivers I can never seem to get enough Dawnshard is no different Slotting into the spot between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War it bridges the gap between those two books with a story that focuses on an expedition to the mythical island of Akinah Many fans will know that this mysterious place is exciting for a bunch of reasons Rysn and Chiri Chiri by ShuravfI had no idea what to expect when Sanderson first announced Dawnshard apart from another fantastic read but I honestly was a little disappointed when I heard that the main characters of this novella were going to be Rysn and Lopen I remembered enjoying Rysn’s interludes but never thought of her as a main character and the same case could be made for Lopen While humorous and entertaining the lead role for Lopen seemed to be a bit of a reach and maybe also a little too much of him for my tasteI should have never doubted though Brandon Sanderson has pulled a Larkin out of the hat here setting up minor characters as ones I want to see much of now with Rysn in particular becoming a bit of a favourite of mine Rysn Lopen Huio Cord Sanderson gives them the spotlight and they absolutely revel in it These are not characters most people would expect to be given major development but their growth is explosive in Dawnshard and I LOVED every second of it There is so much depth to them than the glimpses we have been given before and the things we discover about them are an absolute joy to read Something else to take note of is that Sanderson manages to make you think uite a lot about disabilities and how they affect those who have them and also those who interact with people who have them elevating the story even with wonderfully empathetic writing Also did I mention how much I love Rysn already I will honestly be holding out hope that at least one but hopefully all of the above characters get much larger roles in the rest of the series And this should go without saying but MORE CHIRI CHIRI please The other big surprise of this book is the absolute wealth of information that we are given regarding the Cosmere FLAILS You don't always expect such major reveals in an in between novella but Sanderson packed Dawnshard with lore and hints that still has me and my friends discussing and guessing at the implications and possibilities Dawnshard is a sublime new addition to the Stormlight Archives and sets the stage beautifully for Rhythm of War adding just another little bit of hype With this small puzzle piece of the Cosmere slotting into place Sanderson not only shattered my expectations for this book but also delivered a wonderful story that was exciting and utterly delightful shedding light on so many different aspects Pairing Rysn and Lopen was an inspired decision and together with the marvelous character development and larger glimpse at the mysteries of the Cosmere it has made Dawnshard an indispensable read What a journey we have ahead of us

  6. Celeste Celeste says:

    I loved everything about this My only complaint is that it wasn’t longer It’s been a while since I read a book in under 24 hours and I’m very tempted to just turn back to the beginning and start over Before Dawnshard I liked both Rysn and Lopen just fine After Dawnshard I pretty much adore them both And Cord And Chiri Chiri And Rushu I needed a dose of powerful positivity in my life and this book so delivered that exactly when I was thirsting for it the most I love that Sanderson raised uestions about the interconnectivity of the Cosmere and I can’t wait to see those answered But most of all I love the ways in which he broached the way a disability effects so much than the body It was beautiful and empathetic and moving and Rysn might just be my new favorite This “novella” did nothing but increase the hype for Rhythm of War and I’m uite literally counting down the days

  7. Valliya Rennell Valliya Rennell says:

    35 stars Although this is a spoiler free review spoilers are hidden there may be spoilers for previous books in seriesFirst off you're in for a ride physically and metaphorically In this latest Cosmere novella we follow Rysn and Lopen as they are sent on an expedition to Akinah after the ship that carried those unfortunate sailors and Soulcaster that we saw in an Oathbringer Interlude to their deaths On the voyage various bad omens from the Gods occur that dissuade the ship crew from making the journey and as Rysn is battling a tension between her and her sailorscaptain things are not looking too bright However are these omens really omens They seem too purposeful and what is that island of Aimia truly hidingThis novella is so much better than Edgedancer the emotional moments hit twice as hard the tensionintrigue is also greatly increased and the wider Cosmere implications are baffling me I also believe that this novella will tie into the main series a tiny bit than its predecessor for spoiler reasons It starts of uite slow however intrigue is high from the get go You can literally finish it in a day or two because you won't be able to put the book down The narration from Lopen as much as I enjoy him has a similar issue for me as did Lift's I can have small chunks of it but if I'm getting chapter after chapter it does get tiring Other than that I love Rysn's progression from the brat she was in The Way of Kings to the absolutely badass intellectual merchant she is now I cannot wait to read from her and her crew Overall this novella is really solid I enjoyed it a lot though some points in the narration were tiresome and the first half ish is a bit of a struggle to get into Now I CANNOT WAIT FOR RHYTHM OF WAR I have soooo many uestionsSpoiler Thoughts Cosmere Stormlightview spoilerOk holy smokes I have a uestion and a theory Doesn't Rysn's powers at the end remind ANYONE of the Fifth Heightening And also COMMAND So are the others like Intent Connection and Investiture not very confident about this last one I need answersMy theory is that Hoid has another Dawnshard Sanderson said that the weapon that was used to splinter Adonalsium is linked to why Hoid is able to stay alive for so long In addition Hoid was there where the splintering happened and he is called by Patji the bearer of the First Gem could this be all meaning that Hoid has another Dawnshard It would make sense as to why everyone is so hellbent on making him stop interfering I'm fascinated by this If you have any thoughts please dm meAlso the mural that Rysn saw was red and gold Trell anyone Maybe some dude kills Rysn at the end of Stormlight 5 and starts going around trying to get Harmony to break up into Preservation and Ruin again I just don't think that Sanderson would use symbolism in such a blase manner Aaand that's all I AM SO PUMPED please if you have any theories dmmmm hide spoiler

  8. Deborah Obida Deborah Obida says:

    35 starsDawnshard is a great addition to the Stormlight series If it had come out months before Rhythm of War or had publicity I would have made time for it it came out few days to RoW the worst part was that I wasn't aware of it's existence till RoW came out It made reading this like a chore I couldn't wait to finish I all but rushed it I'll try read it another time hopefully I'll enjoy it This book is supposed to be read before RoW just like Edgedancer is to be read before Oathbringer Dawnshard follows Rysn a character from the interludes of the previous books in the series She is a merchant and owns her own ship The Alethi contacted her for an expedition to use her ship It's the Alethi so things didn't go as planned Conuering folks is basically their primary cultural heritage It’s taking some time for them to learn to see things another way—but they are listening The world building is out of this world and the writing though comprehensible was extremely slow Rysn is the protagonist other characters like Lopen the WindrunnerBridge four member also have a POV Kaladin and Navani made an appearance Attitude she reminded herself You will never sell anything if you don’t believe it’s worth the asking price The plot follows the Rysn and the Alethi on their way to an Island that is suspected to have an Oathgate The coalition need to make sure whether it's there and functioning before Odium and the Listeners know about it The Island is rumoured to be a death trap as people that go there never returns again

  9. Jake Bishop Jake Bishop says:

    Dawnshard is consistently interesting and well written throughout and has some really interesting large scale Cosmere and Stormlight implications but lacked the amazing moments to be among my favorite cosmere booksI think the best thing about this book is how good of a job Brandon does at writing someone who has lost the use of their legs As you would expect from Brandon it is an extremely realistic and well done approach This book does feel a little different from Edgedancer and really every Sanderson story in that there isn't really a Sanderlanche It is pretty consistently paced throughout and obviously when your main character can't walk you aren't going to have an action packed third act That being said the characterization and worldbuilding really drew me in One thing it did better then Edgedancer is that it felt important to the bigger story it felt like less of a side uest and of a smaller part of the main story I also don't think Rysn will be as divisive as Lift was even though I think Lift is a deeper character if you don't only focus on the bad jokes I also really enjoyed the development of The Lopen and Cord in this novellaOverall this was a really well written story that had some major reveals and implications7710

  10. TS Chan TS Chan says:

    Cosmere fans you're in for such a treat because I was not expecting such a stunning revelation But not only do we get loads of lore and Cosmere connections in this the character development of these two side characters from the main series was fantastic And there's excellent representation of those who are disabled or people who are 'different' Brilliant empathetic writing all round without sacrificing plot pace and worldbuilding Full RTC

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