I recently finished the first of Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series, and as with
his other work that I have read (mostly the Mistborn
trilogy) it really pulled me in. It took me a little time to get into it at
first, but after that it was difficult to put down, even the supposedly “slower”
parts. Sanderson has created a large, complex, and very interesting world, and I’m
now eager to read the rest of the series!
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Jasnah Kholin and Kaladin are my two
favorite characters so far, although I like Shallan and Dalinar as well. Jasnah
is a very interesting person, and I like her thoughts and attitude, her deep
love of learning, and her determination to get to the truth about her world. I
like Kaladin for his determination to not give up, and to make the most of
whatever situation he finds himself in. Revelations at the end of this first
book now make me especially eager to know what happens next.
Sanderson does a good job of building different cultures in the different geographical parts of his world, and showing how they vary depending on their distance from some of the world’s dangers (such as the highstorms), and how they interact with each other and have influenced each other over time.
I would recommend this to anyone who like long, epic fantasy stories, with many characters and complex world-building.
A good reminder that sometimes stepping back and approaching a problem with fresh eyes is the easiest way to get it solved: a minor formatting issue with The Wizard of Suomen ebook back in October that I could not figure out only took a few minutes to solve today!
Pro tip: if you want your epub file to clear with no epubcheck errors, make sure you have the ” https:// ” bit in front of any web links you might have in your html file. Simple, but easy to overlook, as it turns out. -_-
I’m just double-checking a few things prior to promos for both the book and the short story, coming next week!
The Witch is in the Top 100 Kindle Short Reads for Science Fiction & Fantasy! Thanks to everyone who gave it a try! For anyone who hasn’t yet, it’s just $0.99:
Luule is born with a speck of blue in her gray eyes, the vivid blue of magic. But magic is feared, and those who wield it shunned. Luule grows up fighting for acceptance in her village, her only encouragement that given by her loving mother. When her mother dies, Luule is left truly alone. Struggling to endure harsh winters, she works harder than ever…until a foreign army invades. With magic-wielding enemies bearing down on them, Luule must make hard decisions quickly not only to survive, but for the chance of winning a better life for herself. Come find out which way the Winds will blow…