Mistborn: The Alloy of Law (2011) by Brandon Sanderson

With The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson begins revealing his very ambitious plan with the Mistborn series. Rather than just write one very good fantasy trilogy, that did an excellent job subverting the genre on so many levels, he goes a step further and grandly subverts the “unchanging world” paradigm most fantasy is stuck in…

Mistborn: The Eleventh Metal (2012) by Brandon Sanderson

The Eleventh Metal wasn’t some grand-plan part of Brandon Sanderson’s cosmere sequence, it was some supplemental writing for a game, and it really shows. Not only does it feel superfluous, it feels…wrong, not cohesive with the other Mistborn works. It’s a lazy, clunky way to set up a plot point that didn’t need setting up;…

The Emperor’s Soul (2012) by Brandon Sanderson

The Emperor’s Soul is the only Sanderson story to win a Hugo (as of yet), and it deserves it. It’s an excellent story playing very well to Sanderson’s strengths, but it also feels more literary than his regular fare, with the worldbuilding very much serving the themes of the story rather than something developed for…