Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell (2013) by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is getting much, much better at writing novellas. This, and The Emperor’s Soul, are legitimately really good fantasy novellas, and a vast improvement over his earlier short fiction.

This work feel uncharacteristically bleak and grim for a Sanderson work (even the first Mistborn trilogy had romance and fun to offset the unrelenting darkness of the world)…and I really liked that. Great to see a writer stretch, tone-wise. Felt quite chilling.

The protagonist was also pretty non-archetypal, but she was quickly relatable, and quite compelling. As was the world, Threnody – I hope it’s revisited in later cosmere books.

I give it three silver tools, and a trapped shade.


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