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.