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Dawnshard

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Kate Reading,Michael Kramer
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Publisher's Summary

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 Oathbringer and Rhythm of War, this tale (like Edgedancer before it) gives often-overshadowed characters their own chance to shine.

When a ghost ship is discovered, its crew presumed dead after trying to reach the storm-shrouded island Akina, 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 sea.

Shipowner 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 quest 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.

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ah lopen🤣

It's a must read if you wanna stay up to day avout the lore of cosmere, and if you wanna see lopen be lopen!
One of my favorite cosmere books so far!
A crem worthy of the title!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-08-22

Not a book

One of my favorite series and I was excited to dig into this new book. But to my surprise it was a short story with no explanation behind its purpose. I can see how it may be used later, but it is not deserving it’s own short story. This fixation with physically or mentally disabling his character’s is really hard to understand. I hope he stops creating mental issues for Kaladin, the guy survived Bridge 4, but he repeatedly makes him seem like he has no mental fortitude. Experiences like that build character, not create doubtful, inability to act, and indecisive hero’s.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-22

I was disappointed

I love the series, however, there was not much progress on the story, felt like the book is more about how a person with disability feels. glad they kept the same narators. this book could have waited till there is more to it. I was hoping to learn more about what happened to the main characters 😔.

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  • CNC Builder
  • 20-08-22

wheres the story?

it took 15 chapters of infodump to even get anywhere near a reasonable story. my sense is that the writer has arrogance combined with boredom from writing so many books now so has to try to show that he knows how to build worlds. he doesn't seem to get the point that this is a short story and should be entertaining and we don't care about the worldbuilding. if we did we would get a long book like he has plenty of. his short book 2.5 was much better in this regards. the writer can and should know and do better. smh.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 16-08-22

Too short…

Amazing story, high adventure, read without being able to stop… Simply amazing… Leaves you wanting so much more… Just too short… Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to bring us this masterpiece….

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  • David Trotter
  • 22-09-22

Excellent Novella, Why Did I Wait So Long

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Brandon’s writing is amazing, period. Now, add in The Lopen and You’re guaranteed a good time. I love the effort that went into understanding physical and mental disabilities and hardships. Having a brother born blind, and witnessing his struggles, I was so happy with how this concluded. ****spoiler**** without naming anyone, I am glad that the person in question was not “healed” but healed themselves metaphorically while maintaining what is a physical handicap.

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  • Aubrey
  • 19-08-22

Worth the wait

Fantastic edition to the series and the cosmere. Have never been disappointed by Brandon Sanderson. And as always, the readers are fantastic

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  • Trey williams
  • 17-08-22

Kinda waited for meh…

I’ve been waiting on this. So long in fact I didn’t wanna read and listen to Rhythm of War until I finished this. Tbh this book was boring. I LOVE Rysn as a character, but like for 5 hours it’s just her being a cripple. WHICH makes sense it’s something new for her and how she deals with it etc; but I feel it delves WAY to much into it. So much that it doesn’t even seem like a fantasy book for a majority of it. It’s just a girl that can’t walk on a boat. There was no action minus the final 30 minutes. That sounds bad, but with the Kaladin moments or Shallan moments there were things happening around them while they dealt with their inner turmoil. Nothing happens here. Just a girl on a boat like I said. I really really hope we dive deeper into Rysn because in Oathbringer she was cool as all fuck! In here though I lose all interest in her. The Lopin was another weird point. I like The Lopin in the main line books he’s funny and was one of my favorite characters good comedic relief but also cool. In here I feel he was forced to be overwhelming and annoying to force something in the end. The ending when things finally ramp up i WANTED MORE SO MUCH MORE and it just ended right when i was like ooh! I’m paying attention now. It was over. Honestly this is a book I feel didnt live up at all to Brandon’s normal writing. A complete let down imo. (This may not make sense, but in 007 one of the movies was completely about a poker game and you’re so intrigued the entire way through I think if Brandon made this Entire book about like a deal going down and how to obtain what you wanted or something akin to that it would have been epic.

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  • Samuel Warren
  • 28-09-22

Great expansion of cosmere

I always appreciate the Sanderson books that give us a little insight into the cosmere and its interconnected people and creatures. This book has such charcters and an interesting plot to go along with them. I hope to discover more about them in future works regarding the cosmere.

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  • F & E
  • 11-09-22

Brandon Sanderson fan, however...

Firstly I'm I a huge Brandon Sanderson fan and absolutely love the concepts of the stories in the Cosmere Universe. With that, I really enjoyed the the concept of this story. I would have enjoyed a little more action to go with the intrigue and I would have liked a bigger climax. As each of the stories from the Cosmere are stand alones, there is the hints that there is connectivity. Brandon please write a PAYOFF novel that shows that connection and put a bow and box up the stories for us. Looking forward to it!

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  • Richard Pollard
  • 10-09-22

don't skip this one

I was told I didn't have to read dawnshard before continuing the series, but I'm glad I chose otherwise.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-08-22

wow

Who doesnt love The Lopen, what a fantastic gripping novella. its a must read for any Brando fan.

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  • JP
  • 21-08-22

As usual another stand out Sanderson book

Interesting bit of world building. Nice to spend some time with some of the less well known characters!!

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  • Bill Collins
  • 23-11-22

Never disappointed

I'd an avid fantasy reader it took me a while to get into Brandon Sanderson's Stromlight archive. In the last 2 years, I have powered through almost all of this series and its associated novellas. Dawnshard did not disappoint, it sheds light on the wider world and lore Sanderson has created and gives depth to some side characters in the main novels. What a joy to get inside the mind of one of my favourite characters, The Lopen. A full-bodied and unique character that at first seems like a fool created for just comedy value. He brings so much to this book and is someone we would all like to have an adventure with.

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  • Ahmad Buhannad
  • 17-10-22

Assumption

I made the mistake of picking this book up after reading that it can be read as a standalone that doesn't spoil the main saga of this world.

Big mistake.

the book assumes that you know the world. its locations, rules and it references alot of characters from the main series? I think. I'm not even sure. I ended up googling alot of things. the book doesn't explain most if not all of it.

it feels like a side story of a spin off of a spin off.

nothing really happens till the very last hour. and yet I have no attachment or the gravity of what happened in the end.

the female narrator was bored most of the time. the male narrator made me dislike Lopen even more.

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  • Guðrún Pétursdóttir
  • 25-09-22

This is a must listen for every Stormlight fan

Can't believe I missed it when it came out. Even though it contains no spoilers for the main saga it deepens your understanding of some characters for example the Loepen. It also seems as Sanderson is using the novellas in the same way as the interludes to introduce characters (that I suspect will become the main cast in the latter half of the series) and to connect us to the whole Cosemere world not just Roshar

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  • T G Steele
  • 15-09-22

Another excellent addition

I love these books by Sanderson, he has a very specific way of telling a story that obviously resonates with many people. His Storm light volumes are an excellent read and I would definitely recommend them to anyone especially fantasy lovers

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  • richard
  • 30-08-22

Excellent spin off book as we wait...

I am itching for the next book and we still have a while to wait. this book although released a while ago was new for me - and took me straight back to the good old bridge 4 days. love this series and this book is awesome.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-22

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Really good novella word word word word word noun adverb word word seven unique words

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  • Mikael
  • 23-08-22

Brandon's style doesn't work with short books

Honestly I don't really know what to say about the book but I feel like reviewing it is important because for whatever reason everyone is giving this book 5 star ratings for seemingly no good reason.

It's stormlight 3.5 so I'm listening to it before Stormlight 4 and I really hope it was worth it and significantly improves that story because on it's own Dawnshard is just nothing to write home about. So far this is the only side story that I feel like I should have just skipped completely.

Dawnshard is weirdly enough really preachy in a very simplistic and heavy handed way and basically nothing happens for the first half of this 7 hour long audiobook. I've seen other authors tackle all of the same issues far better without coming off as annoying.

The last hour is pretty good and while it makes it so the experience as a whole does not leave you with a bad taste in your mouth, it doesn't really make the book as a whole great.

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  • d.ginn
  • 21-08-22

Fabulous

Brilliant as usual my only complaint is it was not long enough but I guess I have been spoilt with your 40 hour epics

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  • Kaari Watkins
  • 23-08-22

Fantastic book but disappointing narrators.

I love this series and this book lives up to my expectations of excellence, so I can't bear to give it less than 5 stars. I wish they'd used different narrators though. The accents that they tried to make up for the main characters were horrible and inconsistent and just made it painful to listen to.

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  • Daniel
  • 28-09-22

A Great Shorter Package

I wish the wait wasn't so long but here it is. Sanderson really shines in shorter format. I also think this is an improvement over Edgedancer. For a short novel it has a lot packed into it with plenty of fanservice.

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  • Lise
  • 21-09-22

Cheery-Cheery for this one!

A couple of big cheers for this one. Great to have a fix for my Stormlight saga obsession and really good to have Rysn, Chiri-Chiri and the Lopen get an adventure where they learn to shine! I can see great things for these guys. I do think Michael could do a better Lopen accent but otherwise all good! Thanks!

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  • Pastor Ross Cochrane
  • 21-09-22

Excellent story

Brandon Sanderson tells the most amazing tales and this one is full of adventure and humour and wonderful characters. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading (an interesting name) are two of the best Narrators around.

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  • Simon McBeath
  • 18-09-22

A meaningful side quest to the epic saga.

Some of our favourite 2nd teir characters get their own quest to a mythical island and come into their own.

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  • Kate
  • 14-09-22

Been waiting ages for this one!

This was great, only downside was it was over too soon, but that's the nature of a novella I guess. Would have been good to read this before Rhythm of War because it gives good context to a couple of minor characters. Still really enjoyable reading it after RoW though. Also nice to listen to Reading and Kramer - they're old friends after reading me the whole of Wheel of Time, Mistborn, and Stormlight :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-22

Ok, but not as good as the main storyline

I really like the characters in this novella when they were in the main book, but it felt a bit forced in this story.

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  • Neil Pope
  • 07-09-22

Painful

The story might be good but the reading is shocking. I have up after chapter one it was too get into.

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  • Maeve Reid
  • 07-09-22

I'm glad I can be slow

after finishing the book I realise the title is a huge spoiler...
I love novellas that provide character development for characters within the main saga.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-22

Perfect addition to the series

absolutly wonderful link between the main books, perfectly flows important events and character developments 10/10. On to the next amazing book in the Stormlight Archives can't get enough