Brandon Sanderson

jackcompassShort and sweet post: I need some help!  I want to read Brandon Sanderson but he has so many books and series and all that.  So I post this question to those of you who know is writing better then I, what do you recommend is the best reading order for hes books?  Essentially all his books are on my to read list, so no holds barred here!

Any and all comments or links to others who have discussed this are welcome!

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11 thoughts on “Brandon Sanderson

  1. Oooh, good question! He has so many!! 😀 How exciting. I apologize in advance for this humongous comment!

    It depends on what you’re looking for, I think. If I had the chance to re-start, I would probably start with Warbreaker because the two female protags sound pretty awesome. I haven’t read it yet, though, so I can’t say personally how it is. Some reviewers say that his later work is so good, it casts a shadow on his earlier work, although I haven’t experienced that feeling, myself. I haven’t read either of his YA series yet, either.

    Right now I’m reeeeeeally enjoying The Way of Kings, which seems to feature Sanderson’s most complex and developed worldbuilding. I found myself immediately interested in the ideas of that world. It’s over 1,000 pages, though, so it may not be the perfect starting place.

    And, of course, the original Mistborn trilogy! I started with these, and it took some time for me to get invested; but once I was, I had a blast with the terrific plot twists that come at the end of every book. (The second book develops characters and politics better than the first, and that was my favorite book of the trilogy.) The spinoff series (Mistborns 4-6, thus far) is really fun, but I wouldn’t recommend starting those until you’ve read the original three because of the spoilers.

    PHEW! Hope that helps!! Good luck and enjoy 😀

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    • Well, I long response was what I was hoping to get! I do read books in series order, so no issue with the mistborn books, but I have heard there are several series set in the same world so wanted an opinion about where to start with that. Plus he has several worlds so I was curious as to which might be best to start with. Yet I have also heard that essentially *anywhere* is good to start so it makes it hard to just pick a place?

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  2. Yeah, it’s all pretty great! 😄 You could start anywhere and enjoy them.

    I know of at least one person who read the second set of Mistborn books (starting with The Alloy of Law, which is set a couple of hundred years after The Hero of Ages) before reading the first trilogy; she said the magic system was a little confusing, that way, but she enjoyed it. There are some spoilers in the second trilogy, and it assumes you understand how the magic system works, to some degree. Goodreads numbers the books 1-6, instead of #1-3 and #1-3, so that’s how I read them:

    The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
    The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)
    The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)
    The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4)
    Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5)
    The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6) (which I haven’t read, yet! Still catching up, hehe)

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the books!! Do you think you’ll be able to start anytime soon? 😀

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  3. The order I read them in is –
    1. Mistborn trilogy (I think the Final Empire is a great starter)
    2. Elantris
    3. Warbreaker
    4. The Stormlight Archive
    5. Reckoners (though not the last one yet! And these are not a part of Cosmere)
    6. Mistborn spin-off.

    Hope you’ll start soon! Afterwards you’ll ask yourself how you could live without Sanderson

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      • Hm actually no! I think Mistborn is a great way to start (and the sequel might be good to wait with, because you will be too emotional). Elantris and Warbreaker are stand-alones so they’re good to read as a break after the series. Stormlight Archive is prob my fave, but I think you need to have read some of his other works before so, quoting from Sanderson himself, you’ll trust him. Because Stormlight Archive are very intimidating books and might take a little while to get into (though if you love Sanderson, that won’t be a problem). xx

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      • Thanks! This is very very helpful, because otherwise I would have floundered and really I’ve been avoiding his works because I just didn’t know where to start and even though he says it doesn’t matter, it totally does.

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      • Yeah definitely! You need to have a good start, and be able to trust that the author would give you want you expect from them. The only thing you might notice and be a bit annoyed by in the Mistborn first trilogy is the absent of women. Yeah sure the main character is a girl but otherwise there are barely any women at all. But as seen in his other works, he evolves so much and at least half of all your all-time favorite female characters will be from his books

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