Brandon Sanderson is the undisputed king of fantasy literature.
It’s uncommon to come across a prolific author who can constantly produce good fiction with such consistency.
Most of his novels take place in the Cosmere, a shared reality where a mysterious creature named Adonalsium is slain by sixteen conspirators and its abilities split into sixteen shards.
He is known for his intricate storylines and unusual magic systems.
The sixteen conspirators use these shards to travel to other planets and fill them with various types of magic. These universes are largely ignorant of one another, which successfully separates the storylines while still displaying common features.
Because of the shared universe concept, newcomers may find Sanderson’s books intimidating at first, yet each one stands alone well.
We have made a list of Brandon Sanderson best books for you to enjoy.
Best Brandon Sanderson Books
1. Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight Archive (The Stormlight Archive, 3)
With the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as enormous as their hunger for revenge, mankind faces a new Desolation in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive fantasy epic, Oathbringer.
Dalinar Kholin’s Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi unleashed the destructive Everstorm, which is now sweeping the planet in ruin, awakening the previously tranquil and submissive parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long captivity by humans.
Kaladin Stormblessed must come to terms with the notion that the parshmen’s newly sparked rage may be entirely justified while on a desperate journey to alert his family of the threat.
Shallan Davar examines the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths terrible mysteries hidden in its depths in the tower city of Urithiru, nestled in the mountains far above the storms.
Dalinar also recognizes that his sacred purpose of uniting his nation of Alethkar was too limited. Even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not avert the death of civilization unless all of Roshar’s countries can set aside Dalinar’s blood-soaked history and stand together, and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past.
2. The Way of Kings
The world of Roshar is one of stone and storms. Unusual tempests of enormous force rage across the rocky landscape so regularly that they’ve altered both ecology and society.
Animals hide in shells, trees retract their branches, and grass retracts into the bare earth. Only where the geography provides shelter are cities constructed.
The ten sacred orders known as the Knights Radiant have been extinguished for millennia, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: supernatural swords and sets of armour that turn ordinary men into near-invincible warriors.
Kingdoms are exchanged for Shardblades by men. They were the ones who fought and won wars.
On the Shattered Plains, a devastated region, one such battle is raging. Kaladin has been forced to slavery after trading his medical apprenticeship for a spear to defend his younger brother.
He fights to rescue his troops and understand the leaders who deem them expendable in a battle that makes no sense, where 10 armies fight independently against a single opponent.
One of the armies is led by Brightlord Dalinar Kholin. He, like his late brother, is enthralled with an old treatise known as The Way of Kings. He has began to doubt his own sanity, plagued by overpowering images of ancient times and the Knights Radiant.
Across the ocean, an untried young lady called Shallan wants to train under Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah, an accomplished scholar and notorious heretic.
Shallan’s motivations are less than pure, despite her genuine enthusiasm for learning. Her study for Jasnah hints to Knights Radiant secrets and the actual reason of the conflict as she plots a daring heist.
The Way of Kings is the first movement of the Stormlight Archive, a daring masterwork in the making, and is the culmination of nearly 10 years of planning, writing, and world-building.
3. Rhythm of War: Book Four of The Stormlight Archive (The Stormlight Archive, 4)
Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant have spent a year fighting a lengthy, terrible battle after forging a coalition of human resistance against the enemy invasion.
Neither side has gained an edge, and the possibility of a betrayal by Dalinar’s cunning friend Taravangian hangs over every strategic decision.
Now, as new technical breakthroughs made by Navani Kholin’s researchers begin to alter the course of the battle, the adversary is planning a daring and hazardous operation.
The ensuing arms competition will test the Radiant principles to their very core, and may even disclose the mysteries of the ancient tower that was once the source of their power.
At the same time that Kaladin Stormblessed is adjusting to his new duty within the Knights Radiant, his Windrunners are dealing with a crisis of their own: As more dangerous enemy Fused awaken to wage war, fewer honorspren are ready to connect with humans in order to expand the number of Radiants. Adolin and Shallan must either escort the coalition’s emissary to the honorspren stronghold of Lasting Integrity and persuade the spren to join the fight against the wicked deity Odium, or face the storm of failure firsthand.
4. Edgedancer: From the Stormlight Archive
Lift had requested a goddess three years ago to stop her from growing older, and she felt her desire had been accomplished.
In Edgedancer, the barely adolescent Knight Radiant discovers that time does not stand still for anybody.
The free-spirited Lift can’t help but travel to Yeddaw when she learns the unrelenting Darkness is pursuing individuals like her with blossoming talents, despite the fact that the young Azish emperor offered her safe haven from an executioner she only knows as Darkness.
Lift recognizes that the oppressed in Yeddaw need a champion, and she recognizes that she must assume this enormous responsibility.
5. Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, Book 2) (The Stormlight Archive, 2)
Kaladin escaped his detractors’ predictions that he would die a horrible death as a military slave, and was appointed leadership of the royal bodyguards, a contentious first for a low-status “darkeyes.”
Now he must defend the king and Dalinar from every conceivable danger, as well as the Assassin’s unique menace, all while covertly attempting to acquire amazing new abilities related to his honorspren, Syl.
Szeth, the Assassin, is back on the loose, assassinating rulers across Roshar and eluding all pursuit thanks to his perplexing abilities.
Highprince Dalinar, commonly regarded as the power behind the Alethi monarchy, is one of his main objectives. Although his leadership position in the conflict appears to be sufficient, the Assassin’s master has far deeper motivations.
Shallan, brilliant yet disturbed, pursues a different path. Despite the fact that she is broken in ways she refuses to recognize, she is tasked with preventing the fabled Voidbringers’ reappearance and the ensuing civilization-ending Desolation.
The Shattered Plains hold the answers she seeks, but getting there is proving to be more difficult than she anticipated.
Meanwhile, the Parshendi are contemplating a pivotal choice in the midst of the Shattered Plains.
Years of Alethi raids have depleted their numbers, and their war captain, Eshonai, persuades them to risk all on a desperate bet with the very supernatural powers they once fled. The ramifications for Parshendi and humans alike, and indeed for Roshar itself, are as terrible as they are unfathomable.
Warbreaker is the story about two royal sisters, the God King one of them must marry, the lesser god who despises his duty, and the immortal who is still attempting to right the wrongs he did hundreds of years ago.
In their universe, individuals who die in glory return as gods, restricted to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city, and BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can only be gathered one unit at a time from specific people.
All sorts of marvels and mischief may be achieved by utilizing air and drawing from the colour in common items.
To overcome the obstacles facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron, God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of valor; and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker, large amounts of each will be required.
7. The Bands of Mourning: A Mistborn Novel
The Mistborn series is a political heist narrative with magical martial-arts action.
Scadrial is on the edge of modernity three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, with railroads to complement the canals, electric lights in the streets and affluent residences, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing towards the clouds.
The Lord Ruler’s fabled metal minds, the Bands of Mourning, are supposed to offer anybody who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler possessed. Almost no one believes they exist.
A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with pictures that appear to portray the Bands as well as texts in an unknown language. Waxillium Ladrian is tasked with investigating the city of New Seran in the south. He learns signs along the way that point to his uncle Edwarn’s actual intentions and the secretive organisation known as The Set.
8. The Hero of Ages: A Mistborn Novel (Mistborn, 3)
Who is the Hero of Ages?
Vin assassinated the Lord Ruler in order to put a stop to the Final Empire and restore freedom. However, the Deepness a deadly variant of the omnipresent mists has returned, accompanied with more massive ashfalls and increasingly strong earthquakes. Humanity looks to be on the verge of extinction.
Emperor Elend Venture seeks to uncover clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that would allow him to restore the world after escaping death at the end of The Well of Ascension by becoming a Mistborn himself.
Vin is overwhelmed by remorse for being duped into unleashing the magical energy Ruin from the Well. Ruin intends to kill the world, and its near-omniscience and capacity to manipulate reality make it appear impossible to resist it.
She can’t even talk about it with Elend for fear of Ruin finding out about their intentions!
9. Steelheart (The Reckoners)
Calamity struck ten years ago. It was a meteor shower that bestowed amazing abilities on ordinary individuals. The awestruck people began referring to them as Epics.
Epics are not man’s friends. The ambition to control came with great abilities. And you must crush man’s desire to dominate him.
Steelheart, an incredibly strong Epic, has placed himself as emperor in what was once Chicago.
Steelheart can manipulate the elements and has the power of 10 men. No bullet can hurt him, no blade can break his skin, and no fire can burn him, according to legend. He is unstoppable. The Reckoners are the only ones who fight back.
The Reckoners are a mysterious organization of regular people who spend their lives researching Epics, identifying their flaws, and then assassinating them. And David wants to be a part of it.
Steelheart assassinated David’s father when he arrived in Chicago. David, like the Reckoners, has been researching and planning for years, and he has something they require. It’s not a thing, but an experience. Steelheart has bled in his presence. And he’s out for vengeance.
10. Starsight (The Skyward Series)
Spensa had always wanted to be a pilot and prove herself a hero like her father. She made it to the clouds, but the facts she discovered there were devastating.
Her father’s cowardice was confirmed when he left his Flight during a fight against the Krell. Worse, he turned on his teammates and assaulted them.
Spensa is certain that there is more to the storey than meets the eye. And she’s convinced that whatever happened to her father on that fateful day might happen to her as well.
She heard the stars once she was outside the safe shell of her planet, and what they revealed to her was horrifying. Spensa has been told a lot of lies about her world.
Humanity has always admired heroes, but who decides what constitutes a hero? Is it possible that mankind is the threat that the galaxy has to be safeguarded from?
Spensa is determined to find out, but each answer she uncovers raises a slew of new questions: about the battle, her adversaries, and possibly even about Spensa herself.
Spensa, on the other hand, has learned a few things about herself, and she is willing to journey to the farthest reaches of the galaxy to preserve humanity if necessary.
11. Dawnshard: From the Stormlight Archive
Dawnshard is a new hefty novella from Brandon Sanderson, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive and its fourth huge chapter, Rhythm of War.
This story (like Edgedancer before it) takes place between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War and offers often-overlooked figures their own opportunity to shine.
When a ghost ship is discovered with its crew thought dead after attempting to reach the storm-engulfed island of Akinah, Navani Kholin must dispatch an expedition to ensure the island is not in enemy hands. Knights Radiant who fly too close lose their Stormlight, therefore the journey must be via water.
Rysn Ftori, a shipowner, lost her legs but acquired the companionship of Chiri-Chiri, a Stormlight-eating winged larkin, a once-extinct species.
Rysn’s pet is now sick, and the only place where Chiri-Chiri can recuperate is Akinah, the larkin’s ancestral home. Rysn must accept Navani’s mission with the assistance of Lopen, the once one-armed Windrunner, and sail into the hazardous storm from which no one has survived.
The destiny of Roshar and the entire Cosmere hangs in the balance if the crew can’t learn the mysteries of the hidden island city before the wrath of its ancient guardians falls upon them.
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