Author Spotlight – Brandon Sanderson

(Cover image painting by Michael Whelan for Way of Kings)

Nice shirt.

Author Name:

Brandon Sanderson

Who is he:

Born 19th December 1975 (he’s 40), lives in Utah, USA. Sanderson is a fantasy and sci-fi author.


The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings (2010)Words of Radiance (2014)
Oathbringer (focus on Dalinar; working title, due 2017)

Mistborn: The Final Empire (2006)
Mistborn: The Well of Ascension (2007)
Mistborn: The Hero of Ages (2008)
Mistborn: The Alloy of Law (2012)
Mistborn: Shadows of Self (2015)
Mistborn: The Bands of Mourning (2016)
Mistborn: Secret History (2016)
Mistborn: The Lost Metal (due 2018)

Stand-alone Novels
Elantris (2005)
Warbreaker (2009)
White Sand (due June 2016)

The Emperor’s Soul (2012)
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell (2013)
Sixth of the Dusk (2014)

Short Stories
Elantris – The Hope of Elantris (2006)
Mistborn: The Eleventh Metal (2012)

Short Story Collections
Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection (due November 2016)

Wheel of Time Series
Book 12: The Gathering Storm
Book 13: Towers of Midnight
Book 14: A Memory of Light

Alcatraz: Versus the Evil Librarians (2007)
Alcatraz 2: Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones (2008)
Alcartaz 3: Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia (2009)
Alcatraz 4: Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens (2010)
Alcatraz 5: Alcatraz Versus the Dark Talent (due June 2016)

Perfect State (2015)

Defending Elysium (2003)
Firstborn (2010)

Short Stories
River of Souls (2013)
Dreamer (2014)

Infinity Blade
Awakening (2011)
Redemption (2013)

Legion (2012)
Legion: Skin Deep (2014)

The Rithmatist (2013)
The Aztlanian (working title; due 2017)

Steelheart (2013)
Mitosis (2013)
Firefight (2015)
Calamity (2016)

(Thank you to Stormlight Archive Wikia for this curated/organised list)
My own Sanderson shelf. I also have some of the Novella/ette’s in e-book format.

How did you come across them?

I was introduced to Brandon Sanderson after finishing the Wheel of Time series, as he helped complete the final three books following the death of Robert Jordan. Mistborn were the first books of his alone that I read.

What is your favourite work by them and why?

Mistborn because it is just great Fantasy, and it has an awesome magic system. Plus I think it’ll always have a special place in my heart for being my gateway to the rest of Sanderson’s works. I also love The Stormlight Archive because it is just properly EPIC. I mean those books are absolute tomes, especially in hardback. I love that he sets many of his books in one big universe called The Cosmere.

Favourite Character

Vin from Mistborn, and Shallan from Stormlight. Sanderson is good at writing strong, willful characters. I like both these women very much, they’ve got attitude. Whilst I have seen Vin through from beginning of the series to the end and have her sussed, I’ve a feeling that there’s a lot more to Shallan yet to be revealed!

Something else…

Sanderson plays Magic: The Gathering and sets up games with fans after signings whenever he can.

If you haven’t read any Brandon Sanderson (shame on you), but aren’t sure where to start, Tor.Com have a good article on this very topic!.



15 thoughts on “Author Spotlight – Brandon Sanderson

  1. Sanderson is fantastic! My gateway was Mistborn but I had heard about him ending the Wheel of Time series before I read anything. (A series I haven’t tried yet.) It only took that first book for me to fall in love with his writing.

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    1. I massively recommend the Wheel of Time series! It’s a long old commitment, but in my mind it’s so totally worth it. Just this big world with so many characters that you can just get so immersed in. I am a big fan.

      And i’m with you, as soon as I read The Final Empire I was totally sold!

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  2. I was introduced to him through a writing-how-to post mentioning his Elantris book. And found it in the library and decided to check it out. I have since read his Mistborn trilogy and adore it, but still haven’t begun anything else. The sheer volume of his books demand me to get organized enough in my life and get slightly ahead of my reading challenges first. 😛

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    1. Was this his “Writing Excuses” stuff? or something else? I know he talks a lot about the writing process and stuff, but as I’m not a writer It’s not something that has ever interested me to have a look at.

      He is most definitely prolific! For “easy reading” I would recommend the Reckoners series, they’re aimed at a slightly younger audience than Mistborn I would say, and so don’t require the kind of commitment The Stormlight Archive does for example (or the muscles, did I mention the books are tomes?!), plus the Reckoners series is a trilogy which has been finished, whilst Stormlight is ongoing. The first book is called Steelheart if you’re interested in checking it out.

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      1. No it was on a different blog by indie author (I am an aspiring author so I follow these stuff). She told something about plot gaps tying seamlessly and how Sanderson is great at that. And well, I am all for epic tome reading and really willing to dive deeper in Cosmere universe, to be honest, just budgeting for Elantris purchase. 😉


  3. Ayman Teaman

    Even though I love all his Cosmere books, “Mistborn” have a special place in my heart as it was the gateway to Brandon Sanderson.

    So I totally agree with you ❤ Thanks for the post, and great shelf you've got there!

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  4. Brandon Sanderson has introduced me to a whole another side of Fantasy, his books are compelling. His characters together with his books each have grown more complex, from Elantris to Stormlight Archives.

    His lecture series has helped my own writing improve tremendously. Showing me flaws I had as well as strengths.

    I cannot wait for the next few years, and the completion of his Cosmere.


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