Rating: I LOVED IT
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A fascinating new novella in Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere, the universe shared by his Mistborn series and the #1 New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive. Sixth of the Dusk, set in a never-before-seen world, showcases a society on the brink of technological change. On the deadly island of Patji, where birds grant people magical talents and predators can sense the thoughts of their prey, a solitary trapper discovers that the island is not the only thing out to kill him. When he begins to see his own corpse at every turn, does this spell danger for his entire culture?
A note from the publisher: For a detailed behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this novella, including brainstorming and workshopping session transcripts, the first draft, line-by-line edits, and an essay by Brandon, please see Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology.
So this was my first Sanderson book. I saw a review from one of my favorite review sites, Drunken Dragon, and it enticed me to pick this up. I must say, I really enjoyed Sanderson’s writing. I was engrossed from the beginning and absolutely loved his characters. This review will be a tad short as it was an extremely short story and I don’t want to slip and give anything away.
The world was extremely interesting; a jungle that only the bravest dare to venture with creatures that go bump in the night and people-killing plants. Fun stuff. It wasn’t too far out there that I couldn’t get a picture, but it was different enough I had to use my imagination. What a great combination.
Another layer of interest was our character’s bird companions and their abilities. I love animals, so it pulled me into the story even more. It was definitely something different, for me anyways, and the mystery of it all was rolled out to perfection; tidbits here and there, making every word you read important.
Dusk is a great character that is well developed and actually grows, even in such a short story. He’s got a nice well rounded personality and Sanderson nailed him as a reclusive guy that can still function around others but notices things about social people. People talk a lot was one of my favorite. Another one: It wasn’t a question, so he didn’t respond. It was interesting to get things from his PoV. Which brings me to another part I loved: It was in his PoV the entire time; never switching so it got me closer to the character. I think that’s important with a book so small. If Sanderson had hopped around to a bunch of different characters, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much.
As far as the writing goes, it was very smooth and I slipped into my reading trance by the first paragraph. I never put the story down nor had a desire to do so. Really engaging pacing and prose.
Overall, I think this story was a good way to feel out Sanderson’s writing, not to mention it was wonderfully entertaining. I’ve added his Mistborn series to my list and look forward to reading it.