‘Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 43/200


Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 3/11/2018



An all-new 40,000-word Stormlight Archive novella, “Edgedancer,” will be the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first book of short fiction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. A must read for fans of the series.

The collection will include nine works in all. The first eight are:

“The Hope of Elantris” (Elantris)
“The Eleventh Metal” (Mistborn)
“The Emperor’s Soul” (Elantris)
“Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Episodes 28 through 30” (Mistborn)
“White Sand” (excerpt; Taldain)
“Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell” (Threnody)
“Sixth of Dusk” (First of the Sun)
“Mistborn: Secret History” (Mistborn)

These wonderful works, originally published on Tor.com and elsewhere individually, convey the expanse of the Cosmere and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, including the Hugo Award-winning novella, “The Emperor’s Soul” and an excerpt from the graphic novel “White Sand.”

Arcanum Unbounded will also contain the Stormlight Archive novella “Edgedancer,” which will appear in this book for the first time anywhere.

Finally, this collection includes essays and illustrations for the various planetary systems in which the stories are set.

Genres: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Novella, Cosmere, Anthology

A collection of Cosmere Novellas and short stories

Spoiler-ific review


An excellent collection of stories. I’ve included a few separate reviews for some of them such as ‘The Hope of Elantris’ and ‘Mistborn: Secret History.’ Almost all were worth reading- except the one titled ‘the Eleventh Metal.’ I didn’t much like that one.

And now for a brief ‘Edgedancer’ review.

I liked the funnyman/straightman combo of Lift and Wyndle- Lift was as funny as usual and Wyndle as tired and put-upon as only a chair farmer can be. I particularly liked the red herring at the end with the mean old lady and the insane homeless guy.

Stay Sunny!


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