Questions tagged [brandon-sanderson]

Questions about the the works of US author Brandon Sanderson (born 1975) or his life as a writer. Most of his literary works fall under the umbrella of his Cosmere universe. He is perhaps best known for completing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series after the original author's death.

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Ruin and Preservation in Mistborn; What is its relation with the human?

When one of these forces (Ruin or Preservation) is defeated, a human dies with it. But the force keeps going. Is the human an incarnation of the force, or is the human using the force?
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Who is "The Rithmatist"?

The Rithmatist is a book (first in a planned series by the same name) by Sanderson. Who exactly is "the" Rithmatist referred to by the title? The school that is the main setting for the book ...
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What did Vin mean by leaving Mare's flower picture for Sazed?

Mistborn series book 3, The Hero of Ages, end of chapter 10, as Vin leaves Sazed: She left him alone in the tent. A few moments later, he returned to his shaving, and found something sitting beside ...
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Why does Slowswift find this remark ironic?

In The Hero of Ages, Vin and Slowswift have this conversation: "Cett is one of the finest poets I know, child," said Slowswift, waving her toward a chair. "We shared our work with one ...
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Who narrates "Ars Arcanum" in The Alloy of Law?

I just finished The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson. As is the norm in many of Sanderson's Cosmere books, the story is followed by a short section titled "Ars Arcanum," with a description of some of ...
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What changed that made TenSoon want to run?

TenSoon is a kandra, a type of sentient magical creature in Sanderson's Mistborn series, and a proud one at that. After the events in the second book of the series, he travels to his homeland, ...
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Are Vin and Elend symbolically linked to Preservation and Ruin in The Hero of Ages?

In Brandon Sanderson's The Hero of Ages (book three of the Mistborn trilogy), Preservation and Ruin are two anthropomorphized forces of nature, evenly matched in their struggle against one another. ...
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Are keteks based on some form of real-life poetry?

In Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive novels, the chapters are grouped into parts, the titles of the parts combining to form a ketek. For example, in the first book, The Way of Kings: Above ...
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Reading order for Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere

Brandon Sanderson has plans in place to write many books set in different worlds, but in the same Cosmere. These books include series that have already begun (eg Stormlight Archives, Elantris, ...
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Was Rand al'Thor supposed to be a symbol for Jesus?

Rand al'Thor has several moments that could be considered "biblical", including (spoilers): Has Robert Jordan ever commented on this? I am really looking for a quote by either Robert Jordan or ...
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