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Review: Sixth of Dusk - Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Novella, Fantasy Published: Dragonsteel, October 2014 My Rating: 5/5 stars

Sandersons usual epicness, but compressed to bite sized format.

To start off this post, I'd like to ask an open question to Brandon Sanderson: Dear mr Sanderson, can we please have a full length novel version of this? Please…? If that would be too much of an inconvenience, a multiple part series would be fine as well. Full epic maybe…? Regardless of the format, I need more of this please.

I don’t have much intelligent thought to share on this book. Despite the fact that he is one of my favorite authors, I had never read a novella by Brandon Sanderson and I am happy to say that it did not disappoint. Everything I love about his novels, I loved about this too. In so few pages, Sanderson creates a rich world, set on an island archipelago (inspired by Polynesia or the Philippines perhaps?), so vividly that I felt like I was actually there. The magic system is unique and original as always (also featured in the Stormlight Archive, which takes place in the same world). The plot, although short, contains more than meets the eye upon first glance… My one criticism, as you can gather from my question above, is that it was too short. Not only do I not want to exit this world yet, I would also love for Dusk and Vathi to get more page time and more development. Both seem like such interesting characters, but in the short amount of time, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed that we only got a glimpse of their depth of character. My request for more doesn’t stem from feeling like the story wasn’t complete: the novella can definitely stand on its own and is well structured. Nothing is missing. It stems from the feeling that we have only seen the tip of the iceberg, despite the fact that the rest of it is absolutely present in Brandon Sandersons mind. I personally would love to burrow down and discover more of this.

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