bobthefunny wrote: ↑
3 months ago
Crazy Monkey wrote: ↑
3 months ago
I am personally a bit overinvested in his books, and the superseries of Cosmere specifically, but this was entertaining due to some of the cross-series events that have been bleeding into his recent work.
The short stories between books of the stormlight archive, and both events and chapter headings in rhythm of war have started fleshing out connections to the system/universe of the mistborn series(s) and warbreaker. The "because god(s)" portions of various books looks to me like it's going to cross-over with increasing frequency.
I was disappointed in the ending of the First Mistborn Series (haven't read the second one yet) as well as the ending of the Reckoners series. Especially the Reckoners.
The first Reckoner's book sets up an interesting world that explores that people who gain great power are easily corruptible. It sets up an underdog resistance, and a protaganist needing to overcome his lack of (literal) power against the very personification of that power, and fuels his motivation with the loss of his father, and how that impacts him as an individual. By the third book, each and every one of those points is undermined, completely.
The first book of either series is fantastic though, which saddens me for the series. I like the Stormlight Archive so far, but again the first book was the best, though I really liked the section with the corruption of the Parshendi and the revelation of the Parshmen.
I rather really like the Evil Librarians series, but with only one book left to go, I can see a very easy path of "but, God" in it, the way things have been going. I also really like the Rithmatist as a standalone book, but afaik he hasn't continues that line yet.
I'm with you on the Reckoners series. A good read, but not much investment in the story. I kind of wish the more methodical portions of book 1 continued being highlighted.
The Mistborn series starts great, and falls into a very Sanderson-eque trope of unexpected consequences very quickly.
The second series is only really connected by the shared magic system, because there's a timeskip from medieval to western, and the third (unwritten) series is supposed to be after another time skip to "future". This, in the context of the Avengers-type Cosmere superseries; where the different Gods/Magic systems may encounter each other, makes for a lot of fun theory-crafting.
Each magic system seems to operate on similar base-line fundamentals, so the possible applications and blends of them are nifty.
Rithmatist and Warbreaker were really good stand-alones.