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Who is Brandon Sanderson?
Brandon Sanderson is an American author of SciFi and High Fantasy. He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on 19th December 1975. He enjoyed reading High Fantasy through junior high and high school, finding authors such as Robert Jordan and Anne McCaffrey. He enjoyed reading the genre so much that he gave writing a go himself. His first attempts, as he puts it, were dreadful.
He enrolled at Brigham Young University in 1994 as a biochemistry major. He took time away from University from 1995-1997, to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seoul, Korea. When he returned to BYU, he switched to an English Major. He began working nights as a desk clerk at a hotel as they allowed him to write while at work. And by 2003 he had written twelve novels, with none of them as of yet published. But by 2005, Elantris (which became the first book of his wider Cosmere Universe, and you can check out the best reading order for the Cosmere Universe right here!), was picked up by Tor Books to some positive reviews. A year later, in 2006, Mistborn: The Final Empire was published (more info about this series and the best reading order here).
Sanderson had started to make a name for himself in the genre, and in 2007, only two years after his first book was published, he was chosen to complete the final books in Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time after Jordan’s untimely death. He was asked by Harriet McDougal, who was the wife and editor of Jordan. Sanderson turned what was meant to be one book into three.
Since then Brandon Sanderson has published over 70 books that are involved in 8 different series. From Novels to Novellas, standalones to a part of a larger series of books. And they are all to high praise, if his average Goodreads score is anything to go by (4.41 out of 5).
In March 2021, Brandon Sanderson began his “Weekly Update” on his YouTube channel. It was here that he revealed the title and cover for Cytonic (2021), the third book in his Skyward series (not in the Cosmere Universe).
And in March 2022 Sanderson broke the record on Kickstarter, becoming the all-time most successful campaign. He announced that over the previous two years he had secretly written five otherwise-unannounced books, with three a part of the Cosmere Universe . He told the world that these will be available through a Kickstarter subscription, released quarterly throughout 2023. He raised $15 million in the first 24 hours, and $20 million within three days! It ended with a total of 185,341 backers pledging $41,754,153!
19th of December, 1975 in Lincoln Nebraska, USA.
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Young Adult.
Elantris Book #1
Published by Tor Books
4.19 out of 5 on Goodreads
Below you can find out more about the book series that Brandon Sanderson has done and the best reading order for them.
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2005: Elantris, Romantic Times for Best Epic Fantasy Novel Award
2008: The Hero of Ages, LDStorymakers for Best Speculative Fiction
2010: The Way of Kings, DGLA (David Gemmell Legend Award
2013: The Emperor’s Soul, Hugo Award for Best Novella
Do not dash if you only have the strength to walk, and do not waste your time pushing on the walls that will not give. More importantly, don’t shove where a pat would be sufficient.
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