Author: Brandon Sanderson
In short: A short snappy novella with a purpose.
I have a confession to make. I read Oathbringer before I read Edgedancer. I know, I know. It’s a scandal. Brandon Sanderson clearly states at the start of Oathbringer that one ought to read Edgedancer before starting book three of The Stormlight Archives. Some of you might think I’m quite a bit silly for doing things backward. But hear me out: the world kept spinning. Oathbringer still made sense.
Then again, my attention wasn’t exactly focused on Lift in Oathbringer anyway. No. I was to eager to see what my actual favourites were up to after Words of Radiance. Lift might be Sanbdersons favourite character in the series but she is not yet mine. I assume, after reading Edgedancer that she will have quite a large role to play in the latter books but it hasn’t really happened yet.
Throughout Edgedancer she’s this annoying pre-teen girl who is obsessed with food and her own awesomeness. I don’t hate her character. Her hunger gets her into some interesting situations. In fact Edgedancer was a fun, fast-paced read. There wasn’t a dull moment in this novella and I can see why Sanderson may have thought it necessary to write it. He weaves some critical moments in Lift’s narrative into this book as well as some critical moments for other key characters. These moments do have some impact on Oathbringer.
I also liked how Sanderson used this novel to further build on the very extensive world of The Stormlight Archives. The book is mostly set in Tashik; an area unexplored in the previous novels. He also further explores the surges and the Knights Radiant and The Heralds.
I absolutely adore this world and how immersive it is and I cannot wait to see how Lift develops further in future Stormlight novels.
I’m rating this one ⅗ stars.