Dawnshard - Brandon Sanderson


By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2020-11-10
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 1,504 Ratings


From Brandon Sanderson—author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive and its fourth massive installment, Rhythm of War—comes a new hefty novella, Dawnshard. Taking place between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War, this tale (like Edgedancer before it) gives often-overshadowed characters their own chance to shine.

When a ghost ship is discovered, its crew presumed dead after trying to reach the storm-shrouded island Akinah, Navani Kholin must send an expedition to make sure the island hasn't fallen into enemy hands. Knights Radiant who fly too near find their Stormlight suddenly drained, so the voyage must be by sea.

Shipowner Rysn Ftori lost the use of her legs but gained the companionship of Chiri-Chiri, a Stormlight-ingesting winged larkin, a species once thought extinct. Now Rysn's pet is ill, and any hope for Chiri-Chiri’s recovery can be found only at the ancestral home of the larkin: Akinah. With the help of Lopen, the formerly one-armed Windrunner, Rysn must accept Navani's quest and sail into the perilous storm from which no one has returned alive. If the crew cannot uncover the secrets of the hidden island city before the wrath of its ancient guardians falls upon them, the fate of Roshar and the entire Cosmere hangs in the balance.


  • Must Read

    By JWhite09
    The intrigue of a previous foreshadow is answered and there is still plenty to unfold. Just as well done by Sanderson as the larger Archive books.
  • Excellent!

    By TheGreatUno
    What a great read! Now off to Rhythm of War!!
  • The Lopen

    By Qdanq
    I just really like the Lopen, I’m glad he was a main character and got his due.
  • Loved It!

    By Jefllo
    This was a nice quick fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Lopen is one of my favorite side characters, and it was great getting him for an entire book. I loved the clues and teased bits of info we got for the Aimians. I read Rhythm of War right after, and was doubly amazed by the consistent quality. Great Job Dragonsteel team!
  • Very good!!!

    By Iam_Micco
    Loved the story, the characters and the wider complication of the story.
  • Genius

    By XJakleX
    The way Brandon continues to weave the Cosmer is mind blowing. I think I’m going to go read Warbraker for the 3rd time. There’s always another secret
  • Riveting

    By Liffrhnv
    A short but well developed story, important to the larger story of the series, but well contained into a short story that stands on its own.
  • Wonderful

    By Kdog349
    Amazing read. Fun, engaging and perfectly paced. Sanderson at his best!
  • Short, sweet and also very juicy

    By lydiabennet
    I loved it! Getting to see more of Rysn and watch her character develop was spectacular, along with Lopen, everyone’s favorite. The ending was intense and powerful, with important implications for the series and for the cosmere as a whole. I can’t wait to get started reading Rhythm of War!
  • See the person, not just their limitations.

    By DriverDaveQ
    4.97 STARS 🌠🌠🌠🌠🎆 97% rip-roaring adventure, 3% lecturing that is all too necessary (at least in America). Picks up some of the loose threads that were woven into the Interlude stories in a very satisfying way. The social commentary Brandon introduces on the struggle a physically handicapped person has to finally come to grips in their own mind with a new reality...only to find that they now have to deal with everyone else in society! As the parent of a Special Needs kiddo, this struck a raw nerve with me. Brandon is right, society hits you from two sides: 1) they overcompensate, smother you in “Politically Correct” kindness that re-defines people by their limitations and ignores the rest of the person 2) immature, sophomoric bullies find amusement in highlighting or even exacerbating challenges Everyone involved needs to grow up, and I appreciate how Brandon gives an example of that “growth arc” in all the characters on the stage for this episode.