Ready to Become a Fan of... focuses on those authors new and old whose works I have every intention of eventually reading, but haven't been able to devote the time to just yet. By discussing authors and their works that I'm sure I'll love, given the chance, hopefully I can be more easily compelled to take the next step in not simply acquiring one of their books, but actually taking the time to read it.
This month I'm putting on record that I am ready to become a fan of Brandon Sanderson.
About the author:
Brandon Sanderson writes fantasy and science fiction works for both adult and young adult readers. In addition to his own novels, Sanderson was also picked to continue on with the last three books in the Wheel of Time series after Robert Jordan’s death. To date, he has published over fifteen novels in addition to a number of novellas. Many of his series are still in the process of being written (Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive, Rithmatist, Reckoners), so hopefully that means years and years of new releases from him.
Work I'm most looking forward to reading:
Mistborn: The Final Empire
Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land.
For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.
Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one built around the ultimate caper, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Mistborn. (Goodreads)
Why this author & this work:
It should come as no surprise to any of my followers that I love reading fantasies. And of all the fantasy sub-genres, high fantasy is closest to my heart. If I was forced to read only one genre for the rest of my life, I wouldn’t even hesitate before deciding on high fantasy. There’s just something so appealing to me about the many tropes indicative of the genre.
I’ve read books by many of big high fantasy authors: Lloyd Alexander, David Eddings, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, C.S. Lewis, George R.R. Martin, Anne McCafferty, Robin McKinley, J.R.R. Tolkien…you get the idea. Not an exhaustive list by any means, but still I think it’s a fairly decent sampling of the genre. Somehow, though, I seem to have missed Brandon Sanderson. In fact, I hadn’t even heard of him until about a year ago. I did start Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, which I know Sanderson picked up after Jordan’s death, but I never got around to finishing the series.
I was actually supposed to go to a Sanderson reading and signing at the beginning of October, but my plans fell through. In a way this is a good thing, however. Had I gone to that signing, I would have felt obligated to read Steelheart first, the book that was being promoted there. And from what I've heard about Sanderson's works, I think that Steelheart probably wouldn't have been the best introduction to his works.
Mistborn sounds like everything I crave in a high fantasy. A battle of Good vs. Evil of epic proportions. Class subdivisions with a hint of rebellion, and a heroine found within the lower ranks. A magic that involves manipulation of the elements. And the twist: this dark age is following the defeat of a hero, of a chosen one. Plus, this book has a ridiculously high ratings average on Goodreads (currently 4.38 from over 82,000 total ratings). So, yes. In summation: this sounds like it features many of my absolute favorite high fantasy tropes to great effect.
For those of you who've already read some of Sanderson's works, I'd appreciate hearing what you think about them. For those who also haven't read his works yet, let me know what's been holding you back!
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