Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson (Part 2)

This collection of short stories from Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere universe include stories from Elantris, Mistborn, and The Stormlight Archive.

Fantasy, 672 pages, published in 2016

This collection of short stories from Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere universe include stories from ElantrisMistborn, and The Stormlight Archive.

Spoiler Free Review:

This review will cover the second half of this collection. Part one is here!



I haven’t read the White Sand comics, but there is a snippet of it in this collection. That is followed by the original story that Sanderson wrote. I didn’t like reading the comic, then reading the story. It presents the same information, but I liked reading the story more. As always, the world was super interesting. However, I didn’t like the main character. It was a really short story, but I still didn’t want to follow that character any more. The art style of the comic was cup of tea.



I really enjoyed this story! I love the main character because she doesn’t seem like much at first glance, but she is really a survivor. I think this was an interesting story because the characters themselves don’t have magic, but they have to survive in a world were magic exists. I believe Sanderson is planning to write more in this world, as this is the only story set on this planet, and I can’t wait!



The setting of this story feels very different from anything else I’ve read by Sanderson. I initially found that a little off putting, but I slowly got used to it. This is another world were the citizens don’t have magic, but there is magic around them. I thought the way that this was done was very cool! I think this world has a lot of potential.


This story takes place on Roshar, following the character of Lift, who was introduced in Words of Radiance. She had one short POV chapter in that book, and I didn’t like her then. Sadly, I still don’t like her, even though she is a fan favorite, apparently. I think she can be funny, but in general, I just find her annoying. For that reason, I found this story especially slow going.

I think some of the information provided was interesting and I love seeing other parts of Roshar, but this story didn’t do it for me. I am dreading the time where Lift becomes a main character in this series.

Have you read this collection? If so, which was your favorite story? I think mine was The Emperor’s Soul!

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