Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

January 24, 2017

Stormlight Archive #2.5. Author: Brandon Sanderson.

Summary:

The collection includes eight works in all. The first seven are:
“The Hope of Elantris” (Elantris)
“The Eleventh Metal” (Mistborn)
“The Emperor’s Soul” (Elantris)
“Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Epsiodes 28 through 30” (Mistborn)
“Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell” (Threnody)
“Sixth of Dusk” (First of the Sun)
“Mistborn: Secret History” (Mistborn)

My Thoughts:

Definitely an excellent addition to the cosmere. In the Arcanum Unbounded we get both new bits of story for characters and settings we’ve already seen, completely new stories on worlds we have not yet explored, and a good number of hints for even the densest of readers (such as myself) on the connection between Sanderson’s different story worlds.

Content Review:

Sexual Content: “She no longer wore her dress, and was wrapped in leathers that only just covered up her most intimate parts.” One kiss. “[The grain] was snatched up quicker than a pretty whore in Bavland.”

Language: 19 d***, 19 hell, 5 derogatory terms

Violence: Characters fight some monsters. Character remembers finding a little girl in the ruins of the murder of her family, soaked in blood (survivor, not killer). Blood-mage cuts a girl’s arm each day to renew his spell on her. Guard attacks character; she tricks him into a hole. Another guard attacks – she breaks his ribs. Fights skeleton-things created by the blood-mage, destroys them, stabs the mage in the leg. Allomancer kills two men with coins (like shooting bullets). Character cuts man’s throat with a glass shard. One character punches another. Somewhat graphic descriptions of several men killed by the touch of shades (It’s fairly quick, but a painful death) and two characters possibly crippled by the same shades. Ghost-type character sees murder and death happening all over the country at once. Character strangles a murderer. Kills several men with mallet blows to the head.

 

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