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Edgedancer

From the Stormlight Archive
Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Series: Stormlight Archive, Book 2.5
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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Publisher's Summary

This program includes a bonus prologue.

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson comes a special gift edition of Edgedancer, a short audiobook from the Stormlight Archive (previously published in Arcanum Unbounded).

Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older - a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can't help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers. The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility.

©2017 Brandon Sanderson (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Full of awesomeness!

Great story to help fill on the gaps in the Stromlight Archives series. Hope Brandon Sanderson does more. #Audible1

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need to listen to befor oathbringer

this is a need to listen for the stormligh archive. with that said lift is a dificult character to fathem in this world. no one else speaks the way she does. her character can be anoying and the whole book is about her. #audible1

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A good stand alone novella

In listening to this book in its entirety, Brandon made it clear that the protagonist deserved her own story line because of the larger role she would play in later books. I was about to start Book 3: Oathbringer before he highly recommended reading this one. There are definitely pieces of information here now that I'm just beginning Oathbringer that Edgedancer helps add context to since the overall universe of the Stormlight Archives is so vast. That being said, it still feels like an isolated story that doesn't have enough importance related to Book 1 & 2. I'm hoping that I'll hear more from Lift as I progress through Book 3 to make this story feel more relevant to me. In my opinion, I lost a bit of momentum here having gone from reading Books 1 and 2 back to back.

Overall, the narration was top notch. Kate Reading is incredibly talented and brings Lift to life vividly through her immature and enigmatic heroism. Part of me wishes I had just read this in retrospect once Lift becomes more of a main character in the main story arc.

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So good!

Brandon Sanderson is my new favourite author! Ever since I got his first audio book, Ican't stop listening to his work.

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dont skip

if you plan to get book 3 you could skip this one but you would miss on important info and a enjoyable story about a funny character

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Love It.

I love it. Definitely going through an obsession with all of The Stormlight Archives so I was tickled pink when I discovered there is an additional one between the main storyline novels.

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Great novella

This is the first time I've wished a Sanderson novel was longer! It served as a great backstory and clarification of details

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Nice touch

I like how this answered questions and filled the gaps in the story, and kept continuity and canon for the books.

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Necessary

A must read for Stormlight fans but the main character Lift is still quite annoying in my opinion.

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Lift is amazing!

Loved the side sotry with Lift it really helped set up for Oathbringer in the way that it introduced new characters and we saw Lift say the oath words wich is awesome!

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  • Robert J Petri
  • 2017-11-18

Warning: This is a duplicate from Arcanum Unbound

If you already have "Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection" Then you already have the story.

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  • linda arnold
  • 2017-11-28

Read this before Oathbringer

I know it is short and hard to spend a credit on a 5 hour book but definitely get this before oathbringer. It helps you remember stuff from the 2nd book and tells you what went on between he last book and Oathbringer

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  • Joseph
  • 2017-11-06

great book but

This story is in the Arcanum Unbound collection. I thought it was a new story based off the release date. A great listen and adds some information about the Stormlight series. I recommend the whole Arcanum collection, but if you only want to know about Stormlight this cuts right to the heart of it.

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  • Joel
  • 2017-11-04

Missing the lengthy prologue!

I haven't finished this, but fair warning: I purchased this book in both Kindle and Audible format. The audiobook is missing the 35 page prologue in its entirety. That's crazy.

I intended to listen to this on my drive home. Now I'm going to read the prologue prior to starting this.

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  • Andrew
  • 2019-06-12

Horrific

I've never met a more detestable protagonist than Lift. She makes this book a struggle from start to finish. She addresses her only friend exclusively by a slur, has no concept of empathy, and responds to any attempt by someone else to make her life less miserable with dismissive mockery. I devoured the 90 hours of the Stormlight Archive from The Way of Kings and The Words of Radiance, but couldn't finish the 7 in Edgedancer.

I am not exaggerating when I say the publication of this novella makes me think less of Brandon Sanderson's work as a whole. I don't know why this story exists.

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  • Moji
  • 2018-11-19

i wish the protagonist was more likeable

i liked this book, but the protagonist was almost written to be unlikeable. While in the end she is sympathetic, you spend 90% of the book feeling like she is the antagonist.

I say this as someone who recommends this book, but is warning future readers that you should only embark on this journey if you love the series and are patient.

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  • HeatherY
  • 2017-10-26

Dare I Say... Awesome?

This novella follows Lift, the quirky preteen orphan who attempted to rob the Emperor's Palace in Words of Radiance. After Lift's miraculous display, she's smothered by attention from the viziers and scribes until she decides to run away. Her flight takes her to Yeddaw where she finds Darkness, the Shardbearer who almost took her life. When Lift learns he's on the trail of another fledgling Radiant, she has to discover their identity before Darkness does.

The audiobook doesn't contain Lift's original chapter from Words of Radiance, although the Kindle edition does. But if you're reading Edgedancer, you've probably already been introduced to Lift. She's a character you'll either find really annoying or really endearing. I personally loved the spunky girl, but at times still felt frustrated with her forced immaturity. Then her innate generosity and protective nature would shine through and I couldn't help cheering for her again.

This novella is important to read before Oathbringer. Think of it as Stormlight Archive 2.5. Sanderson shines again with the setting, a city carved by Shardbearers right out of the stone ground. He's able to create a new and original culture each time he introduces a city, with such vivid imagery I feel like I'm there myself. Lift's magic is fascinating, I can't wait to see what she does with it in the future. And Wyndle might be my new favorite spren, after Syl of course!

Kate Reading is... well she's Kate Reading. Professional, polished, and put me right there in the story. I'd highly recommend this read to fans of the Stormlight Archive, not just to complete the series, but because it's a really enjoyable read.

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  • Nicky Dee
  • 2018-09-11

The story is fine, but...

I picked this up because I've gotten hooked on SA, but I had never gotten a chance to read this before Oathbringer came out last year. I wanted something to kill some time with on my work commute, and thought that it would be a good pick. Now I know that this is a series that I will have to stick to reading in print. I enjoy Lift as a character, but I just can't get behind Kate Reading and her character voices, which I found to usually be annoying and juvenile, and almost ruined Lift for me. Most people seem to love Reading's work, and that's great. I have found that I am unfortunately just not one of them. When not doing any character voice, I thought she did fine work, but those voices were just irritating. Obviously, the story itself isn't necessary to the overarching plot of the series, but it does what it sets out to do: it is a fun interlude and fills in some gaps from the main series. I found myself wishing that it didn't rely so much on the childish humor, but Lift is a kid so I guess it fits. In the end, it was okay, just not for me.

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  • Benjamin
  • 2018-12-07

Most annoying character ever

Love the story hate the character. Honestly wanted Darkness to end her. Most all other characters in these books are amazing, Lyft is not one of them.

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  • Brandon T Rasmussen
  • 2018-10-28

not a huge fan. felt this was a boring sidetrack

thought it was a boring sidetrack from the series. maybe after reading oathbringer I'll feel differently

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