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Edgedancer

From the Stormlight Archive
Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (354 ratings)

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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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Great Story. Most Annoying Protagonist Ever

This is a Knight Radiant? This petulant whiny little wench? Sanderson calls Lift one of his favourite characters. She grew on me a little as the story proceeds, but she remains fatuous.
I thought that the urge to take this little...over my knee came from Kate Reading's interpretation of her. Kind of whiny, with a street kid toughness that reminded me of cartoonish caricature. "We got him good, Spike...Huh? Got 'em real good". I could almost see a little mutt hopping around a big muscle-bound dog. Wanted to shout "Ah...shaddap!", slap her, and hear Lift say how "Spike is a big dog, and my hero".
Actually Reading reads the character perfectly, as Sanderson intended. Not sure yet why he wanted to put in an impetuous, annoying little wench with some redeeming qualities, but that's what Kate Reading delivers. I generally dislike how she reads Spren (Pattern sounds like a retard) and that's no different in this story (wanted to punch Windle in his vine-y face a couple of times). Her reading voice is great.
Still a good story, and I trust Sanderson when he says this ties up some necessary items for the continuation of the SA. Developing the character of Lift is important as well, he says. I trust him. He has not let me down yet.
Bring it on!

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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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Great filler on the Stormlight series.

If you're a Stormlight fan, this is a must. Adds backstory... and a great read!

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fun side storyline

enjoyed the lighthearted performance for lift. the story is short but sweet. is this the first time the sleepless are introduced? i wonder what role they will play.

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Not worth purchasing

It was recommended at the end of book 2 by the author/narrator? to read Edgedancer before starting Oathbringer. I found this novel was very repetitive of book 2 so I am not sure if there was any content to the novel that is going to be a lead up to more as I get farther into the series. I hope so because if not, it was a waste of my credit 😕

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A must read before Oathbringer

Helps develop a great character and gives context for future books. Same cast as well, nicely done.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Audra Lorton
  • 2019-03-18

Could Have Skipped the First 18 (of 20) Chapters

I was disappointed with this book. Was looking forward to it tying into the Stormlight Archive. Here is a synopsis of the first 18 chapters: A bratty kid, who is a Knight Radiant, runs around creating chaos and eating other people's food, while avoiding growing up. The main character was simply put, annoying.

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  • sea dancer
  • 2019-02-27

Skip it

Hated this book. Way too young and childish for me. The worst Sanderson story I've encountered yet.

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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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful