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Dark One: Forgotten

A fresh and fun listen perfect for fans of Courtney Summers’s Sadie. Podcast lovers, true-crime devotees, and Sanderson’s and Wells’s many fans will be enthralled.


A satisfying installment in a series that delivers on all its promises. The author recommends reading the shorter installment Edgedancer (also available in audio) before tackling this volume.

The Way of Kings

Recommended for readers looking for an epic high fantasy series with action, magic, deception, and politics.

Shadows of Self

Although there are too many descriptions of Wax's metal-wielding powers, the magic system that Sanderson has developed shows why this is one of his great strengths in the fantasy field. Picking out a favorite character might be hard—honorable but haunted Wax has merits, as does the lovely Marasi, struggling to succeed in the Elendel Constabulary—but Wayne remains one of the most charmingly irrepressible thieves in fantasy.

Legion: Skin Deep

This quick, entertaining read has the pulse of a thriller and the hook of a fascinating hero balancing on the edge of psychosis. It reads like a ready-made tale for a TV show, and, indeed, one is in the works.

Words of Radiance

Sanderson's skill at worldbuilding is unmatched, and in the "Stormlight Archive" series he has developed an innovative magical system and combined it with rich, complex characters to create a compelling story. His eagerly awaited sequel to The Way of Kings exceeds expectations. This developing epic series is a must-read for all fantasy fans. [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/13.]

The Rithmatist

Recommended for those seeking an adventure with a "Harry Potter, boy detective" vibe.

A Memory of Light

Anyone who has read the first "Wheel" books will want to read this one as well. In fact, anyone who likes epic fantasy will enjoy it. However, "The Wheel of Time" is such a complex series that one must read the titles in order to avoid confusion at all of the twists and turns. [See Prepub Alert, 7/30/12.]

The Emperor's Soul

Sanderson, the best-selling author of the "Mistborn Trilogy" and The Way of Kings, has set this novella in the same world as Elantris, one of his earlier novels, but it is totally independent. Fantasy fans will love both the compelling story and the creative magical setting.

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