Which series should I read?

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  1. Thaddius al'Guy

    Thaddius al'Guy That Guy Aes Sedai

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    I totally forgot too Adui, and that Character from Elantris I liked a lot, too.
     
  2. Valen Mashab

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    As I read all the suggestions. I think man I really need to reread all the books they were so good. I did reread Elantris a month before I did my Wheel of time reread. I am not so great at picking out the cosmere cameos mostly because I get wrapped up in the stories but I thank the internet for helping me find them.

    Not for a first read and a slightly different genre because it is more superhero based but the Steelheart trilogy was a fun read too.
     
  3. Sephi Vardin

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    I've decided on the Mistborn series, for now. Just thought I'd update and say so here. :). Still on page 1 as we speak lol
     
  4. Sorcha Al'Verdan

    Sorcha Al'Verdan Aes Sedai

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    Rock on man, the Mistborn trilogy is where I first really got a hint of BS's real potential as an author. You're in for a ride :)
     
  5. Sephi Vardin

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    Holy Crap! Mistborn: the Final Empire is so good so far! I love the contrast between the Lord Ruler having a background being full of humility, compared to our hero, Kelsier who is just egotistical lol.

    I also find it interesting to have the POV character to be not the hero per-say, kind of like how Tom Sawyer did things with Huckleberry Finn really. (though in this case, it's obviously implied that she'll surpass Kelsier in due time)

    Losing the army was definitely sad, but tbh- predictable from the moment such a thing was even proposed. I was surprised to find Elend WASN'T secretly evil- glad to be wrong about that because I've genuinely liked him.

    I also find this bombshell just now INSANE. House Venture is THE house they need to fall! That's a goldmine of information- THEY are tied so closely to the Aitum.. this, oh I'm so excited to see what happens next!!!

    Another highly predictable prediction, one that I am 90% sure will happen ever since it mentioned that the lord ruler was distrusted by terracemen.

    I predict the Lord Ruler is both a terraceman and an allomancer at the same time. He can do both.

    Also is it just me, or do many of these characters talk the same way? A lot of "i think" at the end of sentences, for example.
     
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  6. Sephi Vardin

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    Making this a separate post because I've now finished the first Mistborn book... so here's some notes I wrote as I went through it today lol


    Marsh becoming an inquisitor- I called it way beforehand. I feel proud of that one lol

    Lord Renoux being a shapeshifter- I called that too, though was surprised he was a mist wraith matured (though I DID call it that some could be as smart as humans) I DIDN'T predict the lord ruler was Rashack, that was a nice twist! I did predict he was both a terraceman and an allomancer, so that I DID predict. It was highly predictable and continued to be proven with various subtle hints that became increasingly obvious lol. The Lord Ruler rapidly aging all at once upon being defeated- was something I theorized as a very high possibility when I was still much earlier in the book but of course, wasn't sure enough to call it a "prediction" so much as a possibility. LOVE the idea of Marsh being in charge of the church of the lord ruler- so perfect lol.

    Something that I've been thinking the entire book- the lord ruler has been protecting the world from an unseen foe, and thus still sees himself as a hero despite his tyranny and god complex. That's my prediction about what the next books will reveal. The Deepness must be that foe. Though to be honest- the lord ruler is kind of an idiot- if he wanted to save humanity, perhaps doing what he did was the wrong way to go about it? lol

    Definitely love that the king is Vin's boyfriend. hahaha lol
     
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  7. Aintza Bisera

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    Elantris was one of my favorite books for a long time, I need to reread it.

    My question: I have read WoK and WoR, and want read more of the Cosmere books. The general consensus on Reddit (or at least the post I found) was Warbreaker. I own it but I also have the first Mistborn novel. Which do you guys recommend?

    Or should I reread Elantris first?
     
  8. Thaddius al'Guy

    Thaddius al'Guy That Guy Aes Sedai

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    If you just wanna re-read something, single novels like Elantris/Warbreaker are the way to go.
     
  9. Aintza Bisera

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    Does the order matter after that? Should I read MB before I finish/reread Stormlight?
     
  10. Aduiavas Ida

    Aduiavas Ida Aes Sedai Mistress of Revels - Europe

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    You should read Warbreaker before Stormlight.
     
  11. Rollyn Montagorae

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    Any order is fine, but yes Stormlight tends to have more allusions to other worlds than most series. (It's kind of Sanderson's self-described centerpiece series so that's not surprising.)
     
  12. Aintza Bisera

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    Thanks for the advice guys! I'll start with the stand alones and go from there!
     
  13. Thaddius al'Guy

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    Warbreaker was apparently written first just to get the story out there before Stormlight. I know he's said that at JCon before but a quick search query doesn't return anything.
     
  14. Sephi Vardin

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    I finished the second book. I was ignored last time I made comments about the first book, so I'll just leave it at that.
     
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    What did you think of it? I am honestly not a fan of the last two books in that series, but I suspect that was because I was stupid and read the back of Hero of Ages before finishing Well of Ascension. That spoiled the entire plot of the former book :tug
     
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    I felt Tindwl and Sazed's relationship was great once it was revealed they liked each other- but they had virtually no chemestry before that and no hints that they would like each other at all- though I did begin to wonder if maybe it was going to happen just as a trope. The "she is hateful therefore she likes you" statement I used to hear people say when I was super young, that kind of thing.

    I love EL, of course. He's a good man through and through, no matter what came his way. A man of true integrity. I love how he contrasted compared to Kelsier- a lesser noticed thing at first in the book due to how Messianic of a figure Kelsier had become. I also loved the role that came of Sazed.

    Vin's internal struggles were very cute but also sometimes frustrating- I feel a lot less internal strife would have happened if she was much more open and honest with EL, but it is what it is.

    Without getting too specific- the final battle and the twist with Vin (basically everything that happened in the last 1/4th of the book or so) were amazing and my favorite parts of the book. Though I REALLY REALLY feel bad for Breeze and hope he has a good character arc next book (no spoilers please)

    Zane was a disappointment, but not awful. I just kind of wanted a lot more out of him than we got- hell, even after learning a lot more about him- I still wanted a better character from it.

    I actually really like Ashweather, and it's hard to put into words why. Just really like him.

    Edit: Also I 100% love OreSuer. He is a good boy. (I'm kidding but in all seriousness- I absolutely love that character.)

    Edit: Also- finally learning more about the Lord Ruler and the Mists and the Deepness in this second book.. didn't at all change any of my views of anything I said in the first book. If anyone is curious. lol
     
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