Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn(R) trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time(R) sequence. For behind-the-scenes information on all of Brandon Sanderson's books, visit brandonsanderson.com.
For the Mistborn series "Mistborn utilizes a well thought out
system of magic. It also has a great cast of believable characters,
a plausible world, an intriguing political system, and despite
being the first book of The Final Empire, a very satisfying ending.
In short, it's one of those great kettle books, in which the author
has thrown not merely a bone of an idea and a few potatoes of
originality, but half a cow and everything in the garden. And then
added seasonings. Highly recommended to anyone hungry for a good
read."--Robin Hobb "It's rare for a fiction writer to have
much understanding of how leadership works and how love really
takes root in the human heart. Sanderson is astonishingly wise."
--Orson Scott Card "Sanderson is an evil genius. There is
simply no other way to describe what he's managed to pull off in
this transcendent final volume of his Mistborn trilogy." --RT Book
Reviews (Gold Medal, Top Pick!) on The Hero of Ages
He has created a fascinating world here."--Washington Post Bookworld "Mistborn is a[n] . . . enjoyable, adventurous read . . . [it] should satisfy."--Locus "The action never lets up, and the characters never lose their endearing humanity.... A fast-paced fantasy adventure set in a fascinating world and populated with lovable, memorable characters." --Kirkus Reviews, on Shadows of Self "Sanderson's fantasy world partakes equally of steampunk, early industry, and the Wild West, and he cleverly incorporates the metal-shaping magic of feruchemists and allomancers. Fantasy fans will savor this exciting escapade." --Publishers Weekly, on Shadows of Self "Fast, smart dialog and an abundance of exciting action keep the pages turning." --Library Journal, starred review, on Shadows of Self "Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexly in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters."--Booklist, on The Well of Ascension "This mystico-metallurgical fantasy combines Vin's coming-of-age-in-magic and its well-worm theme of revolt against oppression with copious mutilations, a large-scale cast of thieves, cutthroats, conniving nobles and exotic mutants." --Publishers Weekly, on The Well of Ascension For the Stormlight Archive "I loved this book. What else is there to say?" --Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind, on The Way of Kings "While the recent HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" has revitalized the epic fantasy genre, Sanderson brings enough new material to the epic fantasy format to keep it interesting... Sanderson will not disappoint." --Vanguard Dohlenaga, on The Way of Kings "Promising beginning to a hew high-fantasy series. This great big book pulled me in early on the strength of the world building, but the nicely drawn characters drew me in further for enjoyment . . .and anticipation of the next volume."--The San Diego Union-Tribune, on The Way of Kings "It's a classic story of intrigue, magic, and war, with a large cast of characters and multiple settings lovingly detailed in a way only possible in volumes of this size. Readers will plunge into it."--Booklist, on The Way of Kings "Sanderson's fondness for misleading the reader and his talent for feeding out revelations and action scenes at just the right pace will keep epic fantasy fans intrigued."--Publishers Weekly, on The Way of Kings "Sanderson is, if nothing else, absolutely amazing at worldbuilding."--RT Book Reviews, on The Way of Kings "This is a great choice for fans of Robert Jordan and Terry Brooks." --Voice of Youth Advocates, on The Way of Kings "The best part...is the compelling, complex story of Dalinar, Kaladin, and Shallan as they struggle though emotional, physical, and moral challenges. Fans and lovers of epic fantasy...will eagerly await the next volume." --Library Journal, on The Way of Kings "I give this book my highest recommendation and think The Way of Kings will be one of those landmark novels of Epic Fantasy against which future novels will always be measured. "--SFFworld.com, Rob. H. Bedford, on The Way of Kings
For Elantris "The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down....Sanderson is a writer to watch."--Publishers Weekly, starred review "While every new fantasy author is hailed as unique, new, and different, Brandon Sanderson's Elantris does indeed provide an absorbing adventure in a unique, different, and well-thought-out fantasy world, with a few nifty twists as well."--L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Brandon Sanderson is the real thing--an exciting storyteller with a unique and powerful vision. Elantris is one of the finest debuts I've seen in years.--David Farland "Brandon Sanderson's Elantris is a marvelous, magic monster of a book, packed full of intrigue and daring, based around a killer high concept. When the city of the gods becomes a city of the damned, who and what do you believe in? The story twists and turns, characters bait traps for one another as they vie for secular and religious power, and no one is necessarily who or what they seem. Royal houses rise and fall, the fate of all Humanity is in the balance, and maybe, just maybe... the gods are coming back. All this and a genuinely touching love story too. Elantris, the book that put epic back into fantasy."--Simon R. Green, the NY Times bestselling author of the Deathstalker, Nightside, and Hawk & Fisher series "Elantris, Brandon Sanderson's excellent debut novel, is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters (including a memorable female character) and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it!"--Katherine Kurtz