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An epic fantasy series by Brandon Sanderson. In a unique setting filled with stone and storms, a king is assassinated and a vengeance pact sworn. The Everstorm is coming. The lost Knights Radiant need to be reforged, and old oaths spoken again, to find the power to fight it.

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How did Jasnah's Soulcaster gem crack? [Spoilers]

In The Way of Kings when Jasnah uses her Soulcaster to defend herself and Shallan against the 4 thugs in the alleyway, the book describes how one of the gems on her Soulcaster cracked from the strain ...
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How did Mraize get an Aviar?

As seen here Mraize has an Aviar. The problem is that First of the Sun, the planet that Aviar come from, does not have a Perpendicularity, as stated in Arcanum Unbounded. This being the case, how did ...
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Is Nightblood a Shardblade?

In Warbreaker, Vasher uses Nightblood, an Awakened sword with enough Breaths infused in it that it has sentience. People who draw the sword end up dead and towards the end of the book when Vasher uses ...
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How did Kharbranth gain independence?

In the Stormlight Archive series, Kharbranth is a city-state independent from the bordering Frostlands. I've read the first book and don't recall anything being mentioned about its history with the ...
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On Roshar, can humans have a light eye and a dark eye?

In the Stormlight Archive series, there are lighteyes, the ruling class of Alethkar, and darkeyes, mere peasants. I know that genetics are different in these books from in real life, so here’s my ...
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Why doesn't Wit's Breath make the colors around him richer?

We know from Warbreaker that people with large amounts of Breath make colors richer around them, and that to achieve Perfect Pitch one needs enough Breath to reach the second Heightening. In Words of ...
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Did Gavilar and the Sons of Honor just get lucky?

Warning: major spoilers from Oathbringer in this question During Oathbringer we learn that Gavilar and some of his friends called themselves the Sons of Honor and sought to bring back the Parshendi ...
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Who was this spren going to choose?

At the end of Oathbringer, Hoid grabs a spren (a Cryptic, it seems) from the ruined Alethi palace. “I know you’d rather have someone else,” Wit said, “but it isn’t the time to be picky. I’m ...
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Do you need to read Edgedancer before Oathbringer?

I'm listening to the Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson and next in line is Oathbringer - due for release on the 16/11/2017 (in the UK). I've noticed (via Audible) that there's another ...
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Does Odium’s control depend on Spiritweb damage?

We know that Ruin, on Scadrial, could mainly only influence those who had been given Hemalurgic spikes. Those with one, such as Vin, could be subtly influenced and spoken to. Those with multiple, such ...
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How does Kaladin confront Roshone?

Throughout book 1-2 of the Stormlight Archives Kaladin talks about how he is going to confront Roshone back in his home of hearstone. Do we know how he ends up confronting him?
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Why is Dalinar's Blade screaming?

Spoilers for the Stormlight Archive. At the end of Words of Radiance, when the Stormfather bonds with Dalinar, he asks Dalinar to divest himself of that "monstrosity", the Blade he's currently bonded ...
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Once a surge binder drains a sphere, can it be recharged?

I had a hard time understanding this but I'm not yet finished book 2 (maybe 75% of the way through). Seems like Kaladin was constantly finding new spheres as opposed to just recharging what he had.
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Who is the woman of a similar age to Wit?

In Words of Radiance, chapter 55, after Shallan hugs Wit (aka Hoid), Adolin jealously tells Wit: Stick to women your own age. To which Wit cryptically replies: Well, that might be a little ...
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What is the meaning of a safe hand?

In the stormlight series by Branden Sanderson the women have something known as a safe hand. Does the series ever explain? If it does please list the book first and anything in the first book behind ...
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Why does this character not get a spren to bond with or a Blade? [MAJOR Stormlight Archive spoilers]

At the end of Words of Radiance, when Szeth dies and gets revived, Nale, Herald of Justice, gives him "a replacement Shardblade" which is actually Nightblood, Vasher's sword in Warbreaker. If Szeth ...
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What color is Stormlight?

Dalinar began to pant, and when he moved quickly, he left trails of blue stormlight in the air. From Way of Kings Chapter 56, page 977 of my edition. And then, 14 pages later in Chapter 57: All ...
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How does Vasher stay alive on Roshar?

One of Vasher's more useful abilities as a Returned is his immortality. However, there is no Breath on Roshar, so how does he survive?. From what I can figure there are two possibilities: either he ...
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Why doesn't Syl remember her past?

In The Way of Kings, when Syl bonds with Kaladin, she has no memory of her past when she chose to form the bond. Other Nahel bonded spren like Wyndle (Lift's spren) remember where they came from (...
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Why is Odium the most dangerous shard?

In the Stormlight archive, Honour describes Odium as "the most dangerous of the 16". However, Ruin from the Mistborn destroys multiple settlements for no reason at all, and this is before he ...
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Why would it possibly be a good idea to brand Kaladin?

Kaladin is branded with the "shash" brand, meaning dangerous, for trying to escape and being overall dangerous. Sanderson has mentioned that, among other things, it diminishes is value as a slave, ...
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Brandon Sanderson - Words of Radiance - Blocks of numbers in chapter prologues

I've recently finished listening to the audiobook version of 'Words of Radiance' by Brandon Sanderson. Throughout the book (and the preceding book) each chapter has a quote or snippet from another ...
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How many appearances of Hoid have there been?

As of today, and all of Sanderson's published works, what are all the instances in which Hoid has appeared throughout the Cosmere? If he was un-named, give proof that it was him.
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What boon did Dalinar Kholin receive from the Nightwatcher when he pursued the old magic?

We know that Brightlord Dalinar Kholin was cursed to forget all memories of his deceased wife when he asked the Nightwatcher for a favor. Was it ever mentioned or hinted in the Stormlight Archive ...