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This is a chart I created to give people a way to decide on what order to read Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere books. It is current as of January 2016.


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Brandon Sanderson is a practicing Mormon, a religion which is not big on glorifying sex. He kind of commented on this in his site's FAQ entry about why violence and swearing exists in his books. My books are about hope, in my opinion. Hope, struggle, and victory. I’ve tried very hard to keep graphic descriptions out of my books where I can, but I can’t ...


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Clubs states a few different times that it's not just Soothing that he doesn't trust about Soothers. He feels that Soothers are constantly manipulating people, even when they aren't using Allomancy. He has a great conversation with Breeze in The Well of Ascension on this topic.


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Not all last words are supernatural Sometimes people say things when they die, even if not compelled by supernatural entities. There are two death rattles labeled as being "questionable" "You've killed me. Bastards, you've killed me! While the sun is still hot, I die! ” — Collected on the fifth day of the week Chach of the month Betab of the year 1171,...


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Feruchemy revolves around an equilibrium: you can only get out of a metal what you put in to it, and after you're done everything is back in its natural state Why? Allomancy does not have an equilibrium: you can get things out of a metal that you didn't put in to it, and at the end the metal is cleanly burned away and the energy is out in the world (extra ...


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In essence, yes, but of a different degree and even kind. Nightblood is a "robot spren," whereas Shardblades are ordinary spren. It's an imitation spren created by Awakening. Boogalyhu34: Can Nightblood be considered a splinter and does it function like a spren realmatically, are there distinct differences is what I'm asking? Brandon ...


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The sulfur dioxide that spewed from the mouth of the volcano created a haze far up in the stratosphere, the upper limits of our atmosphere. The haze reflected sunlight away from the Earth, cooling the planet by almost 1 degree Farenheit (half a degree Celsius) over the two years that followed. -Muse magazine, April 2010 So this is based off of real-...


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List of Cosmere works The Cosmere series is on-going, so the works that are part of it will grow. However, the more recent works set in the Cosmere have been more clearly part of a shared universe, with crossover characters (like Hoid) and concepts (like Shards and Adonalsium itself, how magic works in general). It should be pretty easy to decide if a novel ...


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Sanderson posted a large number of annotations and musings for the original Mistborn trilogy on his website. On this segment he says the following: If you hate Spook’s dialect, I apologize for this chapter. This is the place in the book where I spent the most time on it. I really like some of the phrases here–I tried to make the dialect focus on rhythm ...


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Following a link on the other question and further from there I stumbled over this post (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=428#4): Question: NADINE: You have created some fantastic, original and well thought out magical systems. Where did you get the inspiration for the metal-based system of the Mistborn series and the breath-based system of ...


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While it is true that the in the novel Vin assumes that it is an external version of Gold we are told later on in the series rather explicitly that this is not true. In fact, Gold and Atium are strange pairing in a number of different respects, not the least of which is that one uses the base metal to see the past while the other uses the base metal to see ...


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In rough series order, Hoid has appeared in the following: Elantris. Named appearance, as a beggar, hired by Sarene to move weapons. Chapter 58. Like many of his appearances, it only lasts a page or two and doesn't stand out unless you've noticed his name in other books, but later editions of Elantris include a hidden final scene which make clear his ...


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They almost certainly look like humans, with the one on the bottom left looking like a noble, whereas the one directly beneath him with the eyepatch looks like a skaa. The rest are difficult to place specifically other than being human, as they do not look they would be Koloss or Inquisitors. Some look more destitute than others, so they are likely made up ...


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I know this is an old post, but this has recently been confirmed in Oathbringer. Dalinar went to visit the Nightwatcher to forget his pain from accidentally murdering his wife at The Rift. Dalinar went into a downward spiral after that event. He becomes "haunted" by the memory of her and all of the innocent he killed that day. Oathbringer Page 824 Chapter ...


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When Kliss said that she needs a lot of food, I took it that she was being sarcastic. As an informant Kliss would not offer any information without payment of some kind, including what she needs the money for. She is simply making a satiric comment, poking fun at herself being plump, in attempt to make herself seem less dangerous and to seem to provide a ...


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If you're talking about Then the following quote (The Hero of Ages chapter 28)


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At least as of the point where you asked this question, no, you haven't missed anything. Neither Way of Kings nor Words of Radience make any mention of what boon Dalinar received in exchange for the Old Magic. Dalinar's inner monologue makes it clear that he remembers exactly what his boon and his curse were, but he doesn't want to discuss it with his sons, ...


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The vials probably don’t contain enough alcohol Let’s say that the vials are the size of a typical laboratory vial, about 10 milliliters. We know from the quote given in the question that they contain, not alcohol, but an alcohol “solution.” Waxillium Ladrian used whiskey (around 40% to 50% alcohol by volume here on Earth) in his vials, which is implied ...


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It wasn’t an Honorblade Straight from the author himself: The one that characters obtained in Words of Radiance is NOT an Honorblade. It’s an ordinary shardblade (as ordinary as one of those can be called.) I’m not going to say specifically what happened to the Blade Taln arrived with at Kholinar, but I will say that it IS a different weapon ...


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It was the Left spike. In rereading my question, I realized we do have an identifying feature, the remaining spike is the one that got crushed in Well of Ascension. Sazed turned, slamming the lamp into Marsh's face. The metal bent in his hand, and the force threw Marsh backward. The Inquisitor hit the marble wall, a spray of blood misting in the air. As ...


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No, burning is a special Allomantic act distinct from digesting. From one of Kelsier's first lessons for Vin on Allomancy: “First,” Kelsier said, “remember to burn away any unused metals you have inside of you at the end of the night. Some of the metals we use can be poisonous if digested; it’s best not to sleep with them in your stomach.” This means ...


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Yes, Malatium "exists" in the sense that it is still a legitimate chemical compound in the world. However, it is not really accurate to call it "the eleventh metal". It is an alloy of Atium + Gold, and not properly part of the 16 true allomantic metals. Allomantic Misconceptions The diagram (which @daft_code already linked to, so I won't repeat it) from ...


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I don't know that we have a canon answer to this (If there were one, it would probably come from Sanderson's web site, and I didn't see anything on there.) We can make some logical deductions, though, based on what we know. We know: Mistings can safely ingest certain types of elemental or alloy metals Mistings can perform some controlled bodily function, ...


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It's a question of storage :-) Most Mistborn store their phials of metals on belt loops or in pouches; she stores her up her sleeve, that's all.


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As I believe an Inquisitor's spikes aren't necessarily well explained up to the third book, I will put the following part in spoiler tags. Feel free to skip it if you want, as the rest of my answer can still make sense to you even so. In essence, spikes are only used to augment Inquisitors, not to give them otherwise impossible powers like metalless ...


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I don't have the book with me, so I'm lacking a specific quote, but Sazed alludes to his rings not being able to hold very much and implies that a bigger ring (or armlet like his Copperminds) would be able to store more. So yes, its dependent on the size of the metal-mind. Actually, I think at one point purity of the metal is mentioned as being close ...


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tl;dr: By the time Allomancers were populous enough to be a threat to other people's coin pouches, the economy was too well established for the Lord Ruler to disrupt it. It was a basic risk/reward decision that fell on the side of status-quo. I could not find an official answer on this from Brandon, though I may try to ask him if I can. However, I think I ...


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Atium compounding. He uses Feruchemy to store youth in Atium and then Allomancy to burn it, so he gets more youth of it than he put in, granting immortality as long as his Atium supply lasts. Same method as the Lord Ruler, in fact. The author actually stated this directly in response to a fan question... And what happened to Marsh? The book doesn't ...


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Yes At least that is the implication in the text. As they walked through the quiet streets, Vin reached tentatively inside. She eyed Kelsier, then carefully burned that unknown metal. Again, the lines sprang up around her, pointing in seemingly random directions. The lines moved with her. One end of each thread stayed stuck to her chest, while the ...


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The power stolen is determined by the metal that the spike is made from, and the location that the spike is stabbed through the donor. Questioner My question was about Hemalurgy. There was a disagreement on the last Shardcast. When spiking a Mistborn to charge a Hemalurgic spike, does it matter how the Mistborn is killed or is what power is stolen ...


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