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Reading order for Cosmere series by Brandon Sanderson

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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Why is there no sex in Brandon Sanderson's books?

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 ...
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What pumps blood through a listener's body?

They also have normal "meat hearts". The gemheart serves a distinct Investiture-related purpose ("resonating with the tunes of Roshar, that sort of stuff"), it's not just stuck ...
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What does “sample is considered questionable” mean?

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 ...
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Which Sanderson works are part of the Cosmere and which aren't?

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, ...
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How does ash cool the planet?

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 ...
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Wasing the saying of speaking the what?

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 ...
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Is Nightblood a Shardblade?

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 ...
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How many appearances of Hoid have there been?

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 ...
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What boon did Dalinar Kholin receive from the Nightwatcher when he pursued the old magic?

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 ...
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Who were the two men Vin saw when she burned the 11th metal?

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 ...
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Who’s dragging Elend down here?

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 ...
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Why is Dalinar's Blade screaming?

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 ...
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Which eye spike did Marsh lose?

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 ...
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Is "burning" metals in the Mistborn series the same as digesting?

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 ...
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Why don't Mistborn and Mistings get drunk/poisoned because of the alcohol?

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,...
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In "The Hero of Ages" how did Spook know to write in metal when sending his messenger?

All of the Final Empire's agents under Elend were using memorized messages or metal-inscribed ones. Ruin tipped his hand to get free during the events of Well of Ascension. Ever since Sazed ...
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Why was Vin the one chosen to infiltrate the nobility?

Breeze was too conspicuous Kelsier specifically needed someone to pose as Renoux's heir. His original plan was Dockson, but he was too dangerous, having drawn attention to himself previously. “Can’t ...
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Who can see Preservation?

This is some minor spoilers for the second era mistborn novels, but... In Shadows of Self, I recall Sazed telling Wax that he could speak to him through the power of Ruin, and hear him through the ...
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How was Renoux discovered?

From the Mistborn Annotations1 on Brandon Sanderson's site: By the way, the reason the Lord Ruler’s army attacked Renoux was not because they broke Marsh. It’s because the Inquisitors–still ...
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Who is the woman of a similar age to Wit?

Hoid is said to have been at the shattering of Adonalsium (this is obviously not said in the books where precious few know that event, but has been confirmed by the author to various fans, and is ...
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How is Marsh still alive?

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 ...
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Can Allomancers see metal behind themselves?

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 ...
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How did Raoden know about the poor state of repair of the road to Toa?

He wasn't trying to redraw the road, he was drawing the chasm line. All Aons use the base Aon known as "Aon." It used to look like this: This Aon is based on the geography of Arelon. The top line ...
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How is it determined what Allomantic power is taken?

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 ...
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What was Spook's real name?

firstRainbowRose (17 October 2008) I have a rather simple question. What was Spook's real name? He gives a easternese slang term that becomes his name, then he goes by his Kelsier-given nick. So, what ...
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Brandon Sanderson - Words of Radiance - Blocks of numbers in chapter prologues

It's a code. Chapter 84's code is deciphered here as: The key in deciphering it is from here and is: The second block (chapter 88) has the following addition "(This appears to be a sequence of ...
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Why don't Mistborn and Mistings get drunk/poisoned because of the alcohol?

There's a few things here: Alcohol is a general preference, not a requirement The only main requirement for the solution that contains the metal is that it won't chemically react at all or otherwise ...
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How does Steel Pushing & Iron Pulling work in Mistborn Series?

In short, physics. The blue threads aren't much more than a mental cue that tells the Mistborn what metal is where, something visual that the reader can relate to. The blue threads themselves are ...
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Why would Roshar adopt Stormlight-infused gems as a currency?

Found an answer to my own question on the Stormlight Archive wiki: Spheres which run out of Stormlight are called dun spheres. Infused spheres are not worth any more than dun spheres, though ...
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