- New Brandon Sanderson Books
- Elantris Series
- Mistborn Series
- Alcatraz Series
- Wheel of Time Contributed Books
- Warbreaker Series
- Stormlight Archive Series
- Infinity Blade Series
- Reckoners Series
- Legion Series
- Rithmatist Series
- Cosmere Series Short Stories
- Skyward Series
- Standalone Brandon Sanderson Books
- Brandon Sanderson Biography
- Praise for Brandon Sanderson
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Last Updated on February 11, 2020
Last Updated on February 11, 2020Brandon Sanderson is a prolific contemporary fantasy author who brought us gems like the Mistborn series, the Stormlight Archive, and also worked on The Wheel of Time series after Robert Jordan passed away.
Reading the Brandon Sanderson books in order brings readers countless hours of joy and an escape in the wonderful words the author has created over the years.
Most of the author’s adult fiction books are part of the Brandon Sanderson Cosmere world. These include the Elantris series, the Mistborn series, the Warbreaker series, the Stormlight Archive books, and his short stories as well. The
Here are the Brandon Sanderson books in reading order for his series and standalone novels. The series are listed in order their books were published.
New Brandon Sanderson Books
- Elantris, 2005
- The Hope of Elantris (novella), 2006 (can be read free on the author’s website)
- The Emperor’s Soul, 2012 (not quite part of Elantris, but both novels take place on the same planet)
- The Eleventh Metal (novella), 2012
- The Final Empire (Mistborn #1), 2006
- The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2), 2007
- The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3), 2008
- Mistborn: Secret History (companion story), 2016
- The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4), 2011
- Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5), 2015
- Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6), 2016
- Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, 2007
- The Scrivener’s Bones, 2008
- The Knights of Crystallia, 2009
- The Shattered Lens, 2010
- The Dark Talent, 2017
Wheel of Time Contributed Books
- What the Storm Means (Wheel of Time #11.5), 2009
- The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time #12), 2009
- Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time #13), 2010
- By Grace and Banners Fallen (Wheel of Time #13.5), 2012
- A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time #14), 2013
- Warbreaker, 2009
- Nightblood, TBA
Stormlight Archive Series
- The Way of Kings, 2010
- Words of Radiance, 2012
- Edgedancer, 2017 (novella)
- Oathbringer, 2017
- Rhythm of War, 2020
Infinity Blade Series
- The Rithmatist, 2013
Cosmere Series Short Stories
- Sixth of the Dusk, 2014 (novella)
- Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell, 2015 (novella)
- Arcanum Unbounded, 2016 (collection of short stories)
Standalone Brandon Sanderson Books
Brandon Sanderson Biography
The American fantasy novelist Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a teenager, he started to read fantasy novels and got hooked right away. At some point, he tried writing his own fantasy stories.
In 1994 he graduated from high school, following which he enrolled at Brigham Young University with a major in biochemistry. Between 1995 to 1997, he took a two-year hiatus from studies to go to South Korea as part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a volunteer missionary.
Upon returning from his missionary work, he went back to the same college but changed his major to English Literature. At the same time, he started working part-time at a local hotel in Provo, Utah, as a night-time clerk, which allowed him to focus on writing books on the job.
He graduated with a B.A. in English, and then enrolled at the BYU’s creative writing graduate program, from where in 2005 he earned an M.F.A. degree.
Throughout his entire time of studying, he never stopped writing with the result that in 2003 he ended up with 12 unpublished manuscripts on his desk. During his graduate program at BYU, the publisher TOR contacted him about acquiring one of his books, which Brandon submitted to TOR about one and a half year earlier. It was Elantris, and it finally got published in 2005.
The next year, in 2006, his first book in the Mistborn series, Mistborn – The Final Empire, was also published, followed by The Well of Ascension, book #2 in the Mistborn series, published in 2007.
The same year, he published his first children’s’ book, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, which would become also the first book in a new series, this time for kids.
Also in 2007, after the death of the best-known fantasy author, Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Robert’s widow, chose Brandon Sanderson to continue and complete the fantasy series. She was so taken by Mistborn, that she couldn’t think if any other author worthy of taking on the epic Wheel of Time.
In addition to writing full time, Brandon Sanderson is also teaching once a year a creative writing course at Brigham Young University, where he is also adjunct faculty.
Most of the Brandon Sanderson series (including Cosmere, Mistborn, Elantris, Warbreaker, and the Stormlight Archive) are interrelated as they focus on the Cosmere universe, which each series taking place on another planet of the same universe. While the series are mostly standalone, they do connect through a few characters that pop in and out of various series, and through the magic systems.
Most of his series will be continued with several other books, and for many, he already fleshed out the number and how they will be separate in arcs. For example, Brandon Sanderson envisioned Stormlight Archive to include 10 books, split in two story arcs of five books. All the Brandon Sanderson are quite long. Oathbringer, book 3 in the Stormlight Archives, includes 1200 pages.
The author really rose to a shining start once he started working on the Wheel of Time series, which is probably one of the most popular fantasy series to date. His own novels really took off after that with The Wheel of Time readers picking up everything else Brandon Sanderson has written before and after.
Besides writing fantasy novels, for Bradon Sanderson White Sand is a first entry in the graphic novels genre. The first book, White Sand, was published in 2016, and a second book will be released in 2018. The series is a graphic novel adaptation of the author’s first book which was never published.
His books have been nominated for and received numerous awards during the years, such as the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award,
Best Epic Fantasy Novel Award for Elantris in 2005; the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award, Best Epic Fantasy Novel Award for The Hero of Ages in 2008, which also won the Whitney Awards, Best Speculative Fiction Award the same year; the David Gemmell Legend Award for The Way of Kings in 2011, the Best Novella Hugo Award for The Emperor’s Soul in 2013; the Whitney Award for World of Radiance in 2014, which also won the David Gemmell Legend Award in 2015.
The Brandon Sanderson reading order is important for books in each series, but not necessary for books across series, even though many readers to prefer to read the entire Cosmere universe books in the order they were published, so the Cosmere reading order is actually quite important to many readers.
For me, the best Brandon Sanderson books do take place in Cosmere, and my most favorite series will have to be Mistborn. The magic system is so interesting that I got hooked on it right away.
In addition to writing books, Brandon Sanderson is also holding university lectures on creative writing, many of which are published for free on Youtube.
Praise for Brandon Sanderson
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)
Highly recommended to anyone hungry for a good read. (Robin Hobb)
Sanderson continues to show that he is one of the best authors in the genre. (Library Journal)
Another win for Sanderson . . . he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period. (Patrick Rothfuss)
Sanderson’s fresh ideas on the source and employment of magic are both arresting and original. (Kirkus Reviews)
- Brandon Sanderson author website
- Brandon Sanderson writing lectures on Youtube
- the author’s writing podcasts
- Orson Scott Card reviews Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris