How to read Brandon Sanderson`s Cosmere books in order

Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson has announced he will be releasing four new books, with some fans having since wondered about the order of his existing releases.

Sanderson has is well known among fantasy and sci-fi fans for his vast array of books that many of which have been New York Times bestsellers.

As the author has announced, he is further expanding his collection of books with four more releases we take a look at how fans think his books should be read.

A look at Brandon Sanderson’s book releases over the years

Brandon Sanderson majored in biochemistry at Brigham Young University and, according to his website, wrote seven novels as an undergraduate.

He published his first book Elantris in 2005, which went on to be the first of many books set within the fictional universe Cosmere. Some of his other popular releases set in the universe include The Stormlight Archive and The Mistborn Saga series’.

Sanderson has also released several books and series’ outside of the universe, such as the Skyward and Alcatraz vs The Evil Librarians series’.

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Fans have long debated the order of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere books

Fans reading Sanderson’s non-Cosmere releases don’t have to worry about reading a particular series before another as they do not have interconnected storylines. However, as the Cosmere books are set within the same world, fans have debated the order in which they think the books should be read.

There is not a set order in which the books should be read, although there are many guides in which fans have suggested how the books could be read. Many seem to agree that a good starting point would be The Mistborn Saga: The Original Trilogy. The series is also one of the few recommended by Sanderson himself, to begin with.

As per Sanderson’s site, he also suggests fans could start with The Way Of Kings, which is the first book of The Stormlight Archive series, as well as the stand-alone books Elantris and Warbreaker, depending on their preferences.

From the original Mistborn series, a possible reading order could look something like:

The Mistborn Saga: The Wax & Wayne seriesWarbreakerThe Stormlight ArchiveElantrisWhite Sand

Fans can also read the novellas from Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection at the end or throughout as some build on some of the other books/ series’ including Elantis and Mistborn.

Elsewhere, there is a dedicated subreddit on the fictional universe that offers advice on how the books could be read and even includes a ‘what should I read next?’ section which helps readers pick out what book or series to move on to next.

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Three of his new releases are also set in Cosmere

This week, the fantasy author announced there would be three more additions to the Cosmere universe. The announcement came as Brandon Sanderson confirmed he was releasing four books he had written during the pandemic.

He shared the news yesterday (1 March) in a video on his YouTube Channel entitled It’s Time To Come Clean, where he also revealed he would be releasing them via a Kickstarter campaign – you can read more about it here.

Talking about the books, he explained: “I wrote three of these as gifts for Emily [his wife] and one purely for myself. Three are in the Cosmere, one is simply completely different.”

With the new additions to the fictional world of Cosmere, who knows where they will fit into fans’ updated reading lists!

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