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Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older - a wish she believed was granted. 

Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can't help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers. 

The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility.

©2018 Brandon Sanderson (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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So Burn Me as a Heretic!

Fine, just tie me to a stake, light the fire and give me my just desserts because though I am of sane mind I am going to criticise one of Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight books! In my defence I already think that the Stormlight Archive is one of the very finest examples of epic fantasy ever produced - and apparently we're not even halfway through it. The sheer depth and quality of it, especially the world-building is staggering.

What makes this even more bizarre is that it's also, I think, one of the best performances I have heard from Kate Reading. I've always thought she was at her best with dialogue rather than narrative and this is dialogue heavy. She really seemed to enjoyed reading it, I felt there was a bit of extra oomph to her delivery. It was also cool to hear a story set in among those grandiose events covered by the Stormlight Archive books and to see a little more of some of the well-known characters who play small parts in Lift's story.

So what's not to like? Well to me it really lacked a lot of what's great about the main sequence of the Stormlight Archives. That hasn't been scared to include some humour but this story felt more like a young adult type of heroine with the humour to match and some of it grew pretty old pretty quickly for me. The awkward relationship between Lift and her bonded spren was the cornerstone but Sanderson has done that concept so much better before now.

What's more of course if you pay by credits forget this one and buy Arcanum Unbounded which is a complete collection of Sanderson stories including this one so represents much better value as a package.

So, there it is, go buy your wooden stake, faggots and matches if you have to but I'm sorry to say that this one just didn't cut it for me.

Simon the Heretic.

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Awesome but already read in Arcanum Unbounded

As all other works of Brandon Sanderson this novella is amazing too! However, if you've listed to the first 2 Stormlight series books and to the Arcanum Unbounded then don't purchase this since there is zero new content introduced here.

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young adult stormlight novella

Not the next stormlight archive book... my mistake. If you're a Terry Pratchett fan this is a bit like buying one of the Tiffany Aching books thinking it's the latest discworld novel. Somewhat entertaining, but with a faintly irritating, juvenile feel throughout. The main character's trite reflections on life are probably realistic for a thirteen year old, but a bit annoying if you are not 13 yourself.

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On my oath..

In a time of stories that promote violence, lies and a lack or resolution and hope, your stories are a refreshing change and a joy to read. I believe cultural attitudes reflect the type of stories and media we expose ourselves to; and I have no hesitation to recommend your books to my children, friends and family. Keep up the great work Brandon!!

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Edge dancer

I was disappointed. Maybe the bar was set too high in the previous books. I would have liked this to have incorporated more.

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Another great book

I've read all of Sanderson's books and this be felt very different and I really enjoyed it. Written from the view point if a child, it made for a funny yet sometimes frustrating storyline!! Lift is clearly smarter than she likes for people to know. i really look forward to hearing about how she develops as she learns more about her powers and the way if the world!

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Lift!!🥞

Such a beautiful side story that is full with wit, honour and a feeling of growth.
Not essential for the main story, but very much advised as it builds on character.

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Surprised...

by how much he managed to include in such a short piece of writing. Love the character of Lift and the character development.

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A great linking story arc between epics

This novella has been criticised by a few as being too focused on one single character's story ark. However that's exactly what the author intended, providing a way to link and expand upon the overarching story. I was unsure about this purchase but I'm now glad I went for it. Lift is a brilliant character and one which, no dought, will improve the storm light saga immensely.

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Nice little storm light novella

An insight into lift and nail or darkness and their character development.

It was an easy listen and some more info and more questions raised about nature of world storm light is set in.

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  • 06-10-20

Absolutely brilliant book.

Lyft is one of my favourite characters and Kate has done an amazing job presenting the work

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-19

You can skip this title without regret.

Very anoing main character, very little developments in the story. Just skip to Oathbringer and don't look back.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-09-19

give me more please.

these kind of stories (really well written) gives good depths to charachters and world. really worth picking up.

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  • Kalyan Voruganti
  • 05-01-19

better than I expected

I wasn't sure a about this one. if I'd like the character and how it fitted into the main series. it was surprisingly good and I really enjoyed it. highly recommended

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  • R. Madsen
  • 01-09-19

Not for everybody (at least not for me)

You know how a character in a book, play or movie can really rub you the wrong way? They are so annoying that they actively turn you off the media they appear in? Lift, the protagonist of this novella, is that for me.

Lift is like a bad, bad D&D character played by someone who does not know how to share the table. The writing itself also felt super lazy. Our boy Sanderson likes his Deus Ex Machina, but this time it seems that he didn't even bother to try.

The epilogue revealing the authors love for the character and the plans of a greater involvement of her in the story onwards made me regret having already bought Oathbringer.

This was a painful listen and based upon how much Lift is a part of Oathbringer and how her chapters are spaced, I might not finish Oathbringer.

edit: Who am I kidding. I read through Danaerys' flip-flopping in Mereen and am hoping against hope that she poops herself to death in a ditch. I'm a glutton for punishment. I'll finish this series as well. Lift or no Lift (though I'll hate every minute featuring her).

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