The Sunlit Man
Years ago he had comrades in arms and a cause to believe in, but now the man who calls himself Nomad knows only a life on the run. Forced to hop from world to world in the Cosmere whenever the relentless Night Brigade gets too close, Nomad lands on a new planet and is instantly caught up in the struggle between a tyrant and the rebels who want only to escape being turned into mindless slaves-all under the constant threat of a sunrise whose heat will melt the very stones. Unable to understand the language, can he navigate the conflict and gain enough power to leap offworld before his mind or body pay the ultimate price?
Reviewed on 3rd December 2023
The final secret project is the most serious and most cosmere-y of them all. Sanderson says that of the four, this is the one written for his fans.
Without wanting to spoil things, let’s just say that there are a bunch of references to previous Cosmere works, and that this is set later in the timeline.
It is a standalone adventure - we follow a lone traveller who is on the run, as he arrives at a planet with unique properties, and finds himself in the middle of a local war.
Sanderson’s abilities at world building naturally shine through, and I love how he can make so many different experiences based in the same connected universe.
I found the character an interesting one to follow, and learning more about how various aspects of the magic systems I’ve already encountered work and will develop.
Another really good Sanderson to cap off a really good year.