Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination.
This is the first ideal of the Knights Radiant, a legendary military organization purportedly blessed with supernatural powers by the Almighty. Revered in their time, the people of Roshar once considered the Heralds, the ten leaders of the Knights Radiants, as divinities until they betrayed humanity, forsook their oaths, and disappeared. Centuries later, their names are still whispered in awe and disdain in this world of storms and stone. All that remains of them are their Shardblades and Shardplate, mystical weapons and suits of armor worth kingdoms.
Sixth of the Dusk is a short fantasy novella by Brandon Sanderson, set in the Cosmere (his interconnected story world, which includes Mistborn and the Stormlight Archive). It’s set on the dangerous island of Patji, where birds give humans magical talents and predators can sense the thoughts of their prey. After an expedition of scientists and scribes tries to colonise Patji, a solitary trapper discovers that the island is not the only thing out to kill him. When he begins to see his own corpse at every turn, he doesn’t have to just defend himself – but also his entire culture’s way of life.
Words of Radiance (the previous book in this series) was the best fiction book I had the privilege of reading last year (2019), out of the 49 books I read. Even though I knew Sanderson (my favourite author) probably couldn't top the sheer epic awesomeness of WORD ... I kind of expected him to. And the signs were promising! I loved how this book begun. Simple sequences of characters reuniting with loved ones massively upped the stakes, making me care so much more about the overall characters' goal of stopping the destruction of the world. There were some excellent moments throughout, and I really enjoyed the story as a whole.