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Firstborn: A Tor.Com Original [Kindle Edition]

Brandon Sanderson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Of the son of a High Duke of the interstellar Empire, much glory is expected.  And expected.  And still expected, despite endless proof that young Dennison Crestmar has no talent whatsoever for war. But the life Dennison is forced to live will have its surprising lessons to impart…

Brandon Sanderson’s novels include Elantris, the Mistborn series (Mistborn, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages), Warbreaker, and the several volumes of the Stormlight Archive beginning with 2010’s The Way of Kings. Following the death of Robert Jordan in 2007, Jordan’s wife and editor Harriet McDougal recruited Sanderson to finish Jordan’s multi-volume fantasy series The Wheel of Time from Jordan’s extensive drafts and notes. Published in 2009, The Gathering Storm, by Jordan and Sanderson, is the first of the three volumes that will conclude Jordan’s epic.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1250 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (July 20, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V4B4GQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good story.. available free at August 26, 2010
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I love this authors stories. His writing is excellent and always entertains me. My favorite is his mistborn trilogy and elantris. This short story was entertaining and one of the many Tor.Com originals I have purchased and enjoyed. I was glad that Tor had started marketing short stories from some of my favorite authors as it seemed that a publishing house was finally beginning to utilize electronic publishing to get more stories out to the kindle fanatics. However, I wasn't aware that all of the originals I've purchased were available FREE at the [...] website.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Taste September 29, 2010
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I read this novelette on my iPhone while waiting for several meetings, and felt annoyed when I had to put the story down to do actual work.
I like Sanderson's writing, and though this is more SF than his other novels, it gives the reader a taste of his ability to craft an engaging story, with lively characters and a vibrant world.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Book July 22, 2010
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This Short Story (mini book?) was really good. I normally don't like books about space, I prefer the exact opposite - swords, magic and the like. But I downloaded this one to my kindle, and then didn't stop reading til I was done. I loved it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof that Sanderson should go beyond fantasy? April 9, 2011
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A short story, available for free at, but I certainly did not mind paying for it. Less than an hour to read, it is a fun read, which I have come to expect from Brandon Sanderson after having read most of his other works and walked away from every single of with satisfaction. As far as I know, this is Sanderson's only real science fiction story, and I quite liked what he envisioned. The only complaint I have is that it wasn't a full on novel!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish it were a book January 10, 2012
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Very engaging, brief read. I almost wish it was a full book. But it works great as a short. Fully realized characters, compelling narrative, great ending, loved it.

Worth pointing out: this is not a good introduction to Sanderson, as it bares little resemblance to his fantasy works. It does give me some confidence about the sci-fi direction he plans to take his Mistborn series eventually.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. January 13, 2011
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Fast paced with an unexpected ending. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors and I was so excited to find this digital download on Amazon. I hope more authors take the opportunity to publish short stories online now that ereaders such as the Kindle make it easier to do so.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi teaser December 29, 2010
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I got this on my i-phone and did not realize it was a short story. I really enjoyed it until it ended so suddenly I was sad to put it away. I hope the book is actually finished as I am certain to buy it on my kindle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short story December 17, 2010
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Set in an interesting world, with a unique plot and engaging characters, I really enjoyed this short story. I would love to see it expanded to a full novel, detailing more of the academy, government and politics of the world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good short novella. Not overly focused on Sci-Fy, but more focused on telling a good story
Published 27 days ago by MightyMortyMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One big lead up to a well presented twist
Published 1 month ago by Chris hicks
4.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific piece by Sanderson
I liked "Firstborn" quite a bit. It is somewhat different from the typical Sanderson fare in that it had no magic system. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GPS
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short!
I was enraptured and then it ended! There's an elegance to that but I feel too frustrated to fully appreciate it.
Published 1 month ago by Emily Frew
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but short, read
Sanderson is a superb writer. This novella was no different. He does a great job crafting his characters and helping to understand their motivations. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shawn Lelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Good
Very short, but it lives up to other works by Branden Sanderson. It has more sci-fi elements than most of his books, which is kind of cool too see also.
Published 2 months ago by Kirk Tompkinson
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
While a fan of Sanderson, I am not a huge fan of short stories. This one seemed a bit rushed and the ending a bit far-fetched. But,hey. For .99 cents you can certainly do worse. Read more
Published 2 months ago by agrodged
5.0 out of 5 stars Backstory deep enough for a novel, fast enough for a short
I had planned on dropping the $0.99 on the Kindle version of this story when I realized that it was free on! Bonus.

This is what short stories are all about. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Brandon Bastian
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read!
I enjoyed reading Firstborn. I felt that it was to short in length. It's short, but still a good read.
Published 4 months ago by Jason Bourne
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality short story with a surprising twist
I'm not going to give anything away, but will only say that it didn't start off as a conventional sci fi story, and it didn't end the way you probably can anticipate. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael N.
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More About the Author

I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

My newest book is Words of Radiance, written as a love letter of sorts to the epic fantasy genre. It continues the story of the Stormlight Archive that began in The Way of Kings, and it's the type of book I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

In September 2013 I also released Steelheart, set in a near-future Chicago ruled by a ruthless villain with no heroes to oppose him. There is a free 5-chapter preview ebook here on Amazon that you should check out, with a corresponding sampler audiobook on Audible.

Mistborn and The Way of Kings are among my most popular works, as are my concluding volumes to Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. My novella The Emperor's Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of my first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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