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Firstborn: A Tor.Com Original Kindle Edition

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Length: 48 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1300 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (July 14, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V4B4GQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

January 2015 marks the release of Firefight, the sequel to Steelheart. When only evil people gain super powers and become tyrants, it's up to normal people to hunt them down. There is a free 5-chapter preview ebook of Steelheart here on Amazon that you should check out, with a corresponding sampler audiobook on Audible. My Firefight book tour in the US lasts throughout January.

Recent short releases are Legion: Skin Deep (sequel to Legion), the further investigations of an average man whose many hallucinations are all experts in their own fields, and also my novella Sixth of the Dusk, set in the same universe as Mistborn and Stormlight, revolving around an attack on an island trapper's way of life.

My biggest recent epic fantasy 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. October 2015 and January 2016 will also see the release of two new Mistborn books, Shadows of Self and Bands of Mourning.

Mistborn and the Stormlight Archive 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 brandonsanderson.com/library -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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 Tor.com originals I've purchased were available FREE at the [...] website.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jonathon D. Green on 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 By AngelofChaos on 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 By Mathachew on April 9, 2011
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A short story, available for free at Tor.com, 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Joseph Pankau on 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 By Peter Justiniano on 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 By Amazon Customer on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pfred4peace on 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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