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- Print Length: 59 pages
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- Publisher: Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (October 16, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 16, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OME9TZC
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- Lending: Enabled
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Sixth of the Dusk (Cosmere) Kindle Edition
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Patji, and the water surrounding it, is teeming with vicious and deadly creatures. These predators hunt minds, reading the thoughts and emotions of their prey before employing the lesser, mundane senses. Because of this, Dusk is a cautious and wary man. He’s meticulous in everything he does. Dusk is also quite rough around the edges, seeing no need for human companionship and no reason for talk in most situations. His personal Aviar, Kokerlii and Sak, keep him company as well as protect his life with their magical gifts.
The tradition of the trappers stretches back before remembrance among Dusk’s people, but soon their way of life will be threatened. The Ones from Above push progress upon the Eelakin, visiting them with ships that fly among the stars, promising untold technological wealth. The Ones from Above are sowing the seeds of change, causing many of the Eelakin to no longer be content with the way things have always been. The Ones from Above grant iron-hulled ships and powerful cannons so that more and more people can visit the Pantheon islands, seeking out the Aviar and their mystical abilities. No one seems to know the true motives of the Ones from Above, or if they can truly be trusted.
In a mere 94 pages, Sanderson creates a vivid, deadly, and complicated world. His imagination runs rampant while depicting the dangerous creatures that inhabit Patji such as deathants, nightmaws, and bloodscratches. The magic system he’s constructed is both unique and mysterious, as he reveals only enough about the Aviar and their abilities to leave the reader wanting to know more. Sanderson depicts a civilization at war with itself: tradition fighting against progress and change. Sixth of the Dusk forces the reader to question whether change is a good thing, and whether technology furthers a society or harms it. Can tradition coexist with progress, or must one destroy the other?
You can read Sixth of the Dusk even if you have never read anything else in the Cosmere series without any troubles. Dusk is a trapper on an isle filled with magical birds. It is what he has done in solitude most of his life and he lives on Patji, one of the deadliest islands of them all. There is something trying to kill him around every corner and in almost every shadow. He knows this because one of his birds can see his deaths and can project images of it into his mind. A little disconcerting to see your corpse on the path ahead of you showing how you could die, but Dusk has become accustomed to these warnings over the years.
Patji might be a deadly land full of monsters but it is also a remarkable place and one of the few Islands where Aviar live. They are special birds that can great an ability to their owners. It is Dusk’s job to protect these birds.
“This,” he said with a harsh whisper, holding it up before her, “is the symbol of your ignorance. On the Pantheon Islands, nothing is easy, nothing is simple. That plume was placed by another trapper to catch someone who does not deserve to be here, someone who thought to find an easy prize. You cannot be that person. Never move without asking yourself, is this too easy?”
Vathi has come with a group of people intent on finding out why the birds come only from a small stretch of Islands in hopes of discovering a way to make more Aviar. When she is sepereated from her crew on a ship she makes her way across the lsland searching for a trapper to help her make it to the rest of her people.
“This is nice. Very roomy for a shack on a mountainside in the middle of a deadly jungle on an isolated island surrounded by monsters.”
Dusk knows that Vathi and her people bring change with them and might even be the destruction of his lifestyle and everything he holds dear. He must decide whether to help her or if it is better to just let Patji kill her.
This is not one of my favorite Brandon Sanderson novella’s but I do like that he was able to show the circularity of how the choices we are willing to make might affect us later on. When we decide to force our will on others who is to say someone stronger won’t come along and do the same thing to us.
I am forever encouraging my friends to read anything Brandon Sanderson. If you like High Fantasy I think he puts some of the best stories together. But, if you want to sample some of his work to decide if you like his story telling style before committing to 1000+ pages for one of his series the I highly recommend reading The Emperor’s Soul or this novella.
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The characters are well developed and the story comes together quite nicely.