Brandon Sanderson (born December 19, 1975) is an American writer. He is best known for his Mistborn series and his work in finishing Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time. In 2010 Sanderson published The Way of Kings, the first installment in a planned ten volume series called The Stormlight Archive.
Sanderson worked as an editor for the semi-professional magazine Leading Edge while attending school at Brigham Young University, where he now periodically teaches creative writing.
In 2008 Sanderson started a podcast with authors Dan Wells and Howard Tayler called Writing Excuses, involving topics about creating and producing genre writing and webcomics.
A Nebraska native, Sanderson currently resides in American Fork, Utah. He earned his Master’s degree in Creative Writing in 2005 from Brigham Young University, where he was on the staff of Leading Edge, a semi-professional speculative fiction magazine published by the university. He was a college roommate of Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings.
Sanderson was married on July 7, 2006. He has two children. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a missionary in Seoul, Korea. He currently teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University, in addition to working on his own writing.
He is a participant in the weekly podcast Writing Excuses with authors Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and web cartoonist Howard Tayler.
Sanderson published his first novel, Elantris, through Tor Books on April 21, 2005, to generally positive reviews. Elantris tells the story of the cursed inhabitants of a once-great city who once wielded powerful magic. This was followed in 2006 by Mistborn: The Final Empire, the first book in his Mistborn fantasy trilogy. The Mistborn are "allomancers", or people who have the ability to "burn" various metals and alloys after ingesting them in order to enhance senses and allow control over powerful supernatural forces. He followed up in 2007 with a sequel, Mistborn: The Well of Ascension, which continues the story and delves into the origins of the mysterious and all-pervasive mist which enshrouds everything at night and even sometimes during the day.
His next work was the young adult novel Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, about a boy named Alcatraz who has a unique gift: he’s very good at breaking things. He also has a group of evil librarians who are bent on taking over the world. In 2008, Sanderson released two science fiction short works, Firstborn and Defending Elysium, as well as the final book in the Mistborn trilogy (Mistborn: The Hero of Ages) and an Alcatraz sequel (Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones).
Tor Books published Sanderson’s Warbreaker in 2009. He originally published it on his website a chapter at a time while writing the novel from 2006 to 2009, with the final version being what was published through Tor. The novel was released under a Creative Commons license and is available either printed from Tor or as a free download from Sanderson’s site. The same year saw a third Alcatraz book, Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia, which follows Alcatraz as he and his companions continue their fight against the cult of evil librarians.
After Robert Jordan’s September 2007 death, Sanderson was selected by Harriet McDougal (Robert Jordan’s widow), to complete the final book in Jordan’s epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time. McDougal asked him to complete the series after being deeply impressed by Mistborn: The Final Empire. Tor Books made the announcement December 7, 2007. After reviewing what needed to be done to wrap up the series, Sanderson and Tor announced on March 30, 2009 there would be a final three books instead of just one. The first of these, The Gathering Storm, was published October 27, 2009 and reached the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction.
Brandon Sanderson – Arcanum Unbounded (read by Michael Kramer, Kate Reading)
Brandon Sanderson – The Final Empire (read by Michael Kramer)
Brandon Sanderson – The Well Of Ascension (read by Michael Kramer)
Brandon Sanderson – The Hero Of Ages (read by Michael Kramer)
Brandon Sanderson – The Alloy Of Law (read by Michael Kramer)
Brandon Sanderson – Shadows Of Self (read by Michael Kramer)
Brandon Sanderson – The Bands Of Mourning (read by Michael Kramer)
The Stormlight Archive series
Brandon Sanderson – The Way Of Kings (read by Michael Kramer, Kate Reading)
Brandon Sanderson – Words Of Radiance (read by Michael Kramer, Kate Reading)
Brandon Sanderson – Edgedancer (read by Kate Reading)
Brandon Sanderson – Oathbringer (read by Michael Kramer, Kate Reading)
Brandon Sanderson – Elantris (read by Jack Garrett)
Brandon Sanderson – The Emperor’s Soul (read by Angela Lin)
Brandon Sanderson – Steelheart (read by Macleod Andrews)
Brandon Sanderson – Mitosis (read by Macleod Andrews)
Brandon Sanderson – Firefight (read by Macleod Andrews)
Brandon Sanderson – Calamity (read by Macleod Andrews)
Brandon Sanderson – Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians (read by Ramon De Ocampo)
Brandon Sanderson – Alcatraz Versus The Scrivener’s Bones (read by Ramon De Ocampo)
Brandon Sanderson – Alcatraz Versus The Knights Of Crystallia (read by Ramon De Ocampo)
Brandon Sanderson – Alcatraz Versus The Shattered Lens (read by Ramon De Ocampo)
Brandon Sanderson – The Dark Talent (read by Ramon De Ocampo)
Infinity Blade Series
Brandon Sanderson – Awakening (read by Samuel Roukin)
Brandon Sanderson – Redemption (read by Samuel Roukin)
The Wheel of Time Series / Original series by Robert Jordan
Brandon Sanderson – The Gathering Storm (read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading)
Brandon Sanderson – Distinctions [Prolog to Towers Of Midnight] (read by Michael Kramer)
Brandon Sanderson – Towers Of Midnight (read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading)
Brandon Sanderson – By Grace And Banners Fallen [Prolog to A Memory Of Light] (read by Michael Kramer)
Brandon Sanderson – A Memory Of Light (read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading)
Brandon Sanderson – Legion (read by Oliver Wyman)
Brandon Sanderson – Skin Deep (read by Oliver Wyman)
Brandon Sanderson – The Rithmatist (read by Michael Kramer)
Brandon Sanderson – Warbreaker (read by James Yaegashi)
Brandon Sanderson – Snapshot (read by William DeMeritt)
The Stormlight Archive series
Infinity Blade Series
The Wheel of Time Series