Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older–a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can’t help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers. The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility. (Goodreads)
My Rating: 4/5
I was told to read this before reading Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive #3) so I picked up Arcanum Unbounded and jumped to the final ‘short’ story.
Lift is a wonderful character. I remember her POV standing out in the Interludes of Words of Radiance. Lift is going to be important in the future books of The Stormlight Archive (this information is from Sanderson’s Postscript in the book) and I look forward to that.
As a whole, this story was typical Sanderson. There were a few mysteries at the beginning, the main character is struggling with something mentally whilst also having to deal with a life-threatening problem, and it ended with a surprise.
I loved it! Sanderson’s exploration of mental health in his characters is a joy to read – not in the sense that it’s fun to watch people suffer! – in the sense that the character feels real, relatable. We have all felt lost in some way, and so we empathise with Lift fully.
Being in Lift’s POV was great because of her wonderful way of seeing the world. I can see why Sanderson likes her so much. He is free to be a little weird and that’s great! I will never be able to look at a Pancake the same way ever again!
The Stormlight Archive is incredible so far and I’m excited to keep on reading.