I’ve got a short review for a short story today. I really enjoyed my time reading Dawnshard, so let’s talk about it.
When a ghost ship is discovered, its crew presumed dead. After trying to reach Akinah, Navani Kholin must send an expedition to make sure the island hasn’t fallen into enemy hands. Knights Radiant who fly too near find their Stormlight suddenly drained, so the voyage must be by sea.
Shipowner Rysn Ftori lost the use of her legs but gained the companionship of Chiri-Chiri, a Stormlight-ingesting winged larkin. Now Rysn’s pet is ill, and any hope for Chiri-Chiri’s recovery can be found only at the ancestral home of the larkin: Akinah. With the help of Lopen, the formerly one-armed Windrunner, Rysn must accept Navani’s quest and sail into the perilous storm. If the crew cannot uncover the secrets of the hidden island city before the wrath of its ancient guardians falls upon them, the fate of Roshar and the entire Cosmere hangs in the balance.
My Thoughts on Dawnshard
Dawnshard caught my attention from the beginning. I loved the idea of a ghost ship full of secrets, and that premise was executed so well. I loved the new characters that were introduced, and I hope they continue to make an appearance in The Stormlight Archives. And I’ve seen some discussion about whether these novellas are necessary, and this one definitely is. The technology discovered in Dawnshard comes into play very early on in Rhythm of War.
My Rating: 4/5