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The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies is a podcast dedicated to the enjoyment of the works of Brandon Sanderson. Join Bill, Amy, and Jordan as they travel through the worlds of Mistborn, the Stormlight Archive, Elantris, Warbreaker and the rest of the Cosmere! You can catch the show live at twitch.tv/innkeeperstable @ 8:30pm MTN time every other Monday. For more updates or to interact with the show hosts, follow our Twitter account @CosmereStudies. If you would like to contribute to ...
 
In the tropical-island region known as the Frees, magic is growing stronger, and gunpowder is becoming less reliable. Amid this world of "swashbuckling, intrigue, and a dash of magic," two adventurers literally run into each other and are forced to fight together against pirates, sinister assassins and powerful merchant families, in the process developing a most unlikely friendship. Tesca is the Left Hand, a spy and assassin serving the Duke of Kohaya, ruler of one of the independent realms ...
 
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#CosmereSpoilers After a fun diversion in our last episode, the SICS crew dives back into the preview chapters of Brandon Sanderson's upcoming Rhythm of War. Once again: MEGA SPOILERS in today's episode! ___ This episode's show notes can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VJ8NSDknpsCn88P9m17JldTRlgqm0N9XWK6zQNxEEa4/edit?usp=sharing …
 
#CosmereSpoilers Isaac Stewart, the Art Director at Dragonsteel Entertainment and the artist behind a lot of the visuals in Brandon Sanderson's work, joins the SICS crew for a chat! In this episode, we talk about Isaac's path to working on Brandon's books, some of the behind-the-scenes of how things work at Dragonsteel, and, of course, the Cosmere.…
 
#CosmereSpoilers Remember, Isaac Stewart will be joining us for our next episode! Send your questions to cosmerestudies@gmail.com and include the word "Isaac" in the subject line! The SICS crew continues their discussion of the preview chapters from Brandon Sanderson's upcoming Rhythm of War. Spoilers abound, but fun will be had by all! Once again:…
 
#CosmereSpoilers BIG announcement at the beginning of the podcast this week! (There are no spoilers before the announcement, so feel free to listen until that point.) After that, we dive in to Chapters 4 and 5 of Rhythm of War, the upcoming Book 4 in The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. There's all sorts of discussion, analysis, and wild sp…
 
#CosmereSpoilers The SICS hosts are digging even deeper into the preview chapters of Rhythm of War that Brandon Sanderson is releasing leading up to its release on November 17th! Since that means spoilers, we won't say any more about that here in the description. You'll have to listen to find out! Make sure to listen to at least the beginning of ou…
 
#CosmereSpoilers No, not Navi! Navani! The SICS crew continues to devour the preview chapters that Brandon Sanderson has been releasing as we lead up to the much-anticipated release of Rhythm of War, the next book in The Stormlight Archive. We've heard what happened during that ill-fated feast three times before, but Navani's point of view gives us…
 
#CosmereSpoilers The release of Rhythm of War is so close, we can almost taste it! Brandon Sanderson's latest entry in the epic series The Stormlight Archive is just a few months away, and to tease us, he's releasing a few chapters and interludes in advance. In his July 2020 newsletter, he shared an interlude involving our favorite little spren, Sy…
 
#CosmereSpoilers It's time for another closer look at a specific scene. In this episode, Amy takes the lead as we look over Silence's three main conflicts in Brandon Sanderson's short story, "Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell." So join us as we delve into Silence's motivations and methods in this short piece on a little-known Cosmere world…
 
#CosmereSpoilers Let's talk about games! The SICS crew is joined by Dylan, co-host of the board game podcast The Innkeeper's Table, as they have a discussion about a different sort of entry in the Cosmere. Mistborn: House War is a board game by Crafty Games where players act as the heads of various Great Houses of Luthadel. Who will be on top when …
 
#CosmereSpoilers Isn't it great when Brandon Sanderson unexpectedly drops a bunch of new information on you about one of your favorite series? In this episode, your hosts discuss their results on the official Knights Radiant Orders Quiz and some of the new information we got in the descriptions of each order. Have you taken the quiz yet? Which orde…
 
#CosmereSpoilers The Listeners of Roshar passed down their lore through oral tradition—songs—and we get a portion of those songs in some of the epigrams from Words of Radiance. In this episode, Amy, Jordan, and Bill pick apart those songs to see if we can discover some potential theories about Roshar's history. ___ This episode's show notes can be …
 
#CosmereSpoilers While it's not the eponymous "Stormlight Archive," the gemstone archive in Urithiru holds many secrets, and Brandon sprinkled a few tidbits into the epigrams of Oathbringer. In this episode, the SICS hosts analyze the few bits of this archive that we have to see what we can learn about the ancient orders of Knights Radiant and just…
 
#CosmereSpoilers When your favorite author licenses a game company to build an RPG system around his world, sometimes you get a bonus story thrown in! In this episode, the SICS hosts discuss the short story, "The Eleventh Metal." Brandon Sanderson is somehow a bottomless reservoir of stories, and we're not complaining! So come along and learn about…
 
#CosmereSpoilers Brandon keeps shaking things up, and we love it. In "Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania," Brandon Sanderson created his own version of an old broadsheet serial story, and it's everything you could hope it would be. So join the SICS hosts this week as we delve into the adventures of Allomancer Jak, his long-suffering Terris comp…
 
#CosmereSpoilers They often say that "money is power," but in the Cosmere, that can often be taken literally. In this episode of The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies, the hosts take a look at the various economies and currencies that Brandon Sanderson has developed for the Cosmere. Whether you're talking about burnable metals, stormlight s…
 
#CosmereSpoilers Wow! Two years! Thank y'all so much for listening for so long! (And if you're new, thanks so much for joining us on this crazy ride!) In our two-year anniversary episode, The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies dives in to the shortest piece of Cosmere fiction that Brandon Sanderson has put out there: the very brief scene abo…
 
#CosmereSpoilers If you've read one or more of Brandon Sanderson's books, you're probably familiar with the way everything really starts coming together at the end. This has been termed by fans the "Brandon Avalanche," the "Sanderson Avalanche," or just the "Sanderlanche." (Warning: Venture into the Avalanche Zone near bedtime at your own risk!) Wh…
 
#CosmereSpoilers No, Amy, we're NOT calling it "Rosh-mance," okay? Just... just no! The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies is back for another episode about romance and other gushy, emotional stuff, this time focusing in on several couples in The Stormlight Archive. So come along with the hosts of your favorite Cosmere and Brandon Sanderson …
 
#CosmereSpoilers Got a question for The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies? In this episode, Bill, Jordan, and Amy go through the mailbag, answering questions from YOU—our listeners—and discussing theories and ideas that you have been sending in. If you've got a question, or a theory, or anything else, make sure to write to us at cosmerestud…
 
#CosmereSpoilers Should magic have rules or focus on wonder? According to Brandon Sanderson's First Law of Magic, both can work! According to Sanderson's First Law, the ability of an author's characters to solve problems with magic is DIRECTLY related to how well the readers understand the magic. In this episode, Bill, Amy, and Jordan discuss Sande…
 
#CosmereSpoilers Discussing visual art in a mostly-audio podcast? What a great idea! The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies is back, and this time, we're taking a closer look (literally, this time) at the art in The Way of Kings. Shallan's Sketchbook, Navani's Notebook, historical reliefs and more, Brandon Sanderson and Team Dragonsteel put …
 
#CosmereSpoilers Happy New Year to all, but perhaps more importantly, Happy Koloss Head-Munching Day! On December 19, Brandon Sanderson posted his annual State of the Sanderson blog post, and we're here to talk about every little bit of it! Plus, in BrandonWatch 2019, we check in on Brandon's social media as, during the recording of this episode, h…
 
#CosmereSpoilers The Amy Takeover is at hand! Okay, not really, but Amy's taking the lead in this episode as the SICS crew explores several of the romantic relationships across the Cosmere and discusses how Brandon Sanderson has evolved his writing style regarding romance over the years. Join us as we talk about power couples, Skyping with "magic g…
 
#CosmereSpoilers Let's take a peek into the future! In this episode of The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies, join Bill, Amy, and Jordan as we discuss the Chapter 1 preview of Rhythm of War that Brandon Sanderson sent out in his November newsletter. We've still got another year until Book 4 in The Stormlight Archive is released, but this pr…
 
#CosmereSpoilers And now, for our very first episode where we aren't just reviewing a book! We are doing an autopsy on the scene where Kelsier takes on the Steel Inquisitor! It's Jordan's favorite scene in all of the Cosmere and we are going to burn some tin and examine the ash out of this scene! ___ This episode's show notes can be found here: htt…
 
#CosmereSpoilers And finally, almost a year and a half since we started, we've made our way through all the major works of the Cosmere! (Hush, Jordan!) Today, we discuss the latest piece that Brandon Sanderson has published within the Cosmere, Volume 3 of his graphic novel, White Sand. We explore the conclusion of this trilogy on the tidally-locked…
 
#CosmereSpoilers Do you know what we love? How rich the worlds that Brandon Sanderson creates are. In today's episode, we're diving into some of the cool side stories that he's written in order to make Roshar feel that much more alive! That's right, we're taking a look at the Interludes from Oathbringer, the third (and most recent) book in The Stor…
 
#CosmereSpoilers Are you ready for the avalanche!? In this episode of The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies, the SICS crew FINALLY wraps up the epic conclusion of Oathbringer, Book 3 of The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. We already focused on Dalinar's perspective, but there were others on the battlefield that day. Also, how do YO…
 
#CosmereSpoilers It's about to go down! The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies dives into one of Brandon's biggest Brandon Avalanches(TM) to date, and we barely even scratch the surface! There's just so much to cover, and we're not complaining! It's the beginning of the end (of Book 3) as we start discussing Part 5 of Oathbringer, the third …
 
#CosmereSpoilers There's a Worldhopper among us! In this episode, the SICS crew are joined by guest host Aaryan Balu, host of another great Cosmere podcast, The Worldhopper's Guide to the Cosmere. Part 3 ended on a rough note, and things aren't really looking up yet in Part 4. They say it's often the darkest before the dawn, so hopefully the sun'll…
 
#CosmereSpoilers Remember how the Bridge 4 chapters in Part 2 made us cry? Well, um... There are a few chapters in Part 3 that make us cry, too, but for entirely different reasons. This week's episode of The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies takes us into some of the hardest chapters of Oathbringer, Book 3 of The Stormlight Archive by Brand…
 
#CosmereSpoilers Things are heating up on Roshar! In this episode, Bill, Amy, and Jordan continue into Part 2 of their discussion of Oathbringer, Book 3 in The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. So come along with your podcast hosts as they discuss some great character development moments, as well as several chapters focusing on Bridge 4 memb…
 
#CosmereSpoilers The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies is back on Roshar for the home stretch! In this episode, Amy, Jordan, and Bill return to Brandon Sanderson's epic series, The Stormlight Archive, to discuss what is currently the latest book in that series, Oathbringer. This book is a huge undertaking, both for readers and for Brandon h…
 
#CosmereSpoilers There are Rioters and Soothers everywhere, and The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies is here to root them out! In this episode, Bill, Jordan, and Amy go through the mail bag to discuss YOUR theories and speculations about what is going on in the Cosmere! Whether you have ideas about what Brandon may be planning for upcoming…
 
The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies is still exploring Dayside on Taldain, and there's sand EVERYWHERE! In this episode, Amy, Jordan, and Bill dive into Volume 2 of Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere graphic novel, White Sand. Politics! Intrigue! Sand critters! A party! And we announce the results of our most recent giveaway at the end! So come …
 
After a long stint on Roshar, The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies is finally landing on a brand new (and also old) shardworld! In this episode, Amy, Jordan, and Bill start their exploration of Taldain, discussing White Sand, a graphic novel based on Brandon Sanderson's first (and eighth!) book he ever wrote. Not only is White Sand one of …
 
Greetings, SICSers, and welcome back to another episode of The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies! Who's hungry? In this episode, Bill, Amy, and Jordan tag along with everyone's favorite little urchin and her nervous Cultivationspren, Lift and Wyndle, as we discuss Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight novella, Edgedancer. So follow along with us a…
 
So what about everyone else? Welcome back, SICSers! Bill, Amy, and Jordan are still on Roshar, wrapping up their discussion of Words of Radiance, Book 2 of Brandon Sanderson's epic saga, The Stormlight Archive. In this episode, they start digging into the interludes and all the side stories that are going on in the background of the main action. Th…
 
Forward the Blackthorn! The Sandersonian Instiute of Cosmere Studies continues their discussion of Words of Radiance, taking a closer look at Dalinar's plot thread: the Kholin family dynamics, the war against the Parshendi, the struggles with Sadeas, and his attempts to unite the Highprinces. There's still a ton to discuss about this second book in…
 
We're still on Roshar and going strong! In this episode of The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies, Bill, Amy, and Jordan continue their discussion of Words of Radiance, Book 2 in Brandon Sanderson's epic Stormlight Archive series! This time, we're focusing on Kaladin Stormblessed and his journey and growth. So batten down and prepare for a h…
 
We're finally back on Roshar, and oh, how we've missed it! In this episode of The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies, the SICS crew start another 4-episode series of discussions about The Stormlight Archive as we talk about Book 2: Words of Radiance. This episode focuses on Shallan's storyline and flashbacks. So come along with us as we dive…
 
After ONE YEAR of podcasting, The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies has thrown wide the gates, inviting our Patrons to participate in our very first Patron call-in show! In this episode, Bill, Jordan, and Amy take calls from some of our most dedicated listeners, discussing YOUR questions about the Cosmere! It's a great opportunity for us to…
 
Welcome, SICSers, to another episode of The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies! In this episode, the SICS crew takes a trip to a deserted island teeming with death as we discuss Brandon Sanderson's short work, "Sixth of the Dusk." We've also got a giveaway, speculation, and a brief look back at the first year of the SICS podcast! (Plus a hea…
 
From needy puppies to the validity of fanfiction, The Sandersonian Institute is discussing a wide range of topics this time! Brandon Sanderson has packed a LOT of heavy themes into his Cosmere novella, The Emperor's Soul, and we're diving right into the deep end of this Shardpool. So join us as we get a bit more philosophical. Plus, we've got sever…
 
Welcome back to Sel! The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies has finally come back to the place where it all began. In this episode, the SICS crew starts their discussion of one of Brandon's shorter novellas, The Emperor's Soul, which takes place on the homeworld of Elantris, in the Rose Empire far to the north of Arelon and Teod. So join us …
 
Scadrial, we'll miss you! In this episode of SICS, Bill, Amy, and Jordan finally wrap up their discussion of Mistborn: Secret History and bid a fond farewell to Scadrial for the next several episodes. It's time to take a look at some of the answers Brandon Sanderson gave to his fans in this Cosmere-dense novella, plus a WHOLE lot of new questions t…
 
There's ALWAYS another secret! This time, on SICS, Amy, Jordan, and Bill continue their discussion of Mistborn: Secret History, and the spoilers are flying, so enter at your own risk! In addition to talking about what's going on in [REDACTED], the SICS crew also discuss the 2018 State of the Sanderson, as well as the Hemalurgy chart that Brandon re…
 
Happy Boxing Day from the SICS crew! (Hopefully you've been saving your gold boxings for just such an occasion!) In this episode, Bill, Jordan, and Amy finally take a peek inside of Mistborn: Secret History, a special project from Brandon Sanderson that is loaded with Cosmere secrets! (And more than a few spoilers, so be warned!) When you're ready,…
 
The SICS crew is back and sounding better than ever! Armed with shiny new mics, Bill, Amy, and Jordan are ready to tackle the latest entry in Era 2 of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, The Bands of Mourning! There's a lot of Cosmere stuff going on behind the scenes, in addition to all the great action taking center stage, so come along for the r…
 
Western shootouts and gaslit mysteries now make way for adventure in the frozen heights! Join Amy, Bill, and Jordan in this episode as they discuss the most recent full entry in Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, The Bands of Mourning. There's a whole lot to talk about this week, and we're excited to share it with you! So come along as we talk ab…
 
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