Children of the Nameless

Children of the Nameless Since the day she was born Tacenda has been both blessed and cursed When her protective spell fails in the night and her Kessig village is attacked she seeks revenge against whom she believes respon

  • Title: Children of the Nameless
  • Author: Brandon Sanderson
  • ISBN: https://magic.wizards.com/en/story
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  • Page: 321
  • Format: ebook
  • Since the day she was born, Tacenda has been both blessed and cursed When her protective spell fails in the night and her Kessig village is attacked, she seeks revenge against whom she believes responsible the demon consorting Lord of the Manor Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBound Or buy for ebook, 124 pages Published December 12th 2018 by Wizards of the Coast More Details Edition Language English URL Series Magic The Gathering Other Editions None found All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Children of the Nameless, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is this a Cosmere story like 4 days ago Add your answer J lia Bozzino no, it is a Magic The Gathering story flag See 1 question about Children of the Nameless Lists with This Book Best Magic The Gathering Books 92 books 69 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 12, 2018 Hamad rated it liked it Shelves 2018 reads, e books After 60 years, I will be sitting with my grandsons and I will tell them how one day I wrote a review for a Brandon Sanderson book and that it was the top review even if for a short time This review and other non spoilery reviews can be found The Book Prescription That was the first rule of demonology make certain the demon s incentives align with your own I have been in the mood for a Sanderson story lately for an unknown r After 60 years, I will be sitting with my grandsons and I will tell them how one day I wrote a review for a Brandon Sanderson book and that it was the top review even if for a short time This review and other non spoilery reviews can be found The Book Prescription That was the first rule of demonology make certain the demon s incentives align with your own I have been in the mood for a Sanderson story lately for an unknown reason I didn t want to continue the second Mistborn trilogy yet so I was going to discover his other works as Elantris and Warbreaker When I saw this Gift from Brandon, I thought it was a sign, it was also the perfect time to read this This is a short story so that was also a good thing because his other books are huge The first thing I touched upon starting this is unsurprisingly the World building which Brandon is a master of I have never played Magic The Gathering but you don t need to before going into this I believe there will be things that I missed but it was a good experience nonetheless The writing is good but I know this is not Sanderson at his best and I guess authors as him are better in writing longer stories because it shows their potential and intellectual potential The plot was very expected for me from the first few pages and I don t know if this is due to reading many Sanderson books or if it was obvious, guess I will never know Summary I don t have much to say about this book, guess because of its short length It had an OK writing, good pacing but was kind of expect able This is definitely not a new favorite but it does not change the fact that Sanderson is still a fav author of mine I ended up giving it 3 out of 5 stars Prescription For fans of Magic The Gathering game and for those who wants to discover Sanderson style by reading something light flag 74 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 17, 2018 Gianfranco Mancini rated it really liked it Shelves ebooks kindle digital editions, fantasy, magic the gathering, media movie tie ins novelizations Brandon Sanderson wrote a free download Magic the Gathering novella for the 25th birthday of the worldwide known fantasy trading cards game so, having played MtG lots of years ago, it seemed to me this early xmas present timing was just perfect to start reading something of this author.Loved the Sanderson s style, the storyline, the characters and the setting Innistrad with its curses, werewolf hunters and other red eyed creatures with too long claws prowling the woods, reminded me a lot Dungeo Brandon Sanderson wrote a free download Magic the Gathering novella for the 25th birthday of the worldwide known fantasy trading cards game so, having played MtG lots of years ago, it seemed to me this early xmas present timing was just perfect to start reading something of this author.Loved the Sanderson s style, the storyline, the characters and the setting Innistrad with its curses, werewolf hunters and other red eyed creatures with too long claws prowling the woods, reminded me a lot Dungeons and Dragons Ravenloft and the Man of the Manor Deckard Cain Davriel Cane with his delicious set of black blue mana fueled Planeswalker s skills and demonic Miss Highwater were a great couple of characters making me smile a lot.No need at all of knowing MtG to fully appreciate this tale, but being a novella some parts seemed rushed to me and characters in need of a few fleshing.Liked a lot my first Sanderson s read and I ll read of him in the future flag 42 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Andr Oliveira marked it as to read NDF at 56%.I AM SORRY BRANDON, MY FAVOURITE AUTHOR I was so excited about this one.Reasons I am not finishing this book 1 I stopped reading it before Christmas and here I am after 3 weeks or so, trying to get into it again I just can t I don t remember everything and I don t care enough to keep going.2 To be honest, Brandon s short stories are not as good as his main novels in my opinion so honestly, I am not into this book OMG, free book I know nothing about Magic, but if Brando NDF at 56%.I AM SORRY BRANDON, MY FAVOURITE AUTHOR I was so excited about this one.Reasons I am not finishing this book 1 I stopped reading it before Christmas and here I am after 3 weeks or so, trying to get into it again I just can t I don t remember everything and I don t care enough to keep going.2 To be honest, Brandon s short stories are not as good as his main novels in my opinion so honestly, I am not into this book OMG, free book I know nothing about Magic, but if Brandon Sanderson writes a story, I am going to read it Brandon Sanderson s note flag 34 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Dec 27, 2018 Phrynne rated it it was amazing Shelves 5000 books Thank you very much Mr Sanderson for spinning us this little tale as a Christmas freebie I really hope you plan to take these characters further especially as you have introduced some of the best demons ever, especially Miss Highwater.Davriel definitely deserves many pages I always love these laid back characters who have to be spurred into action Davriel would always prefer to take a nap but when pushed he can take on any thing This is a great novella not anywhere near long enough o Thank you very much Mr Sanderson for spinning us this little tale as a Christmas freebie I really hope you plan to take these characters further especially as you have introduced some of the best demons ever, especially Miss Highwater.Davriel definitely deserves many pages I always love these laid back characters who have to be spurred into action Davriel would always prefer to take a nap but when pushed he can take on any thing This is a great novella not anywhere near long enough of course but then even your longest books are never long enough you may have guessed I am a fan.P.S When you get a spare moment Mistborn 7 please, please, please flag 33 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Deborah Obida rated it it was amazing Shelves adult, fantasy Being good is simply a method used to signal that one is willing to conform to societal norms Agreement with the crowd Look at any history book, and you ll discover that the threshold for acceptable conformation varies widely depending on the group I love it Brandon Sanderson did it again I found out about this book the day it came out, through the articles google recommends for me.Despite being 100 pages, BS still wowed me.Great world building as usual, amazing characters and plot T Being good is simply a method used to signal that one is willing to conform to societal norms Agreement with the crowd Look at any history book, and you ll discover that the threshold for acceptable conformation varies widely depending on the group I love it Brandon Sanderson did it again I found out about this book the day it came out, through the articles google recommends for me.Despite being 100 pages, BS still wowed me.Great world building as usual, amazing characters and plot The writing is so good, that even though its a novella of an ongoing series, reading only this without the previous book won t be a problem Its like its own book.Another thing I love in this book is its abundant of dialogue, most of which are witty She looks like she s been through hell And not the nice parts, either There are nice parts of hell the Man asked Depends on how hot you like your magma Look at that bloodied dress, ripped and covered in dirt Doesn t something about her strike you as odd Dirty and bloody, he said Isn t that how peasants normally look Miss Highwater glanced over her shoulder I don t keep up on local fashions, said the Man from his seat I know they re very fond of buckles And collars I swear, I saw a fellow the other day with a collar so high, his hat rested on it, rather than touching his head Davriel, Miss Highwater said I m being serious Davriel is such a great character, he reminds ne of Tehol Beddict from the Malazan series, especially his relationship with Miss Highwater.Tacenda is my second favourite character in this book, despite her curse, she was still brave enough to help her people Even though what she knew about her foe is all bad Perhaps we were all created for a specific purpose, but that doesn t prevent us from finding other purposes as well flag 28 likesLike see review Dec 13, 2018 Divine rated it liked it Recommends it for Beginning Fantasy Readers Shelves 2018 reads, amazeballs covers, blue delight Actual rating is 3.50 You can view my full review of this here ALSO, THIS IS MY FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK REVIEW IN MY BLOG SO DOUBLE YAY They were all so certain that secretly he was some kind of unnatural monster rather than just a man, the most natural monster of them all I m at that point in my life where I d gobble up any written work of art Sanderson publishes Apparently, I tend to gravitate with his novellas rather than his epic fantasies I haven t read the Mistborn series yet Actual rating is 3.50 You can view my full review of this here ALSO, THIS IS MY FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK REVIEW IN MY BLOG SO DOUBLE YAY They were all so certain that secretly he was some kind of unnatural monster rather than just a man, the most natural monster of them all I m at that point in my life where I d gobble up any written work of art Sanderson publishes Apparently, I tend to gravitate with his novellas rather than his epic fantasies I haven t read the Mistborn series yet btw So we ll see if this would change next year hmmmm Children of the Nameless is Sanderson s own tale set in Innistrad, one of the planes in the game Magic The Gathering And nope, you don t need to play the game or to know any of the references in this novella to enjoy it Like the complete Sanderson whore that I am, I automatically ignored all my current reads and prioritized this one However, this turned out to be my least favorite Brandon Sanderson novella, and I think this had to do with the fact that I ve read quite a lot of his books and other fantasy ones that generate familiar plot devices and sequences THIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT THIS IS UNORIGNAL NOR IS IT PREDICTABLE It was rather anticlimactic for me but I m sure this could still be enjoyed by some readers, especially those that want a quick introduction to fantasy ALSO, IT S FREE THIS IS BRANDON SANDERSON S CHRISTMAS GIFT TO ALL OF US To know about where to download it just go here 12 19 2018It s Brandon Sanderson s birthday today HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR ALL TIME FAVORITE LLAMA HAHAHHA Which is why I finally decided to read this free Christmas gift he gave to us albeit it was rather anticlimactic and probably one of my least favorite novella of his, I still fairly enjoyed this one Full RTC this evening 12 13 2018HI HELLO LOOK AT THAT COVER AND A NEW SANDERSON NOVELLA HAHAHAHHAHAHLERD I saw this on twitter and welp I just have to add it immediately I m excited to read this because apparently, I love Sanderson s novellas than his novels I haven t read Mistborn yet so yup HHAHAHA AND IT S FREE flag 28 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 18, 2018 Logan rated it really liked it Fun, intriguing quick read with a central mystery centered around the magic I enjoyed the two main characters different perspectives and the humor that kept it light flag 17 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Eon Windrunner rated it liked it 3.5 StarsDon t you just love it when your favourite author writes surprise novellas Brandon Sanderson has gifted us with a novella set in the world of Magic The Gathering and I was on it like white on rice.A set of twin sisters protect their village against all sorts of things that go bump in the night, by way of their magical gifts curses But then the day comes when an unknown evil attacks, and the sisters gifts curses fail them The likeliest culprit seems to be the Lord of the Manor, a 3.5 StarsDon t you just love it when your favourite author writes surprise novellas Brandon Sanderson has gifted us with a novella set in the world of Magic The Gathering and I was on it like white on rice.A set of twin sisters protect their village against all sorts of things that go bump in the night, by way of their magical gifts curses But then the day comes when an unknown evil attacks, and the sisters gifts curses fail them The likeliest culprit seems to be the Lord of the Manor, a demon consorting mystery of a man.It is a fun, quick read and does not require any knowledge of Magic The Gathering Sanderson fills this story with all the good stuff and does not skimp on characters , worldbuilding, humour or magic, regardless of the size constraint of the novella format Despite everything it had going for it though, this has turned out to be my least favourite Sanderson story I think my expectations were just a bit high, and had I tempered them or had I not known this was written by Brandon then I would have liked it much After all my all time favourite novella is Brandon s The Emperor s Soul.A solid novella though.You can get the ebup or pdf for free here flag 19 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Dec 26, 2018 Josh rated it it was amazing Shelves fantasy, kindle, own, read_2018, favorites, horror Gothic horror infused fantasy, accessible to both readers familiar with the characters and planes Avacyn and Innistrad feature respectively of Magic the Gathering and those new to the table top gaming lore Introducing new characters those not previously featured in Magic the Gather lore in card other formats , Tacenda and Davriel gives author Brandon Sanderson an established but new playground to explore and expand upon and he does it in a captivating and entertaining way.Using the shorter l Gothic horror infused fantasy, accessible to both readers familiar with the characters and planes Avacyn and Innistrad feature respectively of Magic the Gathering and those new to the table top gaming lore Introducing new characters those not previously featured in Magic the Gather lore in card other formats , Tacenda and Davriel gives author Brandon Sanderson an established but new playground to explore and expand upon and he does it in a captivating and entertaining way.Using the shorter length prose of a novella ensures each chapter progresses the story, be it character development, backstory, or pure action of which there is plenty My rating 5 5 stars This was the first time I d read anything by Brandon Sanderson and it certainty won t be the last flag 16 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Rita rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, ebooks read, fantasy You know, I m pretty sure that if Brandon Sanderson decided to write a story based on a cooking recipe it would still be epic and the characters compelling, because I have no evidence that he can do anything but that _ _ I know nothing of Magic, but I enjoyed this story The characters were so compelling and intriguing and veryyyy humorous , the story, although really short, kept me always interested and intrigued aaaaand the magic system had also a very Brandon Sanderson touch in my opin You know, I m pretty sure that if Brandon Sanderson decided to write a story based on a cooking recipe it would still be epic and the characters compelling, because I have no evidence that he can do anything but that _ _ I know nothing of Magic, but I enjoyed this story The characters were so compelling and intriguing and veryyyy humorous , the story, although really short, kept me always interested and intrigued aaaaand the magic system had also a very Brandon Sanderson touch in my opinion again, knowing nothing of Magic flag 15 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 23, 2018 Anton rated it it was ok Shelves sword and sorcery, z tried not for me Was thrilled to discover it, enjoyed Sanderson prose but ultimately ended up disappointed Ard Saint is the closest comparison, based on the mood and style But plotting in both cases I did not find to my liking flag 11 likesLike see review Feb 02, 2019 Ezgi T l rated it really liked it Shelves ebooks Hellfire, he muttered Someone s been imitating me A difficult task, Miss Highwater said Think of the sheer number of naps they d have to take Davriel eyed her Admit it, Dav, she said It would require a true master of imitation to impersonate you Most people would accidentally do something relevant or useful, and that would destroy the entire illusion You have to help them, she said You are their lord Davriel shrugged If you don t, Tacenda said I willI I m amuse Hellfire, he muttered Someone s been imitating me A difficult task, Miss Highwater said Think of the sheer number of naps they d have to take Davriel eyed her Admit it, Dav, she said It would require a true master of imitation to impersonate you Most people would accidentally do something relevant or useful, and that would destroy the entire illusion You have to help them, she said You are their lord Davriel shrugged If you don t, Tacenda said I willI I m amused to hear this threat I will see that you never get to take another nap You ll find that I He trailed off What You lied to me, Merlinde, Davriel said softly You have kept terrible secrets from me I He held up the tea I found an entire tin of Verlasen dustwillow in your cupboard, he said I expect you to explain yourself posthaste She frowned flag 10 likesLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Cameron Smith rated it it was amazing Perfect As a big fan of both Brandon Sanderson and MtG and Innistrad being my favourite plane I almost feel as if this book was written just for me.Davriel Cane has quickly become my favourite planeswalker The day his card is released I intend on obtaining a complete playset as fast as possible I predict he ll be U B and exiles the top card of the opponents deck to play for yourself, and possibly even the ability to steal abilities from other planeswalkers And what of Tacenda A G W origins Perfect As a big fan of both Brandon Sanderson and MtG and Innistrad being my favourite plane I almost feel as if this book was written just for me.Davriel Cane has quickly become my favourite planeswalker The day his card is released I intend on obtaining a complete playset as fast as possible I predict he ll be U B and exiles the top card of the opponents deck to play for yourself, and possibly even the ability to steal abilities from other planeswalkers And what of Tacenda A G W origins style flip planeswalker Very excited.Alright, enough geeking out over predictions for printed cardboard this is a review for a book, after all I must admit, I didn t really enjoy the first couple of chapters They moved by quite fast especially for a Sanderson story however once Tacenda reached Davriel s manor, I quickly fell in love with the story The characters shined brightly and that Sanderson charm spilled over Innistrad.Tacenda is a twin to Willia, they are cursed with Blindness Tacenda during the day, Willia at night Along with their curse, they each have special powers Tacenda can sing a special ward to protect the town Willia has exceptional warrior strength.The bloke on the cover, Davriel, doesn t perceive himself as all that powerful His only magical ability is to steal spells from others, and his ability to planeswalk is the only thing that allows him to remain confident through conflict He also has claimed an entity , which resides inside his head and wills him on to use it The full extent of this entity is unknown Possibly linked to the origin of Eldrazi or even something greater from the Multiverse however, he claimed it by killing someone, and is pursued by others because of it One could assume those after him to be Nicol Bolas, his henchmen, or other planeswalkers Remaining hidden from these pursuers is a big part of his motivation.This book should also receive the award for Most Charming Demons I absolutely loved Crunchgnar and Miss Highwater Basically, before the events of this book, there was a time where most demons along with Avacyn were imprisoned away in the Helvault During the last visit to Innistrad, Lilliana Vess destroyed the Helvault, releasing the demons and Avacyn Another planeswalker, Nahiri from Zendikar, also was released She was mad at Sorin Avacyn s creator for not protecting her home realm Hence, she wanted to destroy Innistrad the same way Zendikar had been She did this by pulling Emrakul a giant Eldritch like entity called an Eldrazi Avacyn went mad by its near presence, Sorin killed Avacyn, and then the whole plane got all messed up by Emrakul infecting its soil If you aren t a MtG fan, go look at some artwork for the Eldritch Moon set Bit of a tangent there, but that explains why the angels went mad.Back to the demons, after being released, we can assume they were eager to form contracts to consume souls Davriel took advantage of this, promising his soul to several demons if they fulfilled contracts contracts they would be unable to complete This adds quite a bit of humour to the story, and I loved the way he and his demons bickered with each other The plot focuses on a small Kessig town, called Verlasen, and how one day everyone, bar Tacenda, dies She sets out to exact revenge upon Davriel Tacenda s failed assassination inconveniences Davriel But not as much as all his peasants disappearing Or the fact he is out of dustwillow tea Davriel sets out to find the answers to the problems, with Tacenda tagging along Also, Davriel is hunting for hidden reserves of tea Surely those peasants had some stashed somewhere At first they assume the work of a necromancer had claimed the lives of Verlasen Davriel knows the bog is far too powerful for a mere mortal to go up against He wonders if it was the bog itself who claimed the souls After all, most the townsfolk worship the bog and sacrifice their souls to it when they die They believe it protects them from the horrors of Innistrad And it has Until everyone died The Church of the Nameless Angel is his other suspect They had been slowly converting the people of the town But what would that force the bog to do The story is full of mystery, action, and great interactions between humans and demons Pacing is everything you d expect from a Sanderson book I absolutely loved it Other than the start, if I was going to complain about anything else, it would be the length I want Ending view spoiler It turns out that it had been Willia all along As Davriel suspected, the bog was another entity, like what was in his head After finding the Nameless Angel I am curious, is this the unnamed sister of Sigarda, Bruna, Gisela Just an angel that went mad I guess we ll find out later , with her throat slit in the bowls of the priory Its lingering soul helps Tacenda humm a special tune that calms Willia and the army of geists she controls Tacenda destroys her sister, taking the entity for herself Davriel has the chance to claim it, however he chooses not to This upsets the entity in his own mind Tacenda seems far pure and in control of the entity, her spark ignites, and she leaves the plane of Innistrad for an unknown destination hide spoiler Would love to see a sequel to this, or the continuation of these characters in the MtG Multiverse flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Roy rated it liked it I thought I d download this as it was a free Sanderson novel It had a weird gothic fantasy style to it Wasnt his best work in my opinion I ve never played magic or been exposed to characters or the world building So the world never seemed to be an issue for me I think the plot just didnt seem to spike an interest for meI have a feeling it was due to the small length Sanderson seems to write better when he has a larger scope flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Shree143 rated it really liked it Neat, a little bit Complex but PreciseJust like a favorite gift, wrapped with deliberate loose ends on a Christmas morning flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Evan Quade rated it it was amazing This Magic The Gathering novella only in ebook edition was very enhancing And great sources of magical abilities from these characters based on the card game It came as quite a surprise for what he called his secret project In this MtG universe, even a story like this will have the big flip of surprise you didn t expect to think in the situation of the main plot.Tacenda Verlasin possesses the ability to sing a song that puts ease into the darkness, but for some reason, the song did not wor This Magic The Gathering novella only in ebook edition was very enhancing And great sources of magical abilities from these characters based on the card game It came as quite a surprise for what he called his secret project In this MtG universe, even a story like this will have the big flip of surprise you didn t expect to think in the situation of the main plot.Tacenda Verlasin possesses the ability to sing a song that puts ease into the darkness, but for some reason, the song did not work as the Whisperers invaded and killed all sources of people in her village Tacenda then seeks revenge on who is responsible and gets help from a surprising someone.If you are or were a Magic player, this is for you The novella was published by the game creator Wizards of the Coast and can be downloaded from the website for free Thanks Brandon, who would ve thought you were gonna be so generous with this If you never played the game, it doesn t matter You can read it anyway, and learn about it flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Yani rated it liked it As of yet, this has been the best magic story I ve read Sanderson really shows he s a good author However, this story isn ylt one of his best works I must say The overal plot was compelling as were the characters mostly at least.It reads slightly like it was a bit of a rushed job however The characters are clich than the other novels I ve read from him and the dialogue sontimes seems to be forced towards certain conclusion flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Michael McCain rated it really liked it Quick read with some enjoyable MTG easter eggs if you re even passingly familiar with the game.Davriel is a hoot of a character All his interactions are golden Or rather, Blue Black flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Elin Tickmicks bokblogg rated it really liked it 3,5 stars flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Rituranjan Gogoi rated it really liked it This novella is free in his website, and I have to say Sanderson is awesome It is a quick one hour read with an amusing story with interesting characters I enjoyed reading it The story is told from the viewpoint of two major characters Tacenda and Davriel, the former a girl with magic, and the later a demonologist with his own secrets I liked the manner in which Sanderson integrated the themes of paganism and Christianity into the story, with a light subversion to the mythology The Prologu This novella is free in his website, and I have to say Sanderson is awesome It is a quick one hour read with an amusing story with interesting characters I enjoyed reading it The story is told from the viewpoint of two major characters Tacenda and Davriel, the former a girl with magic, and the later a demonologist with his own secrets I liked the manner in which Sanderson integrated the themes of paganism and Christianity into the story, with a light subversion to the mythology The Prologue sets up the entire mood of the novella, beginning with the siphoning of souls of an entire village leaving only one lone girl with her music.The magic and worldbuilding was interesting as usual The setting of the novel is in a place called the Approaches, a little village situated at the far ends of civilisation near a dark and deep forest The people worship the mysterious bog, which they believe protects them and has marked their souls Tacenda lives in the village along with her parents and her sister The two sisters are gifted with magic by the bog, and as as result Tacenda becomes blind by day, and her sister becomes blind by night Tacenda s gift of magic is in her music, through which she sings warding songs to keep the dangerous spirits and beasts of the forest at bay Her sister s gift is in handling the sword, and both protects the people in their own ways.It is a trademark of Sanderson that no matter how short a story he writes, he gives us interesting characters The most interesting was Davriel, who is known as the lord of the manor by the people of the Approaches He mostly keeps to himself along with his demon servants, and only asks the people for food and clothes as his services He is in self exile from his own past enemies, and also his past which is equally mysterious He acts like carelessly, has a sense of wry humor and wit, and also a keen mind I liked the relationship between him and his demons, which was pretty delightful to read about Tacenda is brave and unsure of herself, as she failed to protect the people, but she has a noble spirit, and it is he who persuades the uncaring Davriel to investigate the killings in the village The antagonist was a surprising twist, along with some other aspects However, I m interested in knowing what the Entity lurking inside Davriel s mind is, and it would also be great, if Sanderson explores Davriel s past in later novellas.This is a very short book, hardly 150 pages, and the pacing was quick with short chapters The writing is simple and lucid The end is satisfying, though it is left open for possibilities of other stories The story has some grim moments of action, but, the humor tones it down I would definitely like to read of Davriel and Tacenda, and hope that Sanderson writes a sequel novella soon enough flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 15, 2018 Taylor Ramirez rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 reviews, rated 4 stars, pretty good, read on kindle This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The beginning of this story felt too rushed Brandon tends to open up his stories with something dark but since he only had a 124 pages to work with he had to get the tragic backstory out quick So it was hard to relate to Tacenda However the story really god started when the best character of them all showed up Miss Highwater the Man called over his shoulder There is a peasant girl in my washroom What does she want a feminine voice called from the other room She has stabbed me with The beginning of this story felt too rushed Brandon tends to open up his stories with something dark but since he only had a 124 pages to work with he had to get the tragic backstory out quick So it was hard to relate to Tacenda However the story really god started when the best character of them all showed up Miss Highwater the Man called over his shoulder There is a peasant girl in my washroom What does she want a feminine voice called from the other room She has stabbed me with what appears to be an ice pick The man shoved Tacenda back into the washroom, then yanked the pick out The length glistened with his blood A rusty ice pick Nice the voice called Ask her how much I owe her Page 13I relate to this character on a spiritual level He and his relationship to his demons are the best part about this book He made this story and was clearly the character that Sanderson really cared about.I kind of rushed through the ending because it was getting weird but it was a pretty cool story Sorry, Brandon you didn t get me into MTG but this was a cool story YOU BETTER NOT DO ANY MORE SECRET PROJECTS OR SO HELP ME flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Sean McCann rated it really liked it Such a quick and fun read from Sanderson here I ve started playing MtG recently, so I had even incentive to try this out past it being written by my favorite author Only a 120 page pdf, this thing flew by but mostly everything was enjoyable I think it really got good once our main character, Tacenda, was introduced to Davriel Cane and his mansion of demons both were a joy to read Davriel especially was super charismatic and hilarious I think his character is best summed up in his quo Such a quick and fun read from Sanderson here I ve started playing MtG recently, so I had even incentive to try this out past it being written by my favorite author Only a 120 page pdf, this thing flew by but mostly everything was enjoyable I think it really got good once our main character, Tacenda, was introduced to Davriel Cane and his mansion of demons both were a joy to read Davriel especially was super charismatic and hilarious I think his character is best summed up in his quote This land is not ready for a version of me who cares for anything other than his next nap But past that, he was an introspective character often musing over the concept of fate , and he ended up having solid character development and a clear arc in such a short time Tacenda s purpose in the story was interesting, but her herself was less so The plot had a great mix of being spooky, suspenseful and action packed, so I was enthralled the whole time I definitely recommend taking a couple hours to read this solid story flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Sydney Chapters marked it as to read Shelves fantasy So uhm do I have to read 60 Magic books in order to read this one flag 3 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 28, 2018 Aidan rated it really liked it An excellent standalone epic fantasy novella with a ton of magic, action, and interesting characters If you re a fan of Magic the Gathering, that s just gravy on top no knowledge of the game is necessary no interest in playing it, either Very satisfying flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 13, 2018 Lloyd Mackenzie rated it it was amazing Magic The Gathering is way than just a card game The lore is rich and deep, with a dedicated international community that spans than two decades Any writer picking up this project would need to do copious amounts of homework before delving into the card game s Multiverse.Luckily for the fans, Brandon Sanderson is than just a brilliant author he is an an avid fan of the trading card game and is well versed in the rich history of Magic s worlds.For his story, Sanderson has chos Magic The Gathering is way than just a card game The lore is rich and deep, with a dedicated international community that spans than two decades Any writer picking up this project would need to do copious amounts of homework before delving into the card game s Multiverse.Luckily for the fans, Brandon Sanderson is than just a brilliant author he is an an avid fan of the trading card game and is well versed in the rich history of Magic s worlds.For his story, Sanderson has chosen the world of Innistrad and is set years after the events players experienced in the card game He has meticulously crafted two standout characters in the free Novella, Tacenda, a Bog cursed teenager and Davriel Cane, the Man of the Manor and Planeswalker.Tacenda and her twin sister are cursed For their townsfolk, this is also a blessing Each with their own discernible abilities, their power keeps the constant dangers at bay.Each night, Tacenda regains her vision and uses her musical abilities to halt evil in its tracks, keeping her friends and loved ones safe Until one evening, her power fails her and the horrors of the woods pour in and lay waste to her village.Davriel is a powerful magician and has taken up residence and ownership of the nearby town Followed by an entourage of demons, it is clear from early on in the novella that he is a man of many secrets.Without going into too much detail, the paths of the two main characters entwine as they embark on a quest to unravel the mystery.The two characters play off well against each other as Tacenda is naive and daring while Davriel is self obsessed and unmoved by the suffering going on around him This combination creates quite interesting dialogue that is filled with gallows humour.Even though it is a standalone novella, it is definitely building up, fingers crossed, to something It is an easy, quick and enjoyable read that can be ready by fans and newcomers to the Magic the Gathering franchise flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 18, 2018 Liz Thiele rated it it was amazing I know nothing of Magic The Gathering, but I m a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson s writing Children of the Nameless was an entertaining story that had me hooked from the beginning Only problem was that it was way too short The story and characters were awesome Fun read and highly recommend for fans of Brandon Sanderson flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 04, 2019 Shreyas rated it it was amazing Children of the Nameless by Brandon Sanderson.Having no clue about Magic the Gathering card game, I was a bit apprehensive about reading this short story But Sanderson stays true to his word the story can be read as a standalone and is enjoyable as a whole even if you haven t heard of the famous card game.The story focuses mainly on two characters Davriel and Tacenda with both of them getting ample amount of character development despite the short length of the story The characters are Children of the Nameless by Brandon Sanderson.Having no clue about Magic the Gathering card game, I was a bit apprehensive about reading this short story But Sanderson stays true to his word the story can be read as a standalone and is enjoyable as a whole even if you haven t heard of the famous card game.The story focuses mainly on two characters Davriel and Tacenda with both of them getting ample amount of character development despite the short length of the story The characters are multifaceted and the interaction is fun to read The plot isn t as complex as a typical Sanderson story, but is engaging to a great extent.If you are interested in a intriguing, funny quick read filled with magic, deaths and a mystery, this might be the story you are looking for A great read in my opinion which leaves you wanting of the world and character, and might get you interested in the card game as well as the MtG lore 4.5 5 flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Janice rated it it was amazing It was so hard to find warmth in the darkness But when the night grew cold and the darkness came for you, that was when you needed to light a fire.And make your own light This book is simply a master piece yet it s limited to events from dusk to dawn The characters make you care and the plot twists have you wondering what will happen next The story ties up neatly in the end but oh boy do you miss the characters A life without reading this book is in complete flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Andrew rated it it was amazing AND HE DOES IT AGAIN flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 21, 2018 Jordan Short rated it liked it Children of the Nameless is a novella set on the plane of Innistrad, in the Magic the Gathering multiverse, and written by the legendary Brandon Sanderson In it, Tacenda, a young girl with a strange curse, finds herself caught up in a horror themed mystery as the inhabitants of her village are massacred by spirits and she alone is left to unravel the truth and save the plane from a rampaging horde of ghosts Her path soon crosses Davriel Cane s, a wisecracking Diabolist and planeswalker, who l Children of the Nameless is a novella set on the plane of Innistrad, in the Magic the Gathering multiverse, and written by the legendary Brandon Sanderson In it, Tacenda, a young girl with a strange curse, finds herself caught up in a horror themed mystery as the inhabitants of her village are massacred by spirits and she alone is left to unravel the truth and save the plane from a rampaging horde of ghosts Her path soon crosses Davriel Cane s, a wisecracking Diabolist and planeswalker, who lazily rules the hinterlands where the story is set.Compared to most official Magic the Gathering fiction, Children of the Nameless is pretty good, but it doesn t quite stack up to the larger body of Sanderson s work The characters are competently constructed, the setting is immersive, and the plot is professional if not inspired But if you ve seen the heights of Sanderson s prose you can t help but be a little disappointed Don t get me wrong, I never considered abandoning the book, I never got irritated by plot holes, or disbelieved a character s motivations It was fine Everything was just ok.The intro felt a little rushed to me, like an info dump of Tacenda s origin story The editing had some issues a few typos, a couple of left in by the editor to indicate word choice repetition that were never corrected, a single stilted sentence that left me baffled as to its meaning, a blank page Not major issues, but not super polished My biggest concern was the demonic characters Davriel Cane s devilish servants were humanized, and given lines of light hearted banter, amusing quirks, and hints of genuine affection It didn t work While they brought out Davriel Cane s foppish, blas character, the flippant tone of moral relativity clashes badly with the gothic horror setting of the benighted plane of Innnistrad The central conceit of the milieu is that the things that go bump in the night are terrifying, incomprehensible, and genuinely dark Having them as punchlines, whose antics we are expected to delight in, and whose deaths we are expected to mourn really undermines the horror elements Which is a shame, because Sanderson does manage to hit upon a few one liners and gags, that while not hilarious, may elicit a chuckle or two Ultimately, I think it is a lack of familiarity with the source material Also there are entirely too many quips about tea We get it.Magic is all about well magic So let s talk about the magic of Davriel Cane First what works his diabolism The planeswalker s clever dealings with devils and his manipulation of spirits was quite interesting to me, despite the aforementioned trouble with humanizing the demons There is a particularly cool scene with a severed head which I think most will enjoy However, the rest of the magic has aspects that were less appealing to me Davriel steals magic from other casters by reaching into their heads and plucking out spells that he can then temporarily use In theory, it s interesting In practice, Sanderson has to explain the provenance of the spell every time Davriel casts one, which get a little eye rolly by the end Tacenda s magic is all about music and channeling the supernatural sources around her Without going into things that might spoil too much of the story, suffice it to say, it was not particularly compelling Again, it was fine Just ok And again, I think it is a lack of familiarity with the source material and understanding some of the preconceptions of what fans want from a spellcasting protagonist.In general, I think that people who play Magic and are familiar with the lore, and people who are reading the story with fresh eyes may have very different perspectives on Children of the Nameless Having a long history with the game and its corresponding flavor, it is important to me than it may be to many readers to get the continuity right.All in all, Children of the Nameless is not a bad novella It s just hard not to judge it in light of Brandon Sanderson s other truly stellar works of fantasy fiction Seriously, if you are reading this because of your interest in Magic, and you haven t read the Mistborn series or Stormlight Archive, do yourself a favor and get on it Despite the flaws of Children of the Nameless, Sanderson really is a master, and pulls off a competent and mostly well written story that is a quick read The characters are memorable, the mystery plot is solid, and the prose is above average It s a bit of a catch 22 If you are a fan of Magic, some of that flavor will just miss, but the caliber of writing is higher than what you are used to If you are a fan of Brandon Sanderson, this is not his best work but the subtle departures from canon will not tickle the hair on the back of your neck In either case, it is a fine and quick read, but don t expect it to blow your mind flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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