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Firstborn [NOOK Book]

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Of the son of a High Duke of the interstellar Empire, much glory is expected.  And expected.  And still expected, despite endless proof that young Dennison Crestmar has no talent whatsoever for war. But the life Dennison is forced to live will have its surprising lessons to impart…

Brandon Sanderson’s novels include Elantris, the Mistborn series (Mistborn, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages), Warbreaker, and the several volumes of the Stormlight Archive ...

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Overview

Of the son of a High Duke of the interstellar Empire, much glory is expected.  And expected.  And still expected, despite endless proof that young Dennison Crestmar has no talent whatsoever for war. But the life Dennison is forced to live will have its surprising lessons to impart…

Brandon Sanderson’s novels include Elantris, the Mistborn series (Mistborn, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages), Warbreaker, and the several volumes of the Stormlight Archive beginning with 2010’s The Way of Kings. Following the death of Robert Jordan in 2007, Jordan’s wife and editor Harriet McDougal recruited Sanderson to finish Jordan’s multi-volume fantasy series The Wheel of Time from Jordan’s extensive drafts and notes. Published in 2009, The Gathering Storm, by Jordan and Sanderson, is the first of the three volumes that will conclude Jordan’s epic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429952989
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Series: A Tor.Com Original
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: A Tor.com Original
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 33,820
  • File size: 847 KB

Meet the Author

Brandon Sanderson

BRANDON SANDERSON lives in Provo, Utah with his wife, Emily and son Joel. He has been chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s A Memory of Light, the concluding volume of the bestselling Wheel of Time series.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

    more from this reviewer

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    A must for Sanderson fans

    First off, pay no mind to the goofball first reviewer below. If you can't figure out that a $.99 ebook that's only a little over 800kb isn't a full novel (or can't simply pop over to another title to compare)...well, really that's just silly.
    Anyway, here the ever-impressive Sanderson proves he is just as skilled with a tight, focused short story as he is with the grander scale pieces he's done previously. The switch to a sci-fi setting is interesting, but seemingly handled with ease. Characters are interesting and believable, even given the limited space for development. Most importantly Dennison's struggle, central to the story as it is, is handled deftly, and I think can easily be related to by a lot of people. And as always, not everything is quite as it seems.
    To avoid any more rambling, suffice it to say this is a fun, quick read, and most definitely a dollar well-spent, regardless of whether or not you realize what you're getting yourself into.

    28 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Amazing read!

    As with anything written by Brandon Sanderson, I was blown away by this short story. As I was reading I was stunned by how well the story of Dennison was told in a mere 36 pages. Not only were the characters believable, they were masterfuly written. While the story with its sci-fi setting and short length may not appeal to everyone, this is a story I will be reading again and again.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

    Shame on you B&N! Very misleading

    Not a book at all. This is a short story published a few years ago and available for free on the internet. Not at all what it appears to be by the description. It may only be a dollar, but a badly spent one unless you know what you're buying. I'm disappointed. Not in the story, but in the way I was misled into thinking it was a new book and wasting money I wouldn't have spent otherwise.

    8 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Good Short Story

    This book has a deep meaning, written with wisdom. Short story that gives more than what is expected. Sci-Fi -but portrayed like a fable story- very wise!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Goid short story

    I enjoyed this brief tale. Pride is shown in the minutia of the tale, as the outcome is set in stone. No course but the path taken could be offered. ;,)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2010

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    Good Short Story

    Worth a $1.

    Sanderson is a good writer nd I did enjoy this short story. It was about 36 pages long. The first reviewer screwed up the star rating because they weren't smart enough to figure out that this is a short story...so they decided to give it a one star rating because they spent a whole .99 cents for "not a book at all".

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    Good, but anxious and abrupt.

    I'd give it four stars, but I just don't enjoy 'frustrated' heroes as much... and it was, abrupt. It's still actually pretty good. If you've read sci-fi from early decades, you might recognize the feel of brevity in Firstborn... perhaps that's what Sanderson intended (harking back to early sci-fi), perhaps not. Short stories are not best served by over-detail, so I can't fault that. I liked Firstborn, but the ending is... abrupt. I would have liked some additional description of the antagonist's mindset just before the end of the story, but the brevity fits in with the intended surprise/conclusion of the story being rather pointedly made. And it shows the protagonist does have an area of competence/subterfuge in conflicts, perhaps serving as a reason for his -almost- 'just knowing' more concrete battle maneuvers. Short, pointed/abrupt... good short story... basic sci-fi rather than fantasy-based like Sanderson's other work. I would like to see the author write a longer 'hard sci-fi' story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Good Short Story !!

    Well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Surprising

    I am not generally a fan of space sci fy. However, this was surprisingly good. A very interesting premise and a good length for the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Very good

    I enjoyed this quite a bit, and definitely found myself surprised by the ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    Yes I know it was a short story. And I know Mr. Sanderson is a

    Yes I know it was a short story. And I know Mr. Sanderson is a very good writer. My reason for the low rating is because it looked like this was started as an actual novel with possible series potential but at some point was fudged into a short story just to make a buck. I understand that's the goal but for a writer of this quality I expect more. It had an interesting concept in a wide open universe that could have pitted the two against each other well. But instead we have our villain kill himself in one encounter. Sorry but not believable to me and smacks of "slap an ending on it and see if it sells" marketing. I might add I met Brandon at a book signing and think he's a very talented writer and a nice guy. I guess I just expected more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Great Book

    I read this book in the midst of reading academic journal articles and books for my dissertation. It was an oasis in the dessert of academic graduate literature.

    I would highly recommend this book. Sanderson just knows how to tell a story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Good short story

    Had an Ender's game feel to it. Good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    has potential

    While compelling story I a not certain the title is correct. Fill the title is misleading but the story itself is good.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    I found this book interesting and good for a short story. I felt

    I found this book interesting and good for a short story. I felt it really dealt with being your own person and shining where you can. Overall a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Lol

    Like the irony, made u think, great short story.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    Brandon has become one of my favorites, all of his stories have

    Brandon has become one of my favorites, all of his stories have believable characters and his stories move alone well, can't wait for his next book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Didn't think brandon knew what a shot story was

    Good book seen better but better was 1000 pages long good short read but it felt to abrupt.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Excellent short read

    Great quick read, another great story by Brandon Sanderson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Great Short Story

    Would have been better fleshed out and extended time lines to make a better book.

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