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Yumi and the Nightmare Painter

By Brandon Sanderson & Aliya Chen
Yumi and the Nightmare Painter by Brandon Sanderson & Aliya Chen digital book - Fable

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From the #1 Kickstarter campaign of all time—#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson adds to his Cosmere universe shared by Mistborn and The Stormlight Archive with a new standalone novel especially for fans of fantasy romances. Illustrated by Aliya Chen.

 

There is a world. One of endless night, surrounded by an even deeper darkness. Filled with nightmares come to life, twisted shapes that slink to windows and ease open doors, sliding across floors to look down on helpless faces.  

 

There is another world. A bright world, so bright it burns. Filled with stacked stones that call forth miracles, raised by callused hands that tremble in their work, drained with each stone lifted, settled, lifted again.

 

Between these worlds two souls connect. Collide. Entwine. 

 

A bridge. A path. 

 

A road to both worlds changing forever. 

 

Yumi has spent her entire life in strict obedience, granting her the power to summon the spirits that bestow vital aid upon her society—but she longs for even a single day as a normal person. Painter patrols the dark streets dreaming of being a hero—a goal that has led to nothing but heartache and isolation, leaving him always on the outside looking in. In their own ways, both of them face the world alone.

 

Suddenly flung together, Yumi and Painter must strive to right the wrongs in both their lives, reconciling their past and present while maintaining the precarious balance of each of their worlds. If they cannot unravel the mystery of what brought them together before it's too late, they risk forever losing not only the bond growing between them, but the very worlds they've always struggled to protect.  

 

Note from Brandon:
Even for a compulsive planner like me, sometimes a story emerges like magic. Unexpected, unprompted. You build an outline in days, craft worlds during a compulsive daydream, and develop characters with a burst of imagination like the brief flash of a firework.  

 

That was Yumi and the Nightmare Painter for me. The unanticipated story of two people who find one another.

 

May your dreams live as mine sometimes do.

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1065 Reviews

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“Was a bit slow to start with and took me a while to get into it, however about a third of the way in, I really started to enjoy this. The ending was a tiny bit convenient and a bit fast but I enjoyed it!”
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenFunny writingImmersive settingMagical settingComing of ageRomanticThought-provoking
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This was my first Brandon Sanderson, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I honestly wasn’t sure how much I would like it because I’m just dipping my toes into fantasy, but it was heartwarming. I love Hoid’s narrative voice, and loved Sanderson’s writing style. It’s low stakes but still kept me very invested and excited to see where the story went. Very fun and I thought the plot was unique. There are some beautiful quotes, as well as humor. Def could be considered a comfort read. Can’t wait to read more of the cosmere stories!”
Characters change and growLikable charactersBeautifully writtenMagical setting
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Characters change and growLikable charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readMagical settingComing of ageThought-provoking

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