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The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies

Apr 8, 2020


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 stored in gemstones, or even exchanging Breaths, the economic structure of the Cosmere worlds are often tied to the magic systems on those worlds. Join Jordan, Bill, and Amy in this episode as we take a deeper look at the economic rules Brandon has put into place.


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Stephan Martiniere - Elantris -

Sam Weber - The Mistborn Trilogy -

Chris McGrath - Alloy of Law -

Dan dos Santos - Warbreaker -

Michael Whelan - Words of Radiance and Oathbringer -

David Palumbo - Arcanum Unbounded -


The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies is a biweekly podcast for fans of Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere novels. Bill, Amy, and Jordan discuss Brandon's work and dive a bit too deep into theories and speculation. So put on your aluminum foil hats and join us for the ride as we discuss Brandon's work and your emails, and remember—there's ALWAYS another secret!


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