This story is delightful in both its creativity/originality and moving story-line. The characters are totally believable while still fantastic. The plot is complicated enough to engage the reader while still compact enough to wrap up in a novella-length story. Brandon Sanderson is probably one of the best fantasy authors in the business today. This is a Must Read for any fan of Sanderson's work!
This story is intricate and well developed, but it employs excessive use of "sound effects." 90% of the time, the narrative fully works without the sounds. I think that, in the written form, the reader can gloss over the "Thwoks" and "Clicks," but when it is read to you, you simply can't ignore them, and they become aggravating quickly.
Also, I was so tired of the word "Boring" by half-way through the first segment of this story, that I was desperately hoping that Lerris would die, and we could follow one of the other characters.
Overall, the story ended up well. Just those issues, and the narrator. I won't be getting the others in this series because of the narrator.
I WILL be finding them in print though.
. . .That the sequels aren't already written. This is 100% YA fiction, but fully sophisticated enough to be enjoyed by adults as well.
Sanderson's Rithmatic Magic system is fascinating, and the depth of story makes you feel like you've really stepped into a world right in the middle of its own history.
The story only deals with the events in the school in one town, but while reading, you can truly believe that this school is part of a MUCH larger world with complex and interesting issues/politics/histories/cultures. . . you name it.
The characters are fun, the humor is delightful, and the conflicts and resolution are intense and fulfilling.
This is a Five-Star story for me. Definitely worth the buy!
This story seems to borrow from a dozen different successful children's adventure stories--some of the borrowing is not even subtle: many of the names are taken right out of the pages of Treasure Island. It is the story of orphaned youths who find themselves to be the heirs of some estate they knew nothing about, mixed with a secret society that trains their members in exotic arts, and a "bad guy that everyone fears and who has a family history with the heroes. . . .
BUT....It's good. The characters are engaging, the wordcraft excellent, the conflicts compelling, and the world enchanting.
I kept expecting the story to go somewhere "cheesy," but I was pleasantly surprised. Some elements were predictable but no more than a YA story should be.
I really enjoyed this one, and I plan to read the next in the series.
Well, I was intrigued, and I made myself listen to more than half of the story, but this is basically a perversion of a classic children's tale.
It was like someone took something silly and simple and deliberately forced as much perversion and political tripe into it as possible.
The characters were interesting, but the rest is just trash.
I wish I hadn't waited so long to quit reading this.
The narrator is talented, but if I just want something that sounds nice, I'll turn on the radio.
Sanderson is brilliant at creating new and original magic systems in his equally amazing worlds, and Elantris is no exception! This may be his debut book, but it is obvious that he knows what he's doing. This is the kind of detail and complexity one expects from a seasoned author--a writer of epics. This stand-alone novel does just that: it stands alone in a crowd of "same old, same old." It's so good to see something fresh and enjoyable.
I like any story with Bean in it. To be honest, I was really hoping that this was the tie-together story for the Ender series and the Shadow series, but there is a commentary at the end that explains what happened there. Shadows in Flight really feels more like a novella than a novel, but I think that it's an important piece in the over-all story. This is also the only one of the stories that is actually about
The performance was excellent as usual.
This is easily one of the worst audio books ever made. The stories change without warning, with no introduction at all. The sound quality is no quality at all; it sounds like a recording from an old phonograph recorded on a dirty record and then played through a thrice-smashed coffee can. And what you can hear is poorly done.
Don't get this one.
"Never Alone!" This final book of the Door Within trilogy has a definite hint of the Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle, but it is more of a salute than a copy. I enjoyed this story greatly. It has elements of suspense, adventure, truth and power. I think it is a "must read" for any young persons who have already enjoyed the C.S. Lewis stories. But, definitely start at the beginning.
Many of the rough edges of the first book are smoothed away in this much improved sequel. The action starts quickly and the characters are compelling. Many of the "lessons" or "spiritual parallels" are well delivered and "true to life." "Never Alone" touches my heart every time I hear it. This book is a close neighbor to some of the Narnia sequels. A good read. Looking forward to the third book.
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