©2008 Brandon Sanderson; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
"... readers won't want to put it down." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"Outstanding." (Publisher's Weekly)
I started following Sanderson when he wrote the mistborn saga, after that I read all the rest of his current work and eagerly await his new additions.
This novel is not quite the quality and depth of his later ones and felt to me more light hearted and fun romp then the emotionally torrid later works. His writing is still top notch and the feel of a well thought out hand crafting it rests in every twist and turn.
I was worried about starting a 27+ hour audiobook thinking it would take forever to finish. Problem is, couldn't stop listening to it. Awesome story. Sanderson is able to fill in the blanks BEFORE they become blanks but masterfully gives the perfect amount of clues to build suspense to a level that drives you to keep listening no matter what. Loved Steelheart and Firefight and this story made them look like weekend writing projects by comparison. This story is like watching at least 2 seasons of your favorite show with characters that have depth beyond even this tome. So now I guess I'm chasing Shards through the Cosmere. Totally hooked!
I have to admit, as much as I love Brandon Sanderson this book is not the best example of his talent. The basic story is great but it is not filled out in enough depth. You have a hard time seeing the motivations of the characters as being realistic, especially when it comes to the protagonists opposing the great enemy of the story. The enemy is not painted as enough of a villain for the dramatic reactions of the other characters to make sense. Indeed you get this feeling through out that with a bit more detail and back story for each of the numerous characters that this could have been an amazing book. But as I only recently finished the Mistborn series, which was so epic and amazing, I can only feel slightly disappointed with Elantris. I would love to have seen this as a movie, because like a movie version this story is missing so much of the detail that you'd normally get in the book version. This was one of Brandon Sanderson's early works and all I can say is if this was your first experience with him do not judge solely on Elantris! He got much much better with his later books, and his new Reckoners series (book one is Steelheart) being another great example.
Brandon Sanderson is amazing. It took me a while to reach stride with the story line, but he pulls you there, it's amazing. He is so effective at making you love and hate his world and its inhabitants. And what a world it is.
Elantris only provides a glimpse into a world full of wonder, yet the glimpse is amazing. The fantasy elements keep you guessing and anticipating throughout. The political and relational elements are perfected with more than enough surprises to satisfy one's lust for mystery and adrenaline.
After finishing it, I felt like I blinked and it was over. It covers just a brief period of the character's lives, but it pulls you with such depth, so fast... Sanderson drowns you in a world so worthy of affection and wonder and calls you to leave before you're ready. It's a ride so worth taking. Like me, you'll be left with questions unanswered, but it's okay. That's the beauty of Sanderson's mysteries.
One... Good... Book...
What a great read. I will definitely read more books by Brandon Sanderson. A spellbinding story full of twists and turns. When all appears to be lost-thankfully the day is saved.
At first I thought it was hard to get through until the characters came alive. Hearing the chapters from different points of view was confusing at first. Glad I finished it but sad to see it end.
Elantris has all the typical epic fantasy excitement, within one volume!
The characters are fleshed out and full of their own personalities and motives. When
the magic system is clever and easy to understand.
My one quibble with yhe storyos that all the religions and then the names of the characters are similar, making it hard to remember who os who when they are only mentioned. But otherwise it was an excellent listen.
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