Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch.
Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.
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"...readers won't want to put it down." (Publishers Weekly)
"Outstanding." (Publisher's Weekly)
I've published a dozen gushing reviews of this author, and I will continue the trend with this one. I loved this book. Brandon Sanderson has such an incredible ability to worldbuild, and his writing is top notch, sure to join the ranks of Tolkein and the other masters of the craft. Elantris is an early one of his, and not my favourite book he's ever written, but stands head and shoulders above so much of what is out there. Well worth the listen.
This is Brandon Sanderson's first book. It sounds a little bit novice at places during the first quarter of the book, but becomes an excellent book as it goes along. I listened to it every spare moment I had.
This was an okay book. Not excellent not bad just okay. 3.5 stars is probably closer to the mark. While there is a strong female lead she is definitely an exception to the portrayal of women as a whole in this book. It isn't necessarily a bad thing but even she is wishy washy spending a lot of time feeling sorry for herself for not having a husband and being to strong for men to find her attractive. This just adds dimension to her... But still. Joss Whedon definitely reigns supreme on strong female characters. The male lead is very likeable but he was a little two dimensional. For such a long story I feel as if he could have been flushed out better. I do like the bromance put together in this story. It isn't a mistake to read if you want to pick up a fantasy but can't decide on what.
The main character and main antagonist have irritatingly similar names which in audiobook format makes it confusing. There are a lot of people to know in this story so I recommend making a small compendium to keep track. The last 20 chapters are amazing, it just takes 53 chapters for the book to become really good.
Wasn't sure I would enjoy this, but being a fan of Brandon Sanderson's other works, I knew I was going to read this one too. It I definitely worth the credit and the hours go by rapidly.
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!
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