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Elantris | [Brandon Sanderson]

Elantris

Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." 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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Brandon Sanderson; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC

What the Critics Say

"... readers won't want to put it down." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"Outstanding." (Publisher's Weekly)

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    Aaron Brown Portland, OR USA 05-30-09
    Aaron Brown Portland, OR USA 05-30-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Very long and logically inconsistent"

    I loved mistborn. So was quite excited to see Elantris while I waited for the other mistborn books get converted to audio.

    This book, however, is not good. I can't believe Orson Scott Card has such high praise for it on the paper back cover. The idea of Elantris is quite original...but there is very little forward momentum in this book. Instead we get endless banter between characters or long internal monologues. To make up with it the series ends comes to a rapid 'dramatic conclusion'. Only because so much of the first part of the book was needlessly wasted character revelations/etc seem forced, rushed, and inconsistent.

    By all means read Mistborn, which is both original and finely crafted. But I can't recommend Elantris.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Hermitage, TN, USA 05-13-09
    Thomas Hermitage, TN, USA 05-13-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book! but no so great narrator"

    I started reading his stuff when i fell in love with mistborn series. (if you haven't read them, i highly recommended.)

    one problem i had was the narrator. i felt like i was listening to some computer reading it.

    after getting over that problem, this long book felt really short since i was so sucked into the story. again, great book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MontessoriQueen 05-09-09
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    "Good story, where's the sequel?"

    If this had been sci-fi I would have called it a space opera, it has that kind of feel. The characters are a little prototypical and the plot is not overly complex, but it is a good story and a fun read. The good guys (and gals) are really good, and the bad guys are REALLY bad.
    Overall it was a lot of fun, easy to listen to and quite long; exactly what I look for in an audio book. The ending sets up for a sequel that I would definitely like to read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Modesto, CA 04-26-09
    Joe Modesto, CA 04-26-09 Member Since 2015
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    "First Sanderson book I read"

    Extremely good book. I hope sanderson decides to give us more on the world of Elantis. Extremely enjoyable reading. I also enjoyed his Mistborn series. It is much better than I expected. Also good listening. I hope audible gets more of his books in their bookstore. I am looking forward to "a memory of light" the final book sanderson is due to write on the Wheel of Time (WoT) series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-25-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Excellent. Very well written."

    This is the first Sci-fi book I listen to and I just loved it!!! I usually like more of the self-developement or business books, but this book "Elantris" blew me away. Very good story. I would highly recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-29-10
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-29-10 Member Since 2012

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "What a shame"

    I actually went online to see how old the author is because this book has some very naive concepts in it. Like, really, how can anyone think that a nation can change from a capitalist to a feudal type system in 10 years? It's 10 years buddy, not a generation. OMG, are we supposed to believe that the WHOLE NATION sat on its duff while an upstart king took over and changed the rules, and laws, and property distribution? yeah, uh-huh.

    The main female character is 25. Which means 10 years earlier she was 15. And yet she "forgets" fundamental things about her uncle, like how to pronounce his name. A 15 year old can't remember her uncle's name? O-kay...

    And if I read any more half-baked pro-feminism gibberish I'm going to throw the book out. Okay, I GET it... Sanderson tries to pass a message about how women are strong by showing how stupid it looks when they are treated as weak. He must have taken a Feminism 101 course at a local college.

    The biggest shame of it all is that the actual story is interesting and I want to know what happens. I just don't want to read about adolescent understandings of economies, gender equality and religion in the process.

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    Linda Detroit, MI, United States 06-24-10
    Linda Detroit, MI, United States 06-24-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Who Is This Person"

    The story MIGHT be good. The reader is AWFUL. So much so that it is difficult to listen. Who is this person? Are there requirements to perform this task? I purchased this because I LOVE WOT, which made me read/listen to Mistborn which is wonderful. I have listened to Mistborn several times and am convienced that Brandon Sanderson is gifted. So it has to be the reader and not the writing. Going to just buy the book and "read" it as the reader makes "listning" a challenge that I can not handle. For me this was a waste of money. One star in this format from THIS READER. Probably ZERO stars is a more true assessment in my opinion.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ella Quent Canada 07-26-12
    Ella Quent Canada 07-26-12 Member Since 2007

    Costume Witch

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    "Couldn't get past 15 minutes"

    Neither the reader nor the story captured me in any way. Wasted a credit on this. Won't be so trusting of glowing reviews again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 06-04-09
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 06-04-09 Member Since 2009
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    "The Science of the Fanciful"

    More of a fantasy, with a little string theory thrown in, but very enjoyable. Disney could turn it into another Beauty and the Beast, except the with a very real threat looming at the end that begs to be developed in the sequel.

    I know I'll be buying.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Payne Souderton, PA United States 11-23-08
    Jeffrey Payne Souderton, PA United States 11-23-08
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    "A breath of fresh air"

    A little slow to start, and the reader was a bit melodramatic. Other than that, this first work by Sanderson is a great new take on fantasy.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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