©2008 Brandon Sanderson; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
"... readers won't want to put it down." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"Outstanding." (Publisher's Weekly)
Brandon Sanderson and Jack Garrett make a great combination. The magic of Elantris is well conceived and unique. While the book is a complete story Sanderson leaves the door open for expansion as there is plenty of mystery to be explored. His characters consistent with their natures, experience, maturity and limiting factors. In other words they are imperfect and relatable.
This story along with the Mistborn series and Warbreaker shows Sanderson's facination with well defined and "realistic" magic as well as the meaning of religion and godhood. I enjoyed this story very much.
First let me say I am biased because I really like Brandon Sanderson's books and have read/listened to them all. What I really liked about this one was that it is self contained fantasy novel and it was interesting and fast moving from the very beginning. I liked the characters and the story.
This was just a delightful read! I fell in love with Sanderson with the Mistborn series, then went looking for more. Sure nothing could top Mistborn, I was a little nervous that this earlier novel wouldn't satisfy, but I had nothing to fear. I loved this novel. The main characters are well developed, the plot has twists and turns that kept me guessing, the magic system is interesting and new, and the writing was good. The only tiny gripe is that, as in Mistborn, occasionally Sanderson gets into a trap of going on and on about what a main character is thinking or feeling, repeating himself quite a bit before moving on. I'm okay with it--it's not too often--and it does add to character development. It's just obvious when you listen rather than read (where you might skim). Otherwise, a great read, and I gave it 5 stars because I couldn't put my ipod down. Also, the narrator is superb.
I have never read the print version.
Raoden was my favorite character. I enjoyed his ambivalance to the people. You hear all of these tales where the King treats the citizens of their kingdoms like bugs to be tramped upon, or tools to be used, and then you see a (fictional) leader of men like Raoden who wont even use his princely name to lend power to his word. His ambivalance is refreshing, and somehow believable.
Probably too long for that... But it was good and there was never a point that I was not interested.
For those of you not in the know, this was Sanderson's first novel. I am a fan of Sanderson and enjoy his way of the kings and mistborn series. It's no wonder why Jordan picked Sanderson to finish the wheel of time for him. This guy is a genius and a writing machine.
Okay enough praise for Sanderson as a person. The truth is that I never read this, becaue it was stand alone and I had other things to read. Not sure why I passed it up for so long, but this book is really good. I simply can not believe it is a FIRST novel!!!! It's written like a pro, and kept me interested through out the entire read.
As Sanderson fans have come to expect, the "magic system" is unique (unlike anything written by any author I have ever read). Also the characters are interested, especially the dual protagonists. Sarene is a strong female lead who deserves her part of the narrative.
Maybe the most interesting thing about this book is it's world. A place where a powerful religious sect is beginning to pratically enslave everybody becasue of the fall of the past regime. Essentially, Elantris used to be a perfect city where its citizens wielded almost God-like power. One day, the source to that power is cut off, and those unlucky enough to be Elantrians (picked by fate at random, and still happening in the active world) are cursed to face eternal suffering. Every injury will resound with its initial pain for the rest of that persons life. After sustaining too many injuries the poor souls will loose themselves to the agony and pass away. The worst part..they can not die... Great set up. When our hero gets turned into one of these Elantrians, the conflict begins...
Overall, I'd give this a 4.5/5 I just rounded down for the actual score...
Yes. It was an intriguing story that had strong and interesting characters and a complex plot that brilliantly wove together multiple themes, including love, politics, religion and the heights and depths of the human character.
The opening of the story stands out to me; Raoden, the prince (and heir) of Arelon is taken by the Shaod and turned into what most of the world considers a monster. He's thrown into the once grand, now despised, city of Elantris and must come to terms with his new life. At the same time, his fiancee, Princess Sarene of Teod, arrives early for the wedding - hoping to spend a few days getting to know her fiance a bit better, to see if Raoden will be the man who will be able to see past her focused, political exterior and actually love her or if this will be just another dry, arranged political marriage. Upon her arrival in Arelon, however, she is told her fiancee has died and, according to the marriage contract, she is now the new princess, a widow before she ever had a wedding, and forbidden (by that same contract) from ever straying from her dead prince and having another love.
It's hard to choose my favorite character as they were all interesting, well written, and well performed. Since I'm required to choose, however, I'll say the prince, Raoden beacuse he was strong, noble, and caring with a deep love for his people and a good sense of humor that helped him to overcome his circumstances.
There was a lot of emotional play in this story and I felt hope, joy, sadness, and revultion at various times.
Audiobooks keep me sane- great actors are much better voices in my head than my own. I prefer sf&f, but occasionally fall back on high lit.
Definitely in the top 10.
Elantris stands alone. I mean, you can pull out comparable elements, there is magic and female empowerment, politics, and exile. But it's put together in a new way. Sanderson broke out in a big way, and he did it with the power of this novel. Robert Jordan chose him to finish the Wheel of Time series based on this novel- what more vote of confidence do you need?
I'm a bibliophile, obviously! My specific interests are historical fiction and sci-fi fantasy. I love to escape with a book!
This is a great book, and very well written. It's one of the books that stays with you. I recommend Brandon Sanderson to all Sci-Fi Fantasy readers.
The prince was my favorite character, he was upbeat and positive even in the worst of times.
I loved watching the prince and his lady fall in love in Elantris, and traditionally I'm not the love story type.
Something is wrong with the world....
This is a great read, well worth the time.
The naration was well done and the characters were well developed.
Well it was easy to get lost in his voice while I was doing other things.
Probably not, it was very long but I was always ready to hear what happened next.
I bought the audiobook because my paperback is has been borrowed is being passed arround at work. My brother likes this book so much that he listens the this book while he plays his video games instead of blasting rock music. Anything that accomplishes that is well worth the price. I have bought several audiobooks that I thought he would be intrested in, but this is my best success.
he has other books that are very good
no way to slow no real action in the book just a bit tedious to listen to
narrator was good
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