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 listened to this entire book, and mainly because I kept thinking something is going to happen. About 18 hours in, I realized nothing that happened would redeem the very very long wait, but I already had listened so long - so I finished it. Mind numbing is my assessment. I do not recommend.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
There's just a few things that I'd change about the book. The amount of information thrown at the reader in the beginning is tremendous. It's overwhelming to a listener. I know the book wasn't written for audio, but I almost want to go back and listen to the first 2 hours to put everything together, now that I understand the story. The pacing at the end being the second. The last 2 hours of this book feels tremendously rushed. There's a TON of events that happen and while I know it builds to a climax, I think that there's too many stories that conclude all at the same time.
I think I would have paced some of the sub-plots more, so that they wouldn't all conclude right near the end of the book. There was a lot happening at once and it was challenging to figure out who's story happened with who and where and why.
I liked his subtle accents for some of the different regions and characters. It wasn't an award winning performance, but it was solid and got the job done. I would listen to another one of his narrations without hesitation. My biggest criticism of him is he reads very slowly.
No, I think Brandon Sanderson told a complete story in this one book. It was a great length and had a beginning, middle and end. I Don't see a need for anything further with these characters.
For a first novel, Brandon Sanderson did a great job. He really developed a world in one book that some authors take multiple books for a world to take shape. He had some great villains, interesting protagonists and stories to tell. I think Sarene is an interesting character, but not the best attempt at a strong female lead. She's a strong character, but the author didn't really develop her strengths. It was more of a strong female lead 101.
Although it got better, it started off with one dimensional characters and an obvious plot. Reader was great though. Felt like teen fiction.
Having listened to several of Brandon Sanderson's books , I had certain expectations when starting this one. This book is quite different from, Sanderson's others and I quickly lost interest and moved on to other authors. When I finally went back to this book, I found it to be extremely enjoyable and very unusual. If you are a Brandon Sanderson fan, give it a chance. You may be pleasantly surprised.
not as good as some of his other books. but still a great story. would reccommend
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