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Warbreaker | [Brandon Sanderson]

Warbreaker

An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.
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Publisher's Summary

An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods.

In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

©2009 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Not only has Sanderson drawn a freshly imagined world and its society, he has also given us a plot full of unexpected twists and turns....Anyone looking for a different and refreshing fantasy novel will be delighted by this exceptional tale of magic, mystery and the politics of divinity. Warbreaker might even take your breath away." (Michael Moorcock)
"Sanderson melds complex, believable characters, a marvelous world and thoughtful, ironic humor into an extraordinary and highly entertaining story." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Frederic Tampa, FL, United States 09-16-10
    Frederic Tampa, FL, United States 09-16-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Stretches your Imagination to new heights"

    When I started this book I was like what?? I'm was confused. I had to start it again. Give it full attention. As the book progressed I couldn't stop, I wanted to have a full understanding of the universe the characters lived in. Then at some point I just loved it. Not sure when, but the more I understood the more I loved it. Unlike other movies or books where you like the mystery until you realize what's really going on like Golden Compass or the Matrix. Once the mystery is revealed you're like oh.. that's stupid. This book was the opposite. The more I realized how it all worked, the more I understood, the more I loved it. Loved all the characters, watching them develop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan 09-03-10
    Bryan 09-03-10
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    "up and down...mostly down"

    I've read quite a bit of Brandon Sanderson's work, but this is the first one I've listened to. I really have to say that I agree with the other reviewers that say that this isn't his best work. There is so much here that is just inconsequential to the story that you really have to work to enjoy the good bits that advance the characters.
    Some other good bits are the way that he sets various plot elements out in the beginning and then when they are used later on in the story, it makes sense. He also throws in a few plot twists to keep you guessing. A few of them are a bit obvious and not all that surprising, a few were excellently done and were very enjoyable.
    The other issue I have with this recording is the narrator. Normally when I listen to a book, it takes a half hour or so before I get immersed in the story and can hear the voices of the characters and they become fully beleivable. Some narrators are better than others at this, Kate Reading is the absolute best, and Alma Cuervo a close second. But James Yaegashi never really got me past the point of being strongly aware of him as a narrator. I think the biggest issue was that Jame's tone of voice conveyed emotions and ideas about the character that were at odds with what was written. For instance I could never get past thinking of Light Song as a whiny California surfer dude. The other characters were better, though a lot of them never really developed into full people, though the writing is mostly responsible for that.

    All in all, I'd not recommend this audio book. Too many negatives, to little to enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brendon Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada 08-29-10
    Brendon Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada 08-29-10
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    "Slow to start, but soon becomes epic."

    Don't expect plot speed like Mistborn. Otherwise a fantastic novel. Narration I would give a 3 out of 5. The narrator does tend to give most characters a ditsy sort of feeling.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    antoine hicks New Jersey 08-01-10
    antoine hicks New Jersey 08-01-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Starts slow, finishes strong"

    I'm an aspiring writer and I listen to Sanderson's collaborative podcast "Writing Excuses", so I wanted to see how much he practices what he preaches. Without a doubt he didn't disappoint.
    The detail in this world was amazing. No question went unanswered, and while the magic system was a bit odd at the beginning, it turned out to be an integral part of the plot and was refreshingly creative. Their were a lot of twists in the plot and a wide variety of characters to like or dislike as it were.

    I will say though that this book started slow and the magic system was confusing at first. If I hadn't been a fan already, I don't know if I'd have made it to the good parts. This should have been a series in my opinion.

    Hang in there on this one, it does pay off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 07-07-10
    David 07-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow Start"

    This turned out to be a decent story, but the beginning can be excruciatingly slow. I would suggest skipping to about an hour from the end of Part 1.

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    Summer Coarsegold, CA, United States 06-10-10
    Summer Coarsegold, CA, United States 06-10-10
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    "Enjoy!"

    With a plot that twists and turns,intrigue, and a fresh outlook on classic fantasy, this story comes to life. It has so much depth for being a stand alone novel that is very rare and refreshing in this genre. Worth your points!

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    Tyson Ammon, ID, USA 06-03-10
    Tyson Ammon, ID, USA 06-03-10
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    "Decent novel"

    Warbreaker was not the best novel that I have read of Mr. Sanderson's, yet it still piqued my interest time and again as I made my way through it. Mr. Sanderson has created a unique system of magic in Warbreaker that most readers will find different and refreshing. Also, in form with his other novels, Mr. Sanderson shows himself to be a master of plot twists and court intrigue in Warbreaker. It is worth the read and I would recommend it to any readers of the fantasy genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-01-10
    Ryan Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-01-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Entertaining"

    Good characters. The story keeps your interest and I found myself laughing a couple of times. Not the greatest fantasy book on Audible, but well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Charlotte, NC, USA 02-13-10
    Ian Charlotte, NC, USA 02-13-10 Member Since 2002
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    "You have to hear it."

    I listen to my audiobook to and from work each day as I have 35 minute drive. This is one of those book that made look forward to that drive each and every day until the very end of the book. Brandon Sanderson has become one of my favorite authors by this one book alone, but I have sense bought all of his books.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Crawford Kennett Square, PA United States 02-07-10
    David Crawford Kennett Square, PA United States 02-07-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Another great book!"

    The very talented Bandon Sanderson does not disapoint in this creative tale. This is yet one more story where there was a great ending but could easily become a series. The concepts of color and breath are central to this one as a magic system. Very cool!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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