After bursting onto the fantasy scene with his acclaimed debut novel, Elantris, and following up with his blockbuster Mistborn trilogy, Brandon Sanderson proves again that he is today's leading master of what Tolkien called "secondary creation", the invention of whole worlds, complete with magics and myths all their own.
Warbreaker is the story of two sisters who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago. Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can be collected only one unit at a time from individual people. By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron, the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery; and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.
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As with all of Bandon Sanderson's stories, the characters are believable, relatable, and compelling. The only downside is that this is a stand alone (at the moment) novel. I for one would love to see a prequel or sequel to this story. Along side a great story, he narration by Alyssa Bresnahan was superbly done.
Hacker and tinker
On a crusade to read everything from my favorite author, I'm underwhelmed. So far I think this is his weakest Cosmere Novel. Now don't get me wrong, it's still a great story, but it didn't really click with me. It has all the classic Sanderson quirks, specifically the good guys are generally broken anti-heros, the magic system is well thought out, and different. Hoid has a larger part.That being said, it's not the book I'd use to introduce people to Sanderson.
Hoid and Nightbringer thats all I'll say
She's up there with Victor Bevine, Kate reading and Michael Kramer. I think I could enjoy her read math text books.
The problem was in the characters, they seemed to obvious and over stereotyped. A god that doesn't want to be a god, a bumbling princess, a ex bad guy atoning, and a clueless ruler. The ending seemed very rushed. and the climax felt stunted. It's still a lovely story, and the journey was a good one. I'll be enjoyed again.
Incredibly thankful that this book was re-recorded. I held off on purchasing it before because I could not stand the reader. That being said, Bresnahan does an amazing job bringing the characters to life. Sanderson does not disappoint.
Another great listen!
Enjoyed the twists and turns another great book by Brandon Sanderson. Held my attention and was cleaver right to the end. Hope this is just the first book in a new series. Strong women lead characters well developed with a story full of Sanderson usual captivating, clever and imaginative inventions/powers.
that it was imaginative and cleaver enough so it held surprises right until the end.
They were all done very well too difficult to pick one
Held my attention
Hope the story continues following both sisters
I was well pulled in. Took a little while to get going and some of the characters are a little melodramatic, but Sanderson always has a few characters to love. I loved the sword.
The more you read, the more you want to read.
Because everything was fit into one book, the scope of the world was smaller. Cool ideas, but not my fave Sanderson book. If you're short on credits, start with his other books (Way of Kings or Mistborn series)
I've enjoyed so many books from this author but this one kept me guessing, and had such an original world I couldn't help but be amazed as the characters developed and the story unfolded and at how much I enjoyed it.
Sanderson Fact #1:
there will be at least one plot twist in every novel that you do not see coming.
This book is no exception. While I love the book, I think the character personality development and growth wasn't as strong as in some of his other books. It isn't that he didn't do well, just not as well as other novels. I still give this a great rating and would recommend it highly.
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