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Infinity Blade: Awakening [Kindle Edition]

Brandon Sanderson , Peter Ahlstrom , Simon Hurley , Geremy Mustard , Donald Mustard
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $2.99

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Book Description

Trained from birth in swordplay and combat, a young knight named Siris has journeyed to the Dark Citadel with a single purpose: fight through the army of Titans to face the tyrannical God King in one-on-one combat. This was his father’s sacred mission, and his father’s before him, going back countless generations in an effort to free their people from enslavement. But when Siris somehow succeeds where all those from his bloodline previously have failed, he finds himself cast into a much larger world, filled with warriors and thieves, ancient feuds and shifting alliances, Deathless immortals and would-be kings. His quest for freedom will take him on an epic journey in search of the mythical figure known as the Worker of Secrets – the one being in the world who can unravel the secrets of the Infinity Blade.

Based on the bestselling video game from ChAIR Entertainment and Epic Games, this all-new adventure from acclaimed fantasy author Brandon Sanderson digs deeper into the fantastical world of Infinity Blade, a world of mystery and intrigue where magic and technology are indistinguishable, and even life and death are not what they seem.

Brandon Sanderson has published six solo novels with Tor Books—Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings—as well as four books in the middle-grade Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians series from Scholastic. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s long-running Wheel of Time series, to which he added 2009's The Gathering Storm and 2010's Towers of Midnight, as well as the final book in the series, A Memory of Light, scheduled for release in 2012. Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1884 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: ChAIR Entertainment Group, LLC; 1 edition (October 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SFRJ6K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is October 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Before I begin I must point out that I have never played the Infinity Blade game and I probably never will. As of this writing I do not own any device that can run the program. As such, some of my observations may be based on an incomplete understanding of the Infinity Blade universe.

The novella follows Siris (the protagonist from the game) and picks up after he had killed the God King. He returns home from what he and everyone else assumed was going to be a suicide mission. He starts out hoping to live a quiet life farming and eating pie when he is told that he has too many enemies and to protect those he loves he must go into exile. The remainder of the novella follows Siris as he tries to stay hidden from his enemies and find a way to fight back.

As an honest reviewer I must point out that this is not Sanderson's best work. Actually Sanderson himself pointed out that it was "not intended to be the end-all of [his] career". It is just too insubstantial, it has only a few characters that are a little too blank to be engaging (probably to keep the characters consistent with the game), a setting that a little too much like the generic fantasy setting, and a plot that feels like the middle section of a book. I realize that these are all problems that were inherited from the source material. The game's plot consists almost entirely (as far as I can tell from game reviews and the Wikipedia article) to "Kill the God King".

On the other hand I have to point out that the book does have merit. Several of the gameplay mechanics have been worked into the story in such a way that they now make sense.
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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new kind of entertainment October 6, 2011
By T. Chen
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I have enjoyed all of Brandon Sanderson's novels- some more than others, but something that he excels in is writing in a medium with interesting restraints. A magic system where all the characters have to eat metal? That sounds weird, but he thrived on it and made the fascinating trilogy called Mistborn. Step into a beloved, but sadly deceased, author's shoes, both adapting and creating on the foundation of a dozen prior books? He excelled at that as well, and his additional books in the Wheel of Time have been widely lauded.

This novella is another story with interesting restraints. It needs to be based on a bestselling iPhone game, expanding the world, explaining the magic system; it needs to have an interesting story with good characters and plot twists; it needs to be understandable to people who have never played the video game, yet set up the sequel video game in a compelling fashion; it cannot be too long, taking up Brandon's valuable time that is spent working on the Wheel of Time and his own landmark series, the Stormlight Archive.

Well, I think he succeeded. I had never played the game before, but I enjoyed the story, and it made me curious enough to buy the game to play on my iPhone. Is it ground breaking, a revelation, award winning? No, probably not. However, it is entertaining and fun, and I think that's all that Brandon wanted to accomplish.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant transition from IPad game to book. October 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Infinity Blade: Awakening" is a short fantasy tale by author Brandon Sanderson. It is based of the IPad game 'Infinity Blade'. This is a 251 Kb download and is price at $2.99.

You could read this book without ever having experienced the game, however if you've played "Infinity Blade", then some discussions and happenings in the book will be more understandable to you.

The Game:
"Infinity Blade" is a simple 'beat-em-up', but there is a visceral, rewarding sensation with each victory. You begin outside a castle and proceed to fight all the dark servants until you reach the 'God-King'. If you die, you start over; if you beat the 'God-King' you start over, but fight tougher opponents (worth more rewards etc.) with each successive round. And so it continues, ad infinitum.

The Book:
I was very skeptical about the idea of creating a book around such an unvarying and linear game. However it only took a few paragraphs to realize that author Sanderson did a masterful job in writing this brief tale and at the same time retaining the essence of the game. It has an intriguing plot, some historical background that sheds some light on the game, some surprisingly good character development (even thought the book is quite short) and even some subtle touches of humor that gave me the odd chuckle.

In addition, the cover art while not flashy, was quite appealing.

I hope there's more to come in this storyline. 5 Stars

Ray Nicholson
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a video game... October 11, 2011
By Ted
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am not much of a video gamer (especially on a platform such as mobile phones), but am a fan of Brandon Sanderson's works, so was intrigued to learn that he had written a new story, and snapped it up on Amazon. I felt that not having played the game was not an impediment to enjoying Infinity Blade: Awakening, rather that it made the story more enjoyable by having a new world to explore, albeit briefly.

Despite the narrow parameters of a short story format in a prefabricated fantasy setting, Mr. Sanderson created a entertaining story with epic themes, plot twists, relatable characters, and his trademark humorous banter (which made me stop reading due to me laughing to tears at least once), that left me wanting more when I reached the end. Hint, hint to write more of Siris and co! I especially liked the self-awareness that Siris the swordsman/hero hinted at (off to kill the big boss, I mean the God King, again...).

Well done!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read
Could not read the captions on the graphics.
Published 6 days ago by Cathy Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 11 days ago by Jason Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good start to I hope a good series
I have read many books by Brandon Sanderson so far. This one is a really good start. I thought it would be more mistborn but it is not. Read more
Published 18 days ago by c grif
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Read
Published 23 days ago by Thos StoneChaser
4.0 out of 5 stars such a good read
Loved it! It's a short story so I am quite dissatisfied . Didn't want it to end at all and I would recommend it to anyone
Published 1 month ago by Olubunmi adefisayo
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
This didn't grab me as much as Sanderson's other stories have grabbed me. Well it didn't grab me until the last couple pages.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great short novel
A fascinating, twisting plot with a great central character and excellent themes. Fantasy and science fiction blended together in unique story.
Published 1 month ago by Markisgreen
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Play game all of them and it will make a lot more sense otherwise great book but a little confusing
Published 2 months ago by Michelle Bakke
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell Take Me, this is an awesome story
This story provided so much background information that I actually became interested and cared about the characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jason Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit
Brandon Sanderson can do no wrong, it seems. Even an online-only book written to accompany a video game -- not an auspicious beginning -- manages to captivate and entertain.
Published 2 months ago by Mark Lemley
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More About the Author

I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

My newest book is Words of Radiance, written as a love letter of sorts to the epic fantasy genre. It continues the story of the Stormlight Archive that began in The Way of Kings, and it's the type of book I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

In September 2013 I also released Steelheart, set in a near-future Chicago ruled by a ruthless villain with no heroes to oppose him. There is a free 5-chapter preview ebook here on Amazon that you should check out, with a corresponding sampler audiobook on Audible.

Mistborn and The Way of Kings are among my most popular works, as are my concluding volumes to Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. My novella The Emperor's Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of my first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at brandonsanderson.com/library -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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