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Warbreaker [Kindle Edition]

Brandon Sanderson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (645 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 only be collected 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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Starred Review. Epic fantasy heavyweight Sanderson (the Mistborn series) pens a powerful stand-alone tale of unpredictable loyalties, dark intrigue and dangerous magic. To keep a treaty made long ago, the king of Idris must send his daughter to marry Susebron, the God King of Hallandren. Loath to part with his eldest daughter, Vivenna, King Dedelin instead sends his youngest daughter, tomboyish 17-year-old Siri, who struggles to make sense of the schemers and spies in Susebron's court. Hoping to rescue her sister, Vivenna joins a group of Idrian operatives with questionable motives. As Vivenna comes to terms with her magical abilities, resurrected hero Lightsong questions the role of the undead Returned Gods, who command Hallandren's mighty army of zombie soldiers. Sanderson melds complex, believable characters, a marvelous world and thoughtful, ironic humor into an extraordinary and highly entertaining story. (June)
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"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

“Epic fantasy heavyweight Sanderson pens a powerful stand-alone tale of unpredictable loyalties, dark intrigue and dangerous magic. . . . Sanderson melds complex, believable characters, a marvelous world and thoughtful, ironic humor into an extraordinary and highly entertaining story.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Warbreaker

“Sanderson again demonstrates his capacity for handling large and complex themes while creating believable characters.”—Library Journal (starred review) on Warbreaker

“Hilarious dialogue, descriptive action sequences, and genuinely sweet romance. . . . Sanderson knows how to wrap things up cleanly. He spins a world that’s easily complex and mysterious enough to warrant sequels, but prefers to end it climactically, answering many of his biggest questions, while leaving others to the imagination.”—The Onion on Warbreaker

“Sanderson is clearly a master of large-scale stories, splendidly depicting worlds as well as strong female characters. . . . May the author write long and prosper.”—Booklist on Warbreaker

“A highly readable and compelling stand-alone volume from the acclaimed author of the Mistborn trilogy. . . . Highly recommended to fans of epic fantasy.”—The Romantic Times BOOKreviews 4 ½ Stars TOP PICK!

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  • File Size: 1801 KB
  • Print Length: 593 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reissue edition (June 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
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161 of 171 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I've Read May 2, 2009
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Simply put, Brandon Sanderson's "Warbreaker" is one of the best books I've read. When I ordered it, I was a bit apprehensive over the official write-up and the "SciFi Essential Book" logo on the front page. Essentially, I was worried that the book might read like a comic book or a screenplay. Thankfully, that worry was unfounded. Within just a few pages, I was totally absorbed in the story. Why is the book so good? Well:

- Premise: this is one of those books where you wonder where the author comes up with even the basic premise. As stated in the official write-up: "By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished." Once I saw what the author did with that, I was amazed.
- Authorship: the technical aspects of the writing and the internal consistency of the world and characters are excellent. In many books, people and things don't necessarily behave as they should in all instances. In "Warbreaker," I never noticed any such deficiency.
- Points of View: one of the really clever things that Sanderson does is to constantly compare the main characters' points-of-view to the *expectations* of the other main characters' points-of-view. He does an excellent job of this and it leads to some interesting twists as he follows each character's development. And, finally,
- Plot Twists: there are a lot of plot twists in the book and they're done well. Usually, when I read a book, I can figure out what's going to happen right from the beginning. In this case, Sanderson has a few of those "obvious" twists present. But, there are others which spring up entirely unexpectedly. That's a rare and precious thing in an author and something to be treasured.

So, all-in-all, I loved the book and rate it an Excellent 5 stars out of 5. I highly recommend it to everyone (and I'll be reading Sanderson's other books shortly).
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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When I first saw how long this book was, I thought I would be sick of it before I could plough through to the end. Nothing could have been further from the truth! Warbreaker kept me interested and sometimes delighted; the characters were interesting, the story was full of surprises, and even the rules of magic were a little bit different than any I've seen in too many long, involved fantasy novels.

Here we have two sisters; the princess who expected to be sent to the god-king of her enemies in marriage, and the pricess who was sent instead. Neither got what she bargained for, and both ended up with very important roles to play before the story's astonishing conclusion.

I'll have to read some of this author's other works; he knows how to craft a story that will entertain and move the reader, and although I would welcome a sequel to this book, I don't feel that I was given only half a story. I predict a long career for Brandon Sanderson.
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112 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanderson's best yet. April 2, 2009
Brandon Sanderson is hardly a rookie author. Having read Elantris and all of Mistborn, I came to the table expecting an enjoyable read out of Warbreaker. Still, I was blown away. Though a little apprehensive about reading it all on a computer screen, I was board while traveling for work, so I downloaded it. I couldn't stop reading. I stayed up till the wee hours of the morning because the book was so engaging. The story was excellently told, and the comic relief was spot on. Warbreaker is much better than Elantris and Mistborn in every way (except, perhaps, the magic system; alomancy is too cool). While I appreciate Sanderson's motives in writing stand alone epic fantasy, I hope that he reneges. I would be thrilled to see another novel set in the Warbreaker world. If Sanderson keeps improving at this rate, he will become the benchmark over and beyond Tolkien, Jordan or any other author you care to mention. Though I already read the free downloadable version off of Sanderson's website, I will definitely order a hardback for my personal library.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A non-fantasy fan's review June 11, 2009
I should start by saying I don't read much fantasy. It's probably been more than a decade since I read a fantasy book. My taste in literature tends to run more towards either mysteries (Michael Connelly, Henning Mankell, P.D. James), non-genre work (Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami, Michael Chabon, J.M. Coetzee) or history (Joseph Ellis, David Hackett Fischer, David McCullough). I have several hundred books, but I think I could probably count my fantasy books on one hand, and most of those I haven't touched. When I go to the bookstore to look for new authors, I'll look at Dave Eggers, Kiran Desai, Sarah Waters, Steig Larsson, but I never go to the fantasy section.

However, I do have a friend who reads a great deal of fantasy, and who goes on endlessly about Sanderson. He's told me repeatedly that I should try the Mistborn books. Well, I haven't yet, but when by chance I came across an advance copy of Warbreaker before release, I grabbed it in part because I knew it would drive my friend nuts, but also out of curiosity. I buckled down with it over a 48 hour period and blew through the book.

I was very impressed. It's a well put together, well told story, filled with interesting characters that all develop in believable ways through the course of the book. I've noticed some reviewers seemed to think it was slow, but it was this "slow" stuff that I personally enjoyed, as it was filled with character development and political machinations: some of my two favorite things to read. Also, my biggest pet peeve for fantasy books, out of control and unnecessary apostrophes, was kept to a minimum. I would rather have seen them banished entirely, but they are used only in two place names that are not mentioned too frequently, so I can forgive it here.

I'm giving it 4/5 stars.
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It is pure enjoyment. The sarcastic banter is uproarious and the mystery is presented and moves in just the right way. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another well written novel but the concept is slightly harder ...
Another well written novel but the concept is slightly harder to get behind than other offerings. The rest of the writers craft is typically assured and worthy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Brandon Fan!
Loved this story. Great world building, great characters. I'd love another one!
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Great story! I couldn't put it down and was sad there wasn't a sequel.
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I am out of words on how to describe this amazing story .. Good job brandon sandreson .. Thank you
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Another great book from Brandon Sanderson. Compelling story, fun characters, and an intriguing world.
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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

January 2015 marks the release of Firefight, the sequel to Steelheart. When only evil people gain super powers and become tyrants, it's up to normal people to hunt them down. There is a free 5-chapter preview ebook of Steelheart here on Amazon that you should check out, with a corresponding sampler audiobook on Audible. My Firefight book tour in the US lasts throughout January.

Recent short releases are Legion: Skin Deep (sequel to Legion), the further investigations of an average man whose many hallucinations are all experts in their own fields, and also my novella Sixth of the Dusk, set in the same universe as Mistborn and Stormlight, revolving around an attack on an island trapper's way of life.

My biggest recent epic fantasy 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. October 2015 and January 2016 will also see the release of two new Mistborn books, Shadows of Self and Bands of Mourning.

Mistborn and the Stormlight Archive 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 -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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To Amazon: ebook pricing drop?
Now it's $5.99 and it's not worth that either.

Sanderson is the best fantasy author writing today but this is just horrible. Can't believe he went ahead and published it.
May 22, 2013 by sprinter |  See all 2 posts
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I read this one right after he posted the full version on his website. Brandon Sanderson is, quite possibly, one of the most exciting upcoming fantasy authors I have seen for a while. I first heard about him when it was announced that he would be finishing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. ... Read More
Dec 15, 2008 by jtj |  See all 6 posts
Looking for a 'kind of hot' fantasy novel
Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series and the new Namaah's Kiss are sexy but the books are not based solely on the sex. They are OUTSTANDING standalone Fantasy adventures. Read them in order, though...
Jun 30, 2009 by Bethany Lee |  See all 8 posts
Colors? Really?
I think it's funny that you say: "I'm not a 'believer' in the supernatural... so Fantasy -for me- has to be at least marginally believable" ...yet I wonder, isn't The Wheel of Time series full of supernatural stuff?!

Your suspicions are correct though, Brandon IS an awsome person (and... Read More
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