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Warbreaker (Sci Fi Essential Books) Hardcover – June 9, 2009
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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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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 brandonsanderson.com/library -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.
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- 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).
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was the first book I had read by Sanderson other than his continuation of the Wheel of Time, and I loved it. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Shaw Sande
Classic Sanderson, incredibly complex magic system, fantastic worldbuilding, and a roiling intense plot. Nothing is what you expect and it will go all kinds of surprising places. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Nikoletta
My favorite Sanderson book by far. It's a sweet story with a very inventive magical system. There are unique characters and lots of humor.Published 13 days ago by Tami A.
Another Sanderson classic. Awesome Characters, fast pace with many twists and turns.Published 13 days ago by Ashley K.
I've been slowly working my way through all of Sanderson's books since I stumbled across Steelheart not too long ago. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Denise
Brandon Sanderson's writing is a bit on the corny side for me personally, but this is an interesting book. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Charlie S.