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"While every new fantasy author is hailed as unique, new, and different, Brandon Sanderson's Elantris does indeed provide an absorbing adventure in a unique, different, and well-thought-out fantasy world, with a few nifty twists as well."-L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
"Brandon Sanderson is the real thing--an exciting storyteller with a unique and powerful vision. Elantris is one of the finest debuts I've seen in years."-David Farland
"Brandon Sanderson's Elantris is a marvelous, magic monster of a book, packed full of intrigue and daring, based around a killer high concept. When the city of the gods becomes a city of the damned, who and what do you believe in? The story twists and turns, characters bait traps for one another as they vie for secular and religious power, and no one is necessarily who or what they seem. Royal houses rise and fall, the fate of all Humanity is in the balance, and maybe, just maybe . . . the gods are coming back. All this and a genuinely touching love story too."-Simon R. Green, the New York Times bestselling author of the Deathstalker, Nightside and Hawk & Fisher series
From the Back Cover
ELANTRIS WAS THE CITY OF THE GODS
What power could have cursed it?
in 2005, Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's new master storyteller, carried readers away to "a truly original world of magic and intrigue, with the rigor of the best science fiction [and] magnificent characters [that] make this novel unforgettable" (Orson Scott Card). Elantris delightfully proved that a great complete fantasy story can still be told in a single volume of action, intrigue, wonder, and countless surprises. As Locus said, "You're swiftly forget you're reading a first novel...this is a heck of a debut!"
"Brandon Sanderson is the real thing--an exciting storyteller with a unique and powerful vision. Elantris is one of the finest debuts I've seen in years." --David Farland
- ASIN : B003G93YLY
- Publisher : Tor Books; First edition (April 1, 2007)
- Publication date : April 1, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 13873 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 657 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,300 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you want a GOOD READ. Please, go read Patrick Rothfuss, Kingkiller Chronicles. You'll see what I mean.
That said, this is still Sanderson so it’s a masterfully crafted story, and the points above weren’t enough to detract from my enjoyment. As usual, I loved the magic system and the puzzle of Elantris’s fall. The Seons were cool, and the finale was satisfying. And of course, now having read most of the other Cosmere books, it was a delight to see a familiar cameo midway through.
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Elantris was once the most beautiful city in the world where beings with near godlike powers that could create food out of thin air and heal incurable wounds with ease lived. That was ten years ago however, Elantris is now a crumbling ruin where the cursed are locked up to die and be forgotten about by the world. That is until Prince Raoden is cursed with the Reod, an event that once transformed humans into godlike Elantrians but now leaves them as undead looking creatures. He is not like the others locked up in there and will still fight for life, his own and everyone else that has given up. His fiance Princess Sarene of Teod, arrives to be told her husband to be was dead and has a fight of her own to help keep the prince's kingdom together from both his father and an outside threat of a religious empire enchroaching on them.
I really enjoyed this fantasy story. It's a fairly hefty book at over 600 pages and though the plot jumps back and forth between Sarene and Raoden, it manages to keep both narratives interesting and memorable. It has a nice mixture, of magic and fantasy with politics and character development and brings everything together really nicely by the end. They are both likeable and interesting characters and it's a well written book that doesn't feel overwhelming to read but has some really unique ideas. It is a little slow in places, especially about two thirds through where I feel like something big was going to happen but never did however the payoff gets there in the end and is worth it.
+ Sarene and Raoden are both interesting characters with different problems.
+ The magic and world building are fantastic.
+ Well written, easy to read.
- A little slow towards the middle of the book.
The ending was exciting, when it finally all came together. There's a hint of a sequel - supposedly to be published in 2020 - but I gather following through on series is not the author's strong suit, so I'm not holding my breath. This book does have a satisfactory ending, though, enough to feel complete in itself, so that's okay.
The audible was on the slow side - one of the reasons I grabbed the Kindle version as well so that I could understand how the strange names were actually formed and so that I was able to move through the story faster, especially skimming some of the duller, narrative heavy sections.
It's an accomplished first novel with strong characters and themes, but for me it has just missed the mark.
Sanderson's world building was brilliantly interwoven into the story, and sneaks by. No need here for pages and pages of description, and it got the job done very efficiently.
For most of the book, I sensed a strong Isaac Asimov influence. This story reminded me of the best of Asimov.
A very enjoyable read overall. A sequel seems so natural once you finish the book it's amazing he hasn't written it yet. Wonder what's kept him so busy.
This book offers you the opportunity to start something new. You are given a lot of information at the beginning; cities, religion, politics, history. You may not get many things at the beginning, but as you progress throughout the story you realise of things that did not make sense at the beginning. It has everything, plot twists, love, drama, action, and a lot of fantasy (which I was never fan of, but now I a total fan of Brandon).
I would recommend this book to anybody who wants to start something new. This book is thick, but it is worth every page. If you do not like fantasy give this book a try. It has something special, something mature about it.