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Elantris: 10th Anniversary Edition Kindle Edition
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"Elantris is a new Ben Hur for the fantasy genre, with a sweeping, epic storyline and well-drawn and sympathetic characters." --Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Dune: The Battle Of Corrin"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 --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B005DXP7T8
- Publisher : Gollancz (11 August 2011)
- Language: : English
- File size : 8283 KB
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 609 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 20,350 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sanderson can honestly do non wrong in my opinion, the fact that his debut was this good blows my mind.
I absolutely adored the concept of Elantris and Elantrians and I also really enjoyed the politics of this book.
The characters were likeable but I never really felt like I knew them completely compared to Sandersons other works.
The magic system was also not as complex or explained as thoroughly as his other magic systems but this was debut and it was so cool to see how far he has evolved.
I definitely recommend this book I think it’s fantastic and really great for someone wanting to get into Sanderson without jumping into the deep end
It did stumble somewhat during the middle, but overall I recommend it. I plan to explore Brandon Sanderson's other works further.
Looking forward to the next installment and indeed all of Brandon's work.
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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.
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.
A genre full of trilogies and series. So Elantris is quite unique because it's a stand alone novel. With a story that is complete in one single book.
It runs for six hundred and fifteen pages. It has three parts. Plus a prologue and an epilogue. And is further divided into sixty three chapters. There's a map at the front and a glossary in regards to the magic system at the back.
In the world of the story, the city of Elantris was one capital of a kingdom, and an amazing city home to great magic. And those who could perform it. Transformed by magic into something more than human.
But something went wrong. The city is now rotting, and home to those who once would have used the magic. But who are now turned by it into something else entirely.
Raoden, Prince of the kingdom and resident of the new capital, falls prey to it. Just before he is due to be married, in a union that will unite two kingdoms against religious imperialists of another.
As Raoden is forced to live in Elantris and tries to change things there, his would have been bride tries to change things in the new capital. A place where a priest called Hrathen is trying to force religious change.
Many secrets are about to be revealed, and all their lives will never be the same again...
Flitting between three viewpoint characters and two settings from chapter to chapter, this does get off to a pacy and involving start. Two of the three main characters are very likeable from the start also, so this really gets you involved. Hrathen isn't, but he becomes a fascinatingly three dimensional creation, as he struggles with some interesting theological questions.
After about a hundred pages it does start to drop off the pace somewhat, as the narrative involves character discussions and interaction and investigation galore, so it becomes one of those books that keeps you turning the pages waiting for something really big to happen and take it to the next level.
Which it does just about deliver on eventually, with a good lot of action in the final quarter. Some great character interaction once two people meet, and one other character going in a very interesting direction, and doing things out of character development rather than the needs of the plot.
It's a bit rough around the edges, but the quality of the leads does shine through and make it a worthwhile read in the end.
Had I read this back in 2005 I would have called it a promising debut. Which it certainly was, as the writer has developed and done even better since. Coming to this now, it's not bad. And definitely worth a look. Besides, it's a complete story in just one volume. So it deserves brownie points for that.