Elantris was built on magic and it thrived. But then the magic began to fade and Elantris began to rot. And now its shattered citizens face ...Show synopsisElantris was built on magic and it thrived. But then the magic began to fade and Elantris began to rot. And now its shattered citizens face domination by a powerful Imperium motivated by dogged religious views. Can a young Princess unite the people of Elantris, rediscover the lost magic and lead a rebellion against the imperial zealots? Brandon Sanderson's debut fantasy showed his skill as a storyteller and an imaginer of baroque magical systems to be fully developed from the start.Hide synopsis
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I took several days to think about what I was going to write in this review. I finished the book over a week ago so the story is still fresh but I've hopefully left some feelings behind.
To sum up I didn't like this book. I know it's a debut novel and Orson Scott Card gave it a glowing preview review. I was exited to read this book after hearing Mr. Sanderson was picked to write the final book of the immense Robert Jordan saga.
I know breathing new life into fantasy can be difficult but Elantris goes too far off of my traditional fantasy likes. By traditional I mean Tolkien and the like. Boring of me, I know, but it's what I like. The story never grabbed me and by the end I was just wanting the story to be over. I didn't particularly like any of the characters except Lord Shuden and he was a minor character.
I'm having a real difficult time writing something that just isn't my negative feelings. To finish I really wanted to like this book but didn't. As I said, it's not my brand of fantasy. But for those looking for a different form of magic, non-traditional fantasy (which I know many are seeking), and a self contained story I would recommend this book.
Sanderson's excellent debut novel demonstrates his flair for exciting and innovative magic systems, as well as political intrigue. I enjoy the characters, but some may find them a little over done and exaggerated.
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