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 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 ...Read MoreElantris 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.Read Less
Excellent read; Very exciting ending. Recommend totally to all readers especially SF fans. Read ASAP!
Jan 8, 2008
My opinion you understand
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.
Aug 1, 2007
New twist on epic fantasy
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.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-04-18 Sanderson's outstanding fantasy debut, refreshingly complete unto itself and free of the usual genre cliches, offers something for everyone: mystery, magic, romance, political wrangling, religious conflict, fights for equality, sharp writing and wonderful, robust characters. The godlike inhabitants of Elantris, once the capital of the land of Arelon, have degenerated into powerless, tortured souls, unable to die, after the city's magic inexplicably broke 10 years earlier. When the same curse strikes Prince Raoden of Arelon and he's imprisoned in Elantris, he refuses to surrender to his grim fate and instead strives to create a society out of the fallen and to unlock the secret that will restore the city's glory. Meanwhile, Princess Sarene of Kae (Arelon's new capital), who was betrothed to Raoden sight unseen, believes her intended has died. Officially declared his widow, she must use her political savvy and wit to protect Kae from malevolent forces without and within the city, chiefly Hrathen, a leader of the creepy Shu-Dereth faith, who aims to either convert Kae or destroy it within three months. The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down. As the blurb from Orson Scott Card suggests, Sanderson is a writer to watch. Agent, Joshua Bilmes. (May 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.