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Elantris (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Brandon Sanderson

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Title:Elantris
Authors:Brandon Sanderson
Info:Tor Fantasy (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 656 pages
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Rating:***1/2
Tags:Green Dragon, Fantasy, Magic, Religion

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Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (2005)

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A definite 4.5 star read for me. Sanderson's writing is strong with plenty of political intrigue and storylines to keep the pace moving. All this set against the intriguing backdrop of the wondrous city of Elantris now fallen to ruin. I found the concept of Elantris and its inhabitants a refreshing concept.
An epic fantasy in a stand alone novel is such a rarity these days and I'm happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed this read.
Fantasy purists might not find enough magic and dragons, so to speak, in the plot to keep them interested, however. ( )
  StaticBlaq | Apr 26, 2015 |
Elantris, city of the gods. It was beautiful, a place of power and magic. The very stones of the city glowed with an inner radiance. The city's inhabitants were just as magnificent with shining white hair and silvery skin that glowed like their city did. Legends claimed they were nearly immortal and could create magics with the wave of a hand. And anyone could be come one. The transformation struck randomly during the hours of the night, taking beggars and nobles alike. Once blessed the person became an Elantrian and moved to Elantris where they would spend the rest of eternity. Then eternity ended.

Elantris is a stand alone and first novel by Brandon Sanderson. The story revolves around three main characters: Raoden, prince of Arelon who disappeared mysteriously; Sarene, princess of Teod and betrothed to Raoden; and Hrathen, high priest of Fjordell, who will convert the people of Arelon or start a war. I enjoyed getting to know each character as each had such a different perspective.

The story is a slow build. The pacing is a bit slow as it explains the ins and outs of the world and the character introductions. Once that is out of the way though things take off. The plot constantly twists and turns with surprises around each corner. The three points of view end up weaving together a story full of mystery, intrigue and politics with a bit of action, magic and minor romance thrown into the mix.

I really like Sanderson's world building. In one novel he's written a world that feels authentic. I would love to explore the city of Elantris if only it existed! Perhaps some day he'll go back and write another novel set in the same world. It would be interesting to read about other areas referenced or more about the Fjordell religion. ( )
  Narilka | Mar 8, 2015 |
Excellent book. Great fantasy, with kingdoms and princes/princesses and magic and all that. The author is LDS, which probably helped contribute to the super-clean writing and the storyline that revolves around interesting and peculiar fantasy religions. ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
Another amazing book from Sanderson. If this is really the first one he published, it is even more astounding. Very memorable novel with a different anotehr different take on the magic system. ( )
  Guide2 | Aug 14, 2014 |
I've got fond memories of this book - everything from the cover blurb to the cover art to the smell of the pages, it started a love affair (totally platonic, I swear!) between me and Brandon Sanderson.
The plot is pretty original; on any given day, a normal member of the population may begin a transformation. This is widely feared, because this means exile to the city of Elantris, but also an existence of constant pain, hunger, and hellish immortality.
What causes this metamorphosis? An ancient curse from a scorned god? An incurable disease? Whatever it may be, the walls of Elantris function as a quarantine, prison, and civil rights blindfold, all-in-one.
Here's a hint as to the cause - it's less "mummy's curse" and more "spiritual constipation."
Funnily enough, the characters are sometimes frustrating: the main character, a prince, and his love interest, a princess (surprise!), might have been named Mary Sue and Johnny Stu. That's unfair - they just subscribe to a lot of childish protagonist stereotypes and then magically grow up by the end of the novel.
Still, I enjoyed it all the way through, and I like Sanderson now. I consider that a win. ( )
1 vote zhyatt | Aug 10, 2014 |
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The author's skill at turning conventional fantasy on its head produces a tale filled with surprising twists and turns and a conclusion both satisfying and original.
added by Katya0133 | editLibrary Journal, Jackie Cassada (May 15, 2005)
 
A cut above the same-old, but hardly a classic.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus (May 1, 2005)
 
A surprisingly satisfying, single-volume epic fantasy that invokes a complex, vibrant world.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Regina Schroeder (May 1, 2005)
 
The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (Apr 8, 2005)
 
This a book that if you haven't read already, it should be high up on your list of books to read next. While the steep learning curve and the slow pacing can be a little frustrating at times, the compelling characters and the intriguing mysteries make it so hard to put this book down.
 

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Dedicated to my mother,

Who wanted a doctor,

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Elantris was beautiful, once. (From the epilogue)

Prince Raoden of Arelon awoke early that morning, completely unaware that he had been damned for all eternity.
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Elantris, fabled
City of old. Then: Sheod,
Doom. Magic restores.
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"Elantris: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities to benefit all the people of Arelon. Yet each of these godlike beings had been an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Then, ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, feeble, leper-like creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling. The Shaod became a curse." "Arelon's new capital city, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris, which its people do their best to ignore. Princess Sarene of Teod has come to Kae for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping - based on their correspondence - also to find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died, and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. Sarene decides to make the best of a sad situation and use her position to oppose the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god." "But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspects the truth about Prince Raoden's disappearance. Taken by the same strange malady that struck the fallen gods of Elantris, Raoden was secretly imprisoned within the dark city. His struggle to create a society for the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps even reveal the secret of Elantris itself."--book jacket.… (more)

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