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Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Brandon Sanderson

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Authors:Brandon Sanderson
Info:Tor Fantasy (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 656 pages
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Tags:Green Dragon, Fantasy, Magic, Religion

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Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (2005)


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This is the first Brandon Sanderson book I ever read and it began a long standing love for his work. Elantris has something for everyone, romance, fantasy, political and religious struggles, strong characterization. It was a pleasure to read and the audio narration made it even better. ( )
  Marisst | Jul 25, 2016 |
This book was definitely enjoyable and well written. Things are not as they seem throughout this whole book. It does start a little slow but because you are getting to know the characters and the setting so well it doesn't bother me. By the second half of the book things move along much quicker. I don't always do well remembering character names but I could always tell who they were because the characters were so well developed. There were enough twists and changes in how you view something or someone that I could never get comfortable in trying to predict exactly what would happen. ( )
  missmimsy | Jun 14, 2016 |
Enjoyed a lot. A classic fantasy and none the worse for that. I particularly liked the idea of the corruption of a magic language based on geography. Great fun and I stayed up far too late to finish it. ( )
  infjsarah | May 30, 2016 |
Very disappointed by this first book compared with Mist born or the way of kings, for me it is weak, naive, conventional. Only thing is it's a first novel so!
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  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
This is the first book of Sanderson I have read which a friend recommended. I'm glad I decided to give this book a shot because it was worth the risk and hard to put down. Full of interesting characters that pull you right into their world and not all is as it seems. Serene comes to Kae under the assumption that she is to marry the Crown Prince when she learns that he has died and she is now his widow. Suspicious of the strange turn of events but trying to make the best of things, she soon finds a way to make friends and show people a different side to being a royal. The Prince on the other hand isn't dead but has been thrown into Elantris due to being affected by the Shaod. A decade ago, people who were affected by the Shaod became like gods with golden skin, power and seemed to live forever. Then suddenly something happened and the city became cursed. The Prince is determined to learm what happened and with the unlikely friendship of a Dula and several other Elantrians, he slowly comes to understand what could have happened. A war is brewing which will cause the people of Kae to question everything they held on to and will turn to the very people they once shunned for help. Serene is my favorite as she isn't afraid to speak her mind nor defend those she cares for. Will Serene learn the truth about her husband and can Kale be saved? You'll have to read to find out!! ( )
  Eire2011 | Mar 11, 2016 |
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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.
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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,

Ended up with a writer,

But loved him enough not to complain

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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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