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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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I thought I'd like this book more than I did. I liked the world building, I liked the characters a lot, but way too much religion that tended to preach at the reader.

I finished it because I cared about the characters enough to keep going.
  majkia | Jan 9, 2017 |
3 1/2 stars.

I wanted to like this book. But it was slow getting started. It often takes me several chapters before I get fully into a book, but on this one I had read over 100 pages and was mostly feeling bored. Before abandoning a book, I usually take a look at a chapter or two in the middle, and if it still isn't working for me, I flip ahead to the ending. I started reading Part 2, and was hooked immediately. I suppose I had to plow through some of the stuff in Part 1 so that I knew the players, but I really wonder about the 0ther 250 or so pages I skipped. Anyway, I really liked the second half.

I'm still ambivalent about Sanderson. I really liked The Emperor's Soul. On the other hand, when I tried the Mistborn series - just the first book - the whole metal/alloy thing simply rubbed me the wrong way.

I bought the book, but will probably take it to Half Price books or just donate it. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
My first Sanderson book. Yeah!
A very religious book. A city of gods, fallen. A prince and princess engaged, broken apart. An empire rolling onward. Belief, faith, hatred and love. A solid universe created here. A lot of religious sects referred to, could be confusing :-)
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  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Brandon Sanderson is becoming one of my favorite authors, this is one of his early works.

A little rough and slow in places, but overall interesting. ( )
  oswallt | Nov 25, 2016 |
This is an excellent read with wonderful characters and a fun story. The only criticism I have is that the characters seem to miss the obvious a bit too often, which drives the plot forward at the expense of believability. In some cases, this obliviousness can be seen as a case of the character's world view preventing them from recognize what is in front of their face, but not always.

The final resolution to the overriding crisis in the book was actually well handled, though it took Raoden far too long to make the obvious connection after Sarene gave him the clue he needed.

The character of Hrathen is a wonderfully complex and well developed character. It was extremely gratifying to see him change as the story progressed. ( )
  Zensunni42 | Nov 15, 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.
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,

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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