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Warbreaker (Tor Fantasy) (edition 2010)

by Brandon Sanderson

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Title:Warbreaker (Tor Fantasy)
Authors:Brandon Sanderson
Info:Tor Fantasy (2010), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback, 688 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Fantasy, Magic, Mystery

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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Another extremely good Brian Sanderson book. Really funny, and well done, with some excellent twists. ( )
  TravbudJ | Sep 15, 2018 |
What happens when you take two princesses from a foreign kingdom, a god who doesn't believe in his own religion, a pacifist warrior with a sentient sword, an all powerful king that's little more than a figurehead and some philosophizing mercenaries, put them in a tropical city and give it all a shake? If you're Brandon Sanderson you get Warbreaker.

Princess Vivenna of Idris has prepared all her life for the fate that awaits her: to become the bride of the God King of Halladren and, by marrying him, help her kingdom avoid war. Much to everyone's surprise the King of Idris decides instead to send his youngest, and unprepared, daughter Siri to be the God King's bride in Vivenna's place. Feeling robbed of the only purpose of her life, Vivenna follows her sister to Hallendren in hopes of rescuing Siri from her fate and hoping to somehow stop the war that everyone knows is inevitable. What neither of them expects are the webs of intrigue they both stumbled into - Siri in the Court of Gods and Vivenna in the city's underworld.

The story alternates between four different points of view: Siri, Vivenna, Vasher (pacifist warrior) and Lightsong (atheist god). The story is complex with many layers of intrigue that take their time being revealed. Almost nothing is as it seems. Both princesses are interesting, opposites yet similar in many ways, and go on significant character arcs. Vivenna, thinking she's worldy, learns just how little she knows about basically everything while Siri, terrified yet resilient, tries to remember some of her lessons as to how a princess is supposed to act. Vasher, introduced at the outset, has the biggest mystery around his character that lasts to the very end. Lightsong ended up being my favorite with his irreverent attitude, proclaiming himself lazy and useless, his quirky sense of humor and yet he's the only one asking the right questions when the time comes. They are supported by a secondary cast that's just as interesting and fleshed out as the main characters. I especially loved Lightsong's much suffering head priest Scoot and was surprised at how I came to care for Susebron.

We're introduced to yet another fascinating magic system based on colors and Breath. Breath is similar to life force, yet not exactly, and the more Breaths you have, the more powerful you are and various abilities manifest once you reach a certain amount of Breaths. It's a difficult system to explain and the book takes it time to reveal the concept slowly.

The book is slow a slow burn. Just as it starts to pick up it bogs down again in the middle and has a habit of repeating itself, especially around Vivenna's observations of Hallendren city. She is very opinionated! Things pick up again and then it's off to an amazing climax. While this is a self contained story, I was left with a lot of questions. I'd especially love a prequel to learn the history of this world and its magic.

I listened to the audio book narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan. She does an excellent job of narration. You can tell she's having fun bringing the characters and this world to life. ( )
  Narilka | Sep 5, 2018 |
Once again Brandon Sanderson has made characters that I spend a long time disliking, until finally I see them grow and change into the awesome characters they end up being.

Good stuff. ( )
  atomoton | Apr 25, 2018 |
I enjoyed Warbreaker, but not as much as I had hoped to. Sanderson sets a high standard for his work with the Mistborn trilogy, which this novel does not quite reach.

However, the world he has built here is compelling, with a mythos and history of conflict that one cannot help but get caught up in. As one expects with Sanderson, the characters are vividly drawn and fully realized, although oddly it is Vasher, the title character of the piece, that is perhaps the least fleshed out in the prose. Then again, the mystery of Vasher is an essential element to the story, and thus a limited knowledge of his nature is most likely a necessary evil.

Also problematic is that the magical system he has created for this world feels a bit too formulaic to me. Sanderson is known for his belief that magic systems must have rules, but unlike the Allomancy in his Mistborn series, the magical system in this book feels just a little too much like character statistics, although I wouldn't go so far as to say that you can hear dice rolling in the background. This is a fully realized magical system, but at times gets a little heavy on the exposition in order to make it clear to the reader how the magic works. However, it does not occupy so much of the story that this is a huge detraction, just a bit of a disappointment after how skillfully he handled these issues in the Mistborn trilogy.

I do want to be clear that this is an enjoyable novel, and I look forward to reading the sequel. I'm also intrigued to read in some of his interviews that the worlds of the Mistborn trilogy, Elantris (which I have yet to read), Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings (forthcoming) are all part of the same metaverse that he has created, but he does not indicate if there is going to be any interaction between them beyond that, with the possible exception of a common character in two of the books.

I am looking forward to reading more of Sanderson's works, but this particular novel really only merits a 3.5 (rounded down) for the reasons described above. ( )
  andrlik | Apr 24, 2018 |
An interesting listen and a book that held up very well throughout most of the story. I was not really enamored with the finish which the author was apparently undecided in whether this was the whole story or that there were going to be a series with further books.

Recommended for Sanderson fans. ( )
  ConalO | Apr 23, 2018 |
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After reading Warbreaker, it's readily apparent that Brandon Sanderson is an extremely talented author. The novel was a real page turner and was filled with wonderful characters and thoughtful original ideas.
added by sdobie | editSF Site, Dominic Cilli (Nov 1, 2009)
 
Sanderson's prose falls into a nice rhythm that helps to move the action forward. Multifaceted characters and action of both the mystical and sword-fighting realms bring added excitement to a complex and creative read.

"Warbreaker" is an improvement on Sanderson's other work. And if he continues to follow along this path, fans of the Wheel of Time series will have nothing to worry about.
added by Katya0133 | editDeseret News, Jessica Harrison (Jun 14, 2009)
 
But the narrative is richer, spinning together hilarious dialogue, descriptive action sequences, and genuinely sweet romance.
 
The system of magic is also novel ... and demands far more of the characters' ingenuity, which in turn demands developing them--male and female, divine and mortal--to a far higher degree than one expects of much fantasy these days.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Roland Green (May 15, 2009)
 
Sanderson again demonstrates his capacity for handling large and complex themes while creating believable characters.
added by Katya0133 | editLibrary Journal, Jackie Cassada (May 15, 2009)
 

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By using "breath" and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery, and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.… (more)

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