In 2005, Brandon Sanderson debuted with Elantris, an epic fantasy unlike any other then on the market. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Tor is reissuing Elantris in a special edition, a fresh chance to introduce it to the myriad listeners who have since become Sanderson fans.
This new edition begins with a preface by author Dan Wells, the first person to read the completed novel, and a new afterword by Sanderson explaining how he came to write the book and its place in the Cosmere, the unified universe of all his Tor novels. Also included is the first book appearance of the short story "The Hope of Elantris", revealing interesting action referred to late in the novel, and an expanded version of the "Ars Arcanum" appendix, with more of the technical details of the book's magic that fans can never get enough of.
Elantris was truly a milestone both for Sanderson and for the genre of epic fantasy. It deserves this special treatment, something Tor has done only once before, with Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. Sanderson fans old and new will be excited to discover it.
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Reader thoughts: Wow just doesn't cover it. After reading this book (and the Alcatraz), I'm pretty sure I'll become a Sanderson fan. It has been a while since I gave a book such a wholehearted 5.
Where do I start?
Characters. Fantastic. None were cliche, and all impacted the story, and the three MCs kept surprising me. Raoden's optimism was so neat, calculated, rare, and endearing. Serene was clever through and through, and she never backed down from a challenge and had plenty of faults. Although I kept expecting her to turn into a lovesick princess, she never did. Hrathen really moved things along and stirred up so much trouble. I kept expecting to hate him, but I felt almost sorry for him each time Serene or someone messed up his carefully managed plans. Dilaf . . . was scary.
Plot! Wow. I have seen few books planned as well as this one. Each event impacted the others, and readers constantly learned new and amazing information, whether it had to...
This book was a pleasant surprise. I did not come in expecting a whole lot. As a big Sanderson fan, I figured I might as well read his first published book and only Cosmere book I had yet to read. I was picturing this book being similar to Warbreaker (my least favorite of Sanderson's books). However, I found that this book was a more entertaining read for several reasons:
1) Interesting characters, particularly Hrathen, the religious zealot sent in to convert the nation to his religion. The book has 3 main perspective characters, which it generally rotates between in intervals of one chapter apiece. The other 2, Raoden and Serene were also enjoyable, but did not stand out as completely unique as characters from Sanderson's other main characters. Hrathen, however, is unlike any main character I can think of from Sanderson's other Cosmere books. I really enjoyed reading through Hrathen's approach on life and internal conflict.
After reading all the customer reviews and my already growing experience with Brandon Sanderson, my expectations for Elantris were extremely high. My expectations were in fact, too high. Yes, Elantris is a great book, and is SO worth the time investment. I just wish I would have read it immediately after finishing the Wheel of Time series. For me, Elantris was a little bit of a let down after reading Mr. Sanderson's contribution to the Wheel of Time series, his Mistborn Trilogy, and Warbreaker. It just seemed like the prose wasn't as developed as what I have grown to expect from Mr. Sanderson. Had I read Elantris immediately after finishing the Wheel of Time, I don't think I could have found one bad thing to say about it. Even though I was a little bit let down, I still place Elantris in my top-5 stand-alone fantasy books!
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