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Elantris [Kindle Edition]

Brandon Sanderson
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Sanderson is a master when it comes to creating religions, policitcal intruiges and magical systems ... a joy to read. (BOOK GIRL OF MUR-Y-CASTELL)

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The novel that kicked off Brandon Sanderson's extraordinary career.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1200 KB
  • Print Length: 657 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575097442
  • Publisher: Gollancz (11 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DXP7T8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

My newest book is Words of Radiance, written as a love letter of sorts to the epic fantasy genre. It continues the story of the Stormlight Archive that began in The Way of Kings, and it's the type of book I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

In September 2013 I also released Steelheart, set in a near-future Chicago ruled by a ruthless villain with no heroes to oppose him.

Mistborn and The Way of Kings are among my most popular works, as are my concluding volumes to Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. My novella The Emperor's Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of my first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning stand alone fantasy 26 July 2011
Having read Sanderson's continuation of the epic Wheel of Time series and the breathtakingly original work he has produced on his own (so far i've only read The Way of Kings and the Mistborn trilogy) I had really high expectations of Elantris, despite being aware that it was his debut novel and could be a step back.
However, I was a little apprehensive because I like my fantasy complex and engaging and I just wasn't sure that a stand alone novel would be able to deliver.
Well Elantris didn't disappoint. The plot is rich and original with enough mystery to keep the reader intrigued despite giving the perspective of only three characters. In fact, I felt that the choice to focus on the main three characters was a master stroke; it meant that you got to know the characters intimitely without the necessity of extra books.
Now I don't believe in giving spoilers but I was slightly disappointed with the twist at the end of the book because I felt it was slightly incoherent. I think this reflects Sanderson's relative immaturity in drawing together a plot at the time.
Overall, Elantris is original, engaging and has the rarest of qualities... it is 'unputdownable' and I would thoroughly recommend it.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, inventive debut 8 Jun 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When it was announced that Robert Jordan's wife had chosen him to write the final volume of The Wheel of Time, Brandon Sanderson became something of a household name in the fantasy scene almost overnight. That's not to discredit the novels that Sanderson had written before this somewhat surprising piece of news, or the fledgling reputation that he'd built, but Sanderson would be the first to acknowledge the boost to his career that the Jordan gig gave him.

I'd read some of the samples of Sanderson's work on his livejournal, and have to say that - in terms of writing - they didn't do a lot for me. Nonetheless, Elantris - his first novel to be published - had a premise that appealed to me. When I saw a hardback copy in a bookshop at a reduced price (due to slight damage to the cover), I snapped it up.

The premise that intrigued me goes as follows: Elantris was a glowing beacon of civilisation, home to beings that were regarded as semi-divine by ordinary humans. Elantrians were highly skilled in the ways of magic, and were semi-immortal. Anyone could become an Elantrian - but only by chance. The transformation was called the Shaod, and it struck seemingly at random, changing the lucky person's life overnight.

When without warning the magic of Elantris failed, the Shaod turned from blessing to curse - it turned its victims into shadows of their former selves, imprisoning them in bodies that would not heal and were horrible to look upon. These unfortunate souls were cast into Elantris - once a city of beauty and wonder, now a decaying nightmare of insanity and despair.

The novel begins with Raoden, Prince of the kingdom of Arelon, waking one morning to find the Shaod has taken him.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, enjoyable debut 17 Aug 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Elantris is the first novel by American author Brandon Sanderson. Refreshingly, it is not the first book in a series, but a self-contained novel in itself (although there are a few loose ends left dangling for possible sequels).

The plot starts off sounding the same-old. The kingdoms of Teod and Arelon is in danger of being swallowed up by their expansionist neighbour, Fjordell, whose religions brooks no rivals. Cue a desperate battle in Arelon and its capital, Kae, as various nobles and merchants race to either ingratiate themselves with the Fjordell or find a way of resisting them.

The more original element of the story is that up until a decade ago, Arelon was protected by the Elantrians, god-like beings with total mastery of magic. Occasionally, humans would be unexpectedly transformed into Elantrians by an apparently random magical process. However, something went wrong. The Elantrians' magic failed and they were transformed from demigods into cursed wretches who are permanantly affected by pain. Every time they suffer an injury, from a stubbed toe to a cut to a broken neck, the pain stays with them permanantly. Unless burned or decapitated, they are also immortal, so a broken back or neck is simply a condemnation to agony rather than death. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the Elantrians are catatonic or totally insane. Their city, Elantris, stands alongside Kae and is now quarantined, with humans transformed into Elantrians thrown into the city and forgotten about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but exceedingly slow 17 Oct 2011
I enjoyed Sanderson's Mistborn series and really looked forward to reading Elantris. There are many strengths to the book, not least Sanderson's flowing and elegant prose. But it was incredibly slow in many places, with people just sitting around talking about things. When the action came it was well written. But not up there with Mistborn I'm afraid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant
Love Brandon Sanderson, brilliant author and a another brilliant book highly recommend to anyone out there as a gripping read!!!
Published 1 month ago by Samuel Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book from Mr Sanderson
Started reading Brandon Sandersons books last year and I enjoy his well formed alternative realities, character development and storylines in all the books I've read so far. Read more
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Fantastic book, the characters are well written and the plot is solid. The way it switches from character to character and has them all doing different things relating to the plot... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Harry Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Brandon Sanderson delivers as always, had me hooked and wanting more. A top class writer who never disapoints his fans
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Anne S Putwain
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Sanderson is a genius and I really loved this book. A must read.
A one off novel is quite rare these days and in Elantris Sanderson creates a wonderful new world full of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D Hammond
3.0 out of 5 stars Orignal Fantasy
Raoden was the heir to the throne when he was struck with the shaod, and disfiguring and muscle wasting disease, and banished to the city of Elantris. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Half Man, Half Book
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another first class read from Brandon Sanderson
Yet another first class read from Brandon Sanderson: politics, intrigue, magic and mystery. Sanderson is fast becoming my favourite author
Published 6 months ago by Andrew Woodcock
3.0 out of 5 stars The beginning for a great writer
Many reviews rate this book as a "great start for a debut author."
Reality is this is a solid book. It is not great and it certainly is not poor. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A good attempt
I think it is worth opening up by saying that whatever I might say in this review, I definitely did enjoy this book and wouldn't try to disuade anybody from buying it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by W. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Elantris
Elantris, the capital of Arelon, was a beautiful city filled with once ordinary people who, when touched with the mysterious Shaod, turn into powerful beings with magical powers. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amethyst Bookwyrm
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