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Sanderson's first masterpiece,
This review is from: Elantris (Hardcover)
I loved this book. Far more than any other written by Brandon Sanderson. I know its strange to like an author's very first novel better than his later ones, but Elantris was just that good. I found myself pining for more once I was done, and I don't normally do that when I go into a book knowing its a standalone like Elantris was. Raoden is a strong character, and you really believe he can change Elantris, even when people keep saying how hopeless it is. His ability to learn and lead will leave you wanting a leader like that in real life, or make you want to somehow move to Elantris. Galladon is another strong character, even though he isn't one of the three leads. I found myself loving him more and more as the book went on, even though I found his "Doloken" and "sule" words to be confusing at first. Hrathen was another great character. I felt sorry for him at the end, even though he did become the savior of the book (though not how he intended). Dilaf...well, not to spoil too much, but he got what he deserved. Even after learning his story (yes, even Sanderson's bad guys have good backstories!) I didn't feel sorry for him, and did not feel it justified everything he did.
Sarene is the reason I gave this amazing book 4 stars instead of 5. She came off as a spoiled brat and an annoying whiner. She was politically inclined, and Sanderson's first strong female character, but ALMOST ALL of her scenes near the end play out as if she is nothing more than a spiteful witch. I do not think Raoden deserved her. If anything, Karata was more suited to him.
Overall, great book, great characters, very much recommended.