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on 12 July 2017
As others have said, you can tell this is an early work. I could also tell it was definitely a Sanderson book, and if I hadn't known I'm sure I'd have guessed before long. Having read a few others of his I can see that what seemed very original, is actually what he repeats in book after book. It's write by numbers ~ you can almost see the plotting cards laid out, and the mathematically structured plot points.

There's a hero (many spoilers!) with one main character trait, in this case optimism. He finds a great hideout, builds a friendly gang of heros, and meanwhile has to figure out the secret to the magic/superpower system, putting the mystery together a piece at a time. There'll also be some characters with surprise hidden identities revealed along the way.

It's often said that Sanderson writes characters well, but I find they all have just one defining characteristic which gets repeated and repeated during the hundreds and hundreds of pages. And I was confused with some of the main nobles, just who they were.

It is entertaining story telling, but it is also highly predictable when you've read the formula before. I think Sanderson needs to try a fresh style, rather than repeat this original in slightly different, improved versions over the years.
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on 24 May 2017
Amazing book. Been a fan of Sanderson since I stumbled upon Steelheart in a book store one day.

Elantris starts off really well and continues to keep you hooked with mini cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. My main concern with fantasy novels are the endings tend to be a little disappointing, but Elantris ends well and satisfyingly explains most things really well. There's a slight opening for another book, but not sure if Sanderson is planning on another book or not. I'd definitely read it if he did!
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on 28 May 2017
I rather was fond of the book. The good parts include good characters, fun dialogue and over all nice story. The only part I didn't like was ending. one of the characters suddenly became someone else and I feel it was very unexpected and just felt wrong. Apart from the unexpected bad ending overall the book was good and had a great pace.
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on 15 May 2016
His first book, and it shows. However, it is still good and well worth a read. Sanderson at his worst is still better than most on a good day.
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on 3 September 2017
Brandon Sanderson writing continues to impress. A fantastic mix of intrigue and fantasy, paired with brilliant and relatable characters. His writing leaves you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what happens next. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and can't wait to read more of his work.
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on 23 August 2017
Loved the book, like all Brandon Sanderson books.
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on 27 March 2017
Moments of sandersons brilliance in here but ultimatly predictable and a bit boring feel like the idea of the story was brilliant but you can tell its his first book. Later novels are so much better .
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on 24 August 2017
Some might find that after engaging in the story the climax was a little rushed in bringing all the strands together but an enjoyable and novel concept nonetheless.
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on 22 June 2017
Just a great engaging story, keeps developing until the end. A realistic landscape and power struggles of religions against politics.
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on 4 September 2017
Five stars, the less said the better. Looking forward to reading more by Brandon Sanderson. He clearly knows how to weave a story.
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