Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
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I knew I was suffering from Mistborn withdrawal syndrome when I couldn’t find anything on my TBR deck that was of interest to me. It had been a long time since I last read a fantasy series that I really like and after Mistborn, my reading world seemed a little duller again. And so, I decided to try Elantris – a single-book fantasy novel by Sanderson – to wean myself off his magical systems.
Elantris was Sanderson’s first novel before the Mistborn trilogy. The magical system adopted here is more “conventional”, nothing revolutionary like Allomancy. Nevertheless, the writing style and characterization are distinctly Sanderson.
What is similar between the Mistborn trilogy and Elantris is Sanderson’s attempt to explore real issues of politics and governance in a make-believe world, and the arguments put forward through the characters’ dialogue were an enjoyable read.
The story finishes in one book, so there’s no need to worry about having to wait for the sequel, but Sanderson has cleverly inserted plot points and questions throughout the book to leave the possibility of a sequel open.
I can’t wait for that sequel to happen.
VERDICT: If you’re new to Brandon Sanderson, and are not ready to invest in a trilogy like the Mistborn series, try Elantris. It may just persuade you to give the Mistborn trilogy a read.
For those who want to know a little about the story line, here’s an overview from bookdepository.com:
Elantris was built on magic and it thrived. But then the magic began to fade and Elantris began to rot. And now its shattered citizens face domination by a powerful Imperium motivated by dogged religious views. Can a young Princess unite the people of Elantris, rediscover the lost magic and lead a rebellion against the imperial zealots? Brandon Sanderson’s debut fantasy showed his skill as a storyteller and an imaginer of baroque magical systems to be fully developed from the start.