Warbreaker [A Review]

Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson


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This has to be my least favourite book by Sanderson so far.

Okay, to be fair, it was still entertaining, like most of his other books, and there were a couple of twists in there that surprised me. There was the usual humour and the witty dialogues. There was also the familiar theme of trying to imagine a world ruled by powerful Gods and attempting to explain where They and Their powers came from. But I think that was also where I got lost. The explanation was kind of weak, and as I got closer to the end, I had more questions than answers.

Well, I suppose some readers might say that’s a good thing. I mean, books should help raise the right questions instead of spoon-feeding us with answers all the time right? Use your imagination woman! Yet, I think Sanderson went overboard this time. The problem might lie with the fact that it’s a one-book story instead of a trilogy thing, so Sanderson didn’t have a lot of “space” to expand the story. Or maybe the opposite happened – not enough details were worked out, so one book was the way to go.

In any case, the premise of the book was an interesting one, where Sanderson explored how people would react to the possibility of becoming God as a Returned, but the execution was a little disappointing.

VERDICT: If you’re looking for a one-book novel from Brandon Sanderson, Elantris might be a safer bet.

For those who want to know a little about the story line, here’s an overview from bookdepository.com:

“Warbreaker” is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn’t like his job, and the immortal who’s still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as “breath” that can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.By using “breath” and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery, and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.


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