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Book Thoughts: Elantris (Brandon Sanderson)

Sanderson, Brandon - Elantris


Title: Elantris
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy   Pages: 553
First published: 2005
Edition: Kindle e-book

Elantris was a place of glory. The capital of Arelon, the home to people transformed into magic-using demigods by the Shaod.But then the magic failed, Elantris started to rot, and its inhabitants turned into powerless wrecks.

This was my first sole Brandon Sanderson book and it was a really good start. I enjoyed being able to dive into his work without having to commit to a series straight off the bat.

Sanderson’s writing feels incredibly familiar to me. Of course I have already read The Wheel of Time books that he has finished for Robert Jordan, so that may well be why.

The storyline of Elantris is pretty straightforward. There are only a few POV characters and on the whole this feels like a very tidy well thought out novel. Maybe therein lay the slight issue for me. It felt almost too easy, too clean, as if something was missing. That may be a odd thing to say, but the plot felt rather to the point. I like a bit of meandering every now and then and there was not much of that.

I did enjoy the characters and the plot overall and I definitely connected to Sanderson’s writing, partly because it did feel so familiar. It does remind me of Robert Jordan’s writing, just less elaborate. In my book that is a good thing, on both counts.

I will definitely be reading more of his books in the near future.

5 out of 7 stars


One thought on “Book Thoughts: Elantris (Brandon Sanderson)

  1. That’s really fascinating that you found his writing familiar, I’ve only read one of his books and felt exactly the same. From the very first page there was something instantly likeable and nostalgic. I’ve still not been able to put my finger on what.

    Great review, I’ve been meaning to pick up more of his books so may go for this one rather than waiting on the sequel to Skyward.

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