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