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Elantris (Elantris #1)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  50,127 ratings  ·  3,568 reviews
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 sh
Kindle Edition, 657 pages
Published August 11th 2011 by Gollancz (first published April 21st 2005)
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Having just finished re-reading the first ever stand alone Brandon Sanderson novel I ever read it struck me how my view of the book has changed. Of course I always knew it was likely to happen. As such because of the flaws (more noticeable a second time around) I have lowered the rating to 3.5 stars.

The flaws of Elantris are to put it simply a slow and uneven pacing, the occasion lapse of characterisation, the fact that some characters are thinly sketched out and the use of unexpl
This is the first high fantasy book I've read that I actually enjoyed since ASoIaF. It's odd. I've never liked high fantasy much, but this was one case where I couldn't help but enjoy the ride as the nobles squabbled.

Elantris was the home of the gods, beautiful, radiant beings with the power of the Dor at their fingertips. The stranger part? Every Elantrian was once a regular person, before the Shaod took them, transforming them. But then, the magic failed. Elantris began to crumble, the people
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
May 09, 2013 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die-hard Sanderson fans, except they've probably already read it.
Oh, Elantris, why must you torture me so? Why must you force me into conflict with the library, my favorite supplier? They claim I owe them, and they aren't going to leave me alone. I'm afraid to go to the corner dropbox at night in case a librarian is lurking. I've stubbornly held onto their copy of Elantris hoping that I would become inspired to re-read and provide a more thorough review. Alas, no. You will have to read my generalized dislike instead of many specific examples. For no clear rea ...more
Warning: the review that follows is terribly unprofessional (you know, in the way that no one ever bitches about for some reason) and full of love and lots and lots and lots of

because REASONS.

I think I've wished for half-stars maybe three times, at the outside, in the years I've been on Goodreads. Generally, though I may waffle between stars for a little while, I can settle on a rating which I feel accurately represents my feelings about the book in a... mostly unemotional manner. (All my rating
I never would have picked up this book, normally, because I usually base my fantasy reading on referrals rather than random browsing, but this was an exception. But I'm getting ahead of myself, let me tell the story from the beginning:

My last semester at BYU I took a How To Write Sci-Fi/Fantasy class as a relaxing, fun, end-of-college class to balance out all the yucky quantum physics. The professor was none other than Brandon Sanderson, who had just had his book, Elantris, accepted for publicat
Aug 31, 2007 Mark rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People in ruts
Nice change of pace for a while, but get ready to transfer to the bore train. The book's setting was slightly removed from that of the usual spells and sword hackfest genre, but it still fell back on some lazy devices. The political system was unimaginative and the main characters' plots to manipulate it were infantile, and the reliance of chauvinism and a more or less feudal society as plot devices wore thin fast.

On the other hand, the glyph system and the lexicon introuduced with it were rath
Robin (Bridge Four)
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4 Stars Only Because I Know the Extra Epicness Brandon Sanderson Delivers in Later Works

Reasons Brandon Sanderson (BS) is one of/if not my favorite author

1. Strong Female Characters
2. Complex Heroes and Villians
3. Complicated yet Understandable Magic Systems
4. Intertwining of Religion and Culture
5. More than one book a year (looking at you Patrick Rothfuss and George RR Martin)

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my GIFTS AND GUILTY list.

Regardless of how many books are already queued patiently on my reading list, unexpected gifts and guilt-trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the front.

Sanderson is fast becoming one of my favourite fantas
May 30, 2013 Nermin rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-hard BS fans maybe?
Recommended to Nermin by: who didn't?
I confess myself disappointed with Mr Sanderson. For the first time ever. And I feel bad about it. Well, how can I not when I've enjoyed every book I've read by him and when I've always heard very positive things about Elantris? I'm just so glad that this wasn't the first BS book I read. Because I seriously doubt I'd be picking up his other books anytime soon after finishing Elantris.

My biggest issue with this book is its main characters. I'm willing to turn a blind eye on Deus ex machinas lurki
I wish that this was my first Brandon Sanderson book, rather than my fifth. I did really enjoy it, but I just can't help but compare it to his later stories, and there are times when Elantris just fell a little short in the comparison.

But that's not really fair, honestly, because as a first novel, this was great. Of course Sanderson's writing would improve, and may it continue for the rest of time, but considering where he started, it's mighty damn impressive.

We've got a whole world here, nay,
Jun 11, 2008 Becca rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in social-justice-meets-fantasy who can forgive occasionally clumsy writing
This one is a tough one for giving stars -- I found the story very engrossing and unpredictable: grade B+ ; the characters engaging, rarely caricatures: B; and the writing itself didn't do the plot justice in at least two ways -- first, it was clogged with all sorts of unnecessary elements (that sounds picky, but it really gets sluggish to keep reading "he said in a happy tone" and "the source of the attack was one that surprised him" when he could have just skipped the flourishes and written "h ...more
David Sven
This was my first experience with GraphicAudio so I will review the medium first before I review the actual book.

GraphicAudio Review
I was blown away by the quality of the production more so than the actual content of the book. The narration consists of close on thirty different voice actors who could actually act. It felt more like listening to a play than reading a book. With mood music to set the tone from blissful depictions of Elantris to then very tense music in battle scenes with sword

There were moments somewhere at the 80% mark when I was thinking I could give the book an extra half star just because I loved the two MCs and their romance so much. And it was going to be 4.5. But nope. Full review to come shortly.
Re-read with an awesome bunch of people in July 2014!

I have to admit I read Elantris knowing that I'd like it. I've read both Mistborn and The Way of Kings and I love the way Sanderson writes. However, while good, Elantris feels a bit unpolished, which is completely understandable given that it was an earlier book.

First the good things!

I was so happy to finally read a story that wasn't "book one of the blah blah blah trilogy" it feels like nowadays everything has to be turned into a trilogy
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joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
if i could crawl into any fantasy novel and live there, it very well might be this one.
AWESOME. INCREDIBLE. and i would've been happy if it were twice as long.

this is an accessible high-fantasy world, with main characters that are unusually likable and extremely attractive to the reader. yet again, i am impressed by the unique system of magic (or religion??) sanderson creates. very funny. touching. and lasting.

it has what is possibly my favorite hook ever. from the back cover,
"The Shaod, it wa
I was afraid I wouldn't like this as much as I did my first time. And I didn't. I liked it more.

Elantris is about a city of blessed advanced humans that fell for unknown reasons and it's occupants turned into zombie like creatures. The book begins with the prince of the neighboring kingdom awakening to his own curse. We follow his struggle to survive, to save his cursed brother (and sister) hood, and the hunt for what went wrong.

This remains an impressive first book. I think Brandon Sanderson is
3.5 stars. Solid, original debut novel. Well developed charactrers, intricate political plot and an excellent system of magic. I wasn't as sucked in to the narrative as I would have liked so can't quite give it four stars but their is no doubt that Sanderson is a talent to watch out for.
It's a good thing I started reading Brandon Sanderson's later works, and only listened to this audiobook because it happened to be on sale. It's Sanderson's fantasy debut, and while I wouldn't call it terrible (it's actually entertaining and somewhat original, like most of his work), it sure has all the signs of something written by a beginning author.

The main characters, Prince Raoden and Princess Sarene, are so noble and good and wonderful and pure-hearted they practically stepped out of a Dis
I just found this story hard to swallow. It was completely predictable and the two main heroes, well, left a lot to be desired. The princess who is supposed to be smart and opinionated, moans patheticly about her lover-less life, and while as a female that may ring true to me at some levels, it didn't really fit with the rest of her personality and it added an eigth-grade SVH feel to the story. The prince on the other hand was TOO perfect, thus making his character completely unbelievable. My fa ...more
Victor Digiovanni
Feb 14, 2008 Victor Digiovanni rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New fantasy readers
I was really looking forward to this book based on reviews and reading a sample chapter. It looked like it was going to be a good, serious fantasy novel.

However, five chapters in, I gave up on this book.

The overall tone was just on this side of cutesy. If anything, it reminded me of David Eddings' Belgariad series. There was no danger to any of the characters until you got to the big climax, and then characters would be in danger only if they were about to give their lives in a noble sacrifice.
Elantris is one of the first works of acclaimed author Brandon Sanderson and tells the tale of a city of former magic, where godlike inhabitants ruled and saved the bordering cities and nations from the influence of conquering nations and religions.
But someday the magic went away, the gods declined and everybody who turns from being a mortal into an Etlantian seems to go mad and is locked away behind the giant walls of the former magical metropolis.

This kind of fate is bestowed upon Prince Raode
[Name Redacted]
First things first.

The Good :
- Sanderson is a writer who seems to be more focused on ideas than characters or relationships, and the ideas here are among some of his best.
- Of the three Sanderson books I've read, this one has the strongest opening. I was gripped immediately and it didn't let me go until the focus shifted away from the inhabitants of the fallen city.
- The supporting cast is incredibly strong.
- The setting is familiar enough to be immediately comprehensible, but original enough t
Very interesting fantasy from a new author. The magic system is clever and well-thought-out, the problems each of the three characters deal with are life-changing, and the resolutions are satisfying. The prince's resourcefulness in a terrible situation reminded me of the resourcefulness of Miles Vorkosigan (a character created by Lois McMaster Bujold), and I really liked his courage and wisdom. The princess's intelligence and compassion made her a strong heroine and very sympathetic. And the ant ...more
I adore Brandon Sanderson's work! I thoroughly enjoyed Elantris. Amazing world-building, wonderful characters and a well paced plot made for a very entertaining read. I enjoyed the rotating POV and came to really love some of the main characters, flaws and all.

While this is not my favourite Sanderson (Mistborn still holds that title), it did meet the high standard I've come to expect from him. Loved it! I would recommend this to all Sanderson fans and anyone who enjoys good fantasy.
It's incredibly fun, really; the truth here is that I'm being stingy with the stars, since I might have given it more if my ratings were based solely on sheer page-turnability, and if I hadn't read Warbreaker and seen what Sanderson was truly capable of (or became later capable of, to be fair).

Elantris begins weakly: poorly established characters, fluctuating tone and mood, inconsistent atmosphere. Elantris is also famous for the utter perfection of two of its protagonists, Sarene and Raoden. Ho
This book.... Wow. Elantris came highly recommended by a librarian. It also has very high praises through reviews on the cover. The story definitely has major potential to be really amazing. The plot is of a fallen magical god-like city, Elantris. The city literally glowed and showed bright with magic and glory and it's inhabitants were immortal god-like beings shrouded in glowing white. The book begins with the knowledge of the city Elantris, but it had mysteriously fallen 10 years prior. Now t ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Dragana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dragana by: Book of the Month August 2012 @ Fantasy Book Club
Shelves: fantasy, favorites, magic
If you have talked about fantasy books with me, you surely know that I simply adore Brandon Sanderson. I think he is the one of the big new hopes for the genre with his talent and originality. I have only read Mistborn series, so recently I decided to rectify that error and read the rest of his books.

Elantris is the one of the first books that Sanderson published. And you can sense that a little bit in his writing, but it is still very original and addictive. This book kept me awake until 1am re
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