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Elantris (Elantris #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  60,164 ratings  ·  4,027 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 2005)
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Avaminn F'nett I actually liked it more, strangely. Yes, it is just as good.
Clayton Northrup It's worth noting that while this is "stand alone" in the scope of an Elantris series, there is a short story provided as a follow up to fill in some…moreIt's worth noting that while this is "stand alone" in the scope of an Elantris series, there is a short story provided as a follow up to fill in some holes:

I see that you've read the first 3 books in the Mistborn series so you may already be aware of this, but if not... Elantris (and the Mistborn series) is part of an overarching universe Sanderson has created called the Cosmere:
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Kat O'Keeffe
I really enjoyed this! Didn't quite sweep me away as much as Mistborn did, but it was still a solid and satisfying read. It was rather slow in the beginning and had a good deal of build-up as the world and three main characters were introduced, but once all three story lines were thoroughly intertwined things started to get really really good! The mystery about what happened to Elantris was super compelling, and even though I preferred some characters to others, I was invested in all of their st ...more

Review number 2

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
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
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
May 09, 2013 Carol. 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
Recommended by Lau and holding hands with Mitticus, Nanu, Lizet, Xime, Cati, Violante, Ro, Majo, Yolanda, Andrea, CalypK, Bianjie, Betza, Antonio, Alejandra, Christina, Jessica,Denisse & Marivl in a massive Buddy Read!


Elantris was beautiful, once. It was called the city of the gods: a place of power, radiance, and magic.

Elantris has an amazing formula: amazing world-building, an incredible magic system and likable characters. If that were enough I'd give it five who
I really loved this book. The story was intriguing even if it was a bit slow at times, and the characters were incredible. Overall a pretty fantastic read!
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
Read for the 2015 Reading Challenge: #1 A book with more than 500 pages.

Buddy Read 02/Feb/2015 but I'll start it in 07/Feb with: Mitticus, Nanu, Lizet, Liz*, Xime, Cati, Violante, Ro, Majo, Yolanda, Andrea, CalypK, Bianjie, Betza, Antonio, Alejandra, Christina, Jessica & Marivl

First, admire the beautiful cover. Elantris has it all I want in an adult fantasy. Absolutely eveything I search. I didn't even care the slow pace, or the 640 pages with really small letters. Everything about this book
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)
Sandersonitis Support group a.k.a. Epic Buddy Read starting July 4

With members Athena, Alexa, Armina, Gavin and Desinka

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)
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
Athena (Shardbearer)
Epic Buddy read with my favorite fantasy junkies Robin(Bridge Four), Gavin, Armina, Alexa, Desinka July 4

I have Sandersonitis

Tadiana ♕Part-Time Dictator♕
What happens after the Fall?

Sanderson sets up a complex and unique fantasy world, with a magical system built on glyphs of power drawn in the air. The Elantrians were nearly godlike beings with glowing, silver skin and powerful magical abilities. Ordinary humans would sometimes randomly transform into Elantrians. But ten years before, the transformation process was twisted into something horrible: the Elantrians turned into diseased-looking horrors, their glowing, lovely city of Elantris became

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
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ATENCIÓN. La siguiente reseña puede contener spoilers no etiquetados, por lo tanto, advertidos quedan.

Leído para el 2015 Reading Challenge: #06. Libro de autor menor de 30 años

Leído para el reto deLEOtreo mi nombre: Letra E de A N A V I C T O R I A M O R A L E S.

Buddy Read del grupo Emma's Tea Party.

Quiero tener mi propio “Seon”

Sí, se parece igualito a las luces flotantes de la película Enredados

Alejandra Diaz, despreocúpate, tu altar de Brandon Sanderson perm
Franco  Santos
Tengo que decir que es el libro que menos me gustó de Sanderson. Aun así lo disfrute muchísimo.

Una historia mucho más tranquila que otras escritas por él. Tiene un comienzo pausado y armónico. A medida que se va avanzando la trama empieza a tomar fuerza hasta llegar a un desenlace en el que -como nos tiene acostumbrados Brandon- los hechos se precipitan.

Un muy buen libro, más tranquilo, pero excelente.
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,
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 swor
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
Lectura conjunta Buddyreads en Emma's tea party con: Denisse, Mitticus, Nanu, Lizet, Liz*, Xime, Cati, Violante, Ro, Majo, Yolanda, Andrea, CalypK, Bianjie, Betza, Alejandra, Christina, Jessica, Marivl

Como empezar a describir este libro… veamos, ¿alguna vez les toco desenredar las luces de navidad? ese amasijo de cables y foquitos que estuvieron un año haciéndose nudo entre ellos, te dices a ti mismo que puedes hacerlo, ¿Por qué no? Has estado practicando todo lo que va de año con tus audífonos
Elantris used to be a beautiful, glowing city and was inhabited by god-like human beings that could perform magic. Then something happened that made it all come crumbling down, making the citizens of Kae, Elantris's neighbor city, to lock up and shun Elantris. Sarene, a princess from Teod, is on her way to Opelon to marry the prince of Kae when she finds out he is dead. Or is he? And the rest of the book revolves around the mystery of why Elantris fell, a lot of religious and political stuff, an ...more

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.
Alright so this is like a 4.5. I really enjoyed this...because it's Brandon Sanderson and his writing just makes me really happy. This book wasn't the best of his stuff, but was still awesome and a lot of fun to read and I really enjoyed it. It was the kind of story where you know exactly how it's going to resolve itself from the beginning, but you just enjoy the ride to get there. The only thing, for me, is that the ending felt really messy. And the characters were fairly static. But I really e ...more
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 trilog
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
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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.
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