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Sisters Vivenna and Siri are princesses of Idris. Susebron is the God King one must marry. Lightsong is the reluctant minor god of bravery. Vasher is an immortal still trying to undo mistakes of centuries before. Magic from individual breath from everyday objects can perform all manner of miracles and mischief.

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Published 2009 by Self-published (first published 2007)
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Jonathan

WOW, WOW, WOW!!!

I really have spoiled myself far too much after feeling exultant due to exams being over and holidays having begun. Firstly it was the sweets (drinking m&ms, eating cheescake, icecream, trifle and toasted sandwiches filled with caramelised apple - cook apples and then mix cream and brown sugar) but not all at once of course, only across 24 hours. And then secondly I read this absolute gem of a novel. But then I have found all of Brandon Sanderson's serious fantasy books to be...more
c.o.lleen ± (... never stop fighting) ±
2.5

Let me start by saying that I was pleasantly surprised. For some reason I was expecting another epic type fantasy, with lots of travel and descriptions of foliage, and I was very glad to find myself mistaken in that regard. I enjoyed the more personal aspect of the story, and the intrigue and mystery which went along with it. It was definitely a page-turned, especially towards the end when I wanted to see how everything would work out.

So why only 2 1/2 stars?

A few reasons. The first is that i...more
Penny
Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite authors and as such my expectations are always rather high and once again he managed to exceed them.

It's impossible to discuss a Sanderson novel without first talking about his world building and magic system. The intricacies of the deep rooted biases and politics between countries was well laid out and made up an important part of the main plots. It also led to one of the more interesting discussions about what we take for granted as given based on wher...more
Felicia
Enjoyed this a lot. One thing I admire about this author is his dedication to world-building. This is the third world I've read by him where he's invented a new type of magic system that is fresh and interesting. It takes a lot of road-paving to get something this unique through to the audience, and the beginning is a bit slow because of it, but I really enjoyed the characters and the magic system.

Like most of the other reviews I agree the ending felt a bit rushed, and the sequel was set up in...more
MJ
Sep 11, 2010 MJ rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people who like descriptions of sexy ladies
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Susan
Ah, what to say about this book. I did enjoy it. I liked or loved the characters. And I would read it again. Yet I have a hard time giving it 5 stars.

There are 3 story lines, each interesting enough to hold my attention. However, about three quarters of the way through I began to wonder if two of the story lines weren't kind of marching in place waiting for the third (my favorite one) to catch up. I will add this: There was a 'gotcha' in this book that really got me good. I went back over it twi...more
Chris
I really struggled with this rating. It probably deserves 5 stars. This is a situation where Sanderson is his own enemy - the Mistborn books were better than this one, so get the higher rating. Warbreaker is very good, but not quite as good as those. This is certainly a case of Sanderson setting the bar way up high with Mistborn, so that work after that has a hard time reaching the standards he set.

But that aside, this one definitely rates 4.5 stars. Maybe 4.75.

I love the system of magic. It's...more
David Sven
Excellent magic system using a combination of breath and colour (Biochroma) to bring objects to life. Not as complex and detailed as Allomancy in Mistborn but still interesting and well explained and was definitely the star of the show for me. I would have liked to have learned a lot more about the magic.

The plot and characters were pretty simple. For the first quarter of the book I thought this was just going to be another version of Elantris - with two city main states near war, a political m...more
Rose
This is the first high fantasy novel I've read since my college days, and it's beautiful. I stopped reading high fantasy because I got tired of each and every SINGLE one being a direct rip-off of Tolkien's trilogy (ask me what I think about "The Sword of Shannara" sometime!).

But this is no rip-off. This is that most amazing, most rarest of things: an *original* high fantasy novel. I still can't quite get over it.

There's no quest for some sacred artifact. There's no quest at ALL, in fact; the ac...more
Armina

My first finished read for 2014 shines with five colorful BioChromatic* stars. I'm beyond happy that my reading year has started so great!

Sanderson can tell a tale. And because it is Sanderson we have another excellent magic system using a combination of *breath and colour to bring entities to life and make them perform all manner of miracles and mischief. It's not so spectacular, complex and detailed as Allomancy in Mistborn but still very interesting, beautiful and far more close to my liking....more
Stefan
I don't like writing negative reviews about authors I admire, so I'm going to keep this short. I think Brandon Sanderson is a talented writer with a great feel for fantasy world-building. He's a good guy - I read his blog and, well, anyone who recommends that people buy his books in independent bookstores is okay by me. I'm glad he got selected to complete Jordan's Wheel of Time because I think his style is compatible with Jordan's (from what little I've read of WoT at least) and it'll gain him...more
Gavin
Warbreaker is another great Brandon Sanderson epic fantasy novel. Like his other books this had great world building, a fantastic and unique system of magic, and a ton of memorable characters.

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters and their attempts to stop two nations from going to war. All set in a world where those who die in glory are returned as Gods, and souls are the fuel that keeps both the returned Gods alive, and powers the biochromatical magic system.

Warbreaker is a superb book and...more
Rabindranauth
Warbreaker is fantasy as only Brandon Sanderson can write it.

An uneasy truce exists between the kingdoms of Idris and Halladren, held together by the signing of a treaty decades ago. As a term of the treaty, a princess of Idris must marry the God King of Halladren, to sire his heir. It has been decided that Siri will marry Susebron to maintain the treaty. In this world, when men die brave deaths, they can be reborn, where they are worshipped as gods in Halladren. Lightsong is one such god. Unfor...more
Inge
Guys, I'm only going to say this once.

You need to get Warbreaker and love it. It is unlike anything you've ever read.

P.S. Lightsong is made of awesome.
Mimi
Enjoyable read. If you're looking for something light and vibrant that has some religious-political heft and a few lectures on morality, this book is probably you're what looking for. I hesitate to recommend because, although it started off very well, the story was gradually weighed down by too much political intrigue and too many good vs. evil inner struggles.

Sanderson has established yet another world (or is it the same world but a different time period?) on which he can build another series....more
[Name Redacted By Goodreads Because Irrelevant to Review]
A good book, better than some of his others. It's almost like he took Elantris and refined the core concepts, then added in some elements from Tigana (I was reading the two at the same time and honestly started getting them confused). Unfortunately, the magic-system is never fully realized, the ending (as in so many Sanderson books) is weak, and the setting is barely explored (it takes place in a jungle, but they only ever refer to that in passing!). 3 stars, but it could have been so much bette...more
Tina
Jun 05, 2012 Tina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tina by: Aaron Vincent
Shelves: gifts, fantasy, 2012
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I've heard so many good things about Brandon Sanderson, but he was never really in one of my authors to-read-soon list. I have friends who are fans, but I never really saw enough reason to read him because...well, I'm not as much as a fantasy reader as my other friends are. Aaron gave me a copy of Warbreaker for my birthday, which I really appreciated for the very cool cover, but you know, I had no intention of reading it anytime soon. I know, I know -- why wait, ri...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is the second (and better) book I've read by Mr. Sanderson (the first being his first installment in the eternally continuing saga of the Wheel of Time). My rating on it went back and forth throughout the volume, but I finally settled on a 4. It is an enjoyable book and despite being (what I find) overly wordy with quite a bit of unnecessary dialogue t picks up and finally gets down to business.

The magic system in this book is probably one reason for a lot of the dialogue as it's a good way...more
Michael
One of the big reasons I tend to avoid epic fantasy is the notion that I'm so far behind on every epic fantasy series out there today, that I just don't have the time or inclination to invest in catching up on them. Either that or the times I've dipped my toes into the epic fantasy universe, I've found myself frustrated by first or second installments that are more content to tread water for much of their page count and could easily have seen the plot condensed down to one really solid book.

Then...more
Ray
Warbreaker is enjoyable, but in my opinion it's Between this and Elantris for Sanderson's weakest novel. Elantris struggles in execution, stylistic. problems. Warbreaker is stlistically strong, but the problems are in the overarching plot. The magic is a bit gimmicky, but it's still really well thought through, especially in terms of the ways it presents cultural/religious and personal conflicts.
The main weaknesses of the story come from the cliches. Sanderson is best when he is directly subver...more
Patrick
Reread 6-18-13
I finally got the paperback. Still a great story; still a horrible cover. My wife commented again how horrible it looked again, and I had to remind her she has read some Sanderson. I loved the misdirection in the plot and characters. My page prediction for the paperback was a little off. It was only 656 pages.

Original 2009 review
Day 1: Cool story so far; horrible cover.

Day 3: I finished the book. This hardcover edition has big pages with small print, so it's even longer than the 59...more
Kat  Hooper
My fellow reviewers at FanLit have sufficiently covered all of the important elements of Warbreaker (indeed, Bill’s review was nearly as long as the book) so I will briefly report my own reaction and then mention Recorded Books' audio version.

I really enjoyed Warbreaker for all the reasons that my colleagues did: Unique world and magic system, interesting twisty plot, agreeable humor, and great characters. I was slightly annoyed with Vivenna’s use of the word “ostentatious” and her constant conc...more
Elise
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Allison
This is the first Brandon Sanderson book I read. I chose it because it was a standalone, it was on sale, and I wanted to take the measure of the guy who was finishing the Wheel of Time.

I loved it. It's full of political intrigue, characters to care about, and wonderful magic. Sanderson is truly one of the most imaginative authors I've read. It was well-written, which was such a relief after all the duds I'd been reading. My hopes for the WoT ending were fully revived.

At the end of the book, my...more
Jeanne
The more I read Brandon Sanderson, the more I like his work. He invents such interesting systems of magic and fantasy worlds! He writes wonderful female heroines with their own inner conflicts that are so believable. I'm really anxious now to read The Gathering Storm and the other final installments of the Wheel of Time that he is finishing from Robert Jordan' notes. Harriet McDougal did an excellent job of choosing Sanderson to be the guy to do it.

Warbreaker captivated me from the very first pa...more
Bridget
I like Sanderson's first Mistborn book & 'Elantris' (a stand alone book, so no waiting for the next book to come out/ what a nice change of pace) a bit more than this one. This is an interesting read nonetheless. Sanderson has great ideas & does fantastic world building. It had some slow moments but I'd still recommend it if you like the genre.
Kathy
Some people have questioned why I like sci-fi/fantasy so much. Reading Warbreaker made me realize that this book is the epitome of all that I love about the speculative genres.
To begin with, there is an incredible amount of stuff going on. I have always had an inability to be content with only a portion of my brain engaged. I read while I listen to music. I used to do homework with music on ( it used to bug roommates and siblings alike). I sew or crochet or fold laundry while I watch movies. Unl...more
Antonis
4 / 5

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson is a fantasy novel about two nations on the brink of war, two princesses and the events their actions set in motion. It’s a very interesting and exciting novel, with exotic locations, magic, gods and their theocracy, betrayals and so many other twists that can keep you reading way after your bedtime! As usual, I will avoid going into too much detail describing what this book is about, you can read the synopsis up there ^. Instead, I will go straight into my r...more
Brandy
Un 5 de 5. 10 de 10, o como se quiera.
Ya han pasado varios días desde que terminé este libro y todavía me duran sus efectos.
Si bien es cierto que no cumplió la regla de los libros 5 estrellas que es el de leerselo en 2/3 días, el motivo fue porque la vida real no me dejó tiempo para ello.
En El aliento de los dioses encuentras tres historias, tres puntos de vista diferentes con un mismo punto común: la inminente guerra entre dos países: uno de ellos reinado por noble linaje y en las montañas y el...more
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Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

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