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Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper- ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 638 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Tor Fantasy (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: http://brandonsanderson.com/elantris-...

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: http://coppermind.net/wiki/Cosmere(less)
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Kat O'Keeffe
May 16, 2015 Kat O'Keeffe rated it really liked it
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
Carol.
May 09, 2013 Carol. rated it it was ok
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
Anila
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
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Jonathan

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
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Conor
Sep 14, 2015 Conor rated it really liked it
Shelves: sanderson
Elantris was a promising debut from little known fantasy author Brandon Sanderson....

But really though it was definitely a good debut and a pretty strong read in it's own right. The world-building, especially the set up of 2 religions warring for the hearts and minds of a people with the ruins of a fallen utopia in the background, was awesome and the characters were overall pretty likeable and occasionally intriguing. This is my first Sanderson book so I'm definitely psyched to see how he develo
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Liz* Fashionably Late
Mar 09, 2015 Liz* Fashionably Late rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sanderson's die hard fans
Recommended to Liz* Fashionably Late by: Lau
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!



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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
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Maureen
May 24, 2015 Maureen rated it really liked it
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!
Todd
Aug 26, 2007 Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Mangrii
Dec 19, 2015 Mangrii rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
La historia nos narra cómo hace diez años la vida de Kae giraba en torno a una gran ciudad de dioses, Elantris, donde residían gente con grandes poderes, los cuales eran adquiridos de repente cuando te despertabas una mañana. Sin embargo, algo ocurrió en la ciudad, y el don torno en maldición, sus habitantes pasaron a ser muertos en vida sin poderes, una especie de zombies con conciencia. Todo comienza cuando el hijo del rey de Arelon, Raoden, se despierta transformado en elantrino y es desterr ...more
Denisse
Mar 08, 2015 Denisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-adult-books
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
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Mark
Aug 31, 2007 Mark rated it it was ok
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
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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)
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Nermin
May 30, 2013 Nermin rated it it was ok
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
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Athena Shardbearer
Jan 12, 2015 Athena Shardbearer rated it really liked it
Epic Buddy read with my favorite fantasy junkies Robin(Bridge Four), Gavin, Armina, Alexa, Desinka July 4


I have Sandersonitis







Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
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
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Clouds

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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Kelly
Dec 18, 2015 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Galladon looked up at him, then smiled ruefully. "No one can give up when you're around , sule. You utterly refuse to let a man despair."
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After reading Brandon Sanderson's first book, it understandable why he is the master when it comes to world building, complex characters and dam good storylines. Where others developed their craft over a period of time, I can see Sanderson's creativity and phenomenal ability to weave distinct, rich and captivating worlds was with him from the very start.

I real
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Scarlet
Nov 07, 2015 Scarlet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc-15
"La eternidad terminó hace diez años"

Eliantris es una historia real, en serio, pregunten a cualquier persona medianamente introducida o estudiada en política y te dirá que lo que pasa en este libro es muy cierto...claro que aquí tenemos un punto de magia que es lo que cambia esta percepción.

"Cuando no puedes encontrar una razón para vivir, tiendes a rendirte"

Personalmente me encanto desde los primeros párrafos, algo dentro de la (breve) explicación de lo que fue Elantris antes y lo que es a
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CalypK
Terminado de leer 04/02/2015

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

Leído para el 2015 Reading Challenge: #6. 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.


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Quiero tener mi propio “Seon”

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

Alejandra Diaz, despreocúpate, tu altar de Brandon Sanderson perma
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Phrynne
Jul 10, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it
I am a fully fledged Brandon Sanderson fan and as such I had a ball reading this book. Elantris is such a fantastic idea and I loved every minute of Raodin's struggle to find out what had happened to the magical,source of its splendour. I liked the main characters and many of the not so important ones too. There was some pretty irreverent humour too which made me laugh out loud on occasion. However all the time I was reading I was thinking the writing wasn't quite what I am used to from this aut ...more
Franco  Santos
Jul 08, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Antonio
Mar 14, 2015 Antonio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasía
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
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Becky
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,
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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
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Chaitra
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Becca
Jun 11, 2008 Becca rated it liked it
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
Armina

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.
Maxwell
May 12, 2015 Maxwell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2015
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
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Brandon’s major books for the beginning of 2016 are The Bands of Mourning , the sixth Mistborn novel, and Calamity , the finale of the Reckoners trilogy.

He also released his longest novella yet, Mistborn: Secret History , which explores behind the scenes of the original Mistborn Trilogy and thus is filled with spoilers for those three books; it also has some spoilers for The Bands of Mourning.

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