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Elantris (Elantris #1)

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The exciting debut of a fresh new voice in fantasy A s fantasy surpassed SF in popularity, much of it becamepredictable. Elantris is a welcome exception, a rare epicfantasy that doesn't recycle the classics.
Hardcover, 492 pages
Published May 2005 by Tor Books (first published 2005)
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Artur Gimenes It doesn't match up to mistborn but it also doesn't disappoint (I took forever to decide to read Elantris, fearing it would disappoint, but it…moreIt doesn't match up to mistborn but it also doesn't disappoint (I took forever to decide to read Elantris, fearing it would disappoint, but it didn't).
I'd say Mistborn is ambitious and well executed in many respects, while Elantris is just well executed (makes sense?).

Honestly all of the Cosmere books were worthwhile reads.(less)
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Dorreh
Nov 10, 2016 Dorreh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my God this is so contrary to my usual love of shorter novels.

Okay so I knew that I had missed something in my review pot, I just realized now that I had missed this book.

But there is a Persian saying that says "the fish is fresh whenever you catch it from the water", so let's go with that. This book is very different, but then again it is Brandon Sanderson, so anything less would be shocking.

Elantris is simply said a rather ecstatically unique book, that creates a world beyond the usual bou
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Carol.
May 09, 2013 Carol. rated it it was ok  ·  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
Kogiopsis
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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Hasham Rasool
Elantris was the first novel by Brandon Sanderson.

There will be sequel books of Elantris.

There are three main characters:
Raoden, prince of Arelon, was loved by all, including the princess he'd never met.

Hrathen, high priest of Fjordell, will convert the people of Arelon or kill them.

Sarene, the princess of Teod, was a widow before she was ever married.

This is usual genre cliches, offers something for everyone: mystery, magic, romance, political, wrangling, religious conflict, fights for equality
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2016 Liz* Fashionably Late rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Robin (Bridge Four)
On sale today for 2.99 here this is Sandersons first published work and it sparks of originality.

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 Religi
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Maureen
May 24, 2015 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
Todd
Aug 26, 2007 Todd rated it really liked it
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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Mark
Aug 31, 2007 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  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
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Nermin
May 30, 2013 Nermin rated it it was ok  ·  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
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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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Jon
TS Chan
Just over 10 years ago, a pretty much unknown author published his fantasy debut, sold 400 copies in the first week and panicked thinking it was a failure. Fast forward to early 2016; Brandon Sanderson has published another 17 of his own books and 7 novellas/short stories (garnering an average rating of 4.36 in Goodreads), completed The Wheel of Time, and been repeatedly touted to be one of the most prolific authors of this generation, with worldbuilding ideas that almost defies comprehension at ...more
Athena Shardbearer
Epic Buddy read with my favorite fantasy junkies Robin(Bridge Four), Gavin, Armina, Alexa, Desinka July 4


I have Sandersonitis







Kelly
Dec 18, 2015 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷
Elantris being Brandon's first published book, I didn't expect much from it, even more so because I started to read Elantris right after finishing Words of Radiance, where every single sentence is a small work of art in a bigger masterpiece.

And I had to actually force myself to continue reading the book for around 14 chapters.

Then it happened, the world drew me in, absorbed me, the immersion came to life and the riddle needed to be solved.
And I could not put the book down anymore...

“The Shaod,
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Feb 22, 2015 Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, library-has
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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Chaitra
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Scarlet Cameo
Nov 07, 2015 Scarlet Cameo 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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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.
Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
3.5 stars

Elantris is Sanderson's debut novel and you can definitely tell.
The world building isn't as strong as in his other books (there is a lot of name-dropping rather than him really showing the reader the different places), the magic system is a lot less developed and it's missing the kind of epic plot twist(s) I've become used to getting from Sanderson. However, by no means am I saying that this book wasn't good. It was. I enjoyed every minute of it (despite the fact that it was too long)
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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.

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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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Becca
Jun 11, 2008 Becca rated it liked it  ·  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
Phrynne
Jul 10, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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