So, the first thing I should mention is that I LIKE Sanderson's writing style. He makes these EPIC stories - both in the "War and Peace" sense and the...moreSo, the first thing I should mention is that I LIKE Sanderson's writing style. He makes these EPIC stories - both in the "War and Peace" sense and the modern "wow, this is beyond awesome" sense - that I just eat up. This story was no different.
Now, having gotten that out of the way, I'll say this: I'm TRYING not to include any spoilers. Let's see how that goes.
This book ISN'T about two girls coming of age, which the back of the book might make you think - although it certainly has that in it. It's not even really about war. What it IS about (at least, according to my perceived reality) is judgment. Perception. Basing one's emotions off of propaganda and said judgment. And, in this day and age, I think that it's especially relevant.
For the most part, I thought that I did well in guessing the twists in the book. Of course, I was wrong. A status update that I made: "NOOOOOOOOOO... I LIKED them! They were cute and funny and... ARGH!! I can't BELIEVE that I fell for this." attests to this. Although, really, some of the "twists" were totally obvious. Actually, ALL of his twists SHOULD have been obvious, but they weren't. I think that's what I was annoyed about the most.
Some of the conversation was hysterical, especially when Lightsong is talking to Blushweaver about her cleavage and religion. Really, if for NO OTHER REASON, read this book for that conversation.
Something that really irked me about the book was his magic system. Now, Elantris' explanation of its magic was understandable. Vasher explaining this magic system makes me want to go "phblibt!" And, at the end, it felt like Sanderson just wanted to Add Mystery to Vasher and didn't want to bother with coming up with a rationale for how it worked, which also irked me. So, really, I didn't care for this system.
And, again, with the ending... it seemed like he got very railroaded. Like he got to the end of the book, looked around and said "oh shit, I have to end this, so here's the ending" and then had a drunken monkey (probably the one that assigns god's names) write the ending for him. Which is why I'm only giving it four stars instead of five. Other than that, it's an awesome, epic, must-read-if-you-love-me book.(less)
VERY difficult for me to read, although I adore Jim Butcher. The further that I get into the Dresden universe, though, it seems the darker the univers...moreVERY difficult for me to read, although I adore Jim Butcher. The further that I get into the Dresden universe, though, it seems the darker the universe gets, and I'm not really a "the universe is dark" kind. Butcher is an amazing author, though, and besides my wussiness, this is a great series.(less)
This is under "Children's" literature, and while the language isn't difficult to understand, I'd hesitate to give this to any "child" who's ...sensiti...moreThis is under "Children's" literature, and while the language isn't difficult to understand, I'd hesitate to give this to any "child" who's ...sensitive. It isn't a pretty story, and the world, for all the magic, isn't a wonderful one. It's a dark book, a dark world, and a dark story. I'm sure that there are kids who can handle it, and it IS a good story, but I certainly wouldn't label it as "children's."(less)