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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
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Jan 12, 2012

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bookshelves: high-fantasy, fantasy
Read from December 24, 2011 to January 06, 2012

Concepts on Warbreaker are really strong and introduces another one of Sanderson's interesting, logical, and well-thought out magic systems. The ideas around "returned" gods is quite fascinating and they way the whole world is constructed is a pretty impressive one. But there are some definite issues with plotting and pacing here that pull this from what could have been an outstanding book to merely a fairly enjoyable one.

Problem 1: a big plot switch/reveal as to who the good guys are/who the bad guys are that is supposed to be a big deal, but is a little unearned. There's a big reveal that changes a major character's motivations and allegiances and it just sort of happens by accident. It also happens really late in the book, allowing for very little time to rebuild things.

Problem 2: Second big reveal at the end that drives a deus ex machina. Not entirely thrilled with how it's wrapped up, either. Supposedly this is a stand-alone novel, but some things make it beg for a sequel.

This book feels like an almost. A lot of the pieces are there, but it just doesn't quite come together fully. There's a lot of build and build and build to the conclusion, but the payoff isn't equal to the build. It's not terrible by any means. And I did enjoy it overall. It just should have been better.

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