Aug 31, 07
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 rather innovative, and the environment of the city of Elantris was very evoking. Bottom line: good for a day read, but don't put too much though into it.