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Elantris was a place of glory.

The capital of Arelon, the home to people transformed into magic-using demigods by the Shaod.

But then the magic failed, Elantris started to rot, and its inhabitants turned into powerless wrecks.

And in the new capital, Kae, close enough to Elantris for everyone to be reminded of what they have lost, a princess arrives. Sarene is to be married t
Paperback, 608 pages
Published August 11th 2011 by Gollancz (first published May 2005)
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Avaminn F'nett I actually liked it more, strangely. Yes, it is just as good.
Ryan According to the "official" cosmere mappers out there the read order for this planet is Elantris >> The Hope of Elantris >> The Emperor's Soul. And th…moreAccording to the "official" cosmere mappers out there the read order for this planet is Elantris >> The Hope of Elantris >> The Emperor's Soul. And these all come just after the White Sands graphic novel saga which has yet to be finished. These two planets would then be preceeded by the Dragonsteel books which I don't believe have even been started (or teased anyway) by Sanderson. Can't wait though!(less)

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Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthew by: Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
To be fair, I was warned going in that this was Sanderson’s first novel. Maybe because of this it is not his best. Also, I should not judge everything by this book and, as a result, not want to read more of his books. So, my review of this book may be a little harsh, but there is no reason to lose hope . . .

Ah, heck, I cannot keep this charade up!!!


If what the fans are saying is true about this “weakest” book and that I shouldn’t judge whether to move on based on this, I
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High Fantasy beginner
3.5/5 Stars

Exactly 3 months ago, I finished binge reading the two available books in the Stormlight Archive series, Brandon Sanderson’s magnum opus and my favorite series of all time. By that time, I already caught up to all Sanderson’s Cosmere works (excluding novellas) except his debut work, Elantris. Today, I finished it and in my opinion, it’s a great debut novel but at the same time it’s also Sanderson’s weakest Cosmere’s book. Once you read all his other books, it’s really clear that this
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I'll have to think about how to review this but for now... wow!
Sanderson does it again!
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
when i asked john for book recommendations, his list included ‘everything by brandon sanderson.’ apparently ‘everything’ is not an actual book title, but meant everything sanderson has ever written. so i decided to start at the beginning with his debut novel and, i have to say, i am pretty dang impressed.

firstly, this is the absolute dream for those who love a good slow burn. let me break it down for you - the first 400 pages or so is really intricate world building, very in-depth characterisat
Sep 01, 2012 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 dealer? 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 reaso ...more
Merphy Napier
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-stars, fantasy, adult
I really enjoyed this book a lot. It's very different from how Sanderson builds up his stories in later novels (the plot took off on page two, but I'm used to him spending some time building his characters and worlds before expecting us to run next to them). The first half was pretty difficult for me to connect to and I thought I'd be rating this lower, but the second half was a RIDE and I couldn't stop reading.

The city of Elantris is very interesting and the characters took me a while to fall
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Holy shite balls! I loved this book!

Okay, I took a picture of the back of the book because I liked how they had the part about Raoden, Hrathen, and Sarene printed on there but I did cut off a little bit of Sarene. So it's supposed to say she's a princess from Teod, not Teo. Lol Anyway, I wanted to add it because I thought it looked cool!


I loved the hell out of this book! ❤ AND NO, I'm not comparing it to his other books. All of his books that I read are reviewed as their own book. I loved THIS
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2018-reads
Re-discovering Brandon Sanderson was one of my best decisions this year.

Elantris is undoubtedly a wonderful debut, paving the path for marvelous fantasy adventures. And even though it's probably Sanderson's weakest work, you can't help but feel awed before his ingenuity and the masterful way he navigates politics and intrigue! In case it is not clear, I plead fangirl!
❝ Dream on, Elantris. Remember what you used to be and try to hide your sins beneath the blanket of darkness. Tomorrow the sun

I got my Cosmere fix. *giddy. Giddy. So giddy*
Should be able to last me for a few weeks.


I need my Cosmere fix...

No matter where I go, all roads lead back to the Cosmere.
Such is the way of the world...🤷‍♀️

Kicked off January with Rothfuss now February with Sanderson.
Yay for 2018!👌😍
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
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
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I were rating Elantris purely on the world building and magic system, then it'd be 5+ stars.

However..however, the sum of the parts does not form a whole. With character interactions and dialogue being the weakest links, something I find puzzling since Sanderson clearly wrote such excellent dialogue for the imaginary characters in Stephen Leeds' ( Legion) head.

All in all, it was an average story in an exceptional world.
Nov 28, 2012 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
Jonathan Terrington
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. The flaws and pacing of the text were far more noticeable. That does not mean I did not enjoy the book all over again, I simply analysed it to a far greater extent.

The flaws of Elantris are to put it simply a slow and uneven pacing, the occasion lapse of characterisation, the fact that some
Hasham Rasool
'Elantris' is 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 equal
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
Rated 4.5/5 stars!

What do I say besides I really really loved it?

This book had everything I adore about high fantasy books. Multiple plot lines of various motives, whether they be political, religious, emotional or more. Character perspectives I loved reading from - and absolutely none of them proved to be "the boring one", as is usually the case with multi-perspective books. A pace that seemed even and yet escalated the further in you really did have it all.

I loved learning bout
I DID IT! Took me only about 4 months but i did it! Now i can read Warbreaker in peace.
Iryna *Book and Sword*
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I finished this two months ago and am still thinking about it <3 Constantly. I love it so much.

5/5 OR more accurately all the stars in the world!

“To live is to have worries and uncertainties. Keep them inside, and they will destroy you for certain--leaving behind a person so callused that emotion can find no root in his heart.”

​I will be honest. I expected to like this. I knew I would. I just didn't expect to love it so, so much. Elantris might just have jumped to be my #1 favorite Sanders
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, wishlist
Reread rating: 4.5 stars, rounded up.
Original rating: 4 stars

Elantris was one of the first Sanderson books I ever read, before I knew the Cosmere was a thing. I found it incredibly philosophical and thought-provoking when I first read it, and I still do upon this revisit. It remains among the most religious works of fiction I’ve read outside of the Christian genre. And, upon revisiting, I just had to up my rating. While not my very favorite of Sanderson’s works, this is a book that has stuck wit
Ahmad Sharabiani
Elantris (Elantris #1), Brandon Sanderson

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. Its inhabitants looked like gods and their magic allowed them to do incredible things.

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, lepe
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
Stefan Bach
I think it's only fitting, considering whose book this is, that I tweaked review of it dozen of times.
Hopefully, this is the last version.

It can’t be helped. No matter despised one of his books or loved it - by the end of reading - I’ll get annoyed at Brandon.
Is it ego, delusion of grandeur or just a case of plainful laziness that drove him to mercilessly squeeze so many ideas from this book and simply repeat them in all of his other series I have read?

If I’ve never read Elantris I would probab
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020

1.) Elantris ★★★
*.) The Hope of Elantris ★★★★
*.) The Emperor's Soul [ON TBR]

1.) The Final Empire ★★★★★
*.) The Eleventh Metal [ON TBR]
2.) The Well of Ascension ★★★★
3.) The Hero of Ages ★★★★.5


honestly a lot of this was so boring and a lot of it went straight over my head and didn't make sense (could be because i listened to the audiobook), but yeah, not my fave brandy sandy!

however, i am continually shocked at how woke he is when it co
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
This was my first foray into Sanderson's novels, and I must say I was not disappointed. This book was full of interesting characters and a healthy plot, lots of world building, and lots of information without being "info-dumpy".

Ten years after the fall of Elantris, rumored to be a city of gods among men, the country of Arelon is plagued with a crippling disease called the Shaod. The curse comes swiftly and without warning, and those taken by it are banished to live the rest of their lives within
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
#1) Elantris ★★★★
#1.5) The Hope of Elantris ★★★.5
*.) The Emperor's Soul (on tbr)

This was my first book by Brandon Sanderson and it absolutely did not disappoint.
I have heard by many that this is his weakest novel- but if that is the case I cannot even imagine what a ride I am in for with his other books. He even made me like a book a You best believe I'm diving into The Final Empire as soon as my hold comes in!

While it was dense at times, and took me almost twice as long to read each page as I
Mar 22, 2015 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
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 defy imagination at tim ...more
May 20, 2015 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!
Anish Kohli
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Well Sule, lookie here, I am finally done with my very first full length Sanderson novel! Yay! I guess I have been initiated into the cult of Cosmere now and I hope to learn many a secret very soon and to delve into the deep mysteries that the rest of y’all cult members seem to be so taken with! :D

Lol, alright alright, I’ll stop! But you guys gotta admit though, it really is like a cult thing when it comes to Cosmere, what with such a hardcore fan following and all the claims of Sanderson being
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