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The Hope of Elantris

(Elantris #1.5)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  9,558 ratings  ·  622 reviews
The following is a short story I wrote in the Elantris world back in January of 2006. At that point, Elantris had only been out in stores for about seven or eight months, but I actually hadn't written anything new on the story or world since 2000, when I'd finished the first draft of the original book. This story was originally posted for sale on; once the contr ...more
Online Edition, 25 pages
Published 2006 by Brandon Sanderson
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Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Mini review (I read this in Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection)

The Hope of Elantris is a really short story that took place straight and during the climax of Elantris. It’s only 25 pages and it featured the main character, Matisse, who had a role to take care of the children in the city of New Elantris. Overall, a good short story but this 10-15 minutes read doesn’t provide anything new to the main story of Elantris itself other than the first few and last paragraph.

This novella is more o
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Yeah, so sue me. I thought it was sweet. Unpolished, but sweet, and a good hole to fill in the story. I was actually wondering about how the finale went on the inside, so it was nice to have this question answered. And the annotation.... SQUEEEEEEEE. Brandon Sanderson is slowly becoming my antidote to a bad day. The way he writes, the way he talks about writing, the way he interacts with fans - it makes me love the world again, even when I've spent my most recent classes learning about terribly ...more
Valliya Rennell
3 stars
**This review contains spoilers for Elantris and The Hope of Elantris**

“'Where were you during those last hours before Elantris was restored? I don’t remember anything of you for most of the night. In fact, the only time I remember seeing you is when you came to tell me that Sarene had been kidnapped and taken to Teod.'
'That’s true, Your Majesty,' Ashe said.
'So, where were you?'”

~ Exchange between Raoden and Ashe

This is such a heartwarming 25 pages. Although it doesn't add a lot to the
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really 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


This was such a sweet story, especially when you read the postscript and discover why Brandon Sanderson wrote it in the first place. I rated this so highly because I could relate to Matisse so much as a childhood educator. It was also interesting
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, cosmere
I almost feel guilty for criticising this story after reading Sanderson's postscript, including the reason for writing it in the first place. Apparently on a date with his eventual wife, Sanderson learned that one of her students had written a book report about Elantris. That the guy would then go on to write a short story dedicated to said student set in the same universe, shows yet again that he is a thoughtful writer who cares about those who read his work.

That being said, the story in itself
Scott  Hitchcock
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Read in Arcanum Unbounded.

Good story of what was happening back in Elantris while the main characters were fighting their climax in the main book.
Holden Johnson
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-fiction
A lovely, touching story of a woman who saved all the children. Nothing special, but good just the same.
Deborah Obida
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adult
Loved it, It was only 24 pages long but it was worth it.
Tommye Turner
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-read
I read this in the collection, 'Arcanum Unbounded'.

The postscript to this short story is beautiful - don't skip it. Sanderson's heart is the size of his cosmere - every writer should aspire to be this amazing with their fans. Anyway, I'll stop gushing!

This story is a nice little snippet into the lives of those left in Elantris when the fighting at the end of the book, 'Elantris', begins and ends. I won't give you any spoilers for Elantris or this short story, don't worry!

I only gave this short
Anish Kohli
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
It's a very small, nothing story. It wasn't really needed and adds nothing to the story of Elantris, BUT...but, the reason it is written, as mentioned by Sanderson in the postscript after the story is kinda really sweet and it makes perfect sense as to why it was needed, even if wasn't needed.

PS: Yes, I am reading short stories to meet my reading challenge. I've had a shitty year. Let's move on.
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very short story, told by Ashe, about the Elantrian children and the ones who took care of them. To be read after Elantris.

It can be found here:
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
*This is a spoiler-free review*

I read this story as part of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection.

'The Hope Of Elantris' is a very small and rather sweet story. It is set after the main novel, but tells within it a story that takes place towards the climax of the main novel.

This story give us a glimpse, through a side character's perspective, of events that happened "off screen" during Elantris. It does not add much to the context of the story or the world, but functions as a nice character
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
A 20-page lackluster addition to the wonderful Elantris.

The Hope of Elantris is a (very) short story that works as a deleted scene of Elantris. The story is framed so that it takes place an undisclosed amount of time after Elantris, but one character is telling another the character the story-within-a-story, such that only about three paragraphs take place after the main story ended. The real story here is one that takes place at the same time as the climax of that book, and it follows a charact
Avanti Mukhopadhaya
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Hope of Elantris is a quick read, which lets us know of what went on behind the walls of Elantris during the final battle. It's remarkable to see an author care enough about his readers and his worlds to fill these little, seemingly unimportant, gaps.
Tana 🌻 Cozyreadings
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020

fun little story about what's happening in (the actual city) Elantris when Sarene and Raoden are off somewhere else during the ending of (the book) Elantris.

Was it necessary? not really. Did I enjoy it? yes, yes I did.
This was a nice little novella and insight to the story, and the postscript was very sweet💗
Veronica Morfi
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cute little story. We got to know what Ash was doing during the last chapters of Elantris. Also got a glimpse into what might come. I know it might be a few years before the next book is published but I am glad there are so many more worlds and stories by Sanderson to come.
Elliott  Austin
Read in Arcanum Unbounded

The backstory behind this is pretty sweet.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
*** 3 ***

This story is a very, very short 25 page one, is also from the World of Elantris and is called "The Hope of Elantris". It has some spoilers for the Elantris main book, but it is almost impossible to read and understand outside of the book's context. The main character is Matisse, who is charged with taking care of the children in the City of New Elantris while they are under siege. Nothing much new, just a slice of someone's life at that time. Not essential to the overall arc. Just a qu
3.5 Stars

This was a nice short story that filled in one of the gaps that I had wondered about (but dismissed) after reading Elantris.

This story centers around the children of Elantris during the Dakhor invasion. I liked the characters in this one, and thought that the action scenes were better done here than in the book - maybe because there's just less going on in this story due to its smaller range of focus.

In the afterword, Brandon Sanderson mentioned that he added a new character to this s
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Serinin devamı için merakla beklerken bu ufacık kısım tabii ki de kesmedi.

Elantris de sular durulmuyor, bizde öyle bekliyoruz n'olsun işte. :(
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Short, sweet, and fills in a gap in the full-scale plot that had been missing before ... and such a GREAT backstory! You can find "The Hope of Elantris" on Brandon Sanderson's website, and I definitely suggest reading it after Elantris itself. The characters, setting, and situation just wouldn't make sense without the broader story. Also, don't miss reading the annotation Sanderson includes about how and why he came to pen this addendum. It all came about in the midst of working on the original ...more
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Warning: You must have read Elantris: Definitive Tenth Anniversary Edition first. This little story, for free on Sanderson's website (click here), reads like a left-out chapter. It takes place in the last moments of the final battle for survival between the Elantrians and the demons of Dilaf.

All in all, a very nice story. It doesn't really add anything, just offers a glimpse of what was going on back in Elantris at that specific moment.

Like for the book, there are annotations on Sanderson's webs
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Wasn't bad, but wasn't especially good either. Didn't really add all anything new to Elantris, a few lines here and there aside. It was just a quick, okay read.

However, reading the post-script made it seem a lot more sweet - I highly recommend reading it after you finish this little novella!

I know it's most likely just a coincidence (for once!), but the mention of Ati made me !!! hahaha
May 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Meh. Brandon Sanderson receives great reviews all of the time, but this story felt incredibly dull and almost pointless. Furthermore, it felt like the entire process for this story was comprised of Sanderson sitting down, thinking of an idea, and writing the story...all in less than an hour. The ending of Elantris left me wanting more to be added to the story. Sadly, this was not it.
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Sweet short story set during the events at the end of Elantris. Great for getting a more in depth view of what was happening inside the city.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: z3-2019-read-in
A short story by Brandon Sanderson that's based in his Elantris world.
The story's real life backstory might be longer than the book itself.
An unimportant story, more of a tidbit from elantris main story. It was dedicated to one of Sanderson little fan. In fact I found the inspiration story behind this more interesting. Nonetheless it was a quick and short read so you can probably spare 5-10 min for this.
sofia (sam willows)
this was sweet. i wish we got to know more of the other people in elantris, like matisse.
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020, cosmere
— 4 ★

It made me remember why I loved Elantris so much, despite being so short. Ahh the feels 😢

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