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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.

Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live conf
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Published 2009 by Self-published
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Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high fantasy fans
4.5/5 stars

A colorful, vibrant, and highly character-driven standalone fantasy.

If you haven’t seen the tenth-anniversary leatherbound edition of Warbreaker, I suggest you take a look now by clicking here: https://www.brandonsanderson.com/the-...

No, I don’t have one. However, staring at how gorgeous it is certainly solidified my decision to reread Warbreaker. This time, with the annotated edition which I haven’t done before. I will recommend reading this annotated edition only if you’ve read the
Caz (littlebookowl)
I need the next book. Now. And I don't have it. What do I do!?
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2018-reads
A man cannot claim to be a fantasy fan if a man hasn't read Brandon Sanderson at least once in his lifetime.
“My life to yours. My Breath become yours.”

I feel like I was dormant Before. An inanimate object patiently awaiting, until Brandon Sanderson infused my molecules with Breath, until he Awakened me and gave me senses, feelings, purpose. Ever since I finished Warbreaker, my mind floats and wanders around Cosmere, and I can't seem to find the courage nor the will to come back.
It's unsettli
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Son of a damn ass cracker!!! Whyyyyyyyyyyy! I’ve had this mass market FOREVER! I have the Audible. It’s been on my TBR since 2015. What the literal hell!

I could have bought the damn ass special edition if I would have read it and realized I would love it!! Because I’m a twat!!! Gahhh! I could scream. I mean I generally love all Brandon fantasy books. I’m a twat! Okay, rant over 😂🤣

I loved this book!! I love the characters! I love how unique and different it is, to me anyway.

And all the colors!!
Luna. ✨
"My life to yours. My Breath become yours.”

Buddy read with my homies at fantasy buddy reads & some of my favorite people;
1. Mary
2. Patty




“Every man is a hero of his own story."

This book was absolutely mind blowing good, it took my breath away & now I'm a drab, I am once again at a loss for words after another Sanderson book. Seriously ho
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
lets play six degrees of brandon sanderson! i will go first - i recently found out that my dads brothers wifes brother is childhood best friends with brandon and they still are close to this day. so much so that my cousins have met him, got books signed, etc. after hearing about this, i felt obligated that my next read should be one of his novels. i mean, we are practically family. lol.

after ‘elantris,’ its so amazing to see how much sanderson has developed as a writer and author since his debu
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
4.5 I always have a hard time reviewing Brandon Sanderson's books. As always the world building and the magic system is what makes this book amazing. I really liked the story and the twist I didn't see coming.

I would totally recommend this books and cannot wait for the sequel since the title is the name of one of my favorite character... a talking sword :P
Merphy Napier
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, five-stars, adult
This book was freaking amazing.

This seems to be pretty low on the list of favorite Sandersons for a lot of people and for the life of me, I don't know why. It's thrilling, it's fast paced, the characters are EXCELLENT, it's emotional in the end, and it's SO FREAKING GOOD!!! I miss this book already. I want the sequel TOMORROW. I don't have a lot I can say at the moment. I just want to reread it now.
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I've been had.

I'm simultaneously impressed and infuriated by this knowledge.

It's not that I consider myself to be exceptionally smart so that nothing ever gets by me, or that I'm super sneaky and thus able to suss out super sneakiness in others, but you know how it is: when you've read enough books, you become cynical.

If a character does even a single eyebrow-raising thing, you've got their number. Anything that qualifies as "questionable" behavior a suspect makes.

Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it

In the past 72 hrs, I've read in excess of 2600 kindle pages by Sanderson
and let me tell you, it's been an immersion of epic proportion. This author is one level above genius. The prose, the world-building, the characters, and exposition. All brilliantly done.

I digress.

Once I finished the Mistborn trilogy, I dove into Warbreaker anticipating an equally exhilarating experience.

Unlike the Mistborn series, however, Warbreaker read like it was written in parts, with long intervals betwe
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Sooo, now that I have read it for the second time, I'm not as blown away as I was when I read it for the first time. (See the review below where I had my initial meltdown).
BUT, Sanderson still remains a genius. I mainly read this since I'm rereading his Cosmere books to prepare for when I eventually read Rhythm of War.

I really hope we get a sequel soon for this. (Preferably with Nightblood having a POV).
The ending was beautiful!


SANDERSON, YOU FUCKIN' GENIUS! *sobs* I can't review
Dana Ilie
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
What can I say? I really, really enjoyed this. Brandon Sanderson proves once again that he is the master of world-building. It is no easy task to create a whole world complete with a well-developed magic system, different cultures, opposing religions and political intrigue – not to mention brilliant three-dimensional, complex characters to boot!
Yet again Sanderson has created realistic characters that almost burst from the page. Told from four different perspectives, you really feel immersed in
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One of Sanderson's weaker books

While I appreciate the world that Sanderson has built here for Warbreaker, and his truly innovative magic system -- I just can't recommend this book like I can for his other amazing works.

The ending was classic Sanderson with a very clever way to bring everything together that was long foreshadowed (but not realized by me until the end), b
Aug 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has the dumbest premise, but somehow Sanderson makes it work.


So, everything is based on color in this world.
Not skin color. Color-color. Like color is the thing that gives gods power. And the more color, or biochroma you have, the more powerful you are.
And how do you get biochroma? You suck in breaths. Not real breaths of air, but soul breaths. Kind of? Some of the people believe your breath is your soul and some people don't.
There are several religions based around this stuff and none of
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not on the same level for me as Mistborn but I do have a feeling that I'll appreciate this one even more as time goes on and I'm looking forward to discussing it more in detail during with my gush video! ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 5 ***

Wow! Another spellbinding, mind blowing, fast talking, action packed Sanderson hit! I have gotten so used to his brilliance already that it doesn't surprise me anymore - I have come to expect it from him and wonder if he will ever write something that lets my high expectations down... Well, not this time, that is for sure!

I love the universe Sanderson has created for the majority of his Fantasy, of which this world is a part of. This time the magic system depends on the human "breath" ,
To all of those who kept recommending Sanderson's books to me. I should have listened to you sooner.

I decided that Warbreaker would be a great start to Sanderson after it was recommended to me by several people, and I liked that it could be considered a standalone even if it's getting a sequel which it really needs!

I had no idea what to expect from this, and I was pleasantly surprised. I won't say that I love everything about this book because that was not the case. But even being unhappy about
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
"It's funny, Vasher thought, how many things begin with my getting thrown into prison."

Warbreaker is one of those books that I will think back on and say "Wow that was a really well balanced fantasy novel." And by well balanced I mean that everything was in perfect proportion. The number of perspectives, the intricacy of the plot, the pace of action, everything was just perfectly well written.

I want to take a moment and explain a small thing about myself and why this book, as well as Sanderson's
Chelsea Humphrey
Another winner from Sanderson!
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Actual rating: 3.5 Stars
September book for my book club 😎😎


“Unknowing ignorance is preferable to informed stupidity.”

I have read many of Sanderson’s books (+10) and I think the man is a genius when it comes to world building and magic systems. To be honest, this is different from what I expected but this is not necessarily a bad thing.

The main characters in this series were well written, once again Sanderson goes for the kickas
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great addition to the Cosmere. Brandon Sanderson needs to get busy writing the sequel to Warbreaker. I really need to know what happens next ASAP.

OK! To be honest, I was a little skeptical of Warbreaker for about the first 100 pages. This has to be the slowest beginning to any Sanderson book I have read to date. Once the politics and characters personalities starting taking shape I got more invested, but was still searching for that WOW factor I always feel in Sanderson's works. Well, it
The review will be divided into two parts :
1)Overall my thoughts and the spoiler-free review
2)Rant review Spoiler filled review

So let's start with a free-of-spoiler analysis

This book, I think, was OK
Yet I had high standards going into this

Sanderson is a fairly hyped author, and I had heard about his world-building.
While the magic system in this one was unique and fascinating,
The story was, at best, average.

Reading more adult fantasy was one of my goals for 2021
So I decided to start my yea
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Warbreaker's 2020 Cosmere Reread before Rhythm of War is DONE! Colours that was as awesome as ever! There are still so many secrets!!! I love this book! One more exclamation! :D

I was lucky enough this time around to be able to experience the luxurious quality that is a Sanderson leatherbound book and it did not disappoint. And the artwork, friends - gorgeously illustrated images by fantastic artists, not to mention the beautiful drop-cap illustrations by Jian Guo! I coul not resist adding a coup
Jul 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015, cosmere
3.5 stars

“You should watch yourself, child,” he whispered. “Not all here in the palace is as it seems.”

Siri and Vivenna are princesses of the mountain kingdom of Idris, a minor power whose very existence is threatened by invasion from the Kingdom of the Iridescent Tones. And so, to avoid war, one of them must leave her home to marry the God King of Hallandren, a man reputed to be a monster.

Read a book by Brandon Sanderson, and certain things are guaranteed to appear. An innovative magic system f
Deborah Obida
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“My life to yours. My Breath become yours.”

This book blew me away, I love everything about it from the very first page to the last one. I was neither bored nor annoyed by any of the characters, I love them all, I don't even hate the villains, they are just to wise but I love how things ended for everyone despite their loss, it was worth the gain.

This book has a very complex but simple magic system that I love so much, the magic use colour and breath, if you are familiar with Sanderson then y
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, epic-fantasy
*** Revamped, spoiler-free review ***

What a colorful world Brandon Sanderson crafted in Warbreaker!

Warbreaker is at first glance the tale of two radically different sisters. Vivenna, the oldest of her siblings is traditional, poised and raised to be the perfect bride to the powerful and fearsome God King of heathen Hallandren, in order to maintain the precarious peace between their two kingdoms. And then, there is Siri, the youngest princess, bold, rebellious, curious, full of life and "unimpor
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Warbreaker is another great Brandon Sanderson epic fantasy novel. Like his other books this had great world building, a fantastic and unique system of magic, and a ton of memorable characters.

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters and their attempts to stop two nations from going to war. All set in a world where those who die in glory are returned as Gods, and souls are the fuel that keeps both the returned Gods alive, and powers the biochromatical magic system.

Warbreaker is a superb book an
Jun 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this a lot. One thing I admire about this author is his dedication to world-building. This is the third world I've read by him where he's invented a new type of magic system that is fresh and interesting. It takes a lot of road-paving to get something this unique through to the audience, and the beginning is a bit slow because of it, but I really enjoyed the characters and the magic system.

Like most of the other reviews I agree the ending felt a bit rushed, and the sequel was set up in
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
“My life to yours, my breath become yours.”
― Brandon Sanderson, Warbreaker


Sanderson did it again!! What a wonderful read! The world building, the characters, the magic system, the plot and the writing style were once again nothing short of amazing. I WANT THE NEXT BOOK RIGHT NOW !!!
J.L.   Sutton
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson gives readers imaginative epic fantasy world-building along with a good story (what one generally comes to expect from Sanderson and which he consistently delivers on). I enjoyed the story of the two heroines, Vivenna and Siri. In the face of impending war with Hallendron, they are forced to take on new and unexpected roles, both for their own survival, as well as the survival of their kingdom. While I enjoyed Warbreaker, the middle suffered a bit. After Sanderso ...more
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