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Awakening

(Infinity Blade #1)

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  9,086 ratings  ·  602 reviews
Trained from birth in swordplay and combat, a young knight named Siris has journeyed to the Dark Citadel with a single purpose: fight through the army of Titans to face the tyrannical God King in one-on-one combat. This was his father’s sacred mission, and his father’s before him, going back countless generations in an effort to free their people from enslavement. But when ...more
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 128 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by ChAIR Entertainment Group (first published June 18th 2011)
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Abdelmoutalib There is no need to play the game to understand the book. Unless you need to visualize that world. Read the book and enjoy the story, play the game…moreThere is no need to play the game to understand the book. Unless you need to visualize that world. Read the book and enjoy the story, play the game and you are going to hate yourself for being weak.(less)
ati No, it's based off a video game.

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☽Luna☾
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5/5

“I like peach cobbler. Definitely like peach cobbler.”


As you all know I'm a mega Sanderson fan and will read anything and everything he has produced. So reading Infinity Blade was like receiving a big warm brain hug! I loved it & am truly glad it exists.

“Weak? Dizzy? A little peckish?”
Siris hesitated. “Peckish?”
“Sure. You know, like something has pecked you? Isn’t that what the word means?”
“It means hungry,” he said flatly.”


This story is based on an IOS game called/>/>
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
2.5 stars. This was a strange little interlude of a novella. It doesn't begin at the beginning and it doesn't end at the end. It's like a weird little experiment that doesn't quite work.

So the important thing to know about this story is that it's a literary connector between two Infinity Blade swords-and-sorcery video games, transitioning you from the end of the first game, when a young swordfighter named Siris has fulfilled his lifelong mission of killing the tyrannical "God King,"
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TS Chan
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was the first time that I've read a book based on a video game. It's not so much as a story written on the game itself (like Assassin's Creed) but more as a bridge between, i.e. filling up the story/events between Infinity Blade I and Infinity Blade II.

I've not played the games so was completely unfamiliar with the world. The story was written in the manner that I've come to expect from Sanderson. Effortless writing that flows without weighty verbosity, he has a knack of painting a scene w
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Deborah Obida
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adult
Amazing! Better than expected. I just have one problem with this book, its just not long enough, a 100+ pages is just too damn short.

Even at that BS did his usual magic.
Worldbuilding, writing, plot, great characters are all in this. Don't even get me started on the magic system, it was amazing and original.

The dialogue between Siris and Isa is just the best.

“I’ll trade you my very nice dictionary—”
“—for this sword, I assume?” he asked, taking a drin
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Caleb M.
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first goodreads buddy read with a couple of awesome people! Thank you TS and Luna. You guys are awesome!


This is a perfect example of Sanderson not being able to do any wrong. I think one of the reasons Sanderson is such an impressive writer is because he is constantly pulling and stretching himself to do new and different things all the time. This book he decided he was going to write based on a video game. And an iPad game at that! Granted it was a huge iPad game, but s
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Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms (Book.Enchantress)
3.5 Silver Stars

first half I was confused what was going on!
then I gently comprehended the whole story.
fascinating ending.
I think a re-read will reveal all the parts I got confused.
the literature & how it was written: epic, but sometimes confusing.
anyhow, it was a bit too bloody for me.

World building: ★★★/5
Writing style: ★★★★/5
Characters: ★★★(★)/5
Plot: ★★★(★)/5
Idea: ★★★/5
Andy Angel
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This novella shows why Brandon Sanderson is one of the best storytellers of his day and will be for many years to come.
The story is a "filler" between two video games but, most importantly, you don't need to have played the game to be able to enjoy the story.
Set in a fantasy setting with strong science links, it is the story of Siris, trained from childhood for only one purpose - to be the sacrifice who will travel to the dark citadel to fight the immortal God King. It begins with the unthinka
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Tessy Ijachi
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
One of my favourite novellas ever. I love that plot twist at the end.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
I probably would have enjoyed this more if I was familiar with the iOS mobile game, or the Infinity Blade franchise in general. As it were, I've never played it, I don't even know the first thing about it, so I was not surprised at all at how often I felt lost while reading this and at the many questions I had after I finished.

I admit I picked this up because it was penned by Brandon Sanderson. But despite being written by one of my favorite fantasy authors, I didn't find anything to
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Sajeev Krishnan
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
It has been long since i visited the fantasy genre, got turned off of it thanks to JK Rowling and the steaming pile of dog shit she called "the deathly hallows" But i played Infinity Blade (on the iPhone) which almost seems open ended and storyless - like an RPG version Punch-Out, but the comparison is just the gameplay, one-on-one arcade style fighter. Comparison on any other level would be unfair since Infinity Blade is one of the most beautiful games i have seen for the iPhone.
Given tha
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Sid
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Infinity Blade: Awakening is a high fantasy novella based on an iOS video game. I was unaware of that when I started reading it.
It was fantastic! The book showcases the versatility in Sanderson's writing. From someone who wrote the very lengthy Mistborn series comes a flawless, short novella that makes you want more, not need more. The storytelling is incredible and I saw certain Mistborn themes repeating themselves (this is not a complaint, I love Mistborn) The plot moves real fast and the con
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Rosanna
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Wow! This was pretty damn amazing. After about 70 % the hits just kept coming. One after another.
I. Never. Saw. It. Coming.
Pretty much sums it up, but that's pretty normal for a Brandon Sanderson book. Brilliant!
Nimrod Daniel
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Even though I like all of his works, I haven't expected much from this book, but it was a quite good short story.

3.75-4/5
Joe Odran Doran
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sanderson effortlessly expands upon the (hitherto limited) Infinity Blade universe in a way that is hugely engaging and totally organic.

Character development, world creation, mystery, action - everything Sanderson does so well is found her, and in a mere novella. In fact, I'd say that the shortness of the book intensifies everything Sanderson does well.

Perhaps most brilliantly of all is the way he explains (in a way that in no way feels forced or silly) a number of RPG mechanics tha
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Mizuki
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, it's a fast paced and satisfying read, the world building is nice too, although I'm a bit tired of the (view spoiler).

Will definitely read the next book.
Duffy Pratt
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This project was tailor made for Sanderson. He's often been criticized for making magic systems in his books that work more like video game mechanics than they do like magic. Since this book is a spin-off from a video game, that criticism is bound to fall flat. I haven't played Infinity Blade, and I don't have any desire to. But I have a decent idea of the genre, and it strikes me that Sanderson has done an admirable job fleshing out what must be a very two dimensional world, if only because of ...more
Kaitlin
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
So this is a Sanderson book which I really haven't heard much about before picking it up, although I did know that it was based around a video game. I am not a gamer and I have no intention of playing the game, but I wanted to give this a go anyway because of it being by Sanderson and I believed that it would not matter if it was based off of a game or not when it comes to his writing style, and I was right.

I would not say it's necessary to have played the game, and I would say that
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Dwain
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a fun little novella, for what it is. This book was written by a well-known fantasy author for a video-game franchise. For all those who are now rolling their eyes--I understand. If you haven't played, and enjoyed, the first Infinity Blade, this book will be meaningless to you. If you don't intend to play the second installment of the franchise, this book will leave you exasperated because it ends almost before it gets going.

After that rather large caveat, I will say that San
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Fred
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
First off, I had no idea that this was story based on a video game until I was reading the author's note at the end of the story. I only picked it up because it's by Brandon Sanderson and I needed to read something a bit lighter than I've been working on which is a giant 800+ page behemoth of science fiction short stories, some of which are turning out to be appallingly bad.

This was a really good story line and one that makes a bit of sense now that I know it's based on a game. It wa
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Stefano G.
Mar 31, 2017 rated it liked it
**3/5 Stars**
I like Sanderson, but this wasn't a very well written novella. The writing was choppy and lacked the fluency that is typical of this author. I was also rather put off by some of the dialogues, so I'm totally ok for sexual innuendo but some of the stuff was rather cringe worthy.. Next to that this novella felt like a poor-mans version of Warbreaker - an immortal God King, a superpowerful sword (like Nightblood) and a main character that's called Siris (Siri in Warbreaker)... I mean
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James
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Whoa, I really liked this. I'm a fan of Sanderson's books, so I thought I'd like this short book, though I had my doubts because it was based on a video game I've never heard of and didn't know the story to. But, based on great reviews and the fact that I'll try pretty much anything Sanderson spits out (at least at this point), I gave it a try.

This story was very well told, well written, entertaining, suspenseful, intriguing, etc. etc.

I was really sad that it was so short
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Hollie
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Brandon is a pretty amazing writer. Not because his writing itself is super amazing, though it is really, really good, but because he manages to churn out consistently awesome and unique works in a fraction of the time it takes most authors. Not only does he come up with different worlds, magic, characters, settings, etc.; but he manages to excel at classic trilogy format fantasy, long form epic fantasy, and short novellas like this, and make them all full, satisfying, and of course well-written ...more
Valerie
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit hard to get into, but pretty entertaining. A lot of questions left unanswered
Laura Greenwood
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

Awakening is based on the video game Infinity Blade.

Siris is the Sacrifice, the son of the previous Sacrifice and tasked with fighting the God King. Whereas every other time the God King has been victorious, this time Siris has won. Except now he's not sure what to do. When he returns to the God King's throne room he is subject of an assassination attempt by a mysterious woman, who he learns is called Isa. Isa knows how to guide anyone anywhere, and Sir
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Becky
I don't really know what to say about this one. It had all the usual Sanderson benchmarks - the religion, the epic quest, the I-have-only-one-purpose main character trying to free his people from slavery and oppression, the girl who is awesome...

It had all this, but I just couldn't really get into it. It took me weeks to read this (despite what my review says - that's just when I added the book as officially currently reading, in an attempt to jump-start the whole reading thing and actually mak
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Joel
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Writing: 5
Story/Plot: 4
Depth/Detail: 4
Enjoyment: 4

Infinity Blade is a ~100 page short story by fantasy master Brandon Sanderson, written as backstory for the iPhone games Infinity Blade. I have not played the game, nor heard any details about it prior to this, so reading this was my 'first experience' with this series. Being as this is a short little book, it's going to get a short little review.

I enjoyed it. It started a bit on the slow side, but as it
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Gavin Abdollahi
"Doesn't it suck when you remember to look for a decent quoteafter you finish reading a book?"

OH.
THIS EXPLAINED SO MANY THINGS.

To enjoy this novella, you've gotta play Infinity Blade I, and it wouldn't hurt to get through the first part of Infinity Blade II, to see how well Mr. Sanderson adapted.
And also, spoilers for those who haven't played the AWESOME game.

The story picks up after Infinity Blade I, with Siris returning to his village, Infinity Blade in hand, his qquote
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Mariel Zani Begoña
3.5
Como es una adaptación de un videojuego y no una idea original del autor no le puedo dar un rating más alto. Creo que Sanderson era el autor indicado para realizar una adaptación de estas características. Dale a Sanderson una idea y él sabrá como ejecutarla. Creo que no me encantó porque me faltó que caracteriza al autor: el world building y el sistema de magia. Me gustaron ambos aspectos pero se nota que no son suyos porque no los amé. De todas formas, super recomendado!

Sin
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Melanie
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
This book was actually way better than I thought it would be. Since the book is based on a game that is exclusive for Apple devices and I don't own any Apple devices, I didn't get the chance to play it and therefore I know absolutely nothing of the lore of Infinity Blade. So, when I started reading the book, I honestly wasn't expecting to understand anything of its universe and the the creatures that inhabit it. Turns out Sanderson does a great job in introducing you to the world of Infinity Bla ...more
C.P. Cabaniss
Going into this I wasn't really sure what to expect. It's based on a game I've never played, so I thought I might be a bit lost. I moslty wanted to read it because Sanderson wrote it and he's a genius.

I was pleasantly surprised with what I got, however. The story flowed well and was very interesting. I didn't find myself lost due to the fact I've never played the game. It's a short novel, but the characters were well developed and relatable. The writing wasn't as good as most of Sanderson's wor
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