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Elantris

(Elantris #1)

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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  139,188 ratings  ·  8,260 reviews
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. 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, leper- ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 622 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Tor Fantasy (first published May 1st 2005)
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Avaminn F'nett I actually liked it more, strangely. Yes, it is just as good.
Clayton Northrup It's worth noting that while this is "stand alone" in the scope of an Elantris series, there is a short story provided as a follow up to fill in some…moreIt's worth noting that while this is "stand alone" in the scope of an Elantris series, there is a short story provided as a follow up to fill in some holes: http://brandonsanderson.com/elantris-...

I see that you've read the first 3 books in the Mistborn series so you may already be aware of this, but if not... Elantris (and the Mistborn series) is part of an overarching universe Sanderson has created called the Cosmere: http://coppermind.net/wiki/Cosmere(less)

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Dorreh
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Petrik
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
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Matthew
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!!!

WHAT THE ACTUAL F!$%????

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
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I'll have to think about how to review this but for now... wow!
Sanderson does it again!
jessica
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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carol.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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
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Katerina
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, fantasy
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 wi
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❄️Nani❄️
3.75⭐

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

RTC

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!👌😍
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Merphy Napier
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, fantasy, four-stars
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
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Kogiopsis
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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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
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Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》
I DID IT! Took me only about 4 months but i did it! Now i can read Warbreaker in peace.
Iryna *Book and Sword*
*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
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Cait • A Page with a View
3.5 stars and I'm so conflicted whether to round up or down. I'd round down if I'm comparing this to Mistborn or Warbreaker, but then it's still SO much better than a lot of my other 4 star reads. Ughhhhh



Anyways, Brandon Sanderson's worldbuilding was as phenomenal as ever! I just love how much depth and thought he puts into his religions. The political science major in me geeks out over everything, too.

This story did drag a bit at times for me, though, and it's not my favorite book of his. I j
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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
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Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Celeste
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, wishlist
Not as good as Mistborn, but still wonderful. One of the most religious books I've read outside of the Christian genre. Sanderson creates the coolest magic systems!
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
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Nermin
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Conor
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Bibi
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.



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
Maureen
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!
Mangrii
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
La historia nos narra cómo hace diez años la vida de Kae giraba en torno a una gran ciudad de dioses, Elantris, donde residían gente con grandes poderes, los cuales eran adquiridos de repente cuando te despertabas una mañana. Sin embargo, algo ocurrió en la ciudad, y el don torno en maldición, sus habitantes pasaron a ser muertos en vida sin poderes, una especie de zombies con conciencia. Todo comienza cuando el hijo del rey de Arelon, Raoden, se despierta transformado en elantrino y es desterr ...more
Liz* Fashionably Late
Aug 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sanderson's die hard fans
Recommended to Liz* Fashionably Late by: Lau
Recommended by Lau and holding hands with Mitticus, Nanu, Lizet, Xime, Cati, Violante, Ro, Majo, Yolanda, Andrea, CalypK, Bianjie, Betza, Antonio, Alejandra, Christina, Jessica,Denisse & Marivl in a massive Buddy Read!



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Elantris was beautiful, once. It was called the city of the gods: a place of power, radiance, and magic.

Elantris has an amazing formula: amazing world-building, an incredible magic system and likable characters. If that were enough I'd give it five who
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ALet
*DNF @ 19%

Sadly, it just wasn't for me.
Emma
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was so much better than I had been led to believe! Seasoned Sanderson fans recommended it as a way of comparing his first work to his more accomplished recent work. But it was great in its own right! Maybe Baby Brandon emerged from his crib already writing perfect sentences!
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