Review: Elantris

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Date Started: 11-03-2019
Date Restarted: 29-08-2019
Date Finished:01-09-2019
Pages: 609
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪


Synopsis from Goodreads

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-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.

Arelon’s new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping — based on their correspondence — to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.

But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspects the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.

My thoughts

This book took me a while to read and I am unsure why I put it down to one side and never picked it up again. When I finally picked it up again and got stuck into it, I loved it.

Even though I hadn’t picked this book up in a while I was still thinking about the characters and the story that I had read. Brandon Sanderson is really good at writing characters you will immediately care about. I really like his writing style and the more I read these books and short stories, I am realising he is becoming a favourite author for me. I personally think he is an amazing storyteller and can even make things that I would usually find boring or an info dump interesting so that I keep reading.

Princess Sarene was my favourite character, she was a well written stubborn princess, who doesn’t let the fact she is a woman get in the way of doing things she wants to do. She stands up to all men and says it as it is. I would like to read more about Princess Sarene on her own.

I would recommend this book to people wanting to get into Bradon Sanderson’s books



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