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[Brandon Sanderson] ↠´ Elantris [pulp-adventure PDF] Read Online ✓ 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 bounds of imagination that thirsts for expansion into something even grander There are times when you think it doesn t get any better than this , that is where you would be absolutely wrong The book revolves around a young prince cursed to the immortal tragedy that is Elantris, and a young yet slightly misfit feminist princess who I adored A world of Gods and grandeur that now plagued by an unknown curse is depleted of its magic and plunged into suffering The sufferings include the inability to die and along with it the inability to heal Where a simple bump to the arm can become an eternal pain that never leaves you, and when the pain is enough it sends you into an delirious limbo.
The ideas were erratic and profound, but in the best way possible They were daring and incredible, and that is why one must simply fall into the world of Sanderson and accept that leaving it without being marked for life is simply not an option The book hung somewhere between high fantasy and paranormal, never quite surrendering to either I can t really express how much I adored this book, I usually don t like overtly descriptive books, with excessive amounts of narration I feel like these books cage the imagination, but that is simply my personal opinion That wasn t the case here, obviously In this book the word excessive had no place, it simply worked out in the best way possible I hope I find time to read how the tale of Elantris will continue real soon But 2020 What 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 CrumblingArelon 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 GodBut Neither Sarene Nor Hrathen Suspect 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 ItselfA Rare Epic Fantasy That Doesn T Recycle The Classics And That Is A Complete And Satisfying Story In One Volume, Elantris Is Fleet And Fun, Full Of Surprises And Characters To Care About It S Also The Wonderful Debut Of A Welcome New Star In The Constellation Of Fantasy 3.
75 I got my Cosmere fix giddy Giddy So giddy Should be able to last me for a few weeks RTCI need my Cosmere fixNo 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 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 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 MUST BE ABOUT TO EMBARK ON THE MOST AMAZING SERIES OF MIND BLOWING FANTASY books EVER I don t think I need to say much than this was GREAT, FANTASTIC, WELL DONE Sanderson has easily found himself a new fan And, if it only goes up from here well, I guess I am in for a real treat Yes, Mary Ravager of Tomes , all of those ellipses are for you for not having faith in your author 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 bounds of imagination that thirsts for expansion into something even grander There are times when you think it doesn t get any better than this , that is where you would be absolutely wrong The book revolves around a young prince cursed to the immortal tragedy that is Elantris, and a young yet slightly misfit feminist princess who I adored A world of Gods and grandeur that now plagued by an unknown curse is depleted of its magic and plunged into suffering The sufferings include the inability to die and along with it the inability to heal Where a simple bump to the arm can become an eternal pain that never leaves you, and when the pain is enough it sends you into an delirious limbo.
The ideas were erratic and profound, but in the best way possible They were daring and incredible, and that is why one must simply fall into the world of Sanderson and accept that leaving it without being marked for life is simply not an option The book hung somewhere between high fantasy and paranormal, never quite surrendering to either I can t really express how much I adored this book, I usually don t like overtly descriptive books, with excessive amounts of narration I feel like these books cage the imagination, but that is simply my personal opinion That wasn t the case here, obviously In this book the word excessive had no place, it simply worked out in the best way possible I hope I find time to read how the tale of Elantris will continue real soon But 2020 What 3.
5 5 StarsExactly 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 worksexcluding novellasexcept 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 is his debut work, whether from his writing or the way he weaved the world building and magic systems.
Although this debut is inferior in comparison to his other Cosmere books, this doesn t mean that it s not great Elantris has got to be one of the most unique and original fantasy books I ever read The plot starts with the explanation of the city Elantris, the beautiful city of the gods full with magical abilities and dazzling architecture, which loses all its power and beauty 10 years ago Then one of the three main characters, Raoden, inflicted with the same curse that ravaged Elantris were exiled to the city The city of Elantris is pretty much a twist to the zombie apocalypse genre and it contained really strong and eerie atmosphere.
90% of the plot in the book revolves heavily around politics and religious exploration, it s really slow paced and there aren t any Good vs Evil theme going on here It s really scarce on actions, or less 5% of the book, it s only there during the climax and yet, conflicted with these circumstances, Elantris still managed to be remain captivating and engrossing because of how intricate and intriguing the politics and religious aspects are.
The story is told sequentially from 3 main POV, Raoden Sarene Hrathen, in that order from the beginning until the end and all the main characters possessed different narratives to each other Raoden, the prince oozing with positive attitude who in my opinion has the personality mixture of Kelsier from Mistborn and Hadrian from Riyria , Sarene, the strong and witty female MC and Hrathen, the fanatic high priest, all three characters never sounded the same in their narratives and they added a better experience to the plot.
Raoden casting AonDorTwo problems I have with the book are in its world building and magic systems The writing is good and immersive enough but clearly if you ve read all other Sanderson s Cosmere works, you ll see just how inferior his writing is compared to them This means Sanderson always improves with each books he wrote but for this standalone, the scope of the world building seems constricted, taking place in two big cities of the world of Sel, with the exception of Elantris, there isn t enough world building done to the settings which made them seemed really small This holds true especially to the city of Kae, the details were given probably only to two or three mansions and the dock of the city.
Also, the magic systems, which are usually one of the strongest factors of Sanderson s books is quite underwhelming The magic of AonDor, ClayShan and Dakhor all made their appearance only in the last 60 pages of the book AonDor have several intricate explanations on how it works but ClayShan and Dakhor were just there within the climax section of the book with very brief to zero explanation to what they actually are and how they operates It felt like Sanderson tried to cram too much information into this standalone even though there aren t enough pages left to do justice towards itRemember, the past need not become our future as wellThis quote summed up exactly what I think of Elantris s quality in comparison to all other Sanderson s future works While still great as a debut, it s also his weakest book in his Cosmere universe I really enjoyed reading it, it s different from his other book, lower in quality but it s one of the most original fantasy works I ever read If you haven t read any Sanderson s adult fantasy books, Elantris or Mistborn is a great place to start You can t go wrong with anyone of them, Elantris is pretty much just an appetizer to what s in store for all his other phenomenal books Recommended for any high fantasy fans who s into intricate politics and religious exploration story You can also find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at Booknest 3.
5 5 StarsExactly 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 worksexcluding novellasexcept 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 is his debut work, whether from his writing or the way he weaved the world building and magic systems.
Although this debut is inferior in comparison to his other Cosmere books, this doesn t mean that it s not great Elantris has got to be one of the most unique and original fantasy books I ever read The plot starts with the explanation of the city Elantris, the beautiful city of the gods full with magical abilities and dazzling architecture, which loses all its power and beauty 10 years ago Then one of the three main characters, Raoden, inflicted with the same curse that ravaged Elantris were exiled to the city The city of Elantris is pretty much a twist to the zombie apocalypse genre and it contained really strong and eerie atmosphere.
90% of the plot in the book revolves heavily around politics and religious exploration, it s really slow paced and there aren t any Good vs Evil theme going on here It s really scarce on actions, or less 5% of the book, it s only there during the climax and yet, conflicted with these circumstances, Elantris still managed to be remain captivating and engrossing because of how intricate and intriguing the politics and religious aspects are.
The story is told sequentially from 3 main POV, Raoden Sarene Hrathen, in that order from the beginning until the end and all the main characters possessed different narratives to each other Raoden, the prince oozing with positive attitude who in my opinion has the personality mixture of Kelsier from Mistborn and Hadrian from Riyria , Sarene, the strong and witty female MC and Hrathen, the fanatic high priest, all three characters never sounded the same in their narratives and they added a better experience to the plot.
Raoden casting AonDorTwo problems I have with the book are in its world building and magic systems The writing is good and immersive enough but clearly if you ve read all other Sanderson s Cosmere works, you ll see just how inferior his writing is compared to them This means Sanderson always improves with each books he wrote but for this standalone, the scope of the world building seems constricted, taking place in two big cities of the world of Sel, with the exception of Elantris, there isn t enough world building done to the settings which made them seemed really small This holds true especially to the city of Kae, the details were given probably only to two or three mansions and the dock of the city.
Also, the magic systems, which are usually one of the strongest factors of Sanderson s books is quite underwhelming The magic of AonDor, ClayShan and Dakhor all made their appearance only in the last 60 pages of the book AonDor have several intricate explanations on how it works but ClayShan and Dakhor were just there within the climax section of the book with very brief to zero explanation to what they actually are and how they operates It felt like Sanderson tried to cram too much information into this standalone even though there aren t enough pages left to do justice towards itRemember, the past need not become our future as wellThis quote summed up exactly what I think of Elantris s quality in comparison to all other Sanderson s future works While still great as a debut, it s also his weakest book in his Cosmere universe I really enjoyed reading it, it s different from his other book, lower in quality but it s one of the most original fantasy works I ever read If you haven t read any Sanderson s adult fantasy books, Elantris or Mistborn is a great place to start You can t go wrong with anyone of them, Elantris is pretty much just an appetizer to what s in store for all his other phenomenal books Recommended for any high fantasy fans who s into intricate politics and religious exploration story You can also find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at Booknest I ll have to think about how to review this but for now wow Sanderson does it again when i asked john for book recommendations, his list included everything by brandon sanderson apparentlyeverythingis 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 characterisation, and a pretty solid and steady build up to the climax of the novel the first 70% of the story is very character driven, with the world building and plot slowly laid out as the characters come to learn themselves its told in three different POVs, and i definitely enjoy some than others raoden is bae and sarene is iconic but it starts getting really interesting when all three view points converge thats pretty much page 401 and then everything is literally action, Action, ACTION right until the very end normally that kind of narration storytelling would bother me, but i think it actually works really well with this particular story despite the pacing, the main thing which keeps this from being a 5 star read for me is that the primary focus is not on the magic elements of the cosmere world this story is overwhelmingly heavy in court politics and religion, so much so that my interest began to fade after a while i understand their importance in creating a complex storyline, but their presence in a story shouldnt mean that the fantasy components of a fantasy novel take a back seat if anything, it should be the other way around magic as the main focus with the politics and religion as support i do appreciate that my edition of the book had extra content at the end, which gave me a little insight into the magic system, since the story itself didnt have as much as i would have liked but overall, this is a really strong debut effort and i can understand the appeal sanderson has for so many readers i am definitely looking forward to his other books, as i have been told his writing and stories get so much better from here on out 4 stars 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 thorough review Alas, no You will have to read my generalized dislike instead of many specific examples For no clear reason, I was completely unable to sustain interest in Elantris despite leaving the library copy on my physical currently reading shelf for months While there is an interesting vision of a magical system, magic isn t enough to save the story, especially as the re discovering of Elantrian magic is so slooow in the making Out of the triplicate storyline, the destroyed Elantrian city was the only plot that really sustained my focus Perhaps part of it was a difficulty connecting with any of the characters who were mostly out of the Campbellian Mythical Archetype lineage Prince Raoden has been declared dead, but has actually been thrown into slime coated Elantris He has undergone the random but incomplete transformation into an Elantrian However, he brings his royal training, knowledge of various Arelon citizens and unflagging optimism to the destroyed city and starts gathering the hopeless citizens into a band of survivors He has a vision plans to forge them into a populace with pride He is going to scrub the slime from the buildings and recognize that even the street sweepers have value in society He s going to study, at least the books that haven t been eaten by the starving populace He s going to make friends with a Jamaican friend and adviser, Galladon He s going to fix things.
A second storyline is focused an an annoyingly plucky young heroine, Sarenesubtle muchsaved from being a Mary Sue because, you know, she can t draw Or sing I think She s been betrothed to the prince of Arelon as part of an alliance between her kingdom and his She faces somewhat predictable kingdom politics, as well as gasp overt sexism from her father in law and the generally patriarchal Arelon society But don t worry she ll modernize them and teach them that real princess can fight using swords The final storyline is focused on Hrathen, a high priest from Fjordell who is in a mission to convert the godless in Arelon before his emperor invades He s actually one of the most layered characters because he has the zeal of a believer tempered with flawed insight Though he thinks he knows the politics, he s frequently outmaneuvered by everyone around him, from Sarene, to his recruit, to the emperor However, the subtlety of his characterization is based on overly fuzzy political details, so there is a tremendous amount of info dumping whenever he is in a scene, likely one reason a number of readers label it their least favorite storyline.
I just didn t feel the heart here, ultimately leading it to a two star read for me It felt a little too self conscious and I m avoiding formula by changing two things on Sanderson s part There are a couple of unsolved questions, at least as far as my half a brain effort could tell, but I m not sure there s anything worth potential conflict with the library After all, I have to stay on the good side of my dealer.
Cross posted at 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 book for THIS book not it s not as good as this or that so don t ask Thank you And then I look and see there are going to be books to this series in a million years Okay, not a million but still I have to wait and read them like all the other ones I m waiting on Oh, and I am getting this one in the UK Edition like all the ones I love and am trying to get So far I have the regular box set of Mistborn and the UK edition of Mistborn I will get them all I will shut up now and talk about the book I loved Raoden and Galladon I loved Sarene and her Seon, Ashe I just loved a lot of people in this book but those are the main ones I even loved Hrathen and that was before he became good Elantris was a beautiful place with these people gods that were silver with white hair and all the goodness and wonderfulness Then one day it hit the fan and Elantris fell It turned peeps into living corpses so to speak I m not telling you the whole freaking story because you need to read it and plus I don t to put up my spoilers tag The people of Arelon left Elantris alone but exiled people in the kingdom to Elantris that would get this disease I loved these parts Not what happened to the people but the things that were going on in Elantris, the whole freaking story about itRaoden is the prince of Arelon and his father who is the king is a big jerk Anyway, Raoden is to be married to Sarene but when she gets there they tell her that the prince has died Well, that sucked right Sarene stayed in Arelon to try to make things better and stir things up Oh how I loved her She was teaching ladies to fence and she she was just a smart, strong woman And she his this little thing called a seon and this one is named Ashe They talk to each other and are always together unless she sends Ashe off on an errand Hrathen is a high priest who comes to town trying to convert everyone He s a huge scary looking dude apparently Or a gyorn as he was called He was having trouble every step of the way from Sarene and one of his own and even Raoden But he seemed to always be on the fence about things There is so much in this book that I would like to talk about There is just so much I must say the parts I did enjoy the most were with Raoden Where he was at, what he was doing what he became And the last paragraph of the book brought a tear to my eye.
MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List 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 will rise and all will be revealed once Elantris used to be the city of Gods, of glorious beings of extraordinary powers Until the Reod, the Punishment happened, and Elantris fell What was once beautiful and pure, now is tainted and filthy Elantris is the land of eternal misery and perdition, and its inhabitants monstrocities that are exiled from the civilized societies Right after the fall of Elantris, king Iadon took the reigns of the kingdom of Arelon, establishing a government system based on money People that were once prosperous, now have barely enough to eat As Arelon s collapsing, reeking of poverty and corruption, the Fjordell Empire gathers its forces and prepares to strike in order to convert the heretic Arelon to the true faith, Shu Dereth And this is where the fates of three individuals collide Raoden, the beloved prince of Arelon, suddenly disappears, presumed dead Nobody knows that the Shaod took him, and turned him into an Elantrian Sarene, the Teoish princess that was supposed to marry Raoden, arrives to Arelon only to find out that she is a widow before she had the chance to meet her husband Now she must manipulate, outsmart her enemies and make alliances if she wants Arelon to survive the instability that has brought it to its knees Hrathen, a high priest of Shu Dereth, is sent to Arelon with one mission convert the infidels in the span of three months, or else they will be drowned in blood Raoden, Sarene, Hrathen, they will cancel each other s plans, they will make kingdoms tremble, but in the end, everything depends on the cursed city and the secrets hiding in her stained buildings, whose light has been extinguished Truth can never be defeated, Sarene Even if people do forget about it occassionally There is something about Elantris, something that seizes your attention from the first page and captivates you in its snare It s the combination of a cursed mystical city, religious zealotry, mind games and court intrigue that sucks you in the slime covered streets of Elantris, in garish balls and the palace of a paranoid king who has brought his country to the brink of conquest and massacre As per usual, Brandon Sanderson never fails to deliver intricate religious systems that play an integral part in the plot, and quick witted and occasionally sharp tongued characters the dialogues are infused with mirth, friendly banters and battles of wit, and they are always enjoyable That being said, it is obvious that Elantris is Sanderson s first published work, and not his best What I always admire is his fascinating and well structured magic systems, but in this one the AonDor could use some improvement The concept of the Dor and the power behind Aons were a tad muddy, hence confusing it felt like the explanations and the principles related to them were lacking, thus I found myself struggling to understand the magic of Elantris, and that s one of the reasons I was invested in the politics and the back stabbing court of Kae The problem with being clever, Serene thought with a sigh, is that everyone assumes you re always planning something The characters were pure gold The plot of Elantris did not revolve around the battle between Good and Evil, and that s why I neved knew who to root for, considering that, in the end, they all shared the same goal avoid a bloodbath The means they used, though, and their motivations were different, and the actions of one negated the efforts of the other, in an elaborate dance of schemes and plots Watching Sarene, the lanky princess of Teod outmaneuvering seasoned nobles and eloquent preachers was definitely one of the book s hightlights for me While Sarene could be overwhelming at times, her spirit and her innate distrust made her an excellent political opponent, and I loved her dynamics with the group of nobles and merchants who wanted to change the system for a better future The entire set of side characters that accompanied her, from Ashe the Seon to hilarious Luke, heartbreaker Shuden and stern Roial, they were all perfect in their own way My favorite character, though, was Raoden His kindness, his optimism his dialogues with Galladon were simply precious and his need to help his people, to uncover the secrets of Elantris and restore Arelon to its former glory made me want toprotect him at all costs Hrathen, on the other hand, was complex At first I regarded him as the enemy, but as he faced obstacles in his journey and began to question his faith, his purpose and everything that made him the person he was, I began to warm towards him, and accept that not everything is either black or white, and for me, this is Sanderson s greatest achievement with Elantris.
Elantris is a wonderful book, but if you wish to explore the magnitude of Sanderson s sheer talent, you should probably start with Warbreaker or, better yet, The Final Empire Review also posted on BookNest 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 for but man do I love them now Sanderson took the idea of zombies and made it something I m sooooo on board with not against zombies but also not something I really care about He made a world, a curse, and a culture that I fell into head first and one that I ll be rereading someday shocker It s not his best work, but man is it good.
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75 I got my Cosmere fix giddy Giddy So giddy Should be able to last me for a few weeks RTCI need my Cosmere fixNo 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