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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 confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can be collected only one unit at a time from individual people. By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron, the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery; and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.
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By Carol on 09-10-17
My Favorite Sanderson Yet
First of all, I'd like to thank whoever arranged to re-record this book with Alyssa Bresnahan as narrator. The book's description always intrigued me, but I didn't like the original narrator (at least based on the sample I heard), so didn't purchase it--until the re-record. I'm glad I waited. Bresnahan is terrific.
Brandon Sanderson is also terrific. My introduction to his work was “Way of Kings,” which is kind of jumping in the deep end. I had to read it twice but I loved it and its sequel “Words of Radiance” (with, apparently, much more to come).
“Warbreaker” is part of the same fantasy world as “Kings” and “Mistborn”—what Sanderson (and his fans) call the Cosmere--but it is a standalone. It is also more of a romance than “Kings” and more upbeat than the Mistborn trilogy. But this doesn't mean it's a romance novel, or that it doesn't have a lot of violent and hard-edged moments.
I just thoroughly enjoyed the book from start to finish, especially the character of Lightsong. It's funny, action-packed, sad, thought-provoking, and unpredictable. The ending is satisfying if bittersweet. It leaves the way open for a return of some of the characters, but also provides closure so we don't necessarily need them to return.
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By Nate_D on 02-24-17
Man, Brandon Sanderson is the MAN in the high fantasy genre right now. He is just heads and shoulders above everyone else currently writing in his field. I have loved every single book that I have read of his. Warbreaker is no different. My only complaint is that it is not a series! I would LOVE to hear more from this world. I think the stories and characters would lend themselves to many more books! Come on, Brandon! Keep this world alive!
This story centers around a young woman who has been given to another "country" as a bride to their God King. It follows her and her adventures as she tries to become what is expected. There are multiple story lines interwoven, and every character is so fascinating! Not to mention expertly written and consistent throughout.
Sanderson's real gift is in the worlds that he creates. He is capable of such amazing imagination and originality. There are no other ideas like his, and he has so many differing ones that I just can't believe that one person is responsible for all of them! He is such a master.
The narrator, Alyssa Bresnahan, also does a spectacular job! I am usually partial to male narrators in the fantasy genre, but Alyssa is truly fantastic. Excellent book!
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