After bursting onto the fantasy scene with his acclaimed debut novel, Elantris, and following up with his blockbuster Mistborn trilogy, Brandon Sanderson proves again that he is today's leading master of what Tolkien called "secondary creation", the invention of whole worlds, complete with magics and myths all their own.
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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It's still better than most junk out there.
On a crusade to read everything from my favorite author, I'm underwhelmed. So far I think this is his weakest Cosmere Novel. Now don't get me wrong, it's still a great story, but it didn't really click with me. It has all the classic Sanderson quirks, specifically the good guys are generally broken anti-heros, the magic system is well thought out, and different. Hoid has a larger part.That being said, it's not the book I'd use to introduce people to Sanderson.
Hoid and Nightbringer thats all I'll say
She's up there with Victor Bevine, Kate reading and Michael Kramer. I think I could enjoy her read math text books.
The problem was in the characters, they seemed to obvious and over stereotyped. A god that doesn't want to be a god, a bumbling princess, a ex bad guy atoning, and a clueless ruler. The ending seemed very rushed. and the climax felt stunted. It's still a lovely story, and the journey was a good one. I'll be enjoyed again.
- James Stallings
Thank you Alyssa Bresnahan!