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Short Description for Elantris Arriving in the kingdom of Arelon to enter a marriage of state, princess Sarene discovers that her intended has died and that she is considered his widow, circumstances that render her a lone force against the imperial ambitions of a religious fanatic. A first novel. Reprint.
- Published: 01 August 2006
- Format: Paperback 638 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780765350374 ISBN 10: 0765350378
- Sales rank: 3,635
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A wondeful fantasy
In Elantris, Bradon Sanderson creates a beautifully self-contained fantasy world, with its own magic system, political and religious intrigues and exciting characters. Elantris, once the city of gods, has fallen, a transformation to which no one knows the cause. Prince Raoden has died, or so people have been told, princess Sarene has arrived to find herself a widow before she was ever married and the priest Hrathen has come to either convert or kill the people of Arelon.
The story moves at a fast pace, though it allows time for the reader to get to know the characters. There are moments especially reserved for personal introspection and social intercourse, both of them feeling very natural. The plot takes twists and turns every few pages, while the ending brings a climax full of revelations and action-packed scenes.
Brandon Sanderson's panel of characters is wonderfully free of stereotypes: they are not simply good or evil, but as complex as they are diverse, even the less important characters. Sarene is a witty, politically savvy woman, who takes upon herself the task of rescuing the kingdom of her dead husband, a man she never even knew. Hrathen is a religious figure, who has more faith in logic that his own god and has to make choices between his duty and his morality.
It is easy to forget that this is Brandon Sanderson's debut novel, as it is a highly refreshing stand-alone book, in a genre full of tome-spanning series. It is free of cliches, highly entertaining and has something to offer for everyone: magic, mystery, wit, romance, political intrigues, religious conflicts and well-rounded characters. It is truly wonderful fantasy. by Catalina Garofil