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In 2005, Brandon Sanderson debuted with Elantris, an epic fantasy unlike any other then on the market. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Tor is reissuing Elantris in a special edition, a fresh chance to introduce it to the myriad readers who have since become Sanderson fans.

This new edition begins with a preface by author Dan Wells, the first person to read the completed novel, and a new afterword by Sanderson explaining how he came to write the book and its place in the Cosmere, the unified universe of all his Tor novels.

Also included is an expanded version of the "Ars Arcanum" appendix, with more of the technical details of the book's magic that fans can never get enough of.

Elantris was truly a milestone both for Sanderson and for the genre of epic fantasy. It deserves this special treatment, something Tor has done only once before, with Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. Sanderson fans old and new will be excited to discover it.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners
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Product details

  • Paperback | 638 pages
  • 105.66 x 170.69 x 27.18mm | 290.3g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0765350378
  • 9780765350374
  • 5,490

Review quote

"Elantris is the finest novel of fantasy to be written in many years. Brandon Sanderson has created a truly original world of magic and intrigue, and with the rigor of the best science fiction writers he has made it real at every level." --Orson Scott Card

"Elantris . . . is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it!" --Katherine Kurtz, New York Times bestselling author of the Deryni series

"Outstanding fantasy debut . . . . The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"A completely unique world that enfolds the reader in mystery and wonder right through till the last page." --Romantic Times BookClub Magazine

"Brandon Sanderson is the real thing--an exciting storyteller with a unique and powerful vision. Elantris is one of the finest debuts I've seen in years." --David Farland

"Elantris is a new Ben Hur for the fantasy genre, with a sweeping, epic storyline and well-drawn and sympathetic characters." --Kevin J. Anderson

"While every new fantasy author is hailed as unique, new, and different, Brandon Sanderson's Elantris does indeed provide an absorbing adventure in a unique, different, and well-thought-out fantasy world, with a few nifty twists as well." --L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

"Sanderson's fantasy debut offers a vibrant cast of characters and a story of faith and determination set against a vividly portrayed world . . . filled with surprising twists and turns and a conclusion both satisfying and original." --Library Journal, Starred Review
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About Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn(R) trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time(R) sequence. For behind-the-scenes information on all of Brandon Sanderson's books, visit brandonsanderson.com.
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Rating details

135,751 ratings
4.18 out of 5 stars
5 43% (57,783)
4 39% (52,383)
3 15% (19,764)
2 3% (3,883)
1 1% (1,938)

Our customer reviews

Did I enjoy this book: I did. A friend of mine recommended it to me, and well, I’m a sucker for sci-fi. There was just a bit too much politicking for my interests, but I did enjoy it, and if you’re a fan of Dune, you’ll like it as well. The imagery was stunning – it would translate well to the big screen – and the writing was darn close to perfection. The conclusion felt a bit contrived; it was, despite the numerous deaths, just a bit too neat. The Elantrians are doused in oil, Spirit is on his way to eternal damnation, and Serene is moments away from her demise, and yet – suddenly – everything falls into place quite perfectly, and everything turns out okay. It was just a bit too lovely to be believable (well, as believable as a book about a city of once-magical-now-zombie people can be, I suppose). Even still, I enjoyed it up to the last page. Would I recommend it: For sure! Especially if you’re a fan of the Dune series, you’ll like the mix of politics, magic, and love affairs. Will I read it again: It’s unlikely due to the ginormous “To Read” list I’m currently grappling with, but Sanderson left ample room for a sequel, and I’d certainly read that! As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.show more
by Chrissy
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.show more
by Catalina Garofil
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