Book Title: Elantris
Author: Brandon Sanderson
How I got my hands on it: It was on sale at B&N
Why I read it: I’d heard a lot of good things about Sanderson’s works, so I thought I’d give it a try. And it was on sale.
Rating: 4.5 stars
The city of Elantris was once the most beautiful in the world. Inhabited by a godlike populace and home to innumerable wonders, it attracted people from far and wide. But then something happened. The magic that powered Elantris suddenly disappeared. The once-radiant Elantrians became leprous creatures, and the city fell into shadow.
Ten years after the Punishment, Elantris is a ghost town, a "land of sludge, insanity, and eternal perdition," inhabited by those few who become afflicted with the Shaod, a dread disease that blackens the skin, stops the heart, and suspends those ill-fated souls in a state of nightmarish half death. Raoden, the beloved crown prince of Arelon, contracts the ailment just as he prepares for his wedding to Princess Sarene of Teod. He is secretly whisked away to Elantris, where King Iadon informs his people that his son has died of an "unexpected disease." Sarene arrives shortly thereafter, finding a kingdom on the verge of collapse. In the shadow of the ghostly city, Sarene vows to do what she can to stop the religious and political upheaval. Raoden, meanwhile, uncovers the jaw-dropping secrets of Elantris.
First off, don’t read this during finals! I was foolish enough to make that mistake. This is a book that you will want to have plenty of time to read.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked this book up, it sounded interesting but I didn’t like the cover. (I know, I know. I’m the worst cover shopper.)
I was drawn into the book from the first page. It was completely different than any other fantasy novel I'd read before. The characters were vivid and intriguing, I immediately felt an attachment to them- and a hatred for the evil characters. The descriptions of everything about their world were so detailed and vivid that I could picture perfectly everything the characters were seeing and experiencing.
I can usually figure out how a book will end, or at least have an idea of what will happen. This book kept me guessing constantly. Each time something new happened I was even more intrigued. The characters are fantastic. I get tired of “certain” novels that have lead characters that are weak and uninteresting. Elantris is filled with amazing characters that you will love.
I really enjoyed this book, and I’ll probably read it again. I didn’t give it 5 stars because I felt that the pacing was a bit off, the ending could have been a bit more detailed.
I would suggest this to anyone who enjoys fantasy. You might enjoy it even if you don't like fantasy!
I’ve also heard that his other novels are even better. I plan on reading Mistborn sometime in the near future.