Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris (Elantris, #1)Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I understand this book to be Sanderson's first published novel, but it lacks the obvious flaws that you would associate with a debut. I remember noting the stereotypical progression of Terry Brooks, an author I enjoy, in his Magic Kingdom For Sale, Sold series. It is a series he started and then left for a decade or more and returned to later in his career, and his later efforts were of much higher quality. Somehow Sanderson is showing up on day one with the skills of a seasoned professional, and it is both enjoyable to read and at the same time daunting for those who would love to share in his craft.

As to the story itself, we have solid characters, a deep magic system, and plenty of movement in the plot and characters--all things we expect from Sanderson at this point. The only downside is that this is by all reports intended to be a stand alone book. Why? There are surely other stories to tell here, and it seems like a waste of the magic system and world he created to leave it after one book. I hope he reconsiders that part (or that I have heard wrong:) ).

Read this one. You are in for another fantasy treat.