Author: Brandon Sanderson
Summary: (from amazon.com): Epic fantasy heavyweight Sanderson (the Mistborn series) pens a powerful stand-alone tale of unpredictable loyalties, dark intrigue and dangerous magic. To keep a treaty made long ago, the king of Idris must send his daughter to marry Susebron, the God King of Hallandren. Loath to part with his eldest daughter, Vivenna, King Dedelin instead sends his youngest daughter, tomboyish 17-year-old Siri, who struggles to make sense of the schemers and spies in Susebron's court. Hoping to rescue her sister, Vivenna joins a group of Idrian operatives with questionable motives. As Vivenna comes to terms with her magical abilities, resurrected hero Lightsong questions the role of the undead Returned Gods, who command Hallandren's mighty army of zombie soldiers. Sanderson melds complex, believable characters, a marvelous world and thoughtful, ironic humor into an extraordinary and highly entertaining story.
Comments: I am a relative newcomer to Sanderson. I've read his latest two installments in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Series, as well as his first novel, Elantris. I love Elantris, so I was eager to finally read Warbreaker. To me, Elantris was a much better read. I think maybe I'm so used to epic fantasy series that a stand alone fantasy novel seems too... short. :) I thought the way the characters talked sometimes was too seemed to common... for example, "Come on, let's kill them." It just seems to plain. I found myself bored with the parts dealing with Vivenna and Lightsong, and trying to rush through to read about Siri and Susebron. The magic system of the world was new to me, as it was all based on breath and colors. There may be other books that use these for the magic system, but I haven't read them. Still... it wasn't enough for me to find it truly engaging. In short, this is the least favorite thing I've read by Sanderson. I would recommend it for those interested in stand-alone fantasy books or Brandon Sanderson (the book does end neatly with an opening for a possible sequel, but with closure to the plotline of this book).
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