GoodReads Summary: "Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.Arelon's new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping -- based on their correspondence -- to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god. But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.A rare epic fantasy that doesn't recycle the classics and that is a complete and satisfying story in one volume, Elantris is fleet and fun, full of surprises and characters to care about. It's also the wonderful debut of a welcome new star in the constellation of fantasy."
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Sanderson had me hooked after only the one page prologue! I already don't want the book to end!! (On page 21.) What an interesting premise! I only hope the book continues to deliver, but I've only heard great things about Sanderson. So, I have high hopes! :D
Oh my goodness!!! This book was excellent!! It had me laughing out loud, screaming out loud, and wanting to reach the end and desperately wanting it to never end! There were times when I couldn't believe what I was reading! I had to reread and reread particular portions to say, 'did that just happen?!' This book now tops my list of faves.
First let me say that as a debut novel, I'm thoroughly impressed. Usually, it's pretty clear an author is just getting started, and I tend to avoid such books. In this particular case, I was ignorant.
What a treat to have such an epic fantasy told in just one book!! The characters were well fleshed out, and the multiple plot lines came together in such a build & crescendo!!
Okay, I'll stop gushing, but I really, really enjoyed this book! I'm excited to read more of Sanderson's work, as this was my first by this author.
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