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By using "breath" and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery, and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765320308
Characteristics: 592 p. : map ; 25 cm


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Jul 26, 2017

I can’t believe that another Brandon Sanderson novel has made it onto my favorites list. This novel was incredibly unique, suspenseful, and entertaining with so many twists and turns, especially at the end. Not to mention the breathtaking world-building and the distinct, remarkable magic system.

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Nov 05, 2016

Intriguing, but not grand.

Most disappointed that the entire novel took place in practically the same setting.

At first I was a little skeptical of the "breath" magic. It seemed very goofy and tough to describe. It sort of grew on me a bit. The theme of color is crammed down your throat in this book. I would not recommend for the color blind. It became beautiful in parts - the contrast between those without breath and those with. A city filled with extravagant colors.

However, this book was not very descriptive of the physical surroundings. For it was far too focused on Greek/Roman inspired politics. Also, the politics of the Returned (characters who are akin to gods in this story). Some of the political writing became boring in parts. Lightsong was a cool character. He was unpredictable and could charm and insult you at the same time. Also, he was a god...a particularly lazy one.

My favorite story aspect is that between Vasher and Denth. They have a mysterious background and have vendettas against each other. Some of the mercenary banter was very funny.

Feb 29, 2016

When I started reading this book, I couldn't stop. I found the world Brandon Sanderson created this novel to be very interesting. The magic system, the politics, and the characters all kept my interest. When I completed the book, the first thing I wanted to do was keep reading the series, only to find out it looks like there is currenctly only one. Though the novel does stand on its own, it does feel there is much more to be explored yet.

Dec 17, 2015

I Loved this book, finished it in 2 days. The author does a good job of slowly explaining the magic of the world, while keeping the plot moving at the same time. There are at least 3 plot twist, and you may never see them coming. I highly recommend this book and the author.

forbesrachel Apr 01, 2013

Sanderson is a creator of unique magic systems, for each world he makes something different, even when compared to his other works. In this case it is a combination of colour and "breath" which is central to the lives of the characters, especially those of the gods. Aside this is the politics, which you get to see from multiple sides. This could have ended up a really heavy concept, except for the truly funny remarks that are interspersed.

HanakoGal Jun 25, 2012

Wow! This book was compelling, enchanting, exciting and fascinating. I loved each character, and the ones I didn't like so much at first surprised me in the end. I liked Siri from the first and her story always kept my interest. We also get to meet Viveen, Vasher, Lightsong, Scoot and other great characters. We get a big story of political maneuverings to prevent war, but we also get a personal story in characters learning to live in the new situations they end up in. The magic is new and interesting. I liked how the idea of magic and religion and belief and open mindedness were all brought together. Reading this book you had to think of the magic system and the custom of how it was used. I heard it said that Brandon Sanderson is one to watch, that he will end up like fantasy greats such as Jordan, Eddings, Brooks etc, This book makes me totally believe it. I'll be sure to buy his next book.

Dec 31, 2011

Yeah, pretty good, 'breath' is in an interesting concept and exploration of religion and 'divinity' in a fantasy context is interest. Nice humour and a few twists along the way are good too.

Oct 20, 2010

I was pleasantly suprised by this book. I found the characters believable and interesting. The idea of breathing life and magic into a person to renew energy is cleverly done, with a subtle reference to the Genesis creation story. In the same way the resurrection of the Returned to save one person reflects a Christian message without bopping you on the head with it. Excellent world-building and an infusion of humor make this a top-notch, fun read.

book_devourer Jun 01, 2010

Sanderson's writing is exceptional. No one else could weave together such a complicated world of science fiction as seamlessly and clearly as he does in both Warbreaker and Elantris. If you think you don't like science Fiction/ Fantasy. Read these and then decide.

Feb 06, 2010

Ignore the fluffy / cheap cover art -- truly a book you shouldn't judge by its cover (or weak title). I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit like Steven Erikson 'lite' -- less complex, less dense, but with similar attempts at humour and magic system with some thought behind it.

That said, there were a couple of oddities about it. First of all, and the one that might bother a reader the most, it reused some of the elements in his Elantris book -- I was pretty surprised to once again find an inner city comprised of walled in gods who had first lived mortal lives... sound familiar? The other oddity was that the level of editing of the text was poor -- there were a surprising number of grammatical errors / typos in the edition I read.

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