Brandon Sanderson – Elantris

In 2005, Brandon Sanderson debuted with Elantris, an epic fantasy unlike any other then on the market. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Tor is reissuing Elantris in a special edition, a fresh chance to introduce it to the myriad readers who have since become Sanderson fans.

This new edition begins with a preface by author Dan Wells, the first person to read the completed novel, and a new afterword by Sanderson explaining how he came to write the book and its place in the Cosmere, the unified universe of all his Tor novels.

Also included is an expanded version of the “Ars Arcanum” appendix, with more of the technical details of the book’s magic that fans can never get enough of.

Elantris was truly a milestone both for Sanderson and for the genre of epic fantasy. It deserves this special treatment, something Tor has done only once before, with Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. Sanderson fans old and new will be excited to discover it.

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Narrator: Jack Garrett
Duration: 28 hours 37 minutes
Released: 15 Jun 2010
Publisher: Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

polish walled

I flew through all 7 Mistborn books in less time than it took me to grind through Elantris. I won’t give a synopsis — since everyone else seemed to do a good job of that — but I will give my opinion.

It’s glaringly obvious that this is Sanderson’s first published novel, and that he’s grown tremendously since. Don’t get me wrong, the plot is interesting, but the writing style doesn’t make the story shine, like it should. He has a tendency to “tell” the reader what’s happening, rather than “showing” what’s happening.

The characters are interesting, too, but only a few of them are meaningfully developed. All of them are predictable. And the dialogue, which drives the narrative, is cheesy and unnatural.

While I normally am very open to different narration styles, I really couldn’t stand this guy. Like, at all. He pauses way too long between words that are in the same sentence, for one. Even speeding up the playback doesn’t help. He inflects his voice is ways that don’t fit the situation. And worst of all, nearly every word he says has soft “h” sound at the end of it, like he was breathing too much into the mic. It was… a bit uncomfortable to listen to.