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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.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer (forthcoming)

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners

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Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2006
ISBN: 9781429914550
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (638 pages)


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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Jan 30, 2019

This is the first book by Brandon Sanderson which I've read, and so far I'm impressed. So impressed, in fact, that I'll need to return for more. Truth be told, as I delved into this book, I wasn't sure I would enjoy it; normally, where the fantasy genre is concerned, I much prefer "the quest" to "the politics," and ELANTRIS is largely a book of politics. But that sells it short in many ways, because it manages to be much more than that, too; it is also a book of mystery, humor, theology, and character, and those characters are definitely what kept the pages turning. Raoden, Sarene, and Hrathen, the three central characters of the story, have plots which interweave with one another throughout, slowly revealing the central key mystery: what happened to the once great city of Elantris where god-like beings ruled? Why do those who become Elantrians now turn into half-dead-but-not-alive, living corpses rather than the magical, divine beings they once were? All of these questions circle around a plot involving religious zealotry, political corruption, romance, action, and magic. ELANTRIS has almost everything you could want from this kind of book. My only complaint is the rather rushed ending. As the plot comes to a boil, Sanderson hops around his various plots, giving the reader brief snippets of action rather than anything detailed or intricate. On the one hand, I believe he did this to try and raise the tension, but on the other hand, it kept me from becoming involved in the resolution to the story. That being said, however, the final words of the novel are still seared into my mind: a very fitting end to the novel. I'm also, contrary to others, glad that ELANTRIS is a standalone novel. It's a book that stands entirely on its own, which is a rare feat in the fantasy genre.

Jan 27, 2019

really enjoyed this story -was disappointed that there is not a series!

Jun 20, 2018

The story of Elantris is a little less harsh than other Cosmere sequence stories, but that doesn't make it any less good. It's also one of the more geographically contained stories. For the most part, it only takes place in 3 cities, 2 of which border one another. The book ends without a necessity for a sequel to 'finish' the story, and most (but not all) of the loose ends are tied up by the final chapter. While the author has indicated that Elantris happens before any of the other Cosmere novels, it isn't as engrossing as any of the 'flagship' cosmere series such as Mistborn or the Stormlight Archive. Two large parts of the story are a giant chasm on the landscape and 'Domi', the god of two of the people in Arelon and Teod. If you've read the three Stormlight Archive books or Arcanum Unbound, you can guess who 'Domi' was and why that chasm appeared. If you hadn't, I'd imagine a reader would wonder why it wasn't addressed. I would probably recommend Elantris to people looking for mostly light fantasy, but not as a primer to other Sanderson works.

Beatricksy Jul 21, 2017

I just really enjoyed this. The magic is super well defined--I wish there had been more playing with it, but what was there was beautiful. The political element is interesting, dragging in ideas that I haven't necessarily seen explored in fantasy before. It's a shame that our swordfighting female protagonist is relegated to damsel at the end, but otherwise it's a delightful romp in a well established universe.

Apr 30, 2017

Elantris is an imaginative and interesting story which I enjoyed reading. However, I couldn’t believe that Sanderson just stopped with this one novel – it screams to be continued and made into a series. The book is well written, but I feel that he focuses way too much detail on the political machinations and ignores the fascinating aspects he introduces of the fabled city Elantris and its magic. It feels like we are given only a tantalizing taste of these things, leaving the reader wanting more. For example, I loved the idea of the “Seons,” the intelligent beings that take the form of orbs of glowing light – and yet very little attention is paid to them through the course of the story. We need a sequel or two to flesh out these characters and the mysteries of Elantris’ “gods”…

Mar 11, 2017

My son gave this to me for Christmas, a thoughtful gift as he knew I had devoured Bujold's works and was jonesing for missing books from her World of the Five Gods series. For that reason, the book is dear to me. Critically, I liked the book and didn't in almost equal measure--I stopped and restarted it several times when annoyed with what repeatedly jarred to me as characters not acting or speaking as people actually do, or worse, inconsistently within their own characters or action lines as developed--inconsistent motivation, action, and annoying skips in emotional intelligence--or so it seemed to me. I liked much of the magical theory, liked the storytelling very much in parts, and was impressed with a distinct world easy to visualize and remember well after the book is over. I also had a major question I'd been waiting to have answered still unanswered at the end of the book.

Jun 28, 2016

pretty sure this book is missing a sequel, given how its ending goes.

Jan 16, 2016

I really liked this. It is very different from any books I have ever read. I'm looking forward to reading more of his stories.

Dec 29, 2015

In my opinion, this is the least of Brandon's Cosmere works.

It just seems that all the climax has been put into the ending.

May 26, 2015

It's rare to find a good high fantasy tale that doesn't span less than half a foot tall. Elantris is an exception. By now, nearly everyone knows who Brandon Sanderson is. You know, author of The Way of Kings, Mistborn, and all those big fat fantasy novels that are selling out quickly at the bookstore.
But the novel that first put him on the map was Elantris, a standalone fantasy novel and arguably one of the most imaginative books in the genre.
While Elantris doesn't do anything new in the genre (and few books do these days), it's a thoroughly enjoyable tale and certainly one of the better high fantasy tales you can find in packed into a single volume.
Elantris proves that you don't have to cut down a wide swath of forest to tell a fantastic fantasy tale -- something that many fantasy authors don't seem to realize. What's surprising is that Fat Fantasy Meister Sanderson started his forest-killing career with an environmentally-friendly standalone.
If you like Sanderson's other books, it's a no brainer to read Elantris. But author pedigree aside, Elantris is a great story with a rather unique (to fantasy anyway) story?
Now why should you read Elantris out of the many other great books out there? The plot is great, the characters well drawn, and it's a fantasy adventure that sucks you in and won't spit you out till you've finished the last page. The book has a strong female protagonist too (something that's quite common in most of Sanderson's books) and a likable, manly hero too.
If you are looking for a standard high fantasy tale to make this list, then Elantris is the stand-in one for that spot. Apparently, Sanderson is working (or thinking about) writing a sequel the book, though the story is completely self contained as it is.

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