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Elantris (2005)

por Brandon Sanderson

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Elantris was built on magic and it thrived. But then the magic began to fade and Elantris began to rot. And now its shattered citizens face domination by a powerful Imperium motivated by dogged religious views. Can a young Princess unite the people of Elantris, rediscover the lost magic and lead a rebellion against the imperial zealots? Brandon Sanderson's debut fantasy showed his skill as a storyteller and an imaginer of baroque magical systems to be fully developed from the start.… (mais)
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This was another one of my series-sampling audio listens, to see if I might want to pursue it in print someday. The book does stand alone well, but Sanderson has plans to continue it eventually, so I’d been holding off on reading it in print.

Audio Narration
The narrator is Jack Garrett. I didn’t have any significant trouble listening to him. He distinguished between different character voices well and he didn’t over-do the drama too much. He does however read very slow compared to what I’ve become accustomed to with other narrators. This was the first time I ventured to increase my listening speed, only by a small amount to 1.2x, but that was a big improvement. His slow reading speed combined with the explanatory tone of voice he used sometimes made me feel like he was talking to a small and not particularly bright child. That distracted me a little until I increased the speed, and then it no longer bothered me. When I first increased it, I had to double check a couple of times to verify it really was increased, because it sounded so normal. To my ears, the slightly faster speed sounded more natural.

Story
I really enjoyed this! Elantris is a city that used to be beautiful and full of magic, and its inhabitants had transformed bodies and magical powers. Then 10 years ago something happened, and both the city and its people became diseased. Becoming an Elantrian, both before and after it became diseased, is something that happens randomly and unexpectedly to people from all walks of life. One day the prince of Arelon, Raoden, wakes up having been transformed. He’s locked in Elantris as is currently the custom, where he’s promptly attacked by deranged and desperate people. Meanwhile, Princess Sarene of Teod is sailing to Arelon to wed the aforementioned Raoden, a man she barely knows, mostly due to political necessity as their nations are the last two nations who haven’t fallen to the militant Fjordell religion. There’s a third main POV character, Hrathen, a priest of the aforementioned militant religion, who has recently come to Arelon. He sees himself as their savior, with his mission being to convert the people before they have to be destroyed.

As with most books I enjoy a lot, I’m not sure how to explain why I enjoyed this one so much. I just did. :) I was hooked from the beginning. The idea of Elantris and people unexpectedly transforming into Elantrians and the mysterious dying city all really captured my interest. Prince Raoden is the type of character that always appeals to me, noble and working toward the greater good. Princess Sarene was an enjoyable character too, strong and feisty. Her portion of the story focused more on political maneuvering, which is something I also enjoy. I could have done with a little less bemoaning of her difficulties in obtaining a husband, but I guess it wasn’t too bad. I didn’t enjoy the Hrathen POV as much, even though I did appreciate the nuances of his character and his chapters’ relevance to the rest of the story.

There’s some occasional humor, and some other fun secondary characters. It was easy to follow in audio while still having plenty of depth. It wasn’t very twisty, but it had its moments. Mostly, it was written in such a way that I usually guessed where things were going in advance and enjoyed the satisfaction of being right. All the main story threads are wrapped up, but there are some open questions about the Elantrians and its magic and such. I look forward to someday re-reading this in print and continuing the series when the other books are published. This is a definite “yes” for me to follow up on in print someday. ( )
1 vote YouKneeK | Jul 31, 2021 |
I have yet to find a Sanderson novel that I don't particularly like and Elantris is no exception.

Basically, Elantris focuses around the titular city; once a place of wonder and magic which. Ten years ago, all that ended and now it's populated by essentially zombies: those without heartbeats who cannot die and cannot heal. We follow a few different story lines--a princess from another land engaged to the prince who gets Elantrisified in the very beginning of the story; an attempted religious coup from multiple fronts; and the politics of a kingdom/city trying to heal after massive upheaval.

This is his earliest work and in some ways it shows. He actually commented recently on the Writing Excuses podcast that he co-hosts that he's learned a lot about pacing since writing Elantris. Towards the end, I definiately noticed it. In the last 10% or so of the novel, everything comes to a head all at once. I think it could have been even strong had some of the storylines come to fruition earlier.

I did like a lot of the characters. Sarene reminds me strongly of Shallan from The Way of Kings (perhaps because it's the most recent other Sanderson novel I've read), but I think I actually like her more. Raoden seems almost too good to be true, but keeps just enough human trivialities (especially when interacting with Sarene), that I still like him. I particularly grew to like Hrathen. It's always interesting to see how fantasy novels interact with religion.

More than anything, I wish this novel had a sequel. Well, it sort of does in [b: The Emperor's Soul|13578175|The Emperor's Soul|Brandon Sanderson|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1343059311s/13578175.jpg|19161502], although that it in a completely different part of the world. It looks like there is a true sequel in the works though (FAQ). Awesome. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Sanderson spends so much time working on his characters that you forget there's a pretty decent plot lurking below. For a debut novel, it was excellent, though Sanderson has shown how much he has developed when you compare this with "Way of Kings." ( )
  youngheart80 | Jun 15, 2021 |
Even though this is Sandersons first book, it hits many of the same chords. The magic system isn't as well developed as in his following works, leading to revelation moments which had me scratching my head a little. The story itself was a bit long for how little happened. The overall story ended up leaving me wishing some of the mysteries were revealed sooner, giving more time for elaboration. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
It’s an interesting concept, and the characters are likable; but so much of the story felt incomplete and too many of the situations too contrived. ( )
  Nicole_13 | May 12, 2021 |
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The author's skill at turning conventional fantasy on its head produces a tale filled with surprising twists and turns and a conclusion both satisfying and original.
adicionada por Katya0133 | editarLibrary Journal, Jackie Cassada (May 15, 2005)
 
A cut above the same-old, but hardly a classic.
adicionada por Katya0133 | editarKirkus (May 1, 2005)
 
A surprisingly satisfying, single-volume epic fantasy that invokes a complex, vibrant world.
adicionada por Katya0133 | editarBooklist, Regina Schroeder (May 1, 2005)
 
The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down.
adicionada por Katya0133 | editarPublishers Weekly (Apr 8, 2005)
 
This a book that if you haven't read already, it should be high up on your list of books to read next. While the steep learning curve and the slow pacing can be a little frustrating at times, the compelling characters and the intriguing mysteries make it so hard to put this book down.
 

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de las Heras, StephanIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Elantris was built on magic and it thrived. But then the magic began to fade and Elantris began to rot. And now its shattered citizens face domination by a powerful Imperium motivated by dogged religious views. Can a young Princess unite the people of Elantris, rediscover the lost magic and lead a rebellion against the imperial zealots? Brandon Sanderson's debut fantasy showed his skill as a storyteller and an imaginer of baroque magical systems to be fully developed from the start.

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