Elantris

Elantris

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.

Title:Elantris
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780765350374
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    Elantris Reviews

  • Matthew

    To be fair, I was warned going in that this was Sanderson’s first novel. Maybe because of this it is not his best. Also, I should not judge everything by this book and, as a result, not want to read...

  • Petrik

    3.5/5 StarsExactly 3 months ago, I finished binge reading the two available books in the Stormlight Archive series, Brandon Sanderson’s magnum opus and my favorite series of all time. By that time, ...

  • Dorreh

    Oh my God this is so contrary to my usual love of shorter novels.Okay so I knew that I had missed something in my review pot, I just realized now that I had missed this book.But there is a Persian say...

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    I'll have to think about how to review this but for now... wow!Sanderson does it again!...

  • jessica

    when i asked john for book recommendations, his list included ‘everything by brandon sanderson.’ apparently ‘everything’ is not an actual book title, but meant everything sanderson has ever wr...

  • carol.

    Oh, Elantris, why must you torture me so? Why must you force me into conflict with the library, my favorite dealer? They claim I owe them, and they aren't going to leave me alone. I'm afraid to go to ...

  • Merphy Napier

    I really enjoyed this book a lot. It's very different from how Sanderson builds up his stories in later novels (the plot took off on page two, but I'm used to him spending some time building his chara...

  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    Holy shite balls! I loved this book!Okay, I took a picture of the back of the book because I liked how they had the part about Raoden, Hrathen, and Sarene printed on there but I did cut off a little b...

  • Katerina

    Re-discovering Brandon Sanderson was one of my best decisions this year.Elantris is undoubtedly a wonderful debut, paving the path for marvelous fantasy adventures. And even though it's probably Sande...

  • ??BooksofRadiance??

    3.75⭐️I got my Cosmere fix. *giddy. Giddy. So giddy*Should be able to last me for a few weeks. RTCI need my Cosmere fix...No matter where I go, all roads lead back to the Cosmere.Such is the way o...