This week I’m continuing with the Cosmere series of works by Brandon Sanderson with it being his first published piece of work, Elantris.
Explanation of Brandon Sanderson’s work: First and foremost, if you’ve never heard of the Cosmere universe of works let me sum it up for you in a few sentences. Every single one of Brandon Sanderson’s Adult Fantasy novels is set in the same universe (not the same planet necessarily), and there are certain characters you will see in every book. There is an over arching story to the Cosmere, which we don’t know the specifics of except a few scant details, but if you pay attention to certain words that pop up in each series it’ll make sense. If you have read all his books and are still looking for the rest of the little information we do know go to the 17thshard.com and look up their Cosmere posts on the forums. It’s a mind-boggling read in and of itself, but there are plenty of spoilers for various books so only do that after you’ve read all his stuff that’s been released.
Plot Synopsis: The book is named after the ruined city, whose “cursed” inhabitants are the focus of the book’s plot. It focuses on 3 main characters for telling the story each with their own divergent plot lines.
Plot: For his first published work Elantris isn’t nearly as good as his later works. I’ll admit and say that I’d only read Elantris to enjoy the Cosmere, as there is a rather significant character from this book that shows up in another of his series The Stormlight Archives. That being said, it’s plot is definitely better than other first books from similar Fantasy authors such as Robert Jordan or George R.R. Martin. The magic system in this book is probably the most boring of Brandon Sandersons, but that being said it’s also the most powerful if I were to equate it into a game.
Characters: I love Raoden’s part of the story, and actually had the most trouble trying to care about Sarene’s plot for my first read of this book. Going back though I enjoy each part of the story and its many characters.
Overall: For those interested in the Cosmere, you will need to read this book to start to grasp the underlying story of the Cosmere.
For those who like: Intricate Magic Systems, The Cosmere, Good plot.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or first novels from an author.