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Elantris: Tenth Anniversary Author's Definitive Edition (2005 original; edició 2015)

de Brandon Sanderson (Autor)

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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 the first book appearance of the short story "The Hope of Elantris," revealing interesting action referred to late in the novel, and 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.

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Títol:Elantris: Tenth Anniversary Author's Definitive Edition
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Elantris de Brandon Sanderson (2005)

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I had to go back and read it because of Arcanum Unbounded. Still as good as ever. The audiobook doesn't disappoint either. ( )
  jazzbird61 | Feb 29, 2024 |
Enjoyable and a unique world. The characters were not all entirely likable or original, yet I raced through this exciting novel quickly and looked forward to each spare moment I could steal away to read. I would certainly recommend it and look for more by this author. ( )
  mslibrarynerd | Jan 13, 2024 |
“love is independent of time”
Sanderson strikes again, and I’m constantly amazed. I will admit that it took me quite a while to get into this book, but the effort was worth it. This story will stick with me for quite a while. There’s something about the way Sanderson’s worlds and characters are so easy to believe are real that is almost unfair. ( )
  lindywilson | Jan 3, 2024 |
Where do I begin? I think since I read the Mistborn books before this (his fantasy debut) it gives me a bit of an edge. I can see some of the theories and ideas that he formed in Elantris taking fuller life in the Mistborn books (especially in regards to religious ideals and political upheavel). Though Elantris has nothing to do with Mistborn beyond its the same genre and author, at their core I think they dealt with the same things. How religious fervor can blind followers, how unstable a government is with a weak King (or ruler), how even seemingly evil men can be shielding a far worse menace.

There are some troublesome spots, or at least character motivations that weren't fully developed. Dilaf, a Derethi priest, for instance gets an eleventh hour change of status that is plausible (given the overall nature of the Fjordell government), but his blind hatred of Elantris is only given a cursory glancing. The reason is mentioned earlier in the book offhandedly by Raoden, but the connection to Dilaf isn't made until very close to the end of the book. There is also the matter of Adien, one of Sarene's cousins, who gets a brief 'This is why he was like this all this time' and then 'Now he's better'. The question of the Aons is also left dangling--where do they come from, how are they made?

Throughout we 'see' events from three different third person viewpoints. Raoden, stuck in Elantris after he is struck down by the mysterious Shaod. Sarene, after she arrives in Arelon to find herself a widow before a bride. And lastly Hrathen, a High Priest of Derethi who is determined to convert the populace of Arelon quickly to avoid the bloodshed that could follow otherwise. This gives us a rounded view of events occuring throughout all of Arelon, but also offers insights when paths intersect (or collide in some cases). Where Sarene sees the game of matching wits with Hrathen as a game necessary to save others, Hrathen sees her as an opponent who challenges him and makes him think. He respects her even as he curses her interference. Where Sarene thinks giving food to the Elantrian citizens is a helpful offering, Raoden bemoans the bad timing of the charity.

In the end I enjoyed the book immensely and can fully appreciate everything that Sanderson took from this and expanded upon in the Mistborn books. ( )
  lexilewords | Dec 28, 2023 |
Elantris, Sanderson's outstanding fantasy debut, has something for everyone: mystery, magic, romance, political, wrangling, religious conflict, fights for equality, sharp writing and wonderful, robust characters. If you like this sort of thing: this is the book for you!
Elantris is a story of a city and its godlike inhabitants, yes, but first it's a story of three amazingly different characters. Raoden, prince of Arelon, loved by all, including the princess he'd never met. Headstrong Sarene, princess of Teod, a widow before she was ever married. And Hrathen, high priest of Fjordell, who desires to covert the people of Arelon or kill them. Their stories are so different, but they intertwine in the best of ways.
You see there’s a force in Arelon known as the Dor that randomly chooses people and grants them divine powers. Elantris was once the city of the gods, where anyone who was ‘chosen’ went to live. Ten years ago, the Elantrians lost their powers and caught a terrible disease instead. From that point on, Elantris became a prison city/contamination zone for any who caught that disease, for the Dor continues to choose people and curse them. The book starts out with Prince Raoden being struck by the curse and imprisoned in Elantris, while Princess Sareene of Teod in Kae, who was bethrohed to Raoden, believers her intended husband has died. She decides to use her wit and political savvy to protect Kae from malevolent forces without and within the city, chiefly the tortured soul Hrathen, a leader of the creepy Shu-Dereth faith, who aims to either convert Kae or destroy it.
This is a story of faith and determination set against a vividly portrayed world where magic is based on channeling power through the depiction of runes, which I found to be highly intriguing. The magic systems of the world of Elantris each use a set of forms to access the Dor.
1. AonDor uses symbols called Aons, which can be drawn directly in the air as glowing light, or in a large variety of physical representations, such as etched into metal plates, or incorporated into the design of buildings. Anyone can learn to draw Aons, but they only have power when created by an Elantrian. AonDor is tied to the city of Elantris and is only practiced within its borders. Aons work elsewhere but become weaker with distance from Elantris.
2. ChayShan is not explored much in Elantris, however it seems to consist of a type of meditative martial art, with the forms one moves through granting access to the Dor. It appears that, like Aons, these forms can be practiced, potentially by anyone, without supernatural effect, with additional factors such as intent or bloodline establishing the connection to the Dor.
3. Dakhor is even less well understood than ChayShan, without even a concrete name. It is currently referred to as Dakhor because its only known practitioners are members of Dakhor Monastery. What is known is that its use alters the bones of the user, causing them to twist and form patterns under the skin. These patterns are most likely the 'form' through which this magic is channeled. Dakhor allows access to the Dor and has a possible connection to Dominion. Dakhor requires human sacrifice in several of its uses.
Yes, the magic system is fascinating but it's the vivid, strongly drawn characters that make this story compelling. If you haven't read this one, do yourself a favor and pick it up. ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
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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.
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A cut above the same-old, but hardly a classic.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaKirkus (May 1, 2005)
 
A surprisingly satisfying, single-volume epic fantasy that invokes a complex, vibrant world.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaBooklist, 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.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaPublishers 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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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 the first book appearance of the short story "The Hope of Elantris," revealing interesting action referred to late in the novel, and 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.

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