Monday, August 17, 2009

Book Review: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson!

Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books
Hard Cover: 592 pages
Publication Date: June 9, 2009
My Rating: 10/10 One of My all time favorites!

Recommended: Oh, yes, for sure! There isn't anyone I wouldn't recommend Brandon Sanderson to!

Re-Read? Most Definitely, without a doubt!

Synopsis (book cover):

"Warbreaker is the story of two sisters who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago. Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people. By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery; and the mysterious Vasher."

My thoughts (spoiler free):
Warbreaker is a standalone novel (though there has been talk about a second one in the far off future) written by the bestselling author of Elantris and The Mistborn Trilogy(AWESOME!) and the author finishing up The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson!

First off, I'd like to tell you that Sanderson is My all Time Favorite Author! I've enjoyed All of his work immensely! Anyway, on to the review:

This is easily Sanderson's best work to date. If you haven't read any of Sanderson's work, then you may not know that he's known for his well thought out, thought provoking, and unique magic systems. There is no exception to that fact in Warbreaker - a world where Color and Breath is magic. In Warbreaker the magic system plays a big part and is absolutely breathtaking, but what really stands out is his spiraling plot twists and his Three dimensional characters. The plot literally takes you on a roller coaster, and once you think you've figured out whats going to happen next, you'll only soon realize you were highly mistaken. The Characters all grow and mature in a way that's authentic, intriguing, and there are absolutely no one dimensional characters. He gives each character their own time in the spot light, and their development you can see from beginning to end. His writing style is simple yet affective. Some authors, even Sanderson, claim that humor is the hardest part to write, but Sanderson has found a way to pass humor off remarkably well in this tale. His religions are also something to marvel at, they're all well thought out, indeed.

Warbreaker is definitely a book to put on the top of any ones reading list. Likable and superb characters, comic relief that's on-key, unique religions, awesome magic system, and plot twists that won't leave you disappointed in any way. This is a tale that will leave you absolutely flabbergasted, and hoping Sanderson won't just leave this book in standalone form! Sanderon is a master storyteller, no doubt about it.

Also, the cover is absolutely spell-binding, and one of My all time Favorites, so here's the making of it by Dan Dos Santos! So AWESOME! Enjoy!

(All feedback welcome! Thanks! Also, If you wrote a review please leave the link I'd love to read it!)

20 Witty Remarks!:

NY Book Cafe said...

I love the colors Dan Dos Santos used for the cover. Really beautiful! I love sci-fi/fantasy. I will have to check it out!

Anonymous said...

*sighs* I have to return this book today some jackass put it on hold so I couldn't finish it. No fair. It was a good read (well from the pages I have read) I'm going to take it out again.

I love Sanderson's stuff. He's awesome. Great review!

Juju said...

Gorgeous cover.

Melissa said...

Krista you hit this one right one!! Great review. Brandons books are awesome, but, well... you know that already as we have talked about them over at B&N.

Great review! I agree - Will suggest this book to all and anyone.

Blodeuedd said...

I have wanted to read this book ever since I first came across that cover. I am glad to hear that it's great

Ryan G said...

I promise I will get to this book someday. It's just going to be a while down the road. I agree with the cover being absolutely gorgeous.

Krista said...

NY Book Cafe, love the colors! Dan Santos is the man! Thanks for stopping by to comment!

Okbolover, man that sucks! I would've cried...LOL!;D Sanderson is awesome! Thanks!

JuJu, I agree!

Melhay, thanks!

Blodeuedd, the cover is awesome as is the book! Happy Reading!

Ryan, it seems I'm adding to your TBR pile as well as your adding to mine...LOL! Yep, gorgeous cover!

Thanks everyone for commenting!!

Dannie said...

That video makes me feel like such a failure! haha!

Krista said...

Dannie, doesn't it though! I'm an artist too and he makes it look so easy! Too Awesome! Thanks for commenting and following!

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I love a good cover and am happy to know that the inside doesn't disappoint. I haven't read any of his work but now I'm dying to check it out. And yes, love the video, too!

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

I loved Warbreaker. I can't believe how many authors we agree upon. I'm still finishing Sanderson's Mistborn series. Aren't you excited for Suzanne Collin's Catching Fire due out next month? I think Hunger Games was one of my favorite reads.
BTW: Dan's DVD is well worth the money. I would recommend it to anyone.

Book Chick City said...

This sounds great! I haven't heard of this author before so thanks for the review. I will definitely be looking him up!

Krista said...

Alyssa, awesome book well worth the time! Thanks for stopping by to comment and follow!

Kim, the Mistborn series rocks! Happy reading! Yeah, I'm so looking forward to Catching Fire, so much so I just pre-ordered it the other day! Thanks for stopping by to comment, and for the Dan info, thanks!

Book Chick, awesome author hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by to comment and follow!

Thanks everyone for the great feedback! Happy Reading!

celi.a said...

This book looks beyond amazing. I mean, the cover alone makes your jaw drop and starts the "I want this!" gears in your brain going. Thanks for your solid review!

Krista said...

Thanks, Celia! Awesome cover. I don't think anyone could pass it by. I know I couldn't, awesome book!

logankstewart said...

I agree, the cover is pretty cool looking. I haven't got to read it yet, but it's on my shelf, yelling at me to pick it up and read it. I'll review it whenever I get to it. Up now is the rest of Joe Abercrombie's series.

Krista said...

Logan, the cover is wonderful! I look forward to your review.

I'm actually starting AB's books really soon, after The Name Of The Wind, I think. I'm excited I've heard so many great things!

Alexia561 said...

Great review! Haven't heard of this book or author, so will definitely check it out. Agree with everyone that the cover is absolutely gorgeous!

Krista said...

Thanks, Alexia! Sanderson is awesome, and the cover is just spell-binding.....

Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

Krista -
Well this will certainly be added to my exploding tbr list... thanks :)