Saturday, February 11, 2012

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker is a stand-alone fantasy novel with all of the requisite action, suspense and memorable characters from the author of Mistborn. Sanderson is one of only a handful of fantasy writers today who can write long fantasies and not lose my attention. Essentially a story about two sisters, Vivenna and Siri, the latter who is forced into a marriage with King Susebron, the God King of T’Telir. But the God King has secrets and over time Siri begins to unravel a plot that could destroy them both. Meanwhile, her sister Vivenna has traveled far to save her sister from what she believes is certain death only to be pulled into a plot that is as deadly as anything she feared might befall her sister. Warbreaker is a long book (676 pages in paperback) and has multiple plot twists that kept me reading. I won’t reveal those twists here, but suffice it say I am always grateful for Sanderson’s original approach to fantasy writing. He’s a writer willing to take chances with plots and characters and with Warbreaker he succeeds admirably.

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