Warbreaker – Book Review

If you have been following this blog for a while, then you know that I don’t like to over share information about a book when I write my reviews because I’ve had a story spoiled before because a reviewer decided to chop down every detail of a book. I will give you a nice rundown and then my rating. Let’s jump into it.

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – Book Review

Brandon Sanderson is probably best known for his Mistborn series. I actually did not love the first book in that series and almost never gave him another try. Then I read The Rithmatist, and suddenly I was in love with his writing style. That is when I decided to give Warbreaker a shot. Warbreaker is about two sisters. These two sisters are princesses and they live in a world where people who die in glory come back as gods known as the returned. These gods live in a pantheon in the capital city of Hallandran.

In this world the magic system is called BioChroma, and deals with breaths and colors. Sounds insane? That’s because Sanderson’s mind and imagination is on a whole other level than ours. It is a really intriguing and beautiful magic system, and that is something I remember even from the Mistborn book. He is just really amazing with magic systems and world building. The whole idea of the gods and the pantheon gave me Greek mythology vibes and that was really cool.

Now the story goes back and forth between Siri, Vivenna(the two sisters), Lightsong, and Vasher. I loved these characters but I have to say the self doubting god Lightsong is my absolute favorite. He’s got sarcasm for days, and really questions his own identity as a god, and questions people’s faith in him. While Vivenna and her uptight ways was possibly the most boring for a while. There are a lot of political aspects in this book, but once again Sanderson knows how to write this in an interesting way.

I did find this book at 652 pages to be a bit long, but that’s never really stopped me from reading anything, the problem here is that it is a bit slow paced for a fantasy novel. Which is where it lost a star for me. Other than that the story is wonderful, filled with plot twists and crazy characters. Also I hear this story sort of connects to the Words of Radiance story from Sanderson. I will let you read it to find out how it does that.

 

I highly recommend this book, and it’s made me really appreciate Brandon Sanderson’s writing and storytelling. This gets 4 out of 5 Metalhorns from me!

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The Rithmatist – Book Review

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If you read fantasy novels then you have definitely heard of Brandon Sanderson.

Well he wrote The Rithmatist for a younger audience. Teen/Young Adult audience to be exact. If you are not usually a fan of Young Adult novels, then you may want to start being a fan. This book made me so excited and happy!!!

Seriously, it hooked me right from the start, and it kept me interested and wanting more. Which is where it made me sad because from the information I could find, the second book is only scheduled for 2017. Brandon Sanderson, if you ever see this… please hurry!! I will give you … (checks pockets…) 20 euros if you release it sooner!!

It is indeed that wonderful.

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This story is about Joel, who wants to become a Rithmatist. Rithmatists are a very selective group of people who have the ability to bring two dimensional figures that are known as Chalklings to life. This is important because there are wild chalklings that the Rithmatists need to be able to defend their world from.

Joel is just a son of a chalk maker at Armedius Academy who would give anything to become a Rithmatist himself. He gets thrown into a mystery when a few Rithmatist students go missing. Him and his friend Melody along with another group of wonderful side characters bring this mystery to life. This story might be written for a younger crowd but Brandon Sanderson got it right. The story has mystery, and amazing detail. There are drawings explaining exactly what it is that Rithmatists do.

It brings this world to life, and it had been a while since a book has brought me so much joy, and yet some sadness. Booknerds know what I am talking about. I highly recommend this book!!! The characters are wonderful and the plot is imaginative.

This one gets 5 out of 5 Metalhorns from me!!!

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