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16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Sanderson keeps getting better and better.

Brandon Sanderson is hardly a rookie author. Having read Elantris and all of Mistborn, I came to the table expecting an enjoyable read out of Warbreaker. Still, I was blown away. Though a little apprehensive about reading it all on a computer screen, I was board while t...
Brandon Sanderson is hardly a rookie author. Having read Elantris and all of Mistborn, I came to the table expecting an enjoyable read out of Warbreaker. Still, I was blown away. Though a little apprehensive about reading it all on a computer screen, I was board while traveling for work, so I downloaded it. I couldn't stop reading. I stayed up till the wee hours of the morning because the book was so engaging. The story was excellently told, and the comic relief was spot on. Warbreaker is much better than Elantris and Mistborn in every way (except, perhaps, the magic system; alomancy is too cool). While I appreciate Sanderson's motives in writing stand alone epic fantasy, I hope that he reneges. I would be thrilled to see another novel set in the Warbreaker world. If Sanderson keeps improving at this rate, he will become the benchmark over and beyond Tolkien, Jordan or any other author you care to mention. Even though I've already read the free downloadable version off of Sanderson's website, I will definitely order a hardback for my personal library.

posted by 1203308 on April 8, 2009

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Good solid story--there is more set up for sequel than conclusion

I first discovered Brian Sanderson because he was finishing up Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The last WOT book was by far the best written of the whole series. I decided to read some of Brian Sanderson's other works and saw War Breaker.

The story is discuss...
I first discovered Brian Sanderson because he was finishing up Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The last WOT book was by far the best written of the whole series. I decided to read some of Brian Sanderson's other works and saw War Breaker.

The story is discussed from the views of 4 characters and alternates from character to character. There were several plot twist. The first one really threw me.

The story of two sisters, the oldest, dutiful Vivienna and the youngest light hearted Suri. Vivienna and Suri's father signed a treaty with a neighboring county Hallendren, that they consider sinful, garish pagans, to give his daughter in marriage to their pagan God King. Although Vivienna has been promised to the God King since her birth her father loves her so much that he can't send her and instead see a way of ridding himself of his youngest Suri's frivolous behavior. That decision changes the fate of both countries. Vivienna whole purpose is life is taken from her and Suri who enjoyed being unimportant is thrown into a role she is hardly prepared for. Sanderson creates female characters that are strong and intelligent without being angry and militant.

Vasher is a powerful, scary, murder running around the capital city of Hallendren.

Light Song is a returned god in Hallendren. He is frivolous and silly and questions his own divinity.

I enjoyed the story. It was a neatly told tale that leave room for sequel. A lot wasn't explained but then again I figure there is a sequel in the works. But a nice solid read.

posted by bookaholicNYC on February 23, 2010

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Tedious and uninspiring with narcissistic overtones

    Just changing the names of vampires and zombies doesn't change the fact that you're reading a well worn, boring, story format. Let's face it,you know a character has worn out its welcome when there are multiple series on tv using zombies and vampires. Then there is the author's use of hundreds of pages explaining his story development process. Shouldn't have bothered.

    All these comments aside, congratulations to the author on being published. Now write something better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Boring

    The most boring book i have ever read in my life.

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  • Posted July 16, 2009

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    Warbreaker is full of stereotypes, twists and turns and epic failures

    So I recently read Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, and I have to say that I'm glad he offered it for free on his website, because I would have been pissed if I had paid for it.
    This book is about what I would expect if M. Night Shamalan decided to write a work of epic fantasy. And I'm talking about the recent M. Night Shamalan not Sixth Sense M. Night Shamalan. The one who loves to put random twists into his novel for no discernible reason, the one whose characters are cardboard cutouts, the one whose dialogue is wooden and reaching, the one whose plot arcs are silly and childish. Come on trees that kill people (this is shamalan not sanderson)?
    Well Mr. Sanderson talking swords and color based breath magic are stupid. Figurehead gods who have their toungues removed? Could you be less subtle? Okay I guess I'm not one to talk about subtlety when I'm calling your "magic system" stupid, but come on you deserve the snipe.
    to read the rest of the review visit http://tickleishpickle.blogspot.com/2009/07/warbreaker-stereotypes-and-twists-equal.html

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