Elantris: Tenth Anniversary Author's Definitive Edition

Elantris: Tenth Anniversary Author's Definitive Edition

by Brandon Sanderson


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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 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.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive

The Way of Kings

Words of Radiance

Edgedancer (Novella)

Oathbringer (forthcoming)

The Mistborn trilogy

Mistborn: The Final Empire

The Well of Ascension

The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series

Alloy of Law

Shadows of Self

Bands of Mourning


Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels



The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians

The Scrivener's Bones

The Knights of Crystallia

The Shattered Lens

The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series

The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners




Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765381026
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 78,843
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson is the bestselling author of books including Warbreaker, Elantris, The Stormlight Archive series, starting with The Way of Kings, and The Mistborn series-Mistborn, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages and The Alloy of Law. He has also written Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, a book for middle-grade readers, and the young adult novel, The Rithmatist. He also completed the final books in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time® series-The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight and A Memory of Light-based on Jordan's notes and material. Sanderson teaches writing at Brigham Young University. He lives in Utah.

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ir0nli0nzi0nzbee More than 1 year ago
Elantris, by Brandon Sanderson, is a great novel. This story of "gods" brought low is quite gripping, leaving the reader on the edge of his or her seat. The story of the Elantrans, and their once great race and city, is very deep, with a plot that has more twists and turns than a hedge maze. A prince deeply loved by his people, shows the signs of the changing, pronounced dead, and thrown in the old city of Elantris with the rest of these immortal beings. His betrothed arrives at the palace only to find that he has "died," yet the story she is told seems not to fit with what she sees. A priest of the most powerful religion in the world sees the fall of Elantris as a sign that his religion is the one true path...or is it? Elantris was hard to put down, and even harder to know that it is a standalone, for I only want more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to fantasy buffs as well as fans of Sanderson's other works. While not quite as fast paced or polished as his Mistborn series, it was a fantastic read with a very satisfying conclusion.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I found the time and world fascinating. It was amazing to think of an arranged marriage princess bride arriving to her new land to find out that her intended was dead and she was married to him, thus a widow never having met him in person. I have to admit that I have never met a character who came so close and yet had such a hard time getting married. I marvel how both the Princess and Prince created their own realms similarly yet apart. You want so badly for them to get together because you know that they would be good together. I love how the Prince pieces together the puzzle and comes to really love the Princess. He was so good at changing everyone in Elantris by giving them a job to do, a purpose. It really helps you appreciate our need for purpose in our lives. I was fascinated by the science involved in Elantris. It is hard to keep track of all of the characters especially because they sometimes have similar sounding names. There are a ton of characters to keep track of too. I found the priests involvement in the story disturbing at times but also intriguing. I do like how it ends.
Michael_Sw More than 1 year ago
What if the city of the gods, a beacon of hope and healing around the world, suddenly turned into a place of disease and ceaseless pain? The story of Elantris picks up ten years after the miraculous city of Elantris suffers that fate, and details the political maneuverings in the outside world in the aftermath. The book has no elves, no rings, no dragons, no wands, no vampires, and no werewolves and tells a humdinger of a good story. This is the first book I've read by Brandon Sanderson, and if they're all this good, I'm going to get every one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this novel. It is completely unlike anything that has been done before. Sanderson's ability to create new types of magic is just incredible. And then he uses it to help the characters grow and develop and it is wonderful. I had definitely been in a reading slump, all the fantasy novels started to feel the same and then I picked up Elantris... I couldn't put it down. I was drawn into the intrigue and depth. I rarely knew exactly what was coming next. Sometimes I'd have a good idea, and he sets it up well to give the right hints, letting the reader think and then realize it had been set up perfectly. I really cannot recommend this book enough.
KelliJ1 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It's definitely not as good as Sanderson's later works, but it's reflective of his fertile imagination. I loved the premised and enjoyed the plot. The characters were just okay and the ending wrapped up a little too neatly, which is why I don't rate it higher. Don't let the overhyping spoil it for you. It's a fine, middle-of-the-pack fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compelling characters, Rich and Dynamic world, Page-turning story. I've now read several Brandon Sanderson novels/series and I can honestly say I LOVE Elantris. It's a stand-alone and is a great quick read for me. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes Fantasy, anyone who likes good fiction and anyone interested in reading Brandon Sanderson. The only problem I had was that I didn't want to haul around my hard copy for when the impulse to read it struck. Problem solved! I now own it on Nook as well!
sam_ann More than 1 year ago
It's so rare these days for me to have a sense of completion when I read a fantasy novel, that this was a pleasant change. Sanderson built an interesting, layered fantasy world and laid out a very tight plot. It was fast paced and the characters were fun. It definitely shows that this is his first work though, because there's definitely a level of predictability about the whole book. Though I enjoyed this book, I far prefer his Mistborn trilogy.
Arrat More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book. For people who are "dying" , they are taken to a city of the damned. The prince of the city, finds himself there, but refuses to let the sickness stop him from helping others, learning more about the sickness, & finds the cure. Prince Raoden is a true prince. He helps the city occupants remember their humanity & with that establishes leadership over many of the factions in the city of the damned. I would also encourage to read many of his other stories.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it despite the politicking. Did I enjoy this book: I did. A friend of mine recommended it to me, and well, I’m a sucker for sci-fi. There was just a bit too much politicking for my interests, but I did enjoy it, and if you’re a fan of Dune, you’ll like it as well. The imagery was stunning – it would translate well to the big screen – and the writing was darn close to perfection. The conclusion felt a bit contrived; it was, despite the numerous deaths, just a bit too neat. The Elantrians are doused in oil, Spirit is on his way to eternal damnation, and Serene is moments away from her demise, and yet – suddenly – everything falls into place quite perfectly, and everything turns out okay. It was just a bit too lovely to be believable (well, as believable as a book about a city of once-magical-now-zombie people can be, I suppose). Even still, I enjoyed it up to the last page. Would I recommend it: For sure! Especially if you’re a fan of the Dune series, you’ll like the mix of politics, magic, and love affairs. Will I read it again: It’s unlikely due to the ginormous “To Read” list I’m currently grappling with, but Sanderson left ample room for a sequel, and I’d certainly read that! As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A rich, detailed story with characters you can truly care about, this is a great saga. Sanderson weaves a very complex, realistic tale with something for everyone. Politics, religions, love, hate, loyalty, betrayal. He does tend to go to the dark side before coming out on top though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly did not see how this would be resolved til it was. Great read and inspiring optimism amid what would be certain dispair.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books that I have ever read. The characters are so funny and pull you into the story without even trying. I think that I like this book even more than the Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians books by Brandon Sanderson. Of course, the Alcatraz books are for kids, but they're still amazing. I digress. EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why is it impossible to give this book more then 5 stars?
5thdoctor More than 1 year ago
I got into Brandon Sanderson because he was the author tapped to finish Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. I've read the Mistborn trilogy, both his WOT books, and loved them, so I thougt I should read his first novel as well. Elantris is definetly a simpler work than those later books. Secondary characters aren't that well defined, and even the main three protagonists can be a little one dimensional at times. But this is still a good page turner, displays Sandersons strengths, such as well written female characters,clarity of plot, slow, realistic revealing of the secrets of the world. A good summer read.
Zachary Ruzycki More than 1 year ago
Incredible story telling, amazing ending, gifted author! Check out his mistborn trilogy too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read many fantasy books, but I really enjoyed Brandon Sanderson's reading so I thought that I would do a review on one of his books. Since I was unfamiliar with his work, I went to one of my friends who is a really big fan of his writing and asked him where to start, so I started at the beginning, with his first novel, Elantris. I was almost immediately drawn into this book. I really enjoyed his style of moving from one vantage point to another, giving you the different sides of the story. I loved that this book wasn't as predictable as I thought. As I read books, I'm usually trying to come up with what would happen in the end. I merely got the gist of what was going to happen. I can honestly tell you that I was surprised at the things that happened in this story. I however get impatient when I read a book. I was constantly reading and waiting to see if my conjectures were right. This is one of those books that is hard to put down. I stayed up until two in the morning trying to finish it. It was absolutely fantastic. Sanderson utilized so many elements. It wasn't one of those books where there was a single problem that the entire book was based on. All of his main characters are constantly trying to solve multiple problems, making you wonder exactly how everything fits together. It was a remarkable novel and I would suggest it to just about everyone.
ZebraStripe More than 1 year ago
Elantris is an outstanding novel. Though this is Sanderson's debut, do not be fooled. The novel quickly picks up pace in the first chapter and gains momentum from there on. There are three protagonists--Raoden, prince of Arelon; Sarene, princess of Teod; Hrathen, a gyorn, or Derethi priest. All three characters are well-developed; the reader will soon fall in love with them. The story starts off with Raoden. He awakes to find himself a victim of the Shaod, a condition in which causes a person to seem dead. He is then thrown into Elantris, the city of the dammed who are cursed with the Shaod. The city used to contain god-like humans, but it now holds cursed humans. Raoden wants to restore the former glory of Elantris and studies Aons, Elantrian magic. He soon discovers the problem... In Arelon, Sarene, intended to be wedded to Raoden, finds herself widowed. So, she engages Hrathen in a religious battle hoping to save Arelon--Shu-Korath, her religion, versus Shu-Dereth, Hrathen's religion. However, Sarene is unaware that Hrathen is, in fact, preventing Wyrn from slaughtering the people by converting them to Shu-Dereth. Resistance will cause problems... This is an amazing book; the best I've read in a long time. Elantris is original and intellectually-stimulating. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy novel with interesting characters, as well as an engaging plot.
Tyler_MCA_Knight More than 1 year ago
Brandon Sanderson is now among my favorite authors of all time because of his writing style, character progression, and storyline. He has a way with words that creates a feeling that you are a part of the world, not just a casual observer. Through this feeling, he is able to convey emotions much better because it makes the reader feel them just as much as the characters in the story. The character progression in this book is great, watching the main people grow from emotional states that one might find a bit distasteful, to grown adults with stable emotions. They are not perfect, but that makes the readers able to relate to them even better. Best of all, though, is the storyline that Mr. Sanderson creates. He is able to develop a plot by using a simple obstacle and turning it into one of the biggest worlds of intrigue, mystery, violence, love, supernatural, and all around mayhem. he turns a simple murder into governmental collapse; he turns a travelling princess into the savior of a world; and he turns a very evil antagonist into something that may surprise the reader (sorry no spoilers). The fact that he does these things doesn't make him a great author, for anyone could do that; it is how he does it. He is very subtle with his touch in the progression of the plot, he adds in some ostentatious pieces to distract the reader, and then he springs a twist on you that has been building in the underlying intrigue part of the plot. This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time, and I give it an incredible amout of recommendation and respect.
AmyJ More than 1 year ago
Some people seem to dislike Sanderson's way of not explaining everything about everything. From my perspective, and after reading his other books, I believe Sanderson didn't write Elantris as a part of a series, or even found telling the entire history (other than a few plot points that required it)of the complex civilizations that make up his world entirely necessary to the story. In fact, I thought the parallels between Islam and Derethi were almost obvious, and didn't really require a full, extensive explanation for those who could pick up on that. As well, he includes a glossary with definitions at the back of the book for those who find it too much of a struggle to understand.

Other than that, I was very pleased to discover that Sanderson is a brilliant story teller (I only checked him out because he is finishing up Memory of Light). His characters have depth and likability, and, even though I tend to loathe political fantasy, the political intrigue parts of the story are *actually* intriguing. He gives the tired genre of fantasy a much needed make-over. Would highly recommend this, and his other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finsihed reading this amazing book and I am glad I found it. I feel in love with all the wonderful people in this book and read it every chance I got. When I wasn't able to read it I could not get it off my mind this book blew me away becuase at the time I bought it I was not able to fully read what it was about and by luck it was one of the best books I have read. Now I am going to by another book by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My job requires a lot of travel, so I'm always looking for great books to keep me company. I finished this one in four days, even with full days and busy nights. Any spare moment I could get was spent reading this novel. As a long-time lover of fantasy, I will be watching this author's career excitedly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm in shock... I can't remember the last time I read good modern fantasy- oh, right. There wasn't a last time. The book does have a few problems- first, his made up languages/alphabet- inventing a language is not a good idea. It's very hard to take someone seriously when they're constantly being referred to as a 'gyorn'. Also, as a general rule, thousand-petaled flower-type things are not good alphabet-wise. Second, the 'cliamctic final battle' drags. For something like 50 pages. Overall, however, it's a good book. It was especially attractive in the store because it had no 'Volume One of Whatever' on its cover, which is quite nice after all the (badly-written) never-ending fantasy sequences that people normally write.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I enjoyed the book up until about page 450. Nothing particular happened at that point, I just became tired of dramatic event after dramatic event. I enjoyed most the mystery of Elantris, less so the standard nobility and standard main characters. Prince Roaden is an excellent character, the rest I found predictable.
MaleehaS 8 months ago
4.5 Stars I liked this better than Warbreaker, which surprises me because I was skeptical about Elantris given that it's Sanderson's debut. I just loved the characters so much. It is slower-paced and more character-driven then what I prefer in a fantasy novel, but the payoff was worth it! Raoden
JechtShot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Elantrians - a once god like people who could heal the wounded, transform food from waste and travel great distances, all through the use of drawing characters in the air known as Aons. In order to join the noble faction of Elantris one must be chosen; pauper or nobleman were all candidates. However, 10 years ago a curse befell the Elantrians, the Shaod, in which the recipient was transformed into a blotchy skinned human-like creature without the powers once granted to the chosen few. The story centers around the relationship between two characters, Raoden and Sarene. Raoden, the once crown prince of the land is stricken by the Shaod and sequestered to Elantris. There he strives to learn the secrets of the city and hopes to cure the Shaod and restore hope to his people. Sarene, the lanky princess who is slated to marry Raoden, attempts to restore hope and prosperity to the people from outside the grim walls of Elantris. Elantris is not quite as strong as Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, but it is a solid standalone fantasy novel. Fans of Sanderson's attention to detail, especially to that of magic, are sure to enjoy this epic tale.