I know I haven't posted my reads for the past couple weeks. Sorry, I've been out of town. I am back and ready to crack open the spine of another awesome book!
Today I decided to feature Brandon Sanderson's Elantris. I've already read the first couple chapters and I'm hooked. You'll know where to find me this weekend. (Psst, I'll be the person curled up on the couch with my nose touching the book.)
Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally
radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical
abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an
ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of
the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians
became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself
dark, filthy, and crumbling.
Arelon's new capital, Kae, crouches
in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a
marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping -- based on their
correspondence -- to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has
died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under
threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of
the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use
her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high
priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his
emperor and his god.
But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the
truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined
Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His
struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events
that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of
A rare epic fantasy that doesn't recycle the
classics and that is a complete and satisfying story in one volume,
Elantris is fleet and fun, full of surprises and characters to care
about. It's also the wonderful debut of a welcome new star in the
constellation of fantasy.