I noticed it’s been over six months since I last posted a book review. That’s an embarrassingly long time. I haven’t stopped reading; on the contrary, I’ve been reading more than ever! But most of my reading of late has been related to editing projects. Leftover time for pleasure reading has been scarce.
It took me nearly a year to read Elantris, a stand-alone fantasy novel by Brandon Sanderson. I read it in snatches–an hour on a long car ride with the family, a half hour on a lazy Sunday afternoon, evenings alone when my husband was on a business trip. I lamented each time I had to put the book aside and return to real life.
The world in Elantris is fascinating. I’ve never read one like it before. That’s one thing I love so much about Brandon Sanderson’s stories: they’re all built on really intriguing ideas with unique magic systems and complex characters. I haven’t read anything by Sanderson yet that I don’t love, and Elantris is no exception.
If you like fantasy, you’ll love this read. If you’re a little intimidated by the dictionary-sized epic fantasy series but enjoy the idea of magic and new worlds, Elantris would be a really great book to start with. There are no sequels and the length is totally reasonable, despite my taking a year to finish!
5 out of 5 stars