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Monday, October 21, 2013

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

First off I'll admit that I'm bias, I love Brandon Sanderson's work. Warbreaker is a novel of class-warfare, crooked governments(lead by Gods and their priests mind you) with two great heroines who go from princess' to revolutionaries. In this world there is BioChromatic magic called Breathe and it is used to animate objects and to prolong life. People who die heroically (or so the folklore goes) return as Gods known as the Returned thought not all Returned become Gods. They have to have a Breathe (taken from others) every week in order to stay alive so most die within the week. Breathes must be given willing. In Idris, home of the princess' Vivenna and Siri, there religion forbids the use of Breathe for it is considered to be a person's very soul. Their country does not get along with home of the Gods, Hallandren and feeling that war is eminent is everywhere. The King of Idris must send a daughter (as part of a treaty from 20 years past) to marry the God King in order to avoid this war. He sends the wrong daughter for reasons unknown to everyone. Siri discovers a plot to cover-up the truth about the God King and her sister Vivenna travels to Hallandren to save her sister but ends up becoming the master mind of a revolution gone wrong.
As always Sanderson gives us a novel that is purely his imagination and more original than most novels these days. The story is full of twists and turns (I know that term is overused by it really is the case in this novel) and edge-of-your-seat moments. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

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