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oppos3d

Elantris
« on: January 10, 2012, 12:27:23 PM »
I just finished Elantris after a very long break.  I have to say, I love the way mr. Sanderson builds up a story and a world, then in the last 100 pages captures the reader so much that there is absolutely no way they can put the book down...  I thought it was great overall, however there is alot of unanswered questions about the book.  It seems this war against Fjordell has just began at the end of the book.  Just because a few of the key players in the derethi religion died should not mean the war ended.  I would like to see more on the war and the after effects of the re-installment of the elantrians.  Overall it was a good read, I just feel like i'm missing alot.



Overlord

Re: Elantris
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2012, 11:18:52 AM »
I just finished Elantris after a very long break.  I have to say, I love the way mr. Sanderson builds up a story and a world, then in the last 100 pages captures the reader so much that there is absolutely no way they can put the book down...  I thought it was great overall, however there is alot of unanswered questions about the book.  It seems this war against Fjordell has just began at the end of the book.  Just because a few of the key players in the derethi religion died should not mean the war ended.  I would like to see more on the war and the after effects of the re-installment of the elantrians.  Overall it was a good read, I just feel like i'm missing alot.

I liked Elantris, but I do think that it is kind of a lesser version of Warbreaker. For me, Elantris felt a little bit long and I didn't like how the characters didn't recognise each other for such a long time - I thought that was a little odd. Still enjoyed it though - just no where near as much as Warbreaker :D
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oppos3d

Re: Elantris
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2012, 01:03:27 PM »
Im reading Warbreaker now, and I have to say it has me gripped for sure.  I love the story line so far (only 200 pages in) and am really excited to finish this one.

michaelramm

Re: Elantris
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2012, 01:47:26 PM »
I loved Elantris much more that I thought that I would! My first Sanderson book was Mistborn (just the first one) and I absolutely LOVED it. I was hesitant about Elantris because a lot of what I have heard about Sanderson is that his series' book are great, but the single novels were not as good. And the fact that Elantris was his first published novel, and those are usually not as good as the once later in their career.

I loved the light use of and mystery of the magic in Elantris. It was a great book. I am hoping to read Warbreaker this year.
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Re: Elantris
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2012, 02:59:37 PM »
I've just finished reading Elantris and Warbreaker.

For me Elantris just had the edge of the two.  But I really enjoyed reading both of them.  Makes a nice change to have a stand alone fantasy novel to read  ;D

Steph

Overlord

Re: Elantris
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2012, 08:12:41 AM »
From what I've heard - Sanderson is planning to write a sequel to Warbreaker, which would be cool because the characters at the end just kind of walked off into the distance... Be great to catch up with them and see what they are up too :)
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Re: Elantris
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2015, 04:37:36 AM »
I'm late to the party, but just finished Elantris.
Slow, slow, slow book. If it weren't for Stormlight, I wouldn't have trusted him to the end. But thank God I did. Fantastic ending.
I'm just confused. I don't understand how drawing a line in the dirt fixed things. I mean, what if I rubbed it out with my foot. Would the whole system be screwed again?
And Shudan, or however you spell his name, I think he was using Stormlight. It is a cosmere novel after all.

YordanZh

Re: Elantris
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2015, 06:42:38 AM »
I haven't read Warbreaker yet, but I did like Elantris very much. The build-up was a bit too slow for me, even for a Sanderson novel, but I still enjoyed it a lot overall.

Raptori

Re: Elantris
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2015, 10:52:20 AM »
I'm late to the party, but just finished Elantris.
Slow, slow, slow book. If it weren't for Stormlight, I wouldn't have trusted him to the end. But thank God I did. Fantastic ending.
I'm just confused. I don't understand how drawing a line in the dirt fixed things. I mean, what if I rubbed it out with my foot. Would the whole system be screwed again?
And Shudan, or however you spell his name, I think he was using Stormlight. It is a cosmere novel after all.
Yeah, if you rubbed it out, it'd break, since magic on that planet is based on shapes. Kinda weird really. And nope, Shudan was using another magic based on shapes, but based on body shapes rather than anything else. Always thought it was kinda weird how Sanderson just threw that one in right at the end!
I wish the world was flat like the old days, then I could travel just by folding a map.

Jmack

Re: Elantris
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2015, 11:38:31 AM »
I'm late to the party, but just finished Elantris.
Slow, slow, slow book. If it weren't for Stormlight, I wouldn't have trusted him to the end. But thank God I did. Fantastic ending.
I'm just confused. I don't understand how drawing a line in the dirt fixed things. I mean, what if I rubbed it out with my foot. Would the whole system be screwed again?
And Shudan, or however you spell his name, I think he was using Stormlight. It is a cosmere novel after all.
Yeah, if you rubbed it out, it'd break, since magic on that planet is based on shapes. Kinda weird really. And nope, Shudan was using another magic based on shapes, but based on body shapes rather than anything else. Always thought it was kinda weird how Sanderson just threw that one in right at the end!
Haven't read it.
But drawing a line in the dirt to solve things...
Or... a line in the sand

Quote
In 168 BC, a Roman Consul named Gaius Popillius Laenas drew a circular line in the sand around King Antiochus IV of the Seleucid Empire, then said, "Before you cross this circle I want you to give me a reply for the Roman Senate" – implying that Rome would declare war if the King stepped out of the circle without committing to leave Egypt immediately. Weighing his options, Antiochus wisely decided to withdraw. Only then did Popillius agree to shake hands with him.

Hence the expression

Just what it made me think of  :)
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Re: Elantris
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2015, 12:51:08 PM »
I'm late to the party, but just finished Elantris.
Slow, slow, slow book. If it weren't for Stormlight, I wouldn't have trusted him to the end. But thank God I did. Fantastic ending.
I'm just confused. I don't understand how drawing a line in the dirt fixed things. I mean, what if I rubbed it out with my foot. Would the whole system be screwed again?
And Shudan, or however you spell his name, I think he was using Stormlight. It is a cosmere novel after all.
Yeah, if you rubbed it out, it'd break, since magic on that planet is based on shapes. Kinda weird really. And nope, Shudan was using another magic based on shapes, but based on body shapes rather than anything else. Always thought it was kinda weird how Sanderson just threw that one in right at the end!
Yeah, that's really strange. I want to see more of the magic though, especially the body magic thing. It looks cool.

Raptori

Re: Elantris
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2015, 12:57:05 PM »
I'm late to the party, but just finished Elantris.
Slow, slow, slow book. If it weren't for Stormlight, I wouldn't have trusted him to the end. But thank God I did. Fantastic ending.
I'm just confused. I don't understand how drawing a line in the dirt fixed things. I mean, what if I rubbed it out with my foot. Would the whole system be screwed again?
And Shudan, or however you spell his name, I think he was using Stormlight. It is a cosmere novel after all.
Yeah, if you rubbed it out, it'd break, since magic on that planet is based on shapes. Kinda weird really. And nope, Shudan was using another magic based on shapes, but based on body shapes rather than anything else. Always thought it was kinda weird how Sanderson just threw that one in right at the end!
Yeah, that's really strange. I want to see more of the magic though, especially the body magic thing. It looks cool.
Yeah same, the sequels could be really interesting. Have you read The Emperor's Soul yet? That's set on the same planet, though in a completely unrelated area. I thought the magic (and characters, setting, plot, writing...) was more interesting in that story than any other Sanderson book (except perhaps Stormlight).  :P
I wish the world was flat like the old days, then I could travel just by folding a map.

Ryan Mueller

Re: Elantris
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2015, 04:23:24 PM »
I loved Elantris. It was the first Sanderson book I read. Hrathen is one of my favorite characters I've ever read.

Re: Elantris
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2015, 04:55:03 AM »
I'm reading it now. I'm kind of disappointed actually. I heard Elantris world and thought, "Yay! I get to see how awesome the wards really are, and things will go boom!"
I'm still reading it, because I'm learning more about how soulcasting works in Stormlight, even though this is a weaker way of accessing the cognitive realm. The story itself is interesting, but the cosmere connection is what drives it for me. At least so far. My opinion will probably change by the end, because you know, it's Sanderson.

Ryan Mueller

Re: Elantris
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2015, 04:56:48 AM »
Yeah, Elantris is a bit of a slow build, but once you get there, it's pretty epic.

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