Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Review by Louise Ryan
Book overview (blurb) by Amazon:
Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, a lesser god, and an immortal trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.
Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city. A world transformed by BioChromatic magic, a power based on an essence known as breath. Using magic is arduous: breath can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.
But the rewards are great: by using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be performed.
Brandon Sanderson proves again that he is a master of what Tolkien called ‘secondary creation,’ the invention of whole worlds, complete with magics and myths all their own.
The scope of this book is huge! At first the workings of magic and the hierarchy of the gods in this book is a little overwhelming. It’s hard to twist your brain around something that is SO extraordinary and takes a little getting used to. BUT from the start, the characters are great. The two sisters are very easy to identify with and their progression through the paths they have to take is as interesting to watch as it is endearing.
The twists in the book are very clever as you really do NOT see them coming. And the language used is simple to follow and yet at times, complex enough to keep your brain engaged. There are also flashes of humour to keep you amused, so it never feels arduous. Also there is a talking sword, which is something I haven’t come across before and thought it was a brilliant touch.
I liked this book. It was fun and interesting and overall, very clever. Definitely worth a read if you like fast paced fantasy.