“Remember, the past need not become our future as well.”
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 Elantris itself.
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.
This book was beautiful.
This book was also Brandon’s first published book. Well actually Elantris Tenth Anniversary Edition came out like 2015 or 2016. And Elantris was Brandon’s first book. Anyway the only real difference between the original Elantris and the Tenth Anniversary Edition is that Dan Wells (A person from Brandon’s writing group) makes a personal note to Brandon (That is really sweet, and funny, and a must read) and the Ars Acanum (Or Index for his Magic Systems) has been updated. He also kind of re-edited the book, making it up to 2016 standards.
Back to the story…
Considering the fact that this was Sanderson’s first published book, I expected this to, you know, need some work here and there. man, was I ever wrong.
“To live is to have worries and uncertainties. Keep them inside, and they will destroy you for certain–leaving behind a person so callused that emotion can find no root in his heart.”
“One cannot seperate truth from actions…Physically inevitable or not, truth stands above all things. It is independant of who has the best army, who can deliver the longest sermons, or even who has the most priests. It can be pushed down, but it will always surface. Truth is the one thing you can never intimidate.”
“Do not dash if you only have the strength to walk, and do not waste your time pushing on the walls that will not give. More importantly, don’t shove where a pat would be sufficient.”
“Definitely not—you optimists just can’t understand that a depressed person doesn’t want you to try and cheer them up. It makes us sick.”
“The problem with being clever, Serene thought with a sigh, is that everyone assumes you’re always planning something.”
“Stop moping, sule,” galladon said with a grunt.”It doesn’t suit you-it takes a fine sense of pessimism to brood with any sort of respectability.”
“You’re getting better, my lady.”
“Don’t patronize me.”
“No, really, Your Highness. When you started painting five years ago, I could never tell what it was you were trying to depict.”
“And this is a painting of . .”
Ashe paused. “A bowl of fruit?” he asked hopefully.
Sarene sighed in frustration.
“Beautifully—which is more than I can say for the painting.” He paused for a
moment. “It’s a horse, right?”
“A house?” he asked.
“It is not a bowl of fruit either, my lord,” Ashe said. “I already tried that.”
“Well, she said it was one of the paintings in this room,” Lukel said. “All we
have to do is keep guessing until we find the right one.”
“Brilliant deduction, Master Lukel.” Ashe said.”
“Katar,” Raoden called.
Yes, My Lord?”
Do you know what it is? The secret, I mean?”
Kahar smiled. “I havent’t been hungry in days, my lord. It is the most amazing feeling in the world-I don’t evern notice the pain anymore.” Raoden nodded, and Kahar left. The man had come looking for a magical solution to his woes, but he had found an answer much more simple. Pain lost its power when other things became more importan. Kahar didn’t need a potion or an Aon to save him-he just needed something to do.”
Where to get Elantris
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