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Mini Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Mini Review: Steelheart by Brandon SandersonSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Reckoners #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: September 26, 2013
Publisher: Orion
Source: Bought
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Rating: two-stars

This is going to be a mini mini review because I don’t have much to say about Steelheart, and to be honest I’m just sad about not liking it.

Steelheart didn’t feel like a Sanderson book to me at all. I’m not entirely sure why. Possibly the real world setting? Maybe because Sanderson’s writing style seems to have adapted somewhat to a different audience. The Mistborn books and The Stormlight Archive are very much adult fantasy, whereas Steelheart is 100% YA.

I didn’t care for any of the characters. The main guy, whose name escapes me, was awful. I wasn’t sure if Sanderson was going down the austism route or not with this character, but if he was then he did an awful job of it. And then there’s an awful romance filled with instalove and just awful and awkward scenes. I hated it.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings by Brandon SandersonThe Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Series: The Stormlight Archive #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: December 30, 2010
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Bought
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Rating: five-stars

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soiless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths,

Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again.

Whenever I talk about Brandon Sanderson’s books I have to resist the urge to simply keyboard smash until I get my point across. Must. Attempt. Coherency.

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire by Brandon SandersonThe Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 1st October 2009
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Borrowed
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Rating: three-stars

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson's intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage - Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

Because of some personal stuff that happened right around the time I started this book I found it very difficult to get into and enjoy, so this review may be entirely unfair, I don’t know. I need to reread at some point, I think.

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Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris by Brandon SandersonElantris by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Elantris #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: August 11, 2011
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

ELANTRIS WAS A PLACE OF GLORY

The capital of Arelon, the home to people transformed into magic-using demigods by the Shaod.

But then the magic failed, Elantris started to rot, and its inhabitants turned into powerless wrecks.

And in the new capital, Kae, close enough to Elantris for everyone to be reminded of what they have lost, a princess arrives. Sarene is to be married to unite Teod and Arelon against the religious imperialists of Fjordell. But she is told that Raoden, her husband to be, is dead.

Determined to carry on the fight for Teod and Arelon's freedom, Sarene clashes with the high priest Hrathen. If Hrathen can persuade the populace to convert, Fjordell will reign supreme.

But there are secrets in Elantris, the dead and the ruined may yet have a role to play in this new world. Magic lives.

After reading The Final Empire, I was in denial and really didn’t want to carry on with the rest of the Mistborn trilogy, so I went ahead and picked Elantris up instead. Still set in the Cosmere universe, I knew that I was in for a treat, although I wasn’t expecting anything as phenomenal as my first Sanderson book. And I was kind of right. While Elantris is pretty awesome, and while I adore the world that it’s set in, it wasn’t The Final Empire by any means.

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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

The Hero of Ages by Brandon SandersonThe Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn #3
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: February 11, 2010
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Bought
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Rating: five-stars

Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson's saga offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.

In short: Fuck my life.

This is my attempt at coherency, but we all know that I’ve never been very good at that so this review should be interesting since this trilogy, and especially the grand finale, HAS RUINED MY LIFE FOREVER. While it didn’t beat The Final Empire in terms of heartbreak (Kelsier, you guys… #neverforget), The Hero of Ages punched me in the gut and pulled out my intestines, then gave my heart a good squeeze for good measure. I’m pretty sure I’m missing several organs after reading this trilogy.

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