Series: Elantris #1
Release Date: August 11, 2011
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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.