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Summary

After bursting onto the fantasy scene with his acclaimed debut novel, Elantris, and following up with his blockbuster Mistborn trilogy, Brandon Sanderson proves again that he is today's leading master of what Tolkien called 'secondary creation', the invention of whole worlds, complete with magics and myths all their own.

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago. Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can be collected only one unit at a time from individual people.

By using breath and drawing upon the colour in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron, the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery; and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.

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Missing its impact

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I came into this book hoping for a classic Brandon Sanderson book and I got what I expected from the story, it's well written and the magic systems are always brilliantly thought out. It's definitely worth listening to once.

How could the performance have been better?

The narration is my biggest gripe with the book and it's one of the things I really hoped to be a nice change. Initially, it was lovely to hear Alyssa Bresnahan narrate but as time went on I started to notice her lack of impact on major parts of the story. The storm light series read by Micheal and Kate always hit the nail on the head, building up the story with amazing narration and I just didn't get the same quality of narration from Alyssa.

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WOW

The first book I've read of it's genre. Loved it. Totally captivated from start to finish. Didn't see any of the twists. Highly recommend.

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Great listen but!

The performance overall was great but the way the reader pronounced "room" was awfully enoying and imersion breaking!

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Great new story by sAnderson but frustrating with

... No sequel in sight 3 years later. Gripping.. Got through book in 1 week

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A Sanderson story all right.

This got all the elements we love in a Sanderson story. Not quite there with the best, but works as a gap filler. Investiture mechanics are least reformed imo regards to other variants.

The narration was good, but there must be something wrong with the audio. Sounds like spoken through a tin can.

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Finally I Bought it

I can say it’s awesomely written but it’s Brandon Sanderson so of course it is , this I a great standalone story great characters with a plot twist I never guessed , as allways there are hints and connections to other story’s written by Brandon , his cosmere, this is the first Brandon audiobook narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan she did a Stella job brining the characters to life I would definitely listen to more books narrated by Alyssa .
As a reader or listener I allways tend to gravitate towards the series rather than the standalone, so this and Atlantis where my later ventures but definitely two favourites and when it comes to Brandon Sanderson books are rarely standalone even if you don’t realise it .

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Michael Kramer version was significantly better

Would you be willing to try another one of Alyssa Bresnahan’s performances?

No. Her narration is very dry, she completely misses the personalities of a lot of the characters, and the voices are poor. Lightsong is a great example of where Michael Kramer's narration was far better at portraying the character.
I found this version of the book very disappointing, although the story itself is fantastic.

Any additional comments?

Please revert back to the Michael Kramer version.

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  • Valtteri
  • 23-05-18

A bit more positive than Sanderson's usual works

This book is amazing. It has all the good qualities of Sanderson's books, but the tone is more positive than usually. Sanderson seems to like plot line where things start bad, are stable for a while, things go bad, things go really bad, despair settles in, all hope is lost, a miracle happens. This book contains all those but the tone is bit more positive, so the reader feels less despair.

This is a story of finding one's self. Of magical worlds and wonders. If you liked Sanderson's other works you will love this one too. The story takes place in the cosmere and if you read the stormlight archives like the oathbringer, you will find lot of inside references.

The book is surprising, the plot twists are really good. The characters are well developed and the world building is substantial. Narration is immaculate and easily likable. Every fan of high fantasy should read this. Buy it now, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-18

I really enjoyed this book

I keep getting amazed by the writing if Brandon Sanderson. i finished this book after the thirth part of the stormlight archive. Its said tgat you should listen to it before reading the thirth part because of some cross characters. Nevertheless great stand alone story.

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