Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Warbreaker (Cosmere Universe)

by Brandon Sanderson

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.

Reviewed by ladygrey on

3 of 5 stars


I mean, almost 2.5. I didn't like the older sister, Vivenna, at all. Her personality was annoying, her arrogance was annoying and her stupidity was annoying. Plus pretty much nothing happened in her storyline. The younger sister, Siri, was interesting. But the god-or-whatever had absolutely nothing happen in his storyline. Which was kind of the point, the idleness of his existence. Still, something could have happened. Then, like all Brandon Sanderson books, it ended well. That turn he has, where he brings all the things together and gives significances to them, really pulls even weaker stories together.

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