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review 2016-05-14 00:00
Warbreaker
Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson Interesting idea using colour and breath as a basis for magic, just felt a little too much like concept over story.

In a world where some people return as better forms of themselves to be able to grant one healing, many use this second chance, where they are treated as gods to indulge themselves, until one day, almost like a compulsion they use this power. Above them is the God King, who is to marry, Vivienna from another kingdom is promised to him , she has been groomed for this from birth. Her father sends the unprepared Siri, this will change the world.

Somewhat predictable, entertaining though.
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text 2016-04-28 11:00
Cover Crush: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Cover Crush is a feature originally thought up by Erin at Flashlight Commentary.  Every Thursday, she publishes a post featuring a book jacket/book cover that she really likes with a short commentary about it.  I discovered this weekly feature via It's a Mad Mad World  and decided to join in the fun!
 
Judge a book by it's cover?  Absolutely!

 

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This book has been hovering in my sidebars for almost every bookish (or other) website I've been browsing the past week.  It's not like I haven't seen the cover before--and I DO like it a lot.  It's very eye-catching!

But I guess while I've been doing a deliberate search through my Goodreads shelves to find a suitable cover crush, this one just kind of popped right up.  I found my eyes straying towards it every time it showed in an ad or a recommended read or something on the side, as a smaller thumbnail.

And I thought to myself, "This is most certainly a book I would have picked up based on the cover art alone." Well, actually my first thought had been, "Hmm... pretty."  The former thought is a bit more refined for blogging purposes.

Anyway, being that it is also a book written by Brandon Sanderson is also a big check in the plus column.  This only means that I should probably be picking up this book sometime soon for all of the above reasons.

Again, it's a very eye-catching cover.  I'd actually like to see the entire illustration, sans author name and book title, because that stuff just seems to be in the way.

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/04/cover-crush-warbreaker-by-brandon.html
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review 2015-03-19 00:00
Warbreaker
Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson Let me start my review with a brief detour to the list of the most awesome fantasy swords.
Swords
Excalibur from Arthurian legends.
Stormbringer from Elric saga by Michael Moorcock.
Dragnipur from Malazan series by Steven Erikson.
Callandor from Wheel of Time epic by Robert Jordan.
Lightsaber from Star Wars movies.
Masamune from Japanese folklore.
Gurthang from Silmarillion classic by J.R.R. Tolkien.

For people unfamiliar with the book let me introduce you to Nightblood: it is a sword which can hold pretty well on its own against any one of the above. It also happened to be one of the best characters in the novel.

Two kingdoms have an uneasy truth between them, but some forces within one of them make everything in their power to start an all-out war. The only hope for peace the other kingdom has? Two sisters with one of them mixed up in the conflict for a good old reason of literally being in the wrong place at the wrong time and another one being misguided into helping the first.

I am afraid I finally began sounding like a broken record, but avoid reading the book blurb as this one gives huge spoiler right in line 3. Was it really necessary?

I already mentioned Nightblood being one of the best characters as a novel's strength. In also has a very interesting view on religion in general. Some of the characters have really good sense of humor which makes even boring parts less boring. I do not need to mention interesting world and magic system: it is Brandon Sanderson we are talking about.

Coming to the novel's weaknesses I already mentioned one: Nightblood is one of the best characters. If the sword is the best character, what does it make actual people of the story? Boring, that is what. Take humor from Lightsong; you will end up with a character who does not do anything at all until the end of the novel. Exciting, is not it? Vivenna is equally boring and she does not even have Lightsong's humor to boot. To be fair she does become interesting in the very last part of the book.

Brandon Snaderson is an undisputed master of one-on-one combat scenes. Look at the first book of Mistborn trilogy or that of Reckoners series as a proof. This time he does not use his strength as such scenes only appear during the last 20 pages or so.

What really saves this book from mediocre rating is a series of plot twist in the end - one of which is casually spoiled in the blurb as I mentioned.

My final verdict: decent book with some interesting ideas and discussions, but lower that the usual author's standards; 3.5 stars rounded down.
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review 2014-12-17 00:00
Warbreaker
Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson I have always loved reading Warbreaker, it has the real distinction of relying on characters to drive the plot in comparison to the many fantasy books out there relying on epic battles to yank along a story line. However, previously I've always come away from it disinhearted by the ending. So much potential just waiting in the wings! But this time, Nightblood and the peculiarity of where it/he pops up next, has rekindled my intrigue. I don't know if or when there will be a direct sequel to Warbreaker (supposedly it is written? Maybe?), but that damned Cosmere is a tricky place, and it wasn't until I reread Warbreaker this time, that it all just started to click into place due to another of Sanderson's recent novels and a plot device I didn't even realise was staring me in the face! Wiley man Sanderson! I really want to be a spoiler, but I will refrain, just incases.. Suffice to say, I probably enjoyed it more this time around because of the tie. Still had a tear when one of the characters dies, those scenes never get old...
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review 2014-04-12 20:14
Review: Warbreaker
Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson

Amazing. I was only 6% into the book when I started raving to my boyfriend about how good it was. Nothing had really even happened at the time yet I knew this book was going to be phenomenal. I must've been convincing since he started it yesterday.

I have come to the conclusion (like many others) that Brandon Sanderson is a superb author. This is my 5th book by him and its probably my favorite. I actually liked it better than Mistborn: The Final Empire (blasphemy, I know). Sanderson's books are unique in that the magic system and world are completely unique. And his magic systems are so imaginative and fully thought out. In Warbreaker the magic system seems so strange in the beginning but eventually it seems like second nature. As you delve into the story its like you develop this inherent knowledge of the magic system.

This was the perfect fantasy book for me; strong female leads, political intrigue, espionage, conspiracy, war, and even a little romance. I'm not big on romance but when it isn't shoved down your throat and is so seamless that without it the story wouldn't work - I love it!

I was emotionally invested in this story and ALL the characters. I can't even choose which one was my favorite. They were all amazing - Vivenna, Siri, Vasher, Lightsong, Denth...

This and The Lies of Locke Lamora are my 2 favorite reads on 2014 (so far). This year has been filled with a bunch of meh books...so I'm hoping this 5* streak continues

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