Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Sanderson became one of my favorite authors. I consider the Mistborn trilogy to be masterpieces of fantasy literature. I’ve recently read Warbreaker, and this is not one of his best works. Does that mean Warbreaker is a bad book? Well, let’s find out!


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The story is political and colorful. Though there’s something missing in this book. I know I should treat every book as its individual thing, especially since Warbreaker is a stand-alone work, even though it shares the Cosmere.

The book itself is more character-driven. We have a few descriptions of the world of Nalthis. The events happen in mostly in the kingdom of Hallandren, where the Returned (people that came back from the dead and are revered as gods). We explore a few points of the conflict between Hallandren and the country of Idris (where our protagonists, daughters of the King Dedelin are from). And though it is interesting how the story develops around it, we don’t really see much of it.

Warbreaker is a character-driven story. We have our focus on three characters in a third-person point of view:

  • Sisirinah, she is the reckless daughter of King Dedelin. Siri is sent too Hallandren to marry the God King instead of her sister. Her father thought it would be better to send her impulsive, hasty, disobedient daughter, while keeping his pride; the eldest daugher, Vivenna in Idris. And as for her character, we see a Siri that doesn’t change the attitude much, but unlike what some of her acquaintances might have thought of her, she is very smart; her forced relationship with the God King has a little twist after a few funny (or perhaps uncomfortable) performances to fool some priests.
  • Vivenna, the eldest daughter of Dedelin, she was originally meant to marry the God King. Her manners, education, and intelligence, made her the best candidate to represent Idris. Her father couldn’t let her go, Siri replaced her as the God King’s wife. When Siri was sent to Hallandren, Vivenna felt responsible for it, and believed that her sister was getting between a dangerous plot, so she went to the kingdom to rescue her. This is where the character has to deal with different problems; I have to say she’s got an interesting development, because we see that her royal training and education is not enough, not even close, to deal with the intern conflicts the kingdom and her country are dealing with.
  • Lightsong, and to me, the most interesting character among the protagonists. He is a Returned, revered as the God of Bravery. We see this character not taking anything as seriously as he should. In fact, he insists so much that he is useless, doubting his own divinity all the time. This is the most unpredictable character, in my opinion; his mocking attitude and his self-proclaimed ineptitude made him a box of surprises.

The other characters are good, but nothing special; it is hard for me to see anyone else standout, perhaps the little twist with the God King’s personality.

The thing that have personally disappointing me is the magic. This is where I am going to feel a little bit guilty, because I don’t see appropriate to make comparisons; but this magic system, based on breath and colors is very interesting, I really liked it. Unfortunately, we don’t explore enough of it. We know how it works, but we see it put into good practice until the second half, perhaps close to the end, of the book. After reading Mistborn, is hard not to take this magic into account; we know that Sanderson is an expert creating magic systems in his stories.

The book was supposed to be a stand-alone novel, taking that into account, the ending is kinda abrupt, in my opinion. It wasn’t satisfying. Today we know that Sanderson has confirmed a sequel in the future, so I guess I should not be mention it now.

Would I recommend this book to anyone? Definitely, it is a good fantasy story with good protagonists and a few twists that are going to make you feel excited. It is a quick page turner; it is indeed hard to put down once you start reading it. However, if you’re a fan of Sanderson works, perhaps you will find this just a little disappointing.


Have you read the book? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Wheel of Time New Covers

I strongly believe we should NOT judge a book by its cover. The covers should not be the first thing to look at when buying anything, a good cover could be tricky. However… have you seen the new editions of The Wheel of Time? They’re not atrocious, until the comparisons are easily available.


Spoiler alert: I am getting the new covers.

Let’s take a look to the old covers. Back in 2018, when my visits to Barnes & Noble turned out more frequent, I hesitated a lot. The Wheel of Time covers had beautiful illustrations. I have to be honest, the illustrations made me pay attention to the series (before knowing who had the series finished). Fortunately (and unfortunately, perhaps) other books had had priority. I wish I had an infinite wallet, but I’m a regular person. Ha!

Please, take a look at these beauties:

WoT old covers

I love the covers. The illustrations have a retro-vibe, they look really great; imagine the collections on your bookshelf. Just think about it. Getting home after a long day at work or school, but instead of sleep or watch television, you decide to read a book; and every time you grab a book, these beauties await for your return.

I was focused on Brandon Sanderson, Neil Gaimann, and Jim Butcher. Don’t take me wrong, I don’t regret it. I love these authors, and I can tell you Brandon Sanderson is my favorite author nowadays. Also, Sanderson is another reason I wanted to get Jordan’s series. Robert Jordan passed away in 2007, before the conclusion of his books, and instead of leaving his epic fantasy series incomplete, he passed the torch to a young Sanderson. And thus, it’s got a conclusion!

Everything was normal, I continued living my life as always, and then heard about some fantasy news: A forthcoming TV show from Amazon Studios. That got me excited, but didn’t make me move a finger. Good news, yes, though I rarely watch TV, and if I do watch a movie or television show based on a book or videogame (or viceversa), I always do it after the original material, I don’t want an “interpretation” to ruin the liberty of my imagination.

WoT New Cover Announcement

When I saw the announcement of the new covers, my reaction was a “meh” of disappointment. This is when the problem had started but I couldn’t realize until it was too late. I didn’t see the point in buying the books immediately; I had books in my backlog, so I believed the best idea was to wait for the future. Months later, starting 2020, I went to Barnes & Noble, finally with a decision to buy a at least the first book set. Oh boy! The box sets were there, but not the awesome box sets with the amazing illustrations made by Darrell K. Sweet, no, I am talking about the box sets that are available today, are the ones with the new covers. Goodbye to the amazing covers with retro-vibe.

I know the old revisions are still available, but they are tricky to find, and sometimes more expensive.

I thought it would be a very good idea to wait a little more before getting the books. I missed the old illustrations, so it wouldn’t matter anymore.

REVELATIONS

One night, I was overthinking, as I usually do. It is a good exercise for the brain to traumatize it with problems from the past. IT IS SO HEALTHY… sarcasm aside, I wondered about the forthcoming Amazon Prime series, and then, a possibility scared me: a new revision of the series WITH-COVERS-FEATURING-THE-TV-SHOW-ACTORS. A chill ran through my spine. I hadn’t been scared like that since Silent Hill videogames. I had to take a rushed decision. Get the current revisions, before the series starts airing on Amazon

See the photo above, just in case you don’t believe me. The Hot Sale helped a lot to achieve this. Exploring the web, I looked for different opinions about these new covers, a lot of people hate them, and others say that the covers feel more “elegant” or “stylish”. I guess my definition for both words are different, but it’s just me.

As I mentioned, we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, in the end, the most important (AND ONLY) function of a book is to be read. Although I can’t deny my disappointment. I am also excited, my journey through The Wheel of Time series is going to begin sooner than it had been planned.

Now I just have to wait for June 30th for the last box set, which includes Towers of Midnight, A Memory of Light, and the prequel, New Spring.


Have you ever had a disappoinment similar to this? What do you think of the new covers. Personally, I don’t like them, but maybe you’re fine with them. Let me know!

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