Category Archives: 2017 Book Reviews

Book Review 122: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

A standalone epic fantasy novel is a rare thing in publishing these days. (I do know that Sanderson wrote a novella in the same world but it is not connected to Elantris).  Reading Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and not having to wonder what will happen in Book 2 is a welcomed delight for this reader.  Also, Elantris was an excellent book to finish my 2017 reading year.

Elantris was the jeweled city in the world of Arelon and now has been cursed.  Prince Raoden, the beloved future king of Elantris is considered dead and has created a vacuum in the city’s leadership.  Princess Sarene of Teod lives in the new capital of Arelon, Kae, was betrothed to Prince Raoden and declared a widow.  Sarene has been placed in the forefront of keeping Kae from falling into the wrong hands. Malevolent forces determined to take control of Kae by a two-pronged front of religious conversion from Hrathen, leader of the Shu-Dereth faith and King Iadon, the current ruler of Kae, who wants to consolidate his power through commerce.

Sanderson takes the reader on a journey highlighting political machinations, religious conflicts, gender roles, and a romance throughout the entire book. I enjoyed reading Elantris because of its excellent characterization and world building that he has become known for. Elantris was my second attempt in reading a Brandon Sanderson novel, (I tried Warbreaker and it was not my cup of tea.) but it will not be my last.  I believe Elantris is the one epic fantasy novel that I recommend non-fantasy readers try out.  I would tell those non-fantasy readers to not let the odd-sounding names impede the excellent story that Sanderson creates.

One of my favorite reads of 2017.  Highly recommended.

Book Review 120: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

    Some novels read fast. Non-stop page turning action that grabs your imagination and doesn’t let go until you finish. Other novels read slowly like eating a well-cooked meal at your favorite restaurant.  You take the time to eat your meal with a glass of the restaurant’s best wine.  Well, The Golem and the Jinni… Continue Reading

Book Review 114: To Open The Sky by Robert Silverberg

Can human beings live forever? Of course, we all know the answer to that question.  One death per person.  However, science fiction has tackled the immortality theme throughout its history as a genre and Robert Silverberg addresses it in several of his books during his most prolific period of 1967-1976. To Open The Sky presents… Continue Reading