Elantris

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Elantris
Elantris cover.jpg
Cover of Elantris, Brandon Sanderson's first novel.
AuthorBrandon Sanderson
Cover artistStephan Martinière
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy novel
PublisherTor Books
Publication dateApril 21, 2005 (first edition, hardback)
May 30, 2006 (first edition, paperback)
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Print Mass market paperback
Pages496 pp (first edition, hardback)
656 pp (first edition, paperback)
ISBNISBN 0-7653-1177-1 (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 0-7653-5037-8 (first edition, paperback)
OCLC Number57391959
Dewey Decimal813/.6 22
LC ClassificationPS3619.A533 E43 2005
 
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Elantris
Elantris cover.jpg
Cover of Elantris, Brandon Sanderson's first novel.
AuthorBrandon Sanderson
Cover artistStephan Martinière
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy novel
PublisherTor Books
Publication dateApril 21, 2005 (first edition, hardback)
May 30, 2006 (first edition, paperback)
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Print Mass market paperback
Pages496 pp (first edition, hardback)
656 pp (first edition, paperback)
ISBNISBN 0-7653-1177-1 (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 0-7653-5037-8 (first edition, paperback)
OCLC Number57391959
Dewey Decimal813/.6 22
LC ClassificationPS3619.A533 E43 2005

Elantris is a stand-alone fantasy novel written by American author Brandon Sanderson. It was first published in April 2005 by Tor Books and is significant as Sanderson's first widely released book.

The book is named after the ruined city, whose "cursed" inhabitants are the focus of the book's plot. Elantris has also been licensed for localized release in Russia, France, Germany, Thailand, Poland, Netherlands, Brazil and at least five other markets. The book gained generally positive reviews.[1][2][3][4][5]

Plot summary[edit]

The book focuses on three principal characters whose stories intertwine. Much of the book occurs in groupings of three chapters, one for each of the three main characters.

Aons[edit]

These are central to the book's plot. They are the means by which the Elantrians perform magic. Many characters' names are variations on the Aons, as is customary in this fantasy world. The images of the many Aons can be found in the back of the book. Raoden rediscovers many of the Aons while in Elantris, preserved in scrolls that have not been consumed by the decay of the city. He learns to invoke the Aons, but finds they have lost their power, which is the ultimate cause of Elantris' collapse. Near the end of the book, Raoden discovers that the shapes of the Aons coincide with physical landmarks and natural features located around the country. A massive fissure in the earth that now cuts through the country 'altered' these landmarks, which in turn caused the Aons to lose their power. By 'reconstructing' the Aons to now incorporate the fissure in their design, Raoden restores the Aons' power.

The Hope of Elantris[edit]

Sanderson released an e-book short entitled The Hope of Elantris. It was initially for sale on Amazon, but Sanderson released it on his own site "when the contract with Amazon ran out."[6]

Reception[edit]

Elantris was very well received by both critics and readers. Orson Scott Card said, "Elantris is the finest novel of fantasy to be written in many years. Brandon Sanderson has created a truly original world of magic and intrigue, and with the rigor of the best science fiction writers he has made it real at every level."[2] Kirkus Reviews praised the book for the fact that the book was not the first book in a series, "An epic fantasy novel that is (startlingly) not Volume One of a Neverending Sequence . . . [with] an unusually well-conceived system of magic . . . the story has some grip and it's a tremendous relief to have fruition in a single volume. . . . A cut above the same-old."[5]

Sequels[edit]

Sanderson currently plans a sequel to Elantris, though he is not sure when it will be written.[7] He has stated that it would take place ten years after the current book's events, and centre around some of its very minor characters.[8]

He later announced plans for two books following Elantris, with Kiin's children being the main characters in Elantris Two.[9]

Audiobooks[edit]

GraphicAudio has released Elantris as a dramatized audio production.[10] It was adapted and produced with a full cast, narrator, sound effects and music.

Recorded Books has also published an authorized audio book of Elantris.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Epinions.com". Retrieved 2006-09-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Review by Orson Scott Card". Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  3. ^ "Powells.com". Retrieved 2006-09-25. 
  4. ^ "Shopping.com, Review 1". Retrieved 2006-09-25.  "Shopping.com, Review 2". Retrieved 2006-09-25. 
  5. ^ a b "Review blurbs on Sanderson's site". Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  6. ^ http://www.brandonsanderson.com/library/32/Elantris-The-Hope-of-Elantris "The Hope of Elantris"
  7. ^ "Elantris FAQ". Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  8. ^ "Elantris Chapter 8". Retrieved 2006-09-25. 
  9. ^ "Another Long and Rambling Post on Future Books". BrandonSanderson.com. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  10. ^ "GraphicAudio News". Retrieved 2009-02-27. 

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