06 December 2010
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Warbreaker is another interesting story idea by Brandon Sanderson in which people can give their "Breath" to others who upon collecting certain numbers of them become more aware of the world and are able to use those breaths (along with color) to perform certain 'magical' abilities. The story centers around two kingdoms which see the use of these abilities in polar opposites.
The book is interesting, and certainly engrossing. The story of the two kingdoms marching almost inevitably towards war and those who are trying to push it along or fight against it was well done. The characters were certainly dynamic and decently written. The only draw back to this book is that I think Sanderson was trying to stretch too far to make a unique world of magic with the breath and the colors. The colors really didn't matter to me, and the ability to see the perfect shades felt somewhat useless to me and didn't really impact much in the story. I did enjoy the way 'Breath' was used however, and more focus on that would have been a positive.
If you like Sanderson's other materials, I'm sure you'll enjoy this (currently) stand alone novel, like I did. But I think you'll also find it's not his strongest work (which still puts it a fair bit better than whats mostly out there).
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Posted by Chad at Monday, December 06, 2010