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Written by Brandon Sanderson

Average Score: 79(5)

After bursting onto the fantasy scene with his acclaimed debut novel, Elantris, and following up with his blockbuster Mistborn trilogy, Brandon Sanderson proves again that he is today’s leading master of what Tolkien called “secondary creation,” the invention of whole worlds, complete with magics and myths all their own.

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn’t like his job, and the immortal who’s still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.

Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.

By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of  bravery, and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.

Book Details

Mass Market Paperback, 688 Pages
Published by Tor Fantasy on March 30, 2010
First Published by Tor Books in 2009
ISBN-10 0765360039
ISBN-13 978-0765360038


Fantasy Literature | Kat Hooper
Review Rating: 89
[Audio Version] ...Unique world and magic system, interesting twisty plot, agreeable humor, and great characters.
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Boomtron | Rob
Review Rating: 80
In Warbreaker Sanderson seems to have found the right mix of magic and worldbuilding, interesting characters and fast paced story.
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SF Site | Dominic Cilli
Review Rating: 80
The novel was a real page turner and was filled with wonderful characters and thoughtful original ideas.
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sffworld.com | Rob H. Bedford
Review Rating: 80
[...] a done-in-one (for now, at least) Epic Fantasy novel that is engaging, entertaining, and like his Mistborn trilogy, gives a new lens with which to view familiar elements of a pleasing story.
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SF Signal | Clifton Hill
Review Rating: 70
Despite a strong start, the story meandered for the rest with some good points and bad, until reaching for the sky towards the end.
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SFRevu | Mel Jacob
He provides a fascinating world and plenty of scope for future novels.
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