I read Warbreaker because my brother hinted to me that I'd be glad I did.
I was doubtful (for one thing, that's, um, quite a cover). But you know what? He was right. This book was a ton of fun!
Warbreaker turns out to be yet another of Sanderson's brilliantly world-built novels. I loved T'Telir, with its magic system of color and "Breath", I loved the different cultures in the highlands and the city, and most of all, I loved the characters pursuing their goals in the midst of this unique setting.
Like a lot of Sanderson's novels, I felt like this one was slow-going in the beginning, as he put all of his different pieces in place, and introduced us to his new world. But once everything was set up, the action picked up a LOT, and I just couldn't read fast enough. I finished the last 200 pages of this book in a single evening, racing to see what would happen, and how it would all turn out.
It turned out brilliantly. Just brilliantly. It was so much fun. All the set-up was worth it. So hang in there through the beginning.
I guessed one of the big secrets before the end - which is actually pretty satisfying, because it proves that the secrets actually made sense within the world-as-established - but there were others I didn't guess, and they were just as satisfying, because they also all made sense.
Also, finally, there's this sword. There's this awesome, awesome sentient sword. Oh my goodness, I loved the sword. It was hilarious. It had the personality of the world's most horrifically eager puppy. Horrifically bloodthirsty eager puppy. It was terrible, but it just cracked me up. Very awesome.
So, if you're looking for a fun fantasy romp, I recommend Warbreaker. You won't regret giving it a try.
Peace of Christ to you,
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