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Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn(R) trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time(R) sequence. For behind-the-scenes information on all of Brandon Sanderson's books, visit brandonsanderson.com.

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Ten years have passed since the benevolent, godlike beings who ruled Arelon from their city of Elantris suffered a sudden, catastrophic change that left them little better than the walking dead and their glorious capital city little more than a slime-covered tomb. Now faced with the possibility of an invasion by the religious fanatics of neighboring Fjordell, the rulers of Arelon and the independent land of Teod plan a marriage between Arelon's Prince Raoden and Teod's Princess Sarene, a union meant to join their countries in mutual defense. When the prince falls prey to the Elantrian curse and is exiled to the dead city, the stranded Sarene finds herself faced with an aging king who doesn't want her and the growing threat of a Fjordell takeover led by charismatic priest Hrathen. Sanderson's fantasy debut offers a vibrant cast of characters and a story of faith and determination set against a vividly portrayed world where magic is based on channeling power through the depiction of runes. The author's skill at turning conventional fantasy on its head produces a tale filled with surprising twists and turns and a conclusion both satisfying and original. Libraries of all sizes should add this to their fantasy collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Sanderson's outstanding fantasy debut, refreshingly complete unto itself and free of the usual genre cliches, offers something for everyone: mystery, magic, romance, political wrangling, religious conflict, fights for equality, sharp writing and wonderful, robust characters. The godlike inhabitants of Elantris, once the capital of the land of Arelon, have degenerated into powerless, tortured souls, unable to die, after the city's magic inexplicably broke 10 years earlier. When the same curse strikes Prince Raoden of Arelon and he's imprisoned in Elantris, he refuses to surrender to his grim fate and instead strives to create a society out of the fallen and to unlock the secret that will restore the city's glory. Meanwhile, Princess Sarene of Kae (Arelon's new capital), who was betrothed to Raoden sight unseen, believes her intended has died. Officially declared his widow, she must use her political savvy and wit to protect Kae from malevolent forces without and within the city, chiefly Hrathen, a leader of the creepy Shu-Dereth faith, who aims to either convert Kae or destroy it within three months. The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down. As the blurb from Orson Scott Card suggests, Sanderson is a writer to watch. Agent, Joshua Bilmes. (May 10) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"Brandon Sanderson is the real thing--"Elantris" is one of the finest debuts I''ve seen in years." -- David Farland "Outstanding fantasy debut . . . . by the end readers won't want to put it down." "Filled with surprising twists and turns and a conclusion both satisfying and original." "A completely unique world that enfolds the reader in mystery and wonder right through till the last page." "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." --Orson Scott Card "Elantris . . . is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it!" --Katherine Kurtz, New York Times bestselling author of the Deryni series "Outstanding fantasy debut . . . . The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "A completely unique world that enfolds the reader in mystery and wonder right through till the last page." --Romantic Times BookClub Magazine "Brandon Sanderson is the real thing--an exciting storyteller with a unique and powerful vision. Elantris is one of the finest debuts I've seen in years." --David Farland "Elantris is a new Ben Hur for the fantasy genre, with a sweeping, epic storyline and well-drawn and sympathetic characters." --Kevin J. Anderson "While every new fantasy author is hailed as unique, new, and different, Brandon Sanderson's Elantris does indeed provide an absorbing adventure in a unique, different, and well-thought-out fantasy world, with a few nifty twists as well." --L. E. Modesitt, Jr. "Sanderson's fantasy debut offers a vibrant cast of characters and a story of faith and determination set against a vividly portrayed world . . . filled with surprising twists and turns and a conclusion both satisfying and original." --Library Journal, Starred Review 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. Orson Scott Card Elantris . . . is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it! Katherine Kurtz, New York Times bestselling author of the Deryni series Outstanding fantasy debut . . . . The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down. Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) A completely unique world that enfolds the reader in mystery and wonder right through till the last page. Romantic Times BookClub Magazine Brandon Sanderson is the real thing--an exciting storyteller with a unique and powerful vision. Elantris is one of the finest debuts I've seen in years. David Farland Elantris is a new Ben Hur for the fantasy genre, with a sweeping, epic storyline and well-drawn and sympathetic characters. Kevin J. Anderson While every new fantasy author is hailed as unique, new, and different, Brandon Sanderson's Elantris does indeed provide an absorbing adventure in a unique, different, and well-thought-out fantasy world, with a few nifty twists as well. L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Sanderson's fantasy debut offers a vibrant cast of characters and a story of faith and determination set against a vividly portrayed world . . . filled with surprising twists and turns and a conclusion both satisfying and original. Library Journal, Starred Review " "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. "Orson Scott Card" "Elantris" . . . is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it! "Katherine Kurtz, New York Times bestselling author of the Deryni series" Outstanding fantasy debut . . . . The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down. "Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)" A completely unique world that enfolds the reader in mystery and wonder right through till the last page. "Romantic Times BookClub Magazine" Brandon Sanderson is the real thing--an exciting storyteller with a unique and powerful vision. "Elantris" is one of the finest debuts I've seen in years. "David Farland" "Elantris "is a new" Ben Hur" for the fantasy genre, with a sweeping, epic storyline and well-drawn and sympathetic characters. "Kevin J. Anderson" While every new fantasy author is hailed as unique, new, and different, Brandon Sanderson's "Elantris" does indeed provide an absorbing adventure in a unique, different, and well-thought-out fantasy world, with a few nifty twists as well. "L. E. Modesitt, Jr." Sanderson's fantasy debut offers a vibrant cast of characters and a story of faith and determination set against a vividly portrayed world . . . filled with surprising twists and turns and a conclusion both satisfying and original. "Library Journal, Starred Review"" ""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."--Orson Scott Card ""Elantris" . . . is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it!"--Katherine Kurtz, "New York Times "bestselling author of the Deryni series "Outstanding fantasy debut . . . . The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down." -"Publishers Weekly "(Starred Review) "A completely unique world that enfolds the reader in mystery and wonder right through till the last page."-"Romantic Times BookClub Magazine""" "Brandon Sanderson is the real thing--an exciting storyteller with a unique and powerful vision. "Elantris" is one of the finest debuts I've seen in years."--David Farland ""Elantris "is a new" Ben Hur" for the fantasy genre, with a sweeping, epic storyline and well-drawn and sympathetic characters."--Kevin J. Anderson "While every new fantasy author is hailed as unique, new, and different, Brandon Sanderson's "Elantris" does indeed provide an absorbing adventure in a unique, different, and well-thought-out fantasy world, with a few nifty twists as well."-L. E. Modesitt, Jr. "Sanderson's fantasy debut offers a vibrant cast of characters and a story of faith and determination set against a vividly portrayed world . . . filled with surprising twists and turns and a conclusion both satisfying and original." -"Library Journal," Starred Review "A unique, different, and well-thought-out fantasy world, with a few nifty twists as well." --L.E. Modesitt, Jr. "Vivid and strongly drawn characters and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it!" --Katherine Kurtz "Elantris is a new Ben Hur for the fantasy genre, with a sweeping, epic storyline and well-drawn and sympathetic characters." --Kevin J. Anderson "Brandon Sanderson is the real thing--Elantris is one of the finest debuts I've seen in years." --David Farland "Elantris is the finest novel of fantasy to be written in many years. . . . a truly original world." --Orson Scott Card ""Elantris "is a new" Ben Hur" for the fantasy genre, with a sweeping, epic storyline and well-drawn and sympathetic characters." -- Kevin J. Anderson ""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."--Orson Scott Card ""Elantris . . . is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it!"--Katherine Kurtz, "New York Times bestselling author of the Deryni series "Outstanding fantasy debut . . . . The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down." -"Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "A completely unique world that enfolds the reader in mystery and wonder right through till the last page."-"Romantic Times BookClub Magazine" "Brandon Sanderson is the real thing--an exciting storyteller with a unique and powerful vision. "Elantris is one of the finest debuts I've seen in years."--David Farland ""Elantris is a new" Ben Hur for the fantasy genre, with a sweeping, epic storyline and well-drawn and sympathetic characters."--Kevin J. Anderson "While every new fantasy author is hailed as unique, new, and different, Brandon Sanderson's "Elantris does indeed provide an absorbing adventure in a unique, different, and well-thought-out fantasy world, with a few nifty twists as well."-L. E. Modesitt, Jr. "Sanderson's fantasy debut offers a vibrant cast of characters and a story of faith and determination set against a vividly portrayed world . . . filled with surprising twists and turns and a conclusion both satisfying and original." -"Library Journal, Starred Review

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