Up Next: “Warbreaker” by Brandon Sanderson

WarbreakerI’ve read this book several times, but not in the past year or two. One of my goals this year is to re-read a few of my favorite books I haven’t picked up in a while and this one seemed like a pretty good choice. The world Brandon Sanderson has built for Warbreaker is one I think is really fascinating, besides which, this book has a talking sword in it. That’s right, a talking sword. You can’t pass up that sort of thing.

Warbreaker is a pretty long book, weighing in at well over 600 pages, so I’ll have to be pretty focused if I want to get it read in enough time to finish one more book after it before the end of the month. But, because I’ve read it before I think it will go quickly this time since I already know the story and it mostly just a refresh.

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.

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