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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (June 9 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765320304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765320308
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not only has Sanderson drawn a freshly imagined world and its society, he has also given us a plot full of unexpected twists and turns. . . . Anyone looking for a different and refreshing fantasy novel will be delighted by this exceptional tale of magic, mystery and the politics of divinity. Warbreaker might even take your breath away. (Michael Moorcock)

Epic fantasy heavyweight Sanderson pens a powerful stand-alone tale of unpredictable loyalties, dark intrigue and dangerous magic. . . . Sanderson melds complex, believable characters, a marvelous world and thoughtful, ironic humor into an extraordinary and highly entertaining story. (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Warbreaker)

Sanderson again demonstrates his capacity for handling large and complex themes while creating believable characters. (Library Journal (starred review) on Warbreaker)

Hilarious dialogue, descriptive action sequences, and genuinely sweet romance. . . . Sanderson knows how to wrap things up cleanly. He spins a world that's easily complex and mysterious enough to warrant sequels, but prefers to end it climactically, answering many of his biggest questions, while leaving others to the imagination. (The Onion on Warbreaker)

Sanderson is clearly a master of large-scale stories, splendidly depicting worlds as well as strong female characters. . . . May the author write long and prosper. (Booklist on Warbreaker)

A highly readable and compelling stand-alone volume from the acclaimed author of the Mistborn trilogy. . . . Highly recommended to fans of epic fantasy. (The Romantic Times BOOKreviews 4 ½ Stars TOP PICK!)

About the Author

BRANDON SANDERSON grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. In addition to completing Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time®, he is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn trilogy, Warbreaker, The Alloy of Law, The Way of Kings, Rithmatist, and Steelheart. He won the 2013 Hugo Award for "The Emperor's Soul," a novella set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 16 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Warbreaker" is a pretty good sign of why Brandon Sanderson is one of the best up-and-coming fantasy authors -- it's a book dense with magic, politics, complex schemes and characters that are never quite what they seen. While there are some stretches that are rather slow, Sanderson has a vivid style and a knack for political tangles that is rarely seen in modern fantasy -- and it leaves you hungry for more.

For many years, the Idrian princess Vivenna was supposed to marry the Hallandren God-King, a powerful Returned named Susebron, and provide him with a divine heir. But at the last minute, her tomboy sister Siri is sent instead. And Siri is completely unprepared for her new life -- the opulent palaces, the bullying priests, and a silent husband who seems to ignore her every night (and whom she's not allowed to look at or speak to).

Determined to rescue her little sister, Vivenna sets out for Hallandren and joins up with a band of Idrian rebels and mercenaries -- and runs afoul of Vasher, a mysterious man with a bloodthirsty, living weapon. And at the same time, a skeptical young Returned named Lightsong realizes that political wheels are turning in the gods' court -- and begins to manipulate them to his own ends.

But things are not as they appear for either of the princesses. Siri soon discovers that Susebron is not the haughty cruel man she thought he was, but a childlike mute who is rapidly falling in love with her -- and she begins suspecting that his priests are plotting against him. And with the help of Vasher, Vivenna discovers to her horror that her trust has been horribly misplaced -- and that she may have set the wheels in motion for a vast, bloodstained plot that could destroy both Hallendren and Idris.
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By A. Soares TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 13 2013
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While waiting anxiously for Words of Radiance I have been devouring everything of Sanderson's I can find. It is all good and this is no exception. I think I actually like this better than the Mistborn trilogy, though both were wonderful reads.

In Warbreaker, Vivenna a princess of Idris has been groomed her whole life to marry the god king of Hallandren and make peace between Hallandren and Idris. When the time comes to send her to Hallandren, war seems inevitable and Vivenna's father cannot bear to lose her, sending instead her impetuous younger sister Siri instead. All is not as it seems in Hallandren... Over the course of this book, we see Vivenna set out to rescue her sister, we meet skeptical gods, we learn to love the god king with Siri, and discover the secrets of the god kings of Hallandren.

Once again Sanderson creates a fantastic magical system (breath, awakeners, drabs, returned and more), complex and believable. Characters are likeable, realistic and complex and evolve considerably over the course of the novel. The plot moves at breakneck speed, keeping you enthralled from beginning to end.

Would love to see more set in this world, but the story fits perfectly into one book. No cliffhangers here!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Luyten on July 26 2013
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This book had an unexpected story line and outcome but it was one of the best books I have ever read. It was gripping and I never knew what would happen next. An excellent read I couldn't put it down, I recommend this book to everyone!
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit but I don't think that it's one of Sanderson's better novels. It seemed a bit rushed in spots and too slow in others. I would still recommend this book to friends but I think I'd have to tell them to just keep at it.
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By Gale/S on Feb. 19 2013
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Interesting premise; not for speed reading. A multitude of story lines to follow some would make a great break-away series. Very enjoyable with a touch of mystic, magic, murder and mystery. Would recommend to all.
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