Title / Warbreaker
Author / Brandon Sanderson
Publication Date / 2011
Genre / Fantasy
Page no. / 672
Overall Rating / ★★★★
Warbreaker is a part of the Cosmere universe but it introduces a whole new world, magic system and cast of characters. It is set in a world called Nasthil and the story follows multiple perspectives. Colour plays an important part in this world and magic system. This is probably my favourite book by Sanderson.
The story centres around two sisters, Siri and Vivenna, who are princesses of the country Idris. While their are two of the main protagonists, we also get to see the story told from other perspectives too. The two sisters are fantastic protagonists and Sanderson does a great job with their development throughout the book. All of the characters are well written with distinct personalities and interesting back stories. A lot of emphasis is put on character interactions so if you like character driven fantasy books then you should definitely check this out. I can’t say enough good things about the characters in this book.
Warbreaker also contains a wonderfully written world full of colour and political intrigue. Once again Sanderson has done a fantastic job with the world building and magic system in this book. Despite being a standalone, it still contains a plethora of history, mythology and culture that really pulls you into this world. The magic is called Breath and it centres a lot around colour. I’m not going to say more, partly because it’s quite hard to explain but also partly because I think it’s best to experience finding out about it for yourself.
The last thing I want to mention is the plot. As I briefly mentioned earlier, political intrigue plays an important part of the story, but there are also fantastic twists as well as some great action. I enjoyed every minute of reading this book. The pacing can be quite slow at times, but the character development and vivid world will keep you engaged. However I think some may find these slower sections a little boring. I had no such issues but it may be something to be aware of.
Overall this is a fantastic book and I would highly recommend checking it out. It is full of wonderfully written characters, a vivid and colourful world and a compelling plot. There is supposed to be a sequel, possibly called Nightblood, in the works, however it is unlikely to be released anytime soon. I will be eagerly waiting for any updates on this sequel. Have you read this book? I’d love to know what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.