Warbreaker (Warbreaker #1) by Brandon Sanderson – Book Review

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Brandon Sanderson


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“It was strange, how easily and quickly protection could cause destruction. Sometimes, Vasher wondered if the two weren't really the same thing. Protect a flower, destroy pests who wanted to feed on it. Protect a building, destroy the plants that could have grown in the soil. Protect a man. Live with the destruction he creates.”


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.


This is the first Brandon Sanderson book I’ve read, and I picked this one up since it’s said to be standalone. While it didn’t end on a major cliffhanger… WTF? I need more. Now.

World-building is perfection. The magic system is intricately woven throughout the story, learning more as you progress through the pages. I loved the intrinsicness of the essence of breath and BioChroma. Awakeners. Returned.

The characters all exceptionally fleshed out. From gods to beggers. Princesses to kings. To the dead and those returned.

The sheer amount of plot twists that I never saw coming.

The story dragged a bit in the middle–nothing boring and only noticeable by the contrast to the last few chapters, which had me on the edge of my seat in anticipation, laughing, crying, and brows raising in surprise.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series and am excited to pick up more from Brandon Sanderson!




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