Sanderson, Brandon

Paperback - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Baker & Taylor
Two sisters who are princesses have different destinies as one, Siri, marries the God King, and the other, Vivenna, tries to save her people, as everyone contends with the special powers contained in BioChromatic magic.

McMillan Palgrave

After bursting onto the fantasy scene with his acclaimed debut novel, Elantris, and following up with his blockbuster Mistborn trilogy, Brandon Sanderson proves again that he is today’s leading master of what Tolkien called “secondary creation,” the invention of whole worlds, complete with magics and myths all their own.

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 asbreath 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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Two sisters who are princesses have different destinies as one, Siri, marries the God King, and the other, Vivienna, tries to save her people with the help of Vasher, the Warbreaker, as they all contend with the special powers contained in BioChromatic magic. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2010, c2009
Edition: 1st mass market ed
ISBN: 9780765360038
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI S
Characteristics: xii, 676 p. : map ; 18 cm.
Alternate Title: War breaker


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Apr 01, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sanderson is a creator of unique magic systems, for each world he makes something different, even when compared to his other works. In this case it is a combination of colour and "breath" which is central to the lives of the characters, especially those of the gods. Aside this is the politics, which you get to see from multiple sides. This could have ended up a really heavy concept, except for the truly funny remarks that are interspersed.

Jun 25, 2012
  • HanakoGal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wow! This book was compelling, enchanting, exciting and fascinating. I loved each character, and the ones I didn't like so much at first surprised me in the end. I liked Siri from the first and her story always kept my interest. We also get to meet Viveen, Vasher, Lightsong, Scoot and other great characters. We get a big story of political maneuverings to prevent war, but we also get a personal story in characters learning to live in the new situations they end up in. The magic is new and interesting. I liked how the idea of magic and religion and belief and open mindedness were all brought together. Reading this book you had to think of the magic system and the custom of how it was used. I heard it said that Brandon Sanderson is one to watch, that he will end up like fantasy greats such as Jordan, Eddings, Brooks etc, This book makes me totally believe it. I'll be sure to buy his next book.

Dec 31, 2011
  • Ian_Burn rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Yeah, pretty good, 'breath' is in an interesting concept and exploration of religion and 'divinity' in a fantasy context is interest. Nice humour and a few twists along the way are good too.

Oct 20, 2010
  • jenzbooks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was pleasantly suprised by this book. I found the characters believable and interesting. The idea of breathing life and magic into a person to renew energy is cleverly done, with a subtle reference to the Genesis creation story. In the same way the resurrection of the Returned to save one person reflects a Christian message without bopping you on the head with it. Excellent world-building and an infusion of humor make this a top-notch, fun read.

Jun 18, 2010
  • book_devourer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sanderson's writing is exceptional. No one else could weave together such a complicated world of science fiction as seamlessly and clearly as he does in both Warbreaker and Elantris. If you think you don't like science Fiction/ Fantasy. Read these and then decide.

Feb 06, 2010
  • dida rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ignore the fluffy / cheap cover art -- truly a book you shouldn't judge by its cover (or weak title). I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit like Steven Erikson 'lite' -- less complex, less dense, but with similar attempts at humour and magic system with some thought behind it.

That said, there were a couple of oddities about it. First of all, and the one that might bother a reader the most, it reused some of the elements in his Elantris book -- I was pretty surprised to once again find an inner city comprised of walled in gods who had first lived mortal lives... sound familiar? The other oddity was that the level of editing of the text was poor -- there were a surprising number of grammatical errors / typos in the edition I read.

Jan 26, 2010
  • Jess_library rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved it (and it was the fastest 600 pages I've ever read). Brandon Sanderson is known for writing innovative magical systems and worlds and this is no exception. In a world where everyone is born with a single breath, Halloran citizens buy/sell/trade/sacrifice their breath to Awakeners (mages) and Returned (gods). When the exiled princesses return to stop the coming war, they set into motion events that will reveal deep held secrets and change Halloran forever.

I will admit though - the Royal Locks (a magic particular to the royal family that causes their hair colour to change with their emotions) were my favourite thing of all.


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