By Brandon Sanderson
Elantris was once the capital of Arelon: massive, attractive, actually radiant, packed with benevolent beings who used their strong magical skills for the good thing about all. but each one of those demigods was a normal individual till touched by way of the mysterious remodeling strength of the Shaod. Ten years in the past, by surprise, the magic failed. Elantrians turned wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself darkish, filthy, and crumbling.
Arelon's new capital, Kae, crouches within the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a wedding of nation with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping -- in line with their correspondence -- to additionally locate love. She reveals as a substitute that Raoden has died and she or he is taken into account his widow. either Teod and Arelon are lower than probability because the final final holdouts opposed to the imperial targets of the ruthless non secular lovers of Fjordell. So Sarene makes a decision to exploit her new prestige to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell excessive priest who has come to Kae to transform Arelon and declare it for his emperor and his god.
But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the reality approximately Prince Raoden. affected by a similar curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden used to be secretly exiled through his father to the darkish urban. His fight to assist the wretches trapped there starts a chain of occasions that would deliver wish to Arelon, and maybe show the key of Elantris itself.
A infrequent epic myth that doesn't recycle the classics and that's an entire and enjoyable tale in a single quantity, Elantris is fleet and enjoyable, jam-packed with surprises and characters to care approximately. It's additionally the glorious debut of a welcome new big name within the constellation of fantasy.
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And reliance like that could be exploited. In the distance, the “farmers” on the fields tossed aside their tools and pulled bows from hidden clefts in the ground. The gates to the city opened, revealing the soldiers hiding inside—soldiers that the Seanchan raken scouts had claimed were a four-day ride away. Ituralde raised his looking glass. The battle began. The Prophet’s fingers bit dirt, tearing trenches in the soil as he scrambled up to the top of the forested hillside. His followers straggled behind.
Min’s dark eyes were so worried he had to turn away. Alivia—who had watched the exchange about Semirhage with those penetrating eyes of hers—seemed too knowing. Nynaeve finally gave in and tugged on her braid. For once, Cadsuane didn’t chastise him for his outburst. Instead she just sipped her wine. How could she stand the stuff? The thought was trivial. Ridiculous. He wanted to laugh. Only, the sound wouldn’t come out. He couldn’t summon even a wry humor, not anymore. Light! I can’t keep this up.
Egwene would never—” “She’s Amyrlin,” he said, downing his cup of wine in one gulp. It was as putrid as he recalled. “Aes Sedai to the core. ” Yes, Lews Therin said. We need to stay away from all of them. They refused to help us, you know. Refused! Said my plan was too reckless. That left me with 51 T EARS FROM S TEEL only the Hundred Companions, no women to form a circle. Traitors! This is their fault. But. . but I’m the one who killed Ilyena. Why? Nynaeve said something, but Rand ignored her.
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson