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He writes, seemingly accidentally, in the most beautiful prose and at the same time takes you down unexpected avenues in the story line.
He also thinks about magic in a really interesting way that I think is really beautiful.
I would recommend reading Elantris if you want a shorter, self-contained story. You follow the travails of Roaden, a prince of his people, who is stricken with a mysterious disease that has blighted his people. He is thrown into the once powerful city of Elantris, where citizens stricken with the disease are now imprisoned. The story follows Roaden as he battles to overcome the illness and return Elantris to a city of power that it once was. Central to Roaden's struggle is his finding and interpreting Aons, symbols that gave Elantrians magical powers. Many of these Aons can be seen on Sanderson's website as jewelry available for purchase. This story is soulful and you find yourself cheering Roaden through his successes and sharing heartbreak during his failures. Overall, Elantris is well worth the journey!
Another recommendation is The Mistborn Trilogy. This trilogy is an amazing work of storytelling! With epic battle scenes, romance, and intrigue, not to mention, characters that you love and love to hate, you can't go wrong. With Kelsier, Vin, and Eland as protagonists and the Lord Ruler and the fantastical Steel Inquisitors with spikes for eyes as antagonists, the story is full of suspense, action, and Sanderson keeps readers guessing as the plot twists through this dark and compelling world. One aspect of the story that is extremely entertaining is the ability of characters to gain magical powers by manipulating metals. Vin, a Mistborn allomancer, gains power as she ingests metals and her body "burns" them releasing certain powers. Fantasy/science fiction at its finest!
Other great reads are The Way of Kings and Warbreaker.
Katherine Kurtz...everything she's written, definitely
moonshoes wrote:Definitely Brandon Sanderson. His books are very easy to get into, despite being very complex. I love his worldbuilding and the new magic systems he manages to come up with. There has yet to be a book of his that I didn't completely obsess over, to be honest.
Omg same twinsies
Natalie394 wrote:Morgan Rhodes is an excellent fantasy writer. Her Falling Kingdoms series is full of amazing characters and the world is so engaging and entertaining. It is described as a YA Game of Thrones and, even though I've never seen it, I think that is quite an accurate description. The 5th book in the series has just come out and I am very excited to read it.
Love Morgan Rhodes' Falling Kingdom series! The characters are wonderful, the plot is fast paced and I totally agree with the Game of Thrones of reference (and I do watch the show).