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Warbreaker

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
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Publisher's Summary

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 as breath that can be collected only one unit at a time from individual people.

By using breath and drawing upon the colour 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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Amazing story.

Brandon's books are absolutely beautiful. Always with nice twists. This was very enjoyable. The magic system is cool.

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I loved it!

Warbreaker takes you on a ride of happiness, joy, sadness , heartbreak. Some of the characters you tend to hate in the beginning will grow on you. Its about the journey of their evolution into becoming a better person. Acceptance of all people. Looking forward to read the sequel!

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Recommend this to anyone who liked game of thrones

Liked the narrator and her way of bringing personality into the characters. Liked philosophical connections in the world of warbreaker and our own world.

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amazing book

Had a slow start... but was worth the time. Ending was explosive but not at the cost of character building

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A great standalone book set in Cosmere universe

The cast of characters gets an A+. Especially loved Lightsong and also Denth. The story is about avoiding war, so lot of politics and very less action which I seemed to really enjoy.

I barely could keep the book down in the latter half. I would highly recommend this.

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A beautiful colorful tale

it's awesome how Sanderson comes up with these brilliant magic systems. And doesn't ever info-dump you with it- it's a really good slow burn almost mystery tale with twists and turns that will leave u wanting more. the start is a little slow but it's necessary to get invested in ciri and vivenna as characters. And all of the other characters are glorious in their own right. loved it.

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Okayish considering it's Brandon Sanderson book!

Disclaimer, I read the Mistborn series before going through Warbreaker. Definitely a weaker story, but then it's improper to compare a it with an amazing trilogy like Mistborn. Takes a bit of a time to get going, and only picks up pace at the end. The narration is exceptional though! Fantastic reading by Alyssa!

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So so good: both story AND naration!

First of all the naration is really good, don't listen to people who says otherwise. And
Second of all the story is brilliant, it has the mysterious touch, as the best books Brandon Sanderson writes (as I've come to believe, all his books has that), enjoy listening.

P.S. (just my humble opinion) Her naration of blushweaver is dangerous seductive.

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Captivating

Captivating story by Brandon Sanderson and magical narration by Alyssa Bresnahan. It was my first audio book as well as my first book by Brandon. Loved it way too much.

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A masterclass in worldbuilding

Sanderson is without a doubt the master of fictional high fantasy worlds and hard magic systems. both of which are at the forefront of this book. The characters grow incredibly and their arcs are believable and relatable. The magic itself is nothing short of marvelous, though nothing less is expected of Sanderson.
Alyssya Bresnahan has done a phenomenal job with the narration. None of the voices were irritating(as is the case with some narrators) and many were downright lovable.

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  • Valtteri
  • 23-05-18

A bit more positive than Sanderson's usual works

This book is amazing. It has all the good qualities of Sanderson's books, but the tone is more positive than usually. Sanderson seems to like plot line where things start bad, are stable for a while, things go bad, things go really bad, despair settles in, all hope is lost, a miracle happens. This book contains all those but the tone is bit more positive, so the reader feels less despair.

This is a story of finding one's self. Of magical worlds and wonders. If you liked Sanderson's other works you will love this one too. The story takes place in the cosmere and if you read the stormlight archives like the oathbringer, you will find lot of inside references.

The book is surprising, the plot twists are really good. The characters are well developed and the world building is substantial. Narration is immaculate and easily likable. Every fan of high fantasy should read this. Buy it now, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-04-19

Another Happy Reader

AMAZING BOOK!!!! I loved it from beginning to end :) Brandon is such a great writer.

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  • Arjen
  • 28-03-20

Book solid, voices indistinct.

Again another solid exploration of a new and fresh magic system and very human characters with real problems.
Yes epic, but small and personal.

The voice actor has not developed the ability to do different voices. Not even two. So every dialog becomes a puzzle. Voice actors: this is an essential skill! Without it.. amateur hour.
Also, to most women voice actors: cmonn.. Mens voices are more then just adding a little bass rumble in the throat. Practice practice practice. You sound like you are mocking fathers berating their child. I know accessing lower registers is harder for women then accessing higher registers is for men, but that is why you have to try harder. Challenge is no excuse for failure. Practice. Now. Please? ;P

But yeh the book is great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-10-19

Another brilliant other worldy society by Brandon

I am always captured by the completely thought out structures, values and hierarchy in a society that Brandon creates as a result of his magic systems, and warbreaker is no exception.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-19

Nice story

A superb story, thoug a bit slow in the midle section. The story slowly turned around being Great. But it took a while for the characters getting in the positions needed to make the story interesting.

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  • Mattias
  • 07-11-18

Great!

As always Sanderson have thought up a interesting and unique magic system. The story is solid and the narrator is also splendid.
If you like Sanderson previous work you will enjoy this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-12-22

Good as a standalone, great as a Cosmere addition

Easy to follow story that has meaning by itself but becomes grand when put into Cosmere wide perspective
I rated performance as 4 because 5 is reserved for perfection. This one is still very good.

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  • Rhett Macdonald
  • 15-11-22

Favourite Sanderson so far

I enjoyed the story immensely and even more so because of the brilliant performance from Alyssa Bresnahan. I will certainly be listening to more audio books simply because she narrates them.

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  • Jennifer Elliott
  • 16-09-22

As usual great story

Loved the book the story line kept me wanting more.
The narrator can't keep accents the same so I got a confused at times as to who was talking. Go get some acting voice training.

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  • Matouš Kratina
  • 28-06-22

Almost perfect

pretty abrupt ending but other than that, it was exciting, character well fleshed out and funny. twists and turn. overall very good

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  • Martin
  • 06-07-18

Painfully slow to get going but worth persevering

First time with this author and he has some great ideas and creates a convincing story once he gets over the tedious character development. Endless repetition of simple ideas insult the readers intelligence and it takes forever for the brakes to come off and to finally get going. Even then the author cannot resist reminding you (for the 20th time) that this person is the lazy one, that character is the reckless one who dislikes authority in case you forgot from 5 minutes ago.

I hate leaving books unfinished but 8 hours in I was seriously considering quitting but I'm glad I saw this one through. There are some genuinely original ideas here and the story twists and turns to a satisfying conclusion, all be it to set the stage for a sequel to tie up loose ends.

I will try another from Brandon Sanderson, but please get this guy an editor. The first 6 - 8 hours flow like treacle and yet the conclusion in the last couple of hours seems hasty and rushed and leaves a few plot strands hanging.

Narrator was only OK. Clear diction but a slightly lifeless performance, improved by listening at 1.3 speed.

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  • ZippyTip
  • 25-06-18

The Narrator spoilt it for me

By the 5th chapter I was still unconvinced if I could continue listening to the end. The over emphasis of every other word was draining to listen to and an unecessary distraction because the story unravelled beautifully. I had been spoilt by Michael Kramer narrating the Mist Born Series and this narrator was a total disappointmnt for me. I love Brandon Sanderson's literary style but wont listen to any more by this narrator.

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  • sam
  • 18-04-18

Missing its impact

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I came into this book hoping for a classic Brandon Sanderson book and I got what I expected from the story, it's well written and the magic systems are always brilliantly thought out. It's definitely worth listening to once.

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The narration is my biggest gripe with the book and it's one of the things I really hoped to be a nice change. Initially, it was lovely to hear Alyssa Bresnahan narrate but as time went on I started to notice her lack of impact on major parts of the story. The storm light series read by Micheal and Kate always hit the nail on the head, building up the story with amazing narration and I just didn't get the same quality of narration from Alyssa.

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  • Andy
  • 07-10-18

Long and winding road to nowhere

Loads of build up. Then it completely fails to surprise or overwhelm at the end. So many unanswered questions. I haven't rolled my eyes so many times at a book before. Could never get invested.

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  • Andrew Warn
  • 29-11-19

An interesting story

For me this is a difficult book to review. Firstly I'd like to say that I found the narrator to be first class and maybe the only reason I endured the story. There is a massive buildup (90 odd% of the book is buildup) and then a really hasty ending. With all the buildup I was expecting some real impact at the end but there just wasn't any.

What I liked: The narration - brilliant, The characters - superb, The magic mechanics - very well thought through.

What was decent: The story - Interesting but nothing more

What I disliked: The rushed ending

This is the first book I have listened too of Brandon Sanderson's and Im not sure I'll listen to another

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-18

Excellent book!!!

I so wish that there were more to this series cos it's the 1st book by this author I've read. Extremely excited to see what else he has written and am determined to find a series, I'm surly not going to be disappointed!!! Thank you audible

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-18

Overall a good book

Good book with interesting characters and catching story. The story is full of twists and surprises, although the ending is a bit anticlimactic. The narrator's voice is a bit nasally and takes some time getting used to.

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  • shawn
  • 07-10-18

Warbreaker

A fictional tale of a Deity system.

This was a very enjoyable book about someone who had died and discovered that he had been deified.

Intentional funny but gripping noene the less.

I have read a number of Sanderson books and found them all to be most engaging

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-18

Just no.

I expected so much from this. Sanderson is now a well-known name within the fantasy branch of literature. As an avid Song of Ice and Fire reader, I thought I would love this. In conclusion, I did not. It was slow-paced, some characters felt useless to the story. What I believed to be plotting...let me down immensely. And it is way to long for what it is. 800 pages of bland, milky characters and a d-grade plot. I am very hesitant to pick up the books in the Stormlight Archive series. As a result, this had me angry and disappointed.

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  • Sallyann Hardaker
  • 29-12-17

WOW

The first book I've read of it's genre. Loved it. Totally captivated from start to finish. Didn't see any of the twists. Highly recommend.

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  • Claire
  • 11-06-18

Excellent reader, excellent story

This book exemplifies the many reasons I love Sanderson. His deft and almost effortless characterisation of strong and diverse female characters, his story telling ability, his humour. The book is a mystery novel wrapped in a fantasy, set in a vivid, bright, dynamic environment. In addition, Alyssa Bresnahan brings it to life in the best of ways.

Highly recommend, especially for those who loved Elantris.

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  • Dan
  • 11-07-19

A far cry from Mistborn

I read this after reading Wheel of Time, Mistborn and The Stormlight Archive which, to be fair, are a hard act to follow. If you're a fan of the Tide Lords series by Jennifer Fallon, you might enjoy this. Regrettably the narrator has a very limited range, and the conclusion of the story left me scratching my head. This audio book was a slog, but I understand that it's ten years old and he's written some absolute gold since this.

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  • Paul D
  • 05-08-18

Good story, but not as good as his others

Brandon is one of my favourite authors and I thoroughly enjoy his books. This book has a unique and interesting magic system, as always with a Sanderson novel, but I felt this story lacked a little ‘something’. Still well worth a read though. Some of the characters went on an interesting journey and there are a few twists and turns to keep things interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-18

Fantastic Story, Limited voices

Loved the story Sanderson really knows how to write a great tale, the narration was well done but the range of voices was limited to ~3 different voices.

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  • Melinda
  • 01-04-18

Awesome

Loved it! well written , great storytelling. Looking forward to the next installment. Well done

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  • haydn montgomery
  • 17-06-19

if you're desperate for cosmere give it a go.

if you loved mistborn and stormlight archive and a craving for more cosmere give it a read, otherwise read Skyward. its another Brando Sando just a better read.

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  • noel.doney
  • 25-05-19

struggled

I listened to the first few chapters a couple of times but finally gave up. I know other books by the same author are slow to rev ... this one didn't get beyond neutral.

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  • Lise
  • 28-12-22

Nicely done fairytale like story

He's good that Brandon! This felt like a fairytale with action and romance, magic and mystery and priests, people in robes, royalty, including the sister princesses. Love how the story twists and bad guys feel like good guys all of a sudden- well thought out world. Just want more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-12-22

Warbreaker Review

Fantastic story - was not at all what I expected. Surprising twists, a depth to the charters and peoples and beautifully read. Thankyou!

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  • Rosemarie De Bruin
  • 17-12-22

Great Fantasy Read

Really liked the story. Fabulous characters from Sanderson, but then he does character building so well!
liked the narrator, she has a fabulous range of voices and tones.