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Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson

This is another glorious foray by Brandon Sanderson into the world of fantasy literature, once again with a series of twists and turns that never cease to keep me reading. In fact, I read the second half of this nearly 600-page monstrosity in the course of one afternoon!
The story revolves primarily around two societies; the Idrians guard the northern trade routes through their mountains, worshipping Austre, the God of Colors, and following a puritanical, nearly aesthetic lifestyle. The Hallandren, on the other hand, live at the edge of the sea in a city riotous with color and decadence, worshipping their God King and the Pantheon of the Returned, who are people who died in valorous or otherwise stunningly heroic circumstances, and were chosen to Return, with no memory of their former life or the afterlife, to bring visions of the future to the people.
The heroines of our story are Vivenna, eldest daughter of the Idrian King, who, due to a treaty signed with Hallandren some twenty yea…

Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson

Hello there! This will be the first of what I intend to be a series of reviews of assorted books, movies, music, etc. that catch my fancy. I'm not quite certain how often I will post, but let's give it a go...
Mistborn is the first book in a trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, a relative newcomer to the Fantasy genre, and demonstrates his absolutely fantastic skill at turning the conventions of traditional Fantasy writing on their head. We open with a passage from the perspective of an unnamed, unknown speaker; he is the Hero of Ages, or so he's been told, but he has doubts about his own authenticity. The reluctant hero in the extreme, it would appear... Each chapter of the book begins with these passages, which Sanderson refers to as epigraphs, giving us further insight into this particular character; insight which we come to rely upon throughout the book to try and give us a glimpse into a distant and very different past.
Flash to the modern-day of the Final Empire, so-call…