The Hope of Elantris (Elantris #1.5) by Brandon Sanderson: Book Review

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The following is a short story I wrote in the Elantris world back in January of 2006. At that point, Elantris had only been out in stores for about seven or eight months, but I actually hadn’t written anything new on the story or world since 2000, when I’d finished the first draft of the original book. This story was originally posted for sale on Amazon.com; once the contract with them ran out, I posted it on my website.

There were always a few holes in the manuscript where I decided not to include viewpoints or sections of explanation in the name of streamlining, particularly at the end. In the back of my mind, I knew what happened. This story talks about one of those holes; it is meant to be read after you’ve finished the novel and takes place during the events of the climax. In the annotation, I’ve written a further explanation of why I wrote this piece. Some of you may find it interesting to read this ahead of time; I put it in the annotation, however, as I know others would rather enjoy the story without bias beforehand, then read my thoughts afterward.

Either way, if you haven’t read the novel 
Elantris, this contains major spoilers. Might I suggest reading the book first? This story won’t work at all for you if you haven’t. (Brandon Sanderson – Goodreads)

My Review

My Rating: 3/5

I read this in the collection, ‘Arcanum Unbounded’.

The postscript to this short story is beautiful – don’t skip it. Sanderson’s heart is the size of his cosmere – every writer should aspire to be this amazing with their fans. Anyway, I’ll stop gushing!

This story is a nice little snippet into the lives of those left in Elantris when the fighting at the end of the book, ‘Elantris’, begins and ends. I won’t give you any spoilers for Elantris or this short story, don’t worry!

I only gave this short story 3 starts because it’s not incredible, yet it is still worth reading and adds a little extra to the Cosmere. It’s only about 25 pages long.

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