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; 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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