June 9, 2009
About the Book:
One of the most surprising and talented writers to enter the fantasy scene in many years, New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings fast-paced visionary storytelling and unforgettable characters with a heady measure of dark intrigue and humor to the all-new standalone fantasy novel WARBREAKER (Tor Hardcover; $27.95; June 9, 2009).
Two princesses, the God King disconnected from his own religion, a lesser god about to play a bigger role than ever expected … and the every mysterious Vasher: the Warbreaker.
Welcome to a land where gods and royalty, citizens and renegades, and everyone else coexist in tenuous harmony. Beyond wealth and social status, one aspect levels them all: Biochromatic magic, the essence of breath; the power to see color, feel color, and produce color. The power to give life.
In a kingdom of exiled royals, an old treaty demands that the King of Idris send one of his daughters in marriage to the God King in Halladren. But instead of Vivenna—the oldest and more responsible princess groomed for this occasion since birth—her younger sister Siri is sent in her place to a fearsome gaudy city where color is wielded without consequence or care.
For behind the opulent curtains of Halladren lies a complicated and explosive court of politics and tangled relationships between gods and priests, prophecy and followers.
The fates of the major characters—the two princesses Vivenna and Siri; Lightsong, the reluctant god of bravery; and the wild card Vasher, the Warbreaker—will collide to determine the fate of the world, both the one on earth and the one beyond.
About the Author:
Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and currently lives in Provo, Utah with his wife and son. He teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.
He has been chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s A Memory of Light, the conclusion to the bestselling Wheel of Time® series. For fascinating behind-the-scenes information about the Mistborn trilogy and his acclaimed first novel, Elantris, visit him at http://www.brandonsanderson.com/.
Brandon Sanderson on using color for magic system:
“Using color as a fuel also grew from my desire to do an animation-based magic system. The concept of color as life fascinated me. When something dies in our world, the color fades from it—green plants become brown and human bodies lose their color, becoming pale as the blood drains to the bottom of the corpse. In a lot of ways, color is a representation of life itself.”
Video of Brandon Sanderson discussing Warbreaker:
Kimberly Swan, DarqueReviews.com