Review by: dancingonrain
The main story begins with two Idrian Princesses, Vivenna and Siri. Originally Vivenna was supposed to travel to Hallandren and wed the God King as a peace treaty between their two nations, but their father sent Siri instead. Siri is supposed to produce an heir for Hallandren as part of that treaty, but how can she when she’s not allowed to speak or look at the God King? And he seems to want to do nothing but sit in the same room with her and just watch her?
Vivenna travels to Hallandren in hopes to rescue her sister from that fate. Along the way she meets the mercenaries Denth, Tonk-Fah, and Jewels and her Lifeless, Clod.
But things do not appear to be what they seem. For both girls. When Vivenna meets a mysterious man known currently as Vasher, (he’s used many names in the past) she begins to question everything she once knew.
And as for Siri, things change for her in a big way when she discovers a secret about the God King that not only a select few know and that is also something she was never supposed to find out.
This book was great! While it did start off a little slow for me, once the story picked up, it really picked up. There was lots of action. This is not to say that there were non-stop battles, but more that there was always something happening to move the plot/story forward. While you may not have been aware of it in the earlier parts, as the story progressed closer to the end, everything started to fall in place . At some parts you told yourself that “that makes sense and why didn’t I realized that sooner.” You always had a feeling that something was off, but you couldn’t quite put your tongue on it. This is especially true when we discover something tragic about the God King and it changes our perception of him.
I love the stories where you head into them thinking you’re going to enjoy one point of view character the most and be annoyed with another, but then as you progress through the book, the opinions you originally thought you were going to have ended up being the exact opposite. I went into this story thinking I wasn’t going to be all that invested in Siri and much more invested in Vivenna, which, in the end, was not true. I definitely enjoyed reading about Siri more than Vivenna. This is not to say that I didn’t like Vivenna, just that I liked Siri more. And, of course, I liked Vasher from the beginning. From the first scene he’s presented in, I wanted to know more about him, the kind of world this was, this interesting thing known as Breaths, and his mysterious talking sword, Nightblood.
I would have to say that overall I enjoyed this book. I liked this one, Warbreaker, more than Elantris, but less than the Mistborn series.
Either way, if you’re looking for a stand alone novel and like epic fantasy, try this book. 😀