Today I’m beginning another new regular feature on my blog – Shelf Control. Every blogger is plagued by a ridiculously long TBR; it comes with the territory. To promote a semblance of control I also take part in Down the TBR Hole posts.
For those that haven’t seen this meme before, Shelf Control is run by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies. It is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up!
For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post.
Shelf Control, for me, is about looking in more detail about the books I have added to the TBR and listed as keepers. I get the chance to talk about why I want to keep them in more detail. It also acts as a second sweep for anything that I may have changed my mind about since reviewing them the first time. I won’t necessarily own all the books (yet), but I will have a reasonable number of them. I’ll also be sharing my posts fortnightly, instead of weekly.
Shall we go WAY WAY back to the beginning and look at the oldest book on my TBR?
Elantris – Brandon Sanderson
Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.
Arelon’s new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping — based on their correspondence — to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.
But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.
A rare epic fantasy that doesn’t recycle the classics and that is a complete and satisfying story in one volume, Elantris is fleet and fun, full of surprises and characters to care about. It’s also the wonderful debut of a welcome new star in the constellation of fantasy.
Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite fantasy authors. I have read the Mistborn trilogy and The Way of Kings thus far and adored each and every book.
By reading Elantris, I am looking to explore more of his books and the magic systems within them. In both the Mistborn trilogy and The Way of Kings, magic has a physical dependency on it. In The Way of Kings, magic is dependent on light, and Mistborn is based around metal and their compositions. I’m interested to see if the author sticks with this theme or if magic is more “aloof”.
The book has fabulous ratings on Goodreads and a couple of my friends have rated it highly too. It’s certainly a keeper.
It’s only been on the TBR for four and a half years. Perhaps it’s finally time to dust it off and read it, hey?!