by Brandon Sanderson
Edited by Moshe Feder
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765320308
Date: 09 June 2009 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Brandon Sanderson has created an interesting world where power resides with those who can manipulate things and Awaken them, giving them a semblance of life. Those who desire such power must take it from others by drawing an essence from them called Breath. Donors must give it voluntarily. However, doing so, leaves the donor alive, but with dulled senses. From official release/information:
From back of book: Warbreaker is the story of two sisters who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.
Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as a gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.
By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery; and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.
(Source: Tor Books)