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 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.


“Epic fantasy heavyweight Sanderson pens a powerful stand-alone tale of unpredictable loyalties, dark intrigue, and dangerous magic […] Sanderson melds complex, believable characters, a marvelous world and thoughtful, ironic humor into an extraordinary and highly entertaining story.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Sanderson again demonstrates his capacity for handling large and complex themes while creating believable characters. He also succeeds at building a unique fantasy environment. This series opener is essential reading for fantasy fans.”

Library Journal, Starred Review

“Lets Sanderson show off what he does best […] Beyond shining as a world-building exercise, WARBREAKER’s drama is peppered with excellent humor. With so much to love, it’s easy to wish for a sequel, but hard to imagine a better ending.”

The Onion/A.V. Club

“A highly readable and compelling stand-alone volume from the acclaimed author of the Mistborn trilogy. As is to be expected, the worldbuilding is superb, utilizing a thoroughly thought-out system of magic and religion. Highly recommended to fans of epic fantasy.”

RT Book Reviews, a Top Pick

“Sanderson is clearly a master of large-scale stories, splendidly depicting worlds as well as strong female characters […] The system of magic is also novel […] and demands far more of the characters’ ingenuity, which in turn demands developing them — male and female, divine and mortal — to a far higher degree than one expects of much fantasy these days. May the author write long and prosper.”


“Sanderson is expert at spinning fantasy stories packed with memorable characters, crisply detailed settings, unique magic, and major helpings of intrigue. [WARBREAKER] is a single fantasy novel, and as it stands a quite nice one, with room for irony and sarcasm as well as brooding, foreshadowing, some lively action, and even a little romance, all wrapped up in a multi-layered story of believable characters and choices that are far from easy.”

Black Gate

“Every major character in this novel is memorable […] an iridescent tale of magic, mystery, mayhem – and love.”


Awards & Accolades


#24 New York Times Hardcover Bestseller List


Library Journal: “5 best SF&F novels of 2009”


Barnes & Noble: “5 best SF&F novels of 2009”


The Onion A.V. Club: “Best of 2009”


ALA: “Top Five Fantasy of 2009”


2010 David Gemmell Legend Award Nominee


2009 Romantic Times Award Nominee: “Best Epic Fantasy”