By Brandon Sanderson
Paperback, 656 pages
The cities of T’Telir and Idris are on the brink of war. T’Telir is ruled by the Returned, heroes reborn as gods and the powerful God King. Each week the people of the city offer their gods Breath – the life force that each person possesses and some know how to use to bring ordinary objects to life to do their bidding. The former royal family lives in Idris and has offered one of their daughters to be the wife of the God King, in hopes that by honoring an old treaty with T’Telir, the powerful city won’t declare war on Idris. But the priests of the gods are clamoring for war and when a mysterious man with a sentient sword shows up, he’ll do all he can do to stop it.
First off, I have to admit that I owned this book for over a year before reading it and I only picked it up because the friend who purchased it for me, continually reminded me that I needed to read it. What a fool I was for waiting so long!