Thursday, December 19, 2019

Review: INFINITY BLADE: AWAKENING by Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 3/5 stars

I’ve never played the Infinity Blade games and I don’t know anything about them, but I’ve been on a mission to read everything that Brandon Sanderson writes, which is why I picked this up.

I actually had a hard time finding access to these books. The ebooks were not available for purchase on iBooks or Kindle or for loan from my library. I eventually found one library on the other side of the state that had a copy of the audiobooks that I hurriedly requested because it was the only way I’d be able to read these novellas as far as I could tell. (I know this book used to be available in iBooks though because it used to be a bestseller when it was released 11 years ago, so I wonder what happened to cause them to no longer be available. Maybe when the game became unavailable to download, so did the books?)

So to the book. I felt like I had no idea what was going on, but also I kind of enjoyed the story?

Basically, Siris sets out to defeat the God King, and afterward he takes possession of the God King’s sword, which is the Infinity Blade, and then he goes on a journey looking for someone called the Worker of Secrets. This story had a classical medieval fantasy feel to it, and I haven’t read something like that in a while. It definitely had a Sanderson feel to it as well, which I appreciated.

I don’t feel like it’s necessary to play the games before reading these novellas, even though Infinity Blade: Awakening takes place between games 1 and 2, and Infinity Blade: Redemption takes place between games 2 and 3. I’m sure the stories would mean more to you if you did play the games first, although I obviously wouldn’t know. I don’t feel like my enjoyment was hindered in any way though by not having played the games.

Overall, I didn’t think I would enjoy this story but I did. It was fun and adventurous and humorous, and I’ll for sure be reading the next one.

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