The perfect way to describe this book would have to be colorful. Warbreaker is very vibrant and rich with colors. A lot of element in this book revolves around colors, from world building, plot, even its magic system.
Plot & world-building is superb as always. Sanderson created another world, this time it's called Nasthil for us to dive into and even though this is a standalone book, it's still filled with tons of history and mythology that made the world richer in content and more immersive. Intriguing politics, incredible characterization, mystery and combined with Sanderson's writing, it's a guarantee the book will hooked you in from prologue to epilogue. It needed to be said though the book's pacing is slow in some part which might bore you a bit if you're not focused.
Warbreaker's pacing reminds me a lot of Well of Ascension, book 2 of the Mistborn trilogy. The pacing can be a bit slow sometimes since it builds up heavily for the great cinematic experience climax. I personally don't mind slow pacing as long as there's some sense progression in the plot and world-building which Sanderson always does in his work but I can understand if Warbreaker could bore anyone who's looking for a stabby stabby whacky whacky actions in the book they're reading.
Almost all the main and side characters in this book are fantastic and interesting. Siri, Vivenna, Vasher, Nightblood and especially Lightsong the Bold, probably one of the sassiest character I ever read. Here's my favorite quote by Lightsong:
<i>“Mocking a woman is like drinking too much wine. It may be fun for a short time, but the hangover is hell.”</i>
There are too many things to explain on how great and original these characters are. The book relies heavily upon the characters interactions and their developments which honestly I can't seem to get enough. I craved and I want more of them by the end of the book. If you're looking for main heroines with great character developments and not whiny, you definitely can't go wrong with reading this.
The magic system is unique and intricate, this is one of Sanderson's main specialty. It's not as complicated as Allomancy, Feruchemy & Hemalurgy from Mistborn series but it still requires a bit of thinking. Sanderson still managed to deliver it in a way that could be understood easily with his well structured and simple writings. The magic this time is called Breath and as I mentioned before, it revolves a bit around Colors. Just read it okay, my explanation is turd compared to him.
Even though Warbreaker was supposed to be a standalone, apparently we will get another sequel in the future titled "Nightblood" and I definitely can't wait to read the continuation of the story. I'll conclude this review by giving this book a 4.5 colorful stars and letting you know that Warbreaker managed to *puts on sunglasses* color me impressed and left me breathless. Get it..? well, you know.. the book's magic system is called Breath and have to do with color.. no? okay, I'm so sorry you have to read that horrible pun. I'll let myself out.