Brandon Sanderson Bridges Video Games with “The Infinity Blade: Awakening”


God’s death didn’t do much to change the lives of the people of Drem’s Maw. In fact, most of them didn’t even know their deity had been slain.

So begins Brandon Sanderson’s new novella The Infinity Blade: Awakening, an e-book that bridges ChAIR Entertainment Group’s Infinity Blade video games made for Apple’s iOS 5 devices (iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad). As a novelization related to video games, this book is a new type of venture for Sanderson, and yet he handles it with skill, as always.

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, it is no secret that I am a huge Sanderson fan and as such, snapped this e-book up within a few days of its release on October 3. I knew it would be a quick read and I was curious to see what it was like.

Because I had not played the video games, I was afraid I might have trouble following the plot, but I found that wasn’t the case. It’s obvious that the book begins at a point where a gamer would have beaten the first Infinity Blade game so in that vein, it read as if a new storyline had begun, which in effect is the case. I found that Sanderson wrote the book with his usual style, that is, with skill and humor. All in all, I found The Infinity Blade: Awakening a quick and entertaining read.

I would be amiss if I didn’t give you a synopsis of the book and I figure there is none better to do that than the publisher itself. As such, following is the official blurb:

Trained from birth in swordplay and combat, a young knight named Siris has journeyed to the Dark Citadel with a single purpose: fight through the army of Titans to face the tyrannical God King in one-on-one combat. This was his father’s sacred mission, and his father’s before him, going back countless generations in an effort to free their people from enslavement. But when Siris somehow succeeds where all those from his bloodline previously have failed, he finds himself cast into a much larger world, filled with warriors and thieves, ancient feuds and shifting alliances, Deathless immortals and would-be kings. His quest for freedom will take him on an epic journey in search of the mythical figure known as the Worker of Secrets —  the one being in the world who can unravel secrets of the Infinity Blade.

Have you read The Infinity Blade: Awakening yet? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Just leave me a note in the comments box below.

To purchase a copy of The Infinity Blade: Awakening for $2.99, here are links to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (Available in e-book format only.)

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