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The Hope of Elantris

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<The Hope of Elantris
Hope of Elantris website cover.jpg
by ?
Follows Elantris
Setting Sel, Cosmere
Released January 2006
Word Count 6,161

The Hope of Elantris is a short story written by Brandon Sanderson in January of 2006. It was initially released as an e-book for sale on Amazon and eventually released on Brandon Sanderson's own website. The annotations can be found here.

The book is set in the world of Elantris occurring at the same time as certain events in the book but centers on different characters. Brandon Sanderson commented, "If you haven't read the novel Elantris, this contains major spoilers. Might I suggest reading the book first? This story won't work at all for you if you haven't."[1]


After Elantris' restoration Raoden sits alone in his palace noting the city's new found wealth. Ashe, Sarene's seon, floats in through an open window to inform Raoden his wife will not be attending their dinner, because she is pregnant and "it's his fault." Raoden settles in to listening to Ashe's testament to his whereabouts during the last hours before Elantris' restoration.




Brandon got the idea to write this story in January 2006, as he was dating his wife Emily. Emily mentions one of her eighth grade students has done a book report on Elantris. Matisse, the student, had done an outstanding job on her book report. There were detailed bios of the characters and even some materials you would find in the book. Brandon was moved by her report and wrote this companion story, with Matisse’s name as the lead character in honor to her. When Brandon and Emily were married, Matisse gave the book report to Brandon as a wedding gift.[2]


The Hope of Elantris consists of an intro and outro from the PoV of Raoden, while the remainder is written from the PoV of Matisse.

PoV Characters 2
PoV Count 3



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