Elantris is far from perfect. Raoden is through his perfectness a Gary Stu and Sarene is a bit too much the stereotypical empowered princess that suddenly is all love. Both should be highly relatable but are it more as symbols than characters. But both symbols so close to our hearts that it compensates. Who hasn't struggled against the roles other or society force upon you and who doesn't no the struggle for humanity and what's write. Both aren't abstract here, but on a scale we all experience every day. One bummed toe, a paper cut tiny pains we barely register beyond the initial second, but doing this read you ask yourself what would you become if the pain never ends. Brandon Sanderson created a novel that it unique in fantasy and despite what he says really isn't a zombie novel at all. I liked it, but the best recommendation I can probably give, is that he made me like Hrathen. A character type a usually get bored with easily and alienates me almost everytime and whose chapters I was close to skipping for the first half of the novel. One could say he came a bit around to my side. But that shouldn't be enough, should it, for me to admit he is the best characters. I should love Raoden and feel with Sarene both share quite a lot with me. This is why I recommend Elantris, I think that giving us a different perspective is one of the best things books can do.