I found myself being drawn into this new world where magic operates differently then in any other fantasy series. The characters had depth and the narrator was easy to listen to. I first ran across Brandon Sanderson form the Wheel of Time series he is finishing up for Robert Jordan. So I decided to check out some of his solo writing... And I am glad I did.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
I am writing this after having finished the entire trilogy. While this was an incredible book and stands alone just fine on its own, I wanted to reserve judgement on each book till I finished the trilogy in order to put each one into perspective. This was my first Bandon Sanderson book and I loved it. At first, it was challenging to get into the whole concept of Allomancy but I eventually did and appreciated every aspect of this masterpiece. The books moved quickly, the story is rich in its treatments of many aspects personal character, politics, government, philosophy and religion. And each character is fully developed to the point where we probably care about all of them including some of the bad ones. The world created by Brandon Sanderson and stunningly narrated by Michael Kramer is not like any one I or probably any of us could have possibly imagined. As long as this trilogy was, I am so sorry to have it finally end.
I have read fantasy for over 20 years and was thrilled to find a new twist on magic. I have listened to the first two in this series and am downloading the third now. I can't wait to see what Sanderson does next. Gotta love Michael Kramer...hope he does the last Wheel of Time when it comes out.
Briefly, I (like others) wanted to know more about the author. The world evoked here - in the best tradition of speculative fiction - is wide-open but we rapidly get a sense of the time and place covered in this story. There is more of the history of this world to be explored and explained. There are few 'good guys' here which is often a problem for me as a reader but the characters are revealed in such a way that we feel that we understand them almost right away. I enjoyed the readers' work in keeping the cast-members distinct and recognizable. If I have a complaint it is with a couple of fight scenes - it could be just me - but, I had to replay the scenes at least twice to understand what had occurred. I am happy with the book and very glad to see that there is a sequel!
WOW! The twist and turns of this action-packed fantasy kept me gripped from beginning to end. If you enjoy Robert Jordan or George R.R. Martin, be sure to add Brandon Sanderson to your library.
There's nothing cliche, overused, or tiring in this novel. Everything seems fresh, new, and inspiring from the characters to the questions it leaves you asking. An emotionally satisfying ride full of as much spirit as any Goodkind novel, or Sanderson's first work, Elantris.
All this tied with an amazing narration makes for a must have for any Fantasy fan looking for a new take on the genre.
While the actual writing is undoubtedly a step above that found in most fantasy novels, a fact which I greatly appreciate, the novel itself still falls far short of the truly excellent fantasy works available. It is all concept, concept, concept. Sanderson does indeed follow and develop the consequences of his ideas, such as metal-eating and falling ash, and some readers will definitely enjoy that aspect of the book. But the concept is developed at the expense of character and story, which are both ultimately uncompelling.
Overall, this book has a very "workshopped" feel, as though the author has learned rules of "good" writing through workshops and how-to books, and then applied them here. (Create a conflict, heighten it by impeding your character's progress toward his goal, ensure that your ensemble cast consists of contrasting personalities, etc.) There is none of the rich atmosphere of Tolkien, nor the character complexity of Martin, nor even the fancifulness of Jordan. Listen to it while you wait for the next work of genius to come along.
5 Stars is just not enough..this book surpassed my expectations. It is a complex story so it takes the author at least 4 hours to set up the story & characters, if you can get thru this and establish the "who is who" you will not be disappointed. Great characters, great magic, great story..what else can you ask for. I looked at this series several times and seen the rave reviews, and now I get it.. go ahead you listen to it.. and you will not regret it. BTW I am doing something I never do..I bought the other two book in this series..can't wait for my credits.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Why does he smile all the time? Because humor is all He has left. He believes that if you are always on time, it implies you never have anything better to do. He says "I've been very confident in my immaturity."
Brandon Sanderson earns five stars with this book, as he has with three of the four books of his I have read, the other just getting four stars. Sanderson is the Fantasy Writer of this Century so far. He does not borrow from anyone else to write his fantasy, it is all out of his head. Matter of fact this goes against all the fantasy laws. Usually iron is the bane of magic, which explains why elves, fairies, etc disappeared with the coming of civilization and metals. Sanderson has made metals the magic element. All of his books that I have read so far are totally different from the norm. In Elantris, Magic is the enemy. The Way of Kings is his masterpiece so far.
Look at the ratings on this book, thousands have read it and it has an average of 4.6 stars. That alone speaks volumes.
The book is not perfect and it was written early in Sanderson's career. For instance having a Feruchemist or Keeper sure comes in a little too handy as more then once he saves the day. There is also, especially in the beginning a lot of talking and planning. Hours of planning. Still I enjoyed it, the writing was great, the character development excellent, lots of twists and turns, and even with the planning there is still lots of really cool action. Fighting with metals reminds me of a character in Erickson's Gardens of the Moon, who is able to turn up down or sideways or left to right, etc. The characters are not black and white. Sometimes you are not sure who is the bad guy and who is the good guy (I love that).
Fans of Abercrombie and Paul Hoffman will love this.
Fans of The Wheel of Time series will recognize the great narrator Kramer.
Listen to the story to see why I compare Atium to Spice.
I never heard of Sanderson until the "Wheel of Time." "Mistborn" is a must for science fantasy lovers. The characters are real and the storyline is excellent. One thinks the charecters do what you expect only to find the their action is not what you expected. I have been reading/listeneing to science fantasy for over 30years and this is one of the top five. I am looking forward to listening to the other two.