I was so impressed by this book! Not just by the creativity, plot and character development, but the perfect timing and tension with which the story unfolds. Sanderson is incredibly skilled.
Reading gave a wonderful performance. Kramer was a little flat, but you get used to it.
I highly recommend this book. The story and writing was amazing. Both narrators are excellent. My only complaint is that if you are going to have two different narrators make sure they pronounce the characters names they same way.
A great start to a thrilling epic fantasy series! The Way of Kings delivers a depth of story and characters that will remind readers of why they love fantasy novels. Brandon Sanderson has artfully begun a stunning series that is packed with great characters, places and intrigue. The Stormlight Archives is a series to not be missed. An excellent audio performance as well!
This book is fantastic, if a bit long. It really gets you to cheer for Dalinar, Kaladin, and Shalon when things go right for them. It sets up the world well for the next book.
The Way of Kings is a classic epic operating in the way God intended. The problems of the story are large - large enough for a full book - however the grander story is slowly simmering in the background. It is apparent that this "grand" story is more important than the book's character stories, but it doesn't distract from them. This is because the characters have so much depth and mystery. You care about them so much and wonder all the while how they fit in the grand scheme. Brilliant.
The world building in this book is divine. The cultures and environments displayed are diverse and creative. Better still - you never feel bombarded with information that's irrelevant or overwhelming. Sanderson gives you a little taste at a time. He has main characters that share what they know about the world and learn about knew powers and cultures as they explore. The real treat is the characters that seem to exist just so that the reader can get a small taste of what powers are to come, a teaser of what the world has to offer.
I'm so happy that I discovered this book. I am starting book 2 today and will be with Sanderson the whole way through the Archive.
I'll start with the good, this is a very well told story with great characters and enough mystery to keep you reading. The author is a very talented writer and the quality of this book is unmatched.
As for the bad, despite the great writing this felt like it was 3 separate books crammed into one large novel. Normally this wouldn't be a problem except that the ending, or lack of ending, resolved very little and only left me with more questions. I'd like to know what happens to the heroes and villians of this book but i'm almost afraid to continue to the next one as it is rumored to be part of a ten book series.