Story has a good balance. Perfect blend of action, story, world and character. I was however extremely disappointed to learn that the other books in the series are not complete yet!
It was one of the better ones ... very long, but in this case the length actually may have helped because it allowed the author to take his time and build each character.
Great characters. Great story. I loved the descriptions of the world.
I have not. Both were good.
I am not sure ... I need to see what happens in the other books.
If you think that this story is a little slow going in the beginning with too many characters, hold on! This book starts off disjointed, but everything comes together at the end with awe inspiring ease. Sanderson has started something that is so original and so interesting that I am annoyed that he hasn't continued it yet! You have a wide variety of characters that will offer you different emotions. Some are funny, some annoying, some following a strict moral code, and some that are mysterious. There is a little bit of something for everyone as they say. I could not finish the wheel of time series because it just seemed like you never got anywhere, this book does not lead me to believe that it will be the same way.
Nothing I write can do this book justice. I found the story addicting and it captured my attention completely. Can't wait till the next book is released.
I love the book but I'm not a hugh fan of Michael Kramer, he's a bit mono-toned at first (I'm a bit spoiled by Jim Dale) but once you get used to him its not bad. The overall the story is out of this world. Great read for sci-fi lovers. If you enjoyed Wheel of Time even a little you have got to read this book!
My first thoughts on finishing this book, Aww its over I want more and well I am stuck waiting till november for the next one might as well read this one again :D. I have read the book once and listened to the whole thing twice now and i will probably have to have another listen when the next book in series comes out.
I like the 2 reader approach I feel it lends more character to the book and allows you to feel more immersed in the story line
Yes, and i already have.
After finishing mistborn i thought that i would not find another book that could keep me as drawn in and entertained while reading it, then i stumbled on TWoK. Brandon Sanderson did an amazing job at writing this book, the characters feel alive, the story is amazing , and the landscape that he portrays comes alive in your mind. Easily one of the best books i have read in my entire life.
When Sadius betrays Dalanor and kalladin charges in with bridge 4 against all odds of being able to save them. This part of the story had me on edge the entire time.
How well they were able to portray the characters through there voice alone, it really made them come alive, they did a spectacular job.
Book 2 of TWoK cannot come out fast enough on audiobook for me. I log on to audible every day to check if it has finally been released. Please get book 2 on audiobook audible, so many readers are waiting for it.
Overall, yes. The main drawback to this book is the disjointed timeline, and the enormous amount of information that you have to absorb entering into this universe- there are so many politics and subtle plot lines, it is hard to discern exactly what is going on for several chapters- Sanderson likes to go from one plot line to the next, out of sequence and sometimes telling it through the eyes of minor characters that get killed off in a single chapter. That makes it very hard to follow exactly what is going on and why- I believe a more straightforward storyline would have helped the book. Having said that, however, this is my 1st Sanderson book, so perhaps if I had been more familiar with his other works, I would have had a better grounds for comprehending the story more quickly.On the positives, the characters EVOLVE and GROW, unlike Jordan's "wheel of time" series, which I finally gave up on at book 6. There is an arc of discovery and they learn more about themselves and those around them and how to adapt to the situations they are put in. The main characters are not the edgy, conflicted and morally ambiguous people of other trendy stories. The "good guys" can be clearly identified, and while they struggle with the hard decisions they have to make and their consequences, they almost always take the moral high ground. Personally, I find that refreshing- I really enjoyed the characters.
I really enjoyed the character arc, and the way everything (finally) tied together at the end, but still left a fair amount of mystery at the end for the next book. Satisfied, but still wanting more. The storyline of the 2 major characters come together towards the end in a powerful way that I really found rewarding.
The end battle where 2 of the main characters come together- as I said, a very well written and powerful sequence of events. To say more would be spoiling.....
A very long book and hard to fully understand the dynamics initially, but well worth the "read". I look forward to the other books in the series.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
The fantasy genre has never appealed much to me, but having fallen in love with the Game of Thrones series, I've been testing the waters with other fantasy novels. This one came highly recommended as a book that was of the same (or better) quality than the George R.R. Martin novels, so I had to try it out.
The first thing I've got to say is that I usually don't mind a really long listen... after all, if it's a good book, the more, the better. But clocking in at 45+ hours... wow... that's a heck of a commitment. I'm happy to say it was totally worth the time.
Some of the negative reviews here have made complaints that the book had no plot and was too focused on character portraits. Hogwash. This book has plenty of plot. Yes, it does unfold slowly, and yes, at times I was impatient for a little more action... but it was never boring, it never felt unnecessarily slow... it was a masterful steady build to a fantastic climax.
The characters in Way of Kings are nuanced and complicated... not as much as the ones in the Martin novels I love so much... at least not yet. In this book good guys are good guys and bad guys are bad guys... mostly. There are some surprises to be had, though, which is great, and certainly there is plenty of time for Sanderson to show us even more depth in future novels.
The thing I love most about this novel is the journey of Kaladin, one of the book's main characters. He is a bit of the "chosen one" type heroes that has become so cliche', but Sanderson spends so much time building Kaladin's story (and backstory) that you're forced to enjoy the character and his journey even if it is a bit unoriginal.
My only complaint about the novel is the opening chapter. Here we are introduced to gods or guardians of some kind that are stuck in some kind of unending cycle of torture, and they abandon some pact or task or something... it's all rather vague and very interesting... but there is absolutely no follow-up in the rest of the novel. I'm not even sure if these characters are alluded to in the many conversations about history and lore in the rest of the book. I'm sure this will be addressed later in the series, but I found it to be a point of frustration.
I certainly recommend this book. It was a lot of fun, and considering that it is the first book in a series, it had a rather satisfying ending... which is good because after 45 hours, you'll feel like you've earned it.
Yes, because there is a depth to the stories that would make a re-hearing at once a familiar friend and new discovery
I liked how well thought out the characters and the culture are. I appreciate that terms and names do not feel fake or trendy-- it makes sense.
They are both solid readers who make distinctions between characters without acting.