It's at the top with a few books above like Song of Ice and Fire. The story is pretty straight forward in the way that good people are unrealistic good and awesome in everything they do. Much as the story in Lord of the rings and later Wheel of time.
Dalinar Kholin. Perhaps not for his character but for his position as high prince gave a much more interesting perspective of the world.
As always they are very good. It's nice to have a women reading when it's a female point of view and vice versa.
The last chapters.
No. I made about 20% of the way into Elantris and stopped reading for much the same reasons as I stopped this one. The characters are flat and have little personality outside of a vague determination. Characters who are described as clever are anything but in the actual dialogue. I groaned out loud at almost all of the "clever" dialogue uttered by Shallan.
As far as the performers I thought Kramer was fine but I don't care for Reading. I didn't like her much in the Wheel of Time books either. In my opinion a thing Sanderson shares with that series is his penchant for dull, uninteresting characters.
I've already started listening to the first book in the Muirwood series. The characters are already much more sharply defined in less than half the listening time I put into The Way of Kings.
Reading has a stilted delivery that is tough to stomach for extended stretches.
The only scene I enjoyed at all was when the assassin kills the king at the beginning of the book. I think the fact that there was little dialogue or character interaction in that scene is the reason it worked for me. I think Sanderson is able to come up with interesting concepts but he's not able to execute them with compelling characters or plot.
Some of Sanderson's world building consisted of making unnecessary changes that actually detracted from the story. For example, as a reviewer on Amazon pointed out, using "storm" as a catch-all expletive smacked of the Smurfs using "smurf" in place of words. It just takes you out of the story when you're constantly shaking your head at how horrible the dialogue is.
Another bad habit of Sanderson's is explaining a character's traits via a character's internal monologue and then rarely actually "showing" these traits through the character's dialogue or actions. As I pointed out earlier, Shallan is supposed to be this clever person but her clever dialogue is almost always awful. It's the kind of stuff someone would say if they were being ironically clever or if they were clever for a five year old.
The fact that this book has a comparable rating to Martin's A Game of Thrones or Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind is laughable and puzzling. As writers they are far beyond anything I've seen out of Sanderson. The only excuse I can think of for someone rating this book so highly is that they don't know any better and have never read any of the actually well written fantasy out there.
I read perhaps 1 or 2 books a year before Audible. Now I listen to 1 or 2 books a month. I'm mostly listen to sci-fi, fantasy, and classics. I'm a software developer and tabletop game designer.
I read Brandon's mistborn series and loved it. Don't know if he can top it, but this book was an outstanding start. It's a huge book, but the world is so interesting and the characters so well developed that I burned through it. There were several points listening to this book I came to tears. Not really tears of sadness, but emotion. The writing really created empathy with the main characters.
Just like in the mistborn books, the magic system is well defined. Magic can't do everything. I used to avoid fantasy books. Sanderson has changed that for me.
Best way to describe this book is Mistborn combined with Game of Thrones. It has that huge epic world building feel, with all the great trappings of Brandon Sanderson's writing and creativity.
Can't wait for book 2. And since Sanderson writes fast, it's nice to know we won't have to wait too long.
There is nothing I did not LOVE about this book and cannot wait for more! Like so much of Sanderson's work it is a fresh take on fantasy.
Dalinar. His virtue is certainly commendable, but somehow, it is also believable. Even though he is essentially perfect in his morals, you can somehow buy it because of his past - his brother's death - and now his new spiritual experiences. He does what's right even when it is hard.
By far, my favorite scene was when Dalinar traded his Shardblade for the lives of the slaves. I was so emotionally invested that I started crying. It was beautiful, and for Kaladin to finally be rewarded for his valiance... Wow.
I love Sanderson's ability to put you, as the reader, into his world. You don't understand everything immediately, but you learn what is going on through observation. You don't feel as if the narrator is spoon-feeding you the details of the world. You just grow into understanding it a piece at a time.
By default I started with the books he completed for Robert Jordan, and was impressed by his wrapping up of the huge number of characters and plots. Then i played the infinity Blade Game on my wife's iPad( Fun Game). That led to reading the story. At that point I picked up Elantris, beginning to see a theme here.I purchased The way of Kings on my audible App and, was hooked.I listened intently and have not been so disappointed( In a good way) by the reaching the end of a story for a long time. Rich and very imaginative world with a unique magic system, this story is detailed and enthralling.
The unique Magic system and the world of the story and the way both shpe the story and the characters.
All the other reviews are dead on. If you like a long listen then stop thinking about it and get this book.
I hadn't heard of Brandon Sanderson before he was tapped to finish Jordan's Wheel of Time series. I wondered if he was chosen because his writing was similar to Jordan's so I decided to investigate and saw that he had some good fan reviews for Mistborn and Elantris. I decided to give Elantris a listen and liked it. Sanderson was more thoughtful than many of the writers I had been listening to. Then in researching further I read his theory about balancing magic in the story and how magic either had to be rare or it had to have strict rules in the story and immediately understood why some of the other series I had been into had become boring.
I then listened to Mistborn and got hooked for good. I have listened to almost everything he has on audible except the Alcatraz series and out of all of it The Way Of Kings is the best! Brandon seems to have a fascination for the definition of god or religion as it is a common theme in many of his books. In this book he seems to want to define man, right & wrong, leadership, duty and all that. The setting is fantastically crafted and the system or systems of magic are inventive as usual for Sanderson.
I love the book and can't wait for more.
The worst part about this book is waiting for the next one. A very enjoyable book that fully surpassed my expectations.