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.
While this version, as an audio version, lacks the pictures of the print, it more than makes up for it in the performance. I have loved Michael Kramer since I heard him in The Wheel of Time and Kate Reading, despite my irrational dislike of her in Wheel of Time (The epitome of fantasy which, after the author's death, Sanderson was asked to finish), was great in this, too, convincing me to like her.
Pretty much all of it was memorable; this is Sanderson, he never disappoints. However, I would pay particular attention to Kaladin's story. He was definitely my favorite character, and his story is the best.
Reading and Kramer bring more emotion to the roles than even Sanderson's words can manage. I found myself driving in my car listening to it and fully believing that I was in the Shattered Plains, listening to the character's speak (there are cars all over the road who saw the effects of this as I was not concentrating on my driving! oops)
I do not usually get emotionally involved in books, but this one caught me. It is not a comedy and Sanderson does not have the sarcasm of Pratchett or Gaiman (which would be odd in his kind of fantasy, anyway), so I did not laugh, but there were several moments when I almost cried for the characters. Both the words and the reading were that good.
If you are looking for a good fantasy, stop here and (if you have a few weeks spare) listen to this over and over again. Sanderson has out done himself with this one; it is by far the best fantasy I have ever found, and I am a fantasy addict--there are few authors of the genre who I have not read/listened to.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
Brandon Sanderson has nuked his way into fantasy with this book, the development of characters, the use of magic, the underlying story which takes quite some time to actually understand makes the 45 hours worth it, by the 20th hour I was sneaking off to different places to try and finish the book
I've been looking online on a bi-weekly basis to see when I can pre-order book 2, compared to mistborn (which was a fantastic series, esp the ending) this book seems amazing
Cannot wait to get engrossed into another 40 hour part-2 book, the 1st book ends in quite a climactic cliffhanger..... worth the credit!!!
Great book, absolutely enjoyed every minutes. Very disappointed that book 2 isn't out yet, or I would be listening to it already!
If the future books in this series are as good as this one, I probably will have to listen to it again to see what grew out of the many clues that were scattered about.
Many good characters. All three of the main characters (Kaladin, Dalinar, and Shallan) were interesting; with depth and complexity. I probably enjoyed Kaladin the most (in this book anyway) because of the way his character evolved. Parts of the book are somewhat predictable, and most readers of high fantasy could predict aspects of Kaladin's evolution in the series. It is the obstacles faced and the path taken that make the book special; especially the mental journey. Kaladin is faced with brutal conditions and a hopeless future; but one of his chief obstacles is his own natural and even sensible reactions (in the context of his environment).
You can tell this is the start of a long series (big book, many characters, lots of depth, many clues, epic problems), even without Brandon Sanderson mentioning plans for 10 books. The narration is leisurely (almost teasing) where certain events that the reader predicts will occur don't happen during the first or second opportunity of it happening. Despite all that, The Way of Kings makes satisfactory progress. Characters evolve, meaningful events occur, and interesting plot twists are revealed. Of course the future looks perilous, and now I have to wait impatiently for the next book.