I neverrrrrrrrrrrr write reviews.. Ever. But this book series is my all time favorite and there are only two of them out! The writing is excellent, the characters are complex, the world is complete, the narration is perfect, and basically 45 hours for this book is not long enough. I read the physical copies and then when I'm driving around I listen to the audiobook. Sanderson's writing style is so easy to take in. His descriptions aren't overwhelming or overdone. Every part of this book's world is so creative and refreshing. Purchase the book and prepare to get sucked in.
I really like Michael Kramer. He gives life to each character. I don't care for Kate Reading's narration nearly as much as Michael Kramer; some of her narration feels forced. But even so, it's not what I would call "bad". However, I really think that if there is more than one narrator, they should get together and agree on pronunciation. Michael Kramer pronounced the character Sadeas' name just like it looks; Sadeas. Kate Reading on the other hand, pronounced it as Sidious, as if she were talking about the famous Star Wars villain.
I cannot describe how much I absolutely loved this book! I was addicted! Enchanted! Captivated! I never thought I would find a series that I loved as much as Harry Potter... Never thought it was possible, but Sanderson did it! I cannot WAIT to read the rest of his books!!! I highly recommend this book; give it time to develop at first, Sanderson weaves an intricate and incredibly well-organized world and plot, one with an amount of detail only comprable to Tolkien... SOOO AWESOME!!! :D
I love the character development. The symbiotic relationship between spren and men what great twist on magic and it's direct impact on the gravitational forces in this world!
I picked up Way of Kings because I recently finished and loved the Mistborn series. The Mistborn books also took a long time to ramp up the plot, but they pale in comparison to the massive amount of exposition and setup found in Way of Kings. There are three main plotlines, and on top of that, every once in a while the author diverges into flashbacks and short stories. There are a huge number of characters and place names to keep track of. I was about halfway through the book before I was really able to grasp what was going on.
About 2/3 through the book is when this plodding machine finally hits full speed. Caladin's story is by far the most engaging, mostly because of it's simplicity and relatively small cast of characters. When his plotline finally merges with Dalinar's plotline, the book really snaps together and is hard to put down. Shallan's story, while interesting, never really converges with the other two plotlines and seems pretty superfluous.
Way of Kings is a great story in desperate need of some pruning. In you like long series of epic fantasy novels, you'll love this. Just be prepared to slog through a lot of unnecessary exposition during the first half.
incredibly good story. rich with being confusing. savor every moment. already planning to listen to it again. so good! loved the multitude of characters. found them deep and engaging. really great book! Mr. Sanderson...keep up the great work!!! well read and delicious, start to finish!
the characters and their development, the writing, the underlying sub-plots that you discover as you read, the narrators......it is all consuming, you come to feel like you inhabit in the world he has built for you.