Brandon Sanderson is quickly becoming my favorite author and he does not disappoint in "The Way of Kings". Manages to create a world and characters that are alive and complex it is truly a pleasure to listen to.
The only problem I had was not with the writing but with the production of the audiobook and it is a small quibble. The two narrators should be using the same names for the characters when Kate Reading completely massacres the name of a character to the point I had no idea who she was referring too.
Otherwise a great start to another good series it seems. Get it.
I have been impressed by Brandon Sanderson's writting in the past. He is very good at writting a compeling story that will draw you in. I was a fan of his Mistborn series, and really enjoyed all the books in it, and I have to say I think from this frist book that The Stormlight Archive will be even better. Every time I started listening to it, it would draw me in and I would find myself wanting to find out what would happen next, and listening to it at night was dangerous for me, because I would find myself having trouble turning it off to go to sleep. I think this is his best book to date and shows a new level of maturity in his writing. He did a beautiful job of telling multiple stories at once and did a wonderful job transitioning from one story to the next. This might partly be accredited to his taking over the WOT series, and have to adapted his writting to Robert Jordan's style, but if that is the case he has learned very quickly and has proven his tremendous skills in this book and the WOT book "The Gathering Storm". And I can not help but give him credit for being able to write such a wonderful book while also tring to complete the WOT series. That is a lot of work and pressure for one writter to under take.
i love Robert Jordan, and i loved Sanderson's other books. this book did not disappoint. the only problem i found with the book is that it ended. i made a point of not readying Jordan's book until there were like 10 in the series, because i didnt want to wait. i might should have waited till he had more than one book. i cant wait for the next book. in the series to where it goes, and im afraid that the will all be that way. the narrators are as amazing as they are in RJ's books. well worth the time.
Small business owner with at least six hours per day to listen! I prefer very long books unabridged of at least twenty hours.
Well thought out premise and excellent presentation. I think that people who do not enjoy an epic journey that will stretch through numerous books, should not try to rate this excellent beginning. Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are naturals for those of us so used to the Wheel of Time series. Can't wait for the next installment.
I was waiting for the next Jordan/Sanderson book. After reading The Gathering Storm, I decided to check out Sanderson by listening to this book. I can't wait for the next book in this series; I really love the characters and the plot.
Michael Kramer and Kate Redding provide their usual engrossing narration, and Sanderson provides and epic story that was so riveting, I actually looked forward to my 70 minute commute to work each day. Unlike some of his earlier novels, there is very little meandering dialogue here or time wasted on lame humor. Outstanding work.
I did not think Sanderson could top Mistborn, but he has proven me wrong. He is turning out to be one of the greatest modern Sci-Fi/Fantasy authors of our time. Fantastic story with fresh ideas and compelling characters. My only gripe is that I have to wait of the next instalment!
This is one that will go down as one of the best 'reads' thats we've listened to in a while. The only down side at the moment is that this is the 1st book in a 10 book series so it does leave you yearning for more. He does a great job at giving each of his characters that depth that they need. It's a really long book so you do get all your credits worth. The narrator duo was a nice pair. If you enjoyed his last series "Mistborn" you will definitely enjoy this one. They are many life lessons to learn in this book and we can not wait for book 2 to come out!
I was a bit underwhelmed at first by the change in style that Mr. Sanderson had taken on with this, his newest work. However, I am pleased by the good start he has taken and I am curious and hungry for more of the series to see where he takes it. Not the Mistborn and not Elantra but his imagination has created yet another universe where the improbable is natural and the unexpected is the norm.
Good character development, at times a bit more than wanted, but in all a good beginning and well worth the time spent on this epic. As always I like the way he creates scenes and his imagry is unexcelled by other authors, at least living authors. I believe that Brandon Sanderson could easily surpass the greats of the genre and quite possibly take the entire fiction category by the time he has written himself out.
Easily worth the time and credits and many hours of enjoyable fiction.