The ending to this books is crazy awesome. The world in this book is amazing. It is something really unique to anything I have read/listened to before. Sanderson has a tendency to do that though. I look this book. The book manages to generate such feelings for these characters, and there is such mystery to the world that you want to know more. Also, the creatures in the drawing was so freaking scary. I am a grown man and I was like what the heck. Jeeze. Great book.
Dalanar, easily Dalanar. He is a man of character, and I like that in a story.
I laughed a few times.
This was the first time I listened to an audiobook with more than one narrator. I can see why this arrangement was used, but it is glaring when the narrators pronounce names differently. In particular, a major character rarely appears in Kate Reading's chapters until near the end, and is pronounced differently. Rather jarring. I do not know why that bothers me so.
the bravery and kind but strong and undaunted.
My favorite chapters where about bridge four and how Kaladin helped everyone!
just loved it and it kept my attention the whole time! JUST THRILLING
NOTE TO UNDERSTAND THE SUMMERY:
Vocabulary ----highstorm: a very deadly storm that can kill anyone who is not sheltered by some kind of rock or stone shelter extremely violent storm with much water which inturn make very big chasms!
Kaladin trained Bridge Four from a loose collection of beaten-down slaves into a tight-knit unit. In order to help them escape from High-prince Sadeas’s army, where they were only valued as human bait for the parshendi armies, he brought out their humanity, trained them with weapons, and smuggled money and weapons out of the deep chasms of the Shattered Plains. Kaladin’s outspoken devotion to his men got him strung up (tied to a wall of rock) during a highstorm and earned him the ongoing wrath of multiple superiors, from the gruff sergeant Gaz to the petty light-eyes Hashal, but he turned every ounce of his medical knowledge to keep as many bridge-men alive as possible.
Notable bridgemen include:
Teft: A former soldier who was raised by a cult that worshipped the ancient orders of the Knights Radiant.
Moash: The last bridgeman to accept Kaladin’s authority. Although taciturn and surly, he became a staunch defender of Kaladin’s ideas, and something close to a friend.
Rock: A Horneater, raised in the Horneater Peaks near Jah Keved, Rock refuses to fight, as it is unfitting for a third son. Instead he cooks hearty meals for the men of Bridge Four. Rock is gifted with the ability to see the mystical spirits called spren.
Sigzil: An Azish man who was apprenticed to Hoid as a Worldsinger before falling into slavery. Worldsingers travel Roshar, spreading information about different nations to promote mutual understanding.
Lopen: A one-armed Herdazian who joined Bridge Four intentionally, despite it having a reputation as a death trap. Lopen has a seemingly endless supply of cousins.
Shen: A Parshman slave who was assigned to Bridge Four by Hashal. Kaladin struggles to convince the other bridgemen to accept Shen, who reminds them of the Parshendi. Shen never seems to speak.
A little more to the book
After the highstorm, and as his powers continued to grow, Kaladin grudgingly accepted that his bond with Sylphrena, an honorspren masquerading as a windspren, was changing him. He began trying to understand his ability to inhale stormlight, and the possibility that his powers connected him to the Knights Radiant.
At the battle of the Tower, Kaladin protected his men by drawing Parshendi fire while wearing Parshendi-carapace armor. When Sadeas betrayed Dalinar, Kaladin and Bridge Four had a perfect opportunity to escape. Instead, he rushed into battle to save the Kholin armies, and in so doing so discovered the Second Ideal of the Knights Radiant: “I will protect those who cannot protect themselves.”
The visions that came to Dalinar during highstorms almost convinced him to abdicate his highprincedom to his son Adolin. He struggled with the possibility that he might be going mad, as rumors spread throughout the warcamps. In the end, however, he decided to trust himself, and to work in good faith to unite the bickering Highprinces, starting with his former friend Sadeas. The newly-minted Highprince of Information had been investigating an apparent assassination attempt on the life of Dalinar’s nephew, king Elhokar Kholin, and Dalinar feared that Sadeas would implicate him. Instead, he was exonerated, and he and Sadeas began making concerted assaults on plateaus in order to bring the war to an end as quickly as possible.
However, when they assaulted the Tower, Sadeas betrayed Dalinar, leaving him surrounded by multiple Parshendi armies. Worn down by waves of footsoldiers, and facing the Parshendi Shardbearer, it seemed like the end. Kaladin intervened, though, having fought a path clear for Adolin to rally the armies to a safe retreat. He fought back Eshonai, and saved Dalinar’s life.
Dalinar returned to the warcamps, where he interrupted Sadeas’s staged grieving with a confrontation. He ended a conversation that seems like it could have erupted into civil war by trading his Shardblade to Sadeas for his entire population of bridgemen. He set all of them free, but offered Kaladin and Bridge Four the command of his personal guards, figuring that he would need people he could trust with his life for what was coming next. He gave his Shardplate to Renarin, his sickly second son, in the hope that the strength-enhancing armor could offset his blood illness and let him train to be a soldier at last.
Dalinar then forced his nephew to admit that he had staged his own assassination attempt, and to name him Highprince of War, while dropping on him the knowledge bomb that Dalinar had decided to accept the advances of Navani, Elhokar’s mother.
In a final vision, Dalinar learned that the voice that had been speaking to him was the voice of Honor, who he had called the Almighty. It hadn’t, however, been addressing him directly when it implied that he should trust Sadeas. The messages were left for whoever was in the best position to unite the nations of Roshar against the Everstorm. And Honor was dead, slain by Odium.
After spending months as Jasnah Kholin’s ward in Kharbranth, the City of Bells, Shallan finally found an opportunity to steal her Soulcaster. This magical fabrial device, which has the power to transform substances into other substances, had been the center of her scheme to save her indebted family and prevent its ruin in the aftermath of her father’s death. The stress of her plan to rob the woman whose tutoring she had come to cherish so much was augmented by repeatedly seeing mysterious, symbolheaded figures appear in her sketches. When they began to speak to her she inadvertently Soulcast a goblet into blood, in the process travelling to the dangerous Shadesmar. She covered up what she’d done by wounding herself, and the suspicion that she was suicidial gave her the opportunity to safely leave Jasnah’s wardship and return home.
Before she could leave, however, she and Jasnah were approached by Kabsal. This young ardent had been flirting with Shallan for months, and had recently offered to leave the ardentia to be with her. Kabsal was actually a member of a secret society called the Ghostbloods, and on their behalf he attempted to assassinate Jasnah. However, Jasnah Soulcast the antidote, and Shallan was afflicted instead. In order to save her own life, Shallan had to reveal that she had stolen the Soulcaster.
Jasnah arranged to have Shallan sent home in disgrace. However, Shallan realized what Jasnah must have done, and confronted her. She asserts that both she and Jasnah can Soulcast without a Soulcaster, and begs to be admitted into whatever dangerous scholarship Jasnah is undertaking. Jasnah reluctantly relents, and reveals to Shallan that her research leads her to believe that the Parshmen are Voidbringers in waiting.
THIS SUMMERY AND Review By DANIEL S. Myers of Ogden Utah.
I question if I will ever get another Brandon Sanderson Book.
The story itself is amazing and the world detailed. It's fun to be immersed into something so realized.
However... I've never read/listened to a book that took so long to get to the point. Mr. Sanderson's writing style is heavy on exposition and I mean heavy. I've become frustrated to the point of setting the book aside and coming back to it. About 1/2 through I started to wish that Audible had a skip ahead 30 seconds in addition to a skip back 30 seconds.
It is enough to absolutely detract from my desire to know the end of the story. I would rather read a summation and miss out on the details than subjugate myself to 40 hours of Book 2. I am going to see if I can handle listening at 3x speed. Which is sad because the two narrators I think are amazing.
I enjoyed this audio book, the narration was pretty good.
The story is involved and draws you in and keeps you listening.
The use of of modern terms, accents and military tactics in a fantasy world seems a bit lazy. When an alternate world is constructed it should be complete.
The voices were clear for the most part, there was a time or two I was not sure WHO was speaking until the text clarified it. The use of accents was disappointing to hear modern accents from an alternate planet was distracting.
I love that there are two different readers, each for who the chapter is mainly about. The story takes a LONG time to get started, but Brandon Sanderson is a world builder, and this is book 1 of 10, so it had a lot of ground to cover.
There are a few instances in which two of the main characters (Kaladin and Dalinar) cross paths and interact. In this statement, it sounds like nothing special, but if you're reading the story, you'll understand why these parts are memorable.
Both of the readers have great voices that are interesting to listen to. Both are calm, but not in that "put-you-to-sleep" way. Michael Kramer, however, reads SLOW. For a 1000+ page book, you need somebody that reads a little faster. I put mine on 2x speed for the entire book. It took some getting used to on Kate Reading's voice, but Michael Kramer's voice at 2x speed sounds like normal, everyday speech speed.
I chose this book because it had a good rating. I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I fell in love with this book and the author. I want to read all of his books. Don't think twice, order this book immediately.
Kaladin, I found myself routing for him the whole time.
They did an excellent job. I was impressed how they did a good job doing different voices for different characters.
I absolutely loved this book!!! I needed the read the next one immediately.
Yes. There are so many characters, details, and places. Unlike other books that pepper in useless details to take up pages they all seem to be important and contribute to the story.
kaladin. A just hero faced with tough choices. He does not know it but his actions ripple through the framework of the entire story.
Yes, they are always outstanding. Michael Kramer's voice will keep you on the edge of your seat and adds emotion to the book.
Yes, but I don't want to spoil it. The entire second half of the book kept me up late listening.
In fact, I have already recommended this book to several friends. After getting about halfway through the book, I could not stop listening. I listened to 22 hours of this book in 3 or 4 days. Some plot elements were fairly easy to see coming and others were a complete surprise. Characters are extremely well developed and the magic system(s) are very well thought out and implemented.
I don't feel comfortable comparing it to anything, simply due to how new I am to fantasy. However, the other series which caught my attention in a similar way was the Inheritance Cycle by Paolini.
Character voices were distinct and the timing and emotions were great. My only quip is the mismatch in how they pronounce Sadeas' name. I actually had to think about who Reading was referring to when she first began to say the name towards the end of the book.
In the beginning I was intrigued, but not completely sold on it. However, somewhere around the halfway mark, I never wanted to stop it! I think a lot of this is due to the character development and the rather abrupt and jumpy start to the story.
Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are solid solid solid performers. I kept expecting characters from the Wheel of Time to show up, though, as that was the first series that I heard them perform.
This book started really slow for me. For the first 1/3 of it or so, I totally was NOT sold. Rather I kept at it because I like what Sanderson did to the Wheel of Time and really like the Mistborn series. By the end, however, I was completely hooked. Will probably get the next book next month!