Brandon Sanderson is seriously great. This book starts off fairly slow and uses most of this book to introduce the characters and setup the plot and the politics but by the time your finished reading the epilogue you will be hooked screaming for the next 9 books in this series. I saw several reviews that were not entirely positive before I purchased it and almost made me decide to spend my credit on something else. I am very happy I got this. Being an avid fantasy reader I dont say the next statement lightly. This guy is a much better author than Robert Jordan. His books are easier because he keeps you interested. I think I will enjoy this series more than the wheel of time or the sword of truth series combined!
I found this book hard to get into at first. Seemed to skip around a lot & I found I had to really pay attention to understand the characters. However, once I was past this part of the story I started to really get into the story. I couldn't wait to finish work so I could hear the latest on Caleden. I was very upset with the way the book just stopped. Obviously there is a sequel to this book, but wish that the author had finished at least some of the stories.
Thank you Brandon for giving us this experience. You really captured me in this amazing story! Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are the two outstanding narrators, earlier experienced in the Wheel of Time audiobooks, to give this book the life and nerve it deserves. I've become a great fan of you Brandon!
-Andreas (29), Norway
If you are a fan of the Wheel of Time series just listen or read this book. You won't be disappointed. The advantage of coming to the Wheel of Time series around when the 8th or 9th book was being published was I didn't have to wait for the next book to come out ... I can't STAND waiting for book two of this series.
The characters are rich and amazing, the history is there, the setting is there, the world is amazing and unique - no complaints at all. The narrators are the best in the biz. Can't go wrong with Kate Reading and Michael Kramer.
I loved the story, the writing style, the characters, and the narrators. In short, I loved every minute of this book, and was very sad when it came to a conclusion. I hope a next book in the series is being written.
I don't generally choose to listen to fantasy books although I've enjoyed them in the distant past. I had heard good reviews on this book and decided I'd give it a shot. Well, yes, as others have commented, it starts off a little slow. But, if you can pay attention and get through the first couple of hours, everything begins to make more sense. This book actually brought me to cheering on the characters and thinking throughout the day that I couldn't wait until my commute so that I could listen for a few more minutes. This is one of the best that I've listened to!! I highly recommend and am thinking I'm going to send $ to the author to help convince him he needs to write book two next year, NOT in 2012!! :)
I found this book very slow at the start and had a bit of hard time getting into it but after I did I found the characters and the story very interesting. I was sorry that it ended without seeing how all the characters tied together and that I couldn't find Book Two.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
Where is the next book!! I loved this book and was so sad when I saw the next one was not on audible. I loved the characters and was invested the entire 45+ hours. The narrators were excellent too.
I've listened through twice since downloading and can't wait for the second book to come out! There is no lowering of expectation here, Sanderson comes through on this book with all the skill and talent that I have come to expect! Since I found out that he would be finishing the Wheel of Time series I decided to try him out and have not been disappointed at all!!! He has fast become my favorite auther (sorry Stephen King and Robert Jordan) with fantastic worlds, robust societies and lovably lovable and hatable characters (just like in our world!) I would be honored to have Dalanar as a father and Caladon as a son, both wonderfully honorable characters with all too human flaws.
And the narrators are simply the best! I love how they brought the Wheel of Time to life (and I actually read 10 of those books!) and they are doing just the same justice to Way of Kings -- how does Michael Kramer manage all those separate and distinct voices!
If you love a good story, strong character building, and a way out world that could conceivably be a mirror world, you will not be disappointed in this story! Way to go, Sanderson! Keep it up and keep 'em coming!
After the first 2-3 hours, I simply couldn't read it anymore. Thought the terminology for things was silly, and couldn't stand the narration of Michael Kramer. My credits for the month ran out, so I decided to try it again. Jim Butcher's Codex Alera books had me primed for this type of fantasy, and once I got used to Kramer's phrasing - his voice often goes up at the end of a sentence, making him sound almost bored or, at least, matter of fact, I loved the book. Kate Reading, who narrated the Codex books, was awesome as usual. Can't wait for Book Two!