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.
Brandon Sanderson has a gift for fantasy worlds and although his other works are great comma I think this is his best work yet. The world Roshar is deep and highly immersive, and we haven't even scratched the surface!
Love Brandon Sanderson's world building! (I wonder if he gets sick of hearing that?). I also enjoyed the Well-developed characters, with a sense of honor in the protagonists. They were people who were flawed, but absolutely doing their best.