Warbreaker is a fantastic story, full of plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing right up to the epilogue. there are lots of secrets to discover and a very interesting world. However, the reader really just does not fit the book. because of this it was hard for me to like the book at first. eventualy i gave up on trying to like the reader and just enjoyed the story, which really is quite good. In hindsight, this may have been a better book on paper, I'm sure that if nothing else, the humor would come across much better on the page. It is available for free on Brandon Sanderson's website, so one loses nothing to check it out.
I did not at all expect to get pulled into this book as much as I did. The magic system is fascinating and Weeks manages to pack plenty of intrigue and twists in that keep you guessing from the first sentence to the last.
Unfortunately, while the narration didn't ruin the book for me he didn't do it any favors. I can get past the west-coast american surfer type accent, but he has a bad habit of pausing mid-sentence in an odd way that occasionally changes the meaning and necessitates a rewind to make sure I heard it right.
The Way of Kings is Sanderson's greatest work to date. the characters, the world, the story are all masterfully written, and truly comes to life with the reading of Micheal Kramer and Kate Reading. getting those two to narrate the book was a truly brilliant decision on the part of the publisher.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. from beginning to end, despite the book's length, it held my interest like few books I've read recently. There really aren't any truly slow periods. there are periods without action, or without exposition, or without drama, but there is never a scene that feels unnecessary. Normaly, i only listen to books when I am at work, but this one pulled me in so completely that i listened to it every free moment, and it even kept me up into the wee hours of the morning, unable to tear myself away. the last five or six hours were, hands down, the most riveting fiction I have ever encountered, and far beyond what one might expect from merely the first book of what is planned as a ten book series. Where the Wheel of time starts at a slow burn with The Eye of the World, The Way of Kings hits the ground running.
The Stormlight Archive is the new face of epic fantasy, like the Wheel of Time was before it. Sanderson has truly come into his own on this one.
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