Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive.
Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.
It has been centuries since the fall of the 10 consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. One such war rages on the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where 10 armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.
Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.
Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.
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As my first Sanderson book I was not sure what to expect. At the beginning I was very cautious and a bit cynical and then out of nowhere this story had me hooked. The story is imaginative and the characters memorable. Each chapter left me wanting to listen to more. Sanderson delivers a brilliant story and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the storm light archive has in store for its readers.
This is a fantastic fantasy book and promises to be the start of an amazing series, on par with Song of Ice and Fire, The First Law Series, and the Kingkiller Chronicle. So glad a friend got me started on this.
I was skeptical when I began reading this book. I worried about the author over explaining things to the point where the story became lost, as is the case with many fantasy writers. Then, as the book changed character perspective so many times in the first few chapters I nearly lost interest. But I am SO glad that I continued with it. The story is intricate, intriguing and insightful. I love this series so much that I've read (listened to, on audible) the first two books twice since finding them in early June. The only caution I would give is this, Sanderson is busy with several book series right now and this particular series is set to have 10 books in total when complete. There are only 2 right now and if he continues at his current pace, each new book takes nearly 2 years to complete. I hope that he starts dedicating more time to the Stormlight Archive, as it is an absolutely mesmerizing series and his readers would be very excited to not have to wait so long between each book. This kind of genius can't be rushed. Read this book. You will not be disappointed.
Michael Kramer is a bit dry, but you get used to his voice and can settle in for a listen. however, listening to Kate Reading nearly drove me insane. I wanted so badly to skip her narratives, but I knew the story would suffer for it. so I gritted my teeth and bore with it.
Another great book by Brandon Sanderson. I had this book recommended by a friend and haven't been able to stop listening since I started. I Listened to the whole thing in a few weeks.
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