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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Incredible story and character development! I got so sucked into the character's lives that I felt like I knew them and I worried for them. While listening to the last battle scene I was driving my kids to school with the book playing in one ear, tears in my eyes quietly shouting "save them...you have to save them "
(There is a name pronunciation guide in the back of the book. .. even if you're not going to pronounce the name right, could both readers be consistent in how a name is pronounced? Sometimes it's hard to follow a story when a "new"character appears out of no where just because a different person is reading. )
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So much love and care into creating characters and places. Gives you chills and keeps you going. Starts off a little odd but ends up amazing.
it took a while to get into the story, but about a quarter way in it picked up speed and got quite good. I didn't like the choice of cove actor for the male part of the story, I found his voice very inflexible. The female voice actor I found quite good. over all it was a really good story.
Sanderson has a way of making stories come full circle. With inspiring characters and a beautifully crafted universe his stories are a must read for fiction lovers.
I feel like Brandon Sanderson does an amazing job of putting you in the shoes of the person who's point of view you are currently going through, you can feel the Bridgeboys pain, and the anxiety that Shalon goes through.
I will not answer this because it is a huge spoiler.
I feel like they do a much better job of feeding emotion into the story than if i was reading it in my head.
good lord no its like 50 hours.
An amazing book, you should listen to it.
It should be a bit slow. This is a 5 book story arc followed by another 5 book story arc.
Once I fell into the very very detailed building of the book, characters, motives, dimensions, environments- I was hooked.
I loved Sanderson's 'Mistborn' and 'The Stormlight Archives' is equally as imaginative and relatable.
The male voice narrator is a favorite of mine. The female switch for female perspective chapters was a bit sad for me, but she did a very good job as well! I'm glad they narrate the next book together. :)
This book was very good. And I'm a little sad the books seem to come out very far apart from one another but I don't mind if they are all as well crafted and detailed as this book!
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This is, without a doubt, another wonderful novel by Brandon Sanderson. His ability to weave such realistic worlds into being is simply amazing. This book is no exception. The real story here is the idea of the "Cosmere". It turns this from another glorious fantasy story into the realm of mad genius. The idea that there is something so much larger going on across worlds with an undertone of deity level challenges happening in the background of these grand epics blows my mind. I find myself clamoring for the next tid bit in each novel and looking for the connections between worlds... I ended up having to go by the written novels as well so I could cross reference. I just can't say enough good things about this concept.
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