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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Best fantasy adventure I've read. Great world, great characters. Great writing. Characters are deep and motivations make sense. Magic is self consistent and well thought out.
Narrators were great, but the best part is the story depth and how many characters he makes you obsessed with while weaving all of the individual lives together. The fights are good and the plotting and surprises are even more intriguing. Cheered them each on as if they were "old friends" and can't wait to read/listen more.
Narrator was good and the book even better. Will definitely continue with the series. The characters are great and really make you want to read more
Didn't know what to expect but the magic system and the mixed up timeline were very enticing. Always made you want to keep going.
Timeless story and great narration. Very detailed and intriguing. Best 70+ hours I ever spent reading/listening. Can't wait to read the remaining books.
Brandon Sanderson is by far my favorite author. He has a amazing ability to craft a story in a way that sucks it's reader in and amazes them by the way he takes minor changes in reality and expands them to levels that you couldn't possibly imagine. The simplicity and depth is brilliant. You will never find yourself thinking I would have done this differently or why didn't he think of this... I strongly recommend anything he has written.
The novel to me started out a little slow until I realized an entire world was being woven on the pages. After the characters became familiar I could not stop listening. I am ready for book two!
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