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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Brandon Sanderson is a phenomenal storyteller. His Mistborn series is among my favorite series of all time, along with Dune and The Lord of the Rings trilogies... yes, he's that good. His Mistborn series is what Tolkien and Herbert authors be like if they were alive and writing today. I give the first book of the Stormlight Archive 4.5 stars however because I don't yet like it as much as I liked the Mistborn series to which I gave 5 stars. Sanderson seems to improve with every boom he writes and if this trend continues, and this story has great promise, this series will also get an overall 5 star rating.
Fantastic, as always.
It was long enough to give you a story but left you wanting more and yet did not leave you with an intolerable cliff hanger.
I don't want to give away spoilers but all the twists are good. But I miss the cute Ardent.
With this many characters it is hard to keep them all separate in my mind. The book is connately divided so the use of two narrators was perfect to separate all the people so that all the pressure of that many voices that can sometimes get confusing when there is only one narrator.
I loved that he could to the complex epic of "Game of Thrones' without the sexual deviance.
I want the next book!!!!!!!!!!! I don't know that I would have started this one if I had known that the next one was not coming till December 2013! I don't know that I can wait that long. However, as much as I want the next book I feel like the ending was the best place to end the story for the time being. I know so many books that end leaving the reader frustrated this left the reader wanting more but still provided closure for the story lines present in the book with only tantalizing hint of what is to come.
I started reading Sanderson after he was asked to finish writing the Wheel of Time series. I instantly fell in love with his work, and was quite excited to hear he signed his own deal for a personal epic fantasy series.
This work was magnificent! One of the things I love most about Sanderson is his very creative and unique forms of magic. The magic in the Stormlight series s very solid and interesting.
I would recommend this for any fantasy readers.
Sanderson covers a substantial amount of ground in this solo effort--I first discovered him through the last of the Wheel of Time series, and thought I would try this as a follow-up. Treating Sanderson as a ghost-writer, though, would be a severe disservice. Not only does he have his own voice, the internally consistent world that he puts together has several interesting spins both on magic and on swordplay--I particularly like how magic is not clearly dominant, and how magical swords and armor don't just happen to be mithral mined by elves or some such.
Like any excellent fantasy novel for adults, the political intrigue is at least as interesting as the swords and sorcery, with a good mix of humor, honor and treachery. Unlike the Game of Thrones, however, this particular read is a bit more in the PG rated range than R. Tactics matter more than in Game of Thrones, and betrayal, when it occurs, was much less obvious to me (With GoT, I would frequently find myself thinking "No, don't go in there!!!, which didn't happen with this book).
Be warned, however, this book is not easy to put down, and may keep you up listening later at night than you intended to.
I'm in my early to mid-thirties and I live in the mid-west. I have two wonderful children and the perfect wife. My profile pic is of my APBT, named Jasper. I like epic sic-fi type books. Some of my favorites are The Story of Song and Ice series, The Way of Kings, Theft of Sword series, and
You know the books; the ones that stick deep in your mind for all time? The Way of Kings is one of those books .... I loved it. The start had me cautious when I heard all these things about shard blades, men with armor that glowed, men that glowed, and men with marble skin being described. But it quickly enveloped me into small stories that were easy to follow and even easier to engross yourself with. It's one of those stories that will get your heart rate up through action scenes and keep you reading during all the other times of detailed writing. It describes amazing details of a turbulent world where the main region is split into 7 different kingdoms ruled by princes and held together by a weak King who seems over his head for lack of better words. Certain warriors and princes have a type of medieval armor called shard plate. It can make the wearer faster and stronger. An even smaller few have shard blades to go along with their shard armor. These blades are as long as a man and can be summoned from the heavens above by the owners. The only way to own one of these magnificent weapons is to kill the wearer. Or, pay the unthinkable price of an entire kingdom to get one.
With the WoT drawing to a close, I believe the Stormlight Archive will fill the void nicely. You can see a lot of Sanderson's refined work here. Sanderson has laid down a very strong and compelling foundation for a true Saga.
I do not want to give away any part of the story in this review, you should experience this work for the first time through the reading, not through this review. Just know that this is a story well worth the credit or cash.
Oh and it's long so be prepared to spend many hours zoning out to the sounds of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer. These are the same narrators that brought so much life into the WoT and they carry that passion here as well.
It took almost 24 hours into the book before it gets interesting, then the last 8 hours is excellent.
My big issue, is you have to fight so long to get to the real story that you almost feel robbed that you had to listen to the other 75% of the book.
I enjoy, epic and modern fantasy, science fiction, business, historical mystery, and technology books. Fav. series: Game of Thrones, Vampire Earth, Dresden, Iron Druid, Falco mysteries, Chris Anderson titles, Peaceful Warrior, and the Way of Kings (and more, of course;)
Excellent, well -developed characters within a very unique world. Very enjoyable progression of unveiling the new world of magic storms, artifact weapons, and deep history. Occasionally the character development felt a bit slow, but that could have been due to the narrative pace - on paper this may be less of an issue. Aside from that, the story builds to a multifaceted, satisfying conclusion, more so than is usually seen in the first novel of a series. Many exciting plot reveals towards the end of the story, leading to great anticipation for book two. A bit of concern with the female narrator, Kate Reading. Her style is stiff and a bit grating early on (as well she seems to have a bit of a lisp, that is less noticeable as the story progresses). Eventually you get used to it, and as I began to care about the characters more I wasn't bothered any longer, but I found it difficult to "suspend belief" in the beginning. The book is still definitely worth listening to, and Michael Kramer does an excellent job as the main narrator. The start to a very exciting and dynamic series!
Sanderson takes his time to develope the characters and story but it never drags. You care for his characters. I'm an avid fantasy fan and what I love bout Sanderson is he always creates a new world.
Story is well crafted. Good Characters. Nice premise.
Caledon in general is an amazing character.
Yes, all are wonderful. I wish they were the only narrators of all books!
Very much so.
Brandon Sanderson is an amazing author, we need to perfect life longevity so he can continue to create great works of art forever.
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