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The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive | [Brandon Sanderson]

The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

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 ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Dragonsteel Entertaiment, LLC (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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    Marian Kelley Brown Richmond, VA 07-01-14
    Marian Kelley Brown Richmond, VA 07-01-14 Member Since 2011

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    "I'm Hooked...Bring on the stormlight!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would and I already have. Brandon Sanderson does a remarkable job building the world in which these amazing characters live and sets the scene for what is bound to be an incredible journey of epic fantasy. The book is incredibly long but Sanderson makes use of every page. His descriptions are informative but not so long you just want him to get on with it. Everything is thought out and adds to the experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way of Kings?

    The journey of Kaladin, how he came to be a slave in the army and his rise amongst the bridge crews is fascinating but I absolutely love his growing connection to his windspren Syl. All of the characters are developed incredibly well but Kaladin takes the lead in the first book of the series so by the end you know him best.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Way of Kings and Words of Radiance are my first books narrated by these two performers but I loved every second of it. I will definitely look for more of their work in the future. They each did a remarkable job making each and every character distinctive (and believe me, there are a lot of characters) and I never once got lost or forgot who was speaking.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It most certainly was, which was difficult since it was over 40 hours long! Still, it was one of those books that is so well written and narrated that I hardly knew how much time it was taking to get through the book. I just didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great start to an amazing new series! If you are new to epic fantasy then this is a great introduction. And if you're a seasoned fan, then you will greatly appreciate the care Sanderson has put into building this world for his readers. The characters are compelling, their journeys are engaging and everything comes together beautifully at the end and fully sets us up for part two, Words of Radiance. I can't wait to read more!

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    Great Scot 06-28-14
    Great Scot 06-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow! It's long but worth it."
    Where does The Way of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is really interesting because it doesn't meander to the point of boring. It just takes its time to develop an intricate story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So many stories that weave into one piece. Masterful.


    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    They paced themselves perfectly for this reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't believe I was so engrossed after 40+ hours. I bought the next immediately.


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    kathaleen 06-22-14
    kathaleen 06-22-14 Member Since 2011

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    "A good series"
    What did you love best about The Way of Kings?

    A new idea. It is good to fine something new and interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story keeps getting better as the series continues. One does not get bored.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Wheel of Time is the only other series I have heard them preform. They are very good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no. it is just a new idea that keeps one interested in the outcome and anxiously await the next in the series.


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    Yafim Or-YehudaIsrael 06-21-14
    Yafim Or-YehudaIsrael 06-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Never thought I would enjoy a fantasy soooooo much"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Way of Kings to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the printed version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kaladin, for being able to beleive in men and to give himself to them after being betraid and after all has been taken from him


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The decision to save "white-eyed" Delinar and Edilan by running the bridge to the plato where they were surrounded


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    Miracle 06-21-14
    Miracle 06-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fabulous!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Kings the most enjoyable?

    This story grabs you and doesn't let go. I love the character development, the interesting world he creates, the magic of the storms. I was doubtful that I would love this book after reading reviews and seeing only men writing them. But I love this series just as much as any guy. There is war, spirituality, growth of character, betrayal and caring. I was especially impressed with his ability to have things constantly happening throughout the book. Not just at the end. I was equally impressed and satisfied with the ending of this book as well as excited to read the next. But knowing that the next book is a few years out was not as distressing as it could have been, because this story felt so complete.


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    Curtis 06-17-14
    Curtis 06-17-14
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    "A very new perspective in my view"
    Would you listen to The Way of Kings again? Why?

    Probably, depends on how long before I get the next book in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strive for freedom


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They help better define the characters


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    Geo DUNCAN, SOUTH CAROLINA, US 06-14-14
    Geo DUNCAN, SOUTH CAROLINA, US 06-14-14 Member Since 2014

    This avatar actually looks like me.

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    "Well worth a credit"
    What did you love best about The Way of Kings?

    I love the epic long books, when they are well written you feel like you get your credits worth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story, something new and fresh.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes have listened to both Kate Reading and Michael Kramer before, they both preform as usual. It helps that the book is part of a great series.


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    Ryan Weatherston 05-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Fantasy Book"

    Really liked this story. As usual, Brandon Sanderson weaves an intricate story that make the characters seem so real. My only complaint is that it was so long and I was starting to tire from the whole story.

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    Amazon Customer Fremont, CA 05-20-14
    Amazon Customer Fremont, CA 05-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I stopped listening 40 hours in"

    I got 40 hours in and realized this was only the first book of many and the outstanding issues weren't going to be resolved and I didn't want to sit through another of these.

    Maybe the writing stands up a bit better if not being read by Michael Kramer, but he seems to do all of Sanderson's books, or those I've encountered, at any rate. I find him too dramatic and that breaks the suspension of disbelief you need to sink into one of these books.

    There was a bit too much "Storm Father" in this. I also was constantly beguiled by characters taking the most indirect route, doing the least plausible thing or otherwise acting in a manner which would only prolong the story-line while being out of human nature.

    The book bounces between present and past and that was also a bit annoying. It was annoying to bounce from character to character, always when things were getting interesting. It was a constant raising to climax only to have cold water poured all over the storyline.

    I think I'm done with Sanderson. I liked the Mistborn Series (the first three, at any rate), but it is all starting to feel contrived.

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    Waz Pittsburgh N@ 05-14-14
    Waz Pittsburgh N@ 05-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic Book, one narration annoyance!"
    What did you love best about The Way of Kings?

    The Way of Kings was a wonderful introduction to Sanderson's new Stormlight Archive series. The characters are well developed and I was excited, nervous, worried about what would happen next.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other work by Michael Kramer or Kate Reading before. I really enjoyed Michael Kramer's work. His narration felt invested and engaged to me. Kate Reading was a fine narrator as well, but her alternate pronunciation of Sadeas toward the end of the book was very jarring and distracting.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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