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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The world building was incredible. Had really great, dynamic characters. Loved it. If you like big fantasy epics, this is your jam.
Its a fantastic book to listen to. that being said its vary slow and dull for the first couple of hours of listening but once you get past that you start to get in to the meat of the story and oh is it worth it. Not Brandons best book to start with if your looking to get to know the author but if you can muscle through the beginning i assure you you won't regret it.
Enjoyed it. However the woman reading her parts on this was not very entertaining. She pronounced many words differently than the man. Overall he was much more interesting to listen to, she seemed to be less aware of the words prior to reading them.
The characters and plot are rich and well developed. I loved its discussions about such topics such as love and honor which were weaved into the story. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. But as others have said be prepared to order the next in the series because this is only a grand preparation.
the story was difficult at first to develop. characters and time change.but after about one third of the book I could not put it down. very good and solid performance of telling the story
I find myself yearning for more from Kaladin. The overall story is really good and I enjoyed how the separate characters stories came together and integrated with each other. The different character stories reminded me of Game of Thrones, but with fewer characters to follow it was much easier to get involved in the overall story.
Both Kate and Michael did a good job of telling their parts of the story. Michael was particularly enjoyable because of the different voices and ways he took the characters to a new level when portraying them.
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