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
Others have done a better job reviewing than I can. I would still like to add my thoughts. This book rocks!! I liked it more than mistborn, and more than the game of thrones books. It's got some great character development! It makes one think, and the fight scenes are freaking amazing!
I just listened to it with my girlfriend on a trip from Tucson to San Diego. (some of it) lets just say that she doesn't like swords and violence, and hasn't enjoyed any of my books other than the Martian. We listened for six hours too and six hours back.
I think it says something about the complexity of the whole thing. It's got kick ass parts, sad parts, moments of self discovery and some lovey-dovey parts. Each part serves its purpose without ruining any of the others, only complementing.
The narrators are also top of their profession. I have a hard time with different narrators for different characters, but the two (man and woman, who are husband and wife in real life) each do their own chapters . The man does the man parts, and the female voices in them, and the woman does the woman chapters, and the male voices in them. Sometimes they overlap, but it never felt wrong or sounded awkward.
When multiple narrators are used, they need to be on the same page a out the pronunciation of the names of important recurring characters.... The Sadi'us vs Sa'dius was very distracting for an entire chapter.
Say something about yourself!
No, I've tried 3 and couldn't finish this one...dull
Everything? characters are dull and lifeless.
No. they were fine. probably the best part of the story
Disappointment...but a great sleep aid (sad but true, it put me to sleep)
Try one of his short stories first. If you can tolerate that, then maybe this book is for you... maybe not. I just felt he was trying to copy Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones very unsuccessfully.
Brandon Sanderson is, by far, the best fantasy author of this generation. The Way of Kings is his second best book. The best so far being the next, Words of Radiance. Don't miss his other books, but the Stormlight Archive is beyond compare.
The story seems intriguing, but the narrator has to be one of the most monotone and boring people I've ever heard on audible. I can't listen to the book because I keep falling asleep. There is zero emotion in his voice...he sounds like he is reading a text book.
I love Michael Kramer and Kate Reading as narrators. They're fabulous and they both do an excellent job with this performance as well, except.....
There are multiple words that they pronounce differently. Most obvious are the pronunciation of one names of one of the High Princes and the word "devotaries". The pronunciation is varied enough that if caused significant distraction and confusion for a few minutes. Either pronunciation would be acceptable, but the fact that it's so different is confusing.
Get used to hearing that. After an action packed first act the main character is stuck setting up wooden bridges.....for the entire book. That is not an exagerration. The entirety of action for the whole book is the bridge crew laying down wooden bridges for the army to use. I was a big fan of Sanderson"s first Mistborn novel so I thought I would give this one a try. Now, I don"t know if I want to experience any of his other work. The audio performances were adequate and there is some interesting world building going on in the background. It's completely hamstrung by a "plot" that goes nowhere. At over 45 hours runtime it's a significant investment. Simply not worth your time.
A Warcraft novel
Speed it up, please
The main character!
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