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
I love this book, but I have trouble re-reading books when I have so many I haven't read. Finally decided to listen to it while driving and working. The narrators were good, I enjoyed them. This is the first audio book I've ever listened to, so I can't really compare to others.
good narrators made me feel like I was in Sanderson's world. A little slow taking off, but always enough information to keep me intrigued with the world and mythos of Brandon's world.
This is the fourth series of books I've read or listened to from Brandon Sanderson and I believe he's the best author I've had the pleasure of reading in a couple of decades. Awesome!!!
Yes. The Narrators, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, are two great readers. They expertly mix voices and persona to really get you into the story and helps you keep track.
They are really good at separating the characters.
Yes, but 45 hours is a little much. Went straight to book 2 though!
I regret that I listened to the first book. I know now that I will be anxiously awaiting the follow-on books. But on the flip side, I'll listen to them again when the 3rd book comes out, and the 4th, and the 5th.
Just buy this book. It's one of the best things I ever red. Simply perfect!
I neverrrrrrrrrrrr write reviews.. Ever. But this book series is my all time favorite and there are only two of them out! The writing is excellent, the characters are complex, the world is complete, the narration is perfect, and basically 45 hours for this book is not long enough. I read the physical copies and then when I'm driving around I listen to the audiobook. Sanderson's writing style is so easy to take in. His descriptions aren't overwhelming or overdone. Every part of this book's world is so creative and refreshing. Purchase the book and prepare to get sucked in.
I really like Michael Kramer. He gives life to each character. I don't care for Kate Reading's narration nearly as much as Michael Kramer; some of her narration feels forced. But even so, it's not what I would call "bad". However, I really think that if there is more than one narrator, they should get together and agree on pronunciation. Michael Kramer pronounced the character Sadeas' name just like it looks; Sadeas. Kate Reading on the other hand, pronounced it as Sidious, as if she were talking about the famous Star Wars villain.
I cannot describe how much I absolutely loved this book! I was addicted! Enchanted! Captivated! I never thought I would find a series that I loved as much as Harry Potter... Never thought it was possible, but Sanderson did it! I cannot WAIT to read the rest of his books!!! I highly recommend this book; give it time to develop at first, Sanderson weaves an intricate and incredibly well-organized world and plot, one with an amount of detail only comprable to Tolkien... SOOO AWESOME!!! :D
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