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 author has an incredible ability to draw a scene, develop characters and pull the reader into the overall mode of the story line...to the point where many times you forget you're reading and think that you have been watching a mental movie. Sanderson is very talented and shines in The Way of Kings. The book does start on the slower side, but it is very necessary to fully develop the background necessary to invest the reader in the later parts of the story.
The Wheel of Time series would be a close comparison with The Way of Kings in the authors have the ability to paint an incredibly clear mental picture, extremely strong character development and also the not-over-the-top fantasy components such as magic, supreme beings, etc. Both are incredibly well written and I was sad to see both of them end.
Both authors convey emotion without sounding ridiculous and have perfect tempo, speed and annunciation. I really enjoyed their performance.
I enjoyed this book overall. It took a while to build my interest, but pays off in the end. And now that I've invested 40+ hours, I'll definite need to see how story ends.
i have bought this book twice. the first time i returned it as i just couldn't get into it. then, months later i forgot i had already gotten it, and because i liked another series of Brandon Sanderson so much, i bought this one... again.
shortly after listening to a few chapters, i realized what i had done. but, since i had bought it twice, i figured i should stick it out and listen to the whole book. very glad i did!
i still have a few hours left to go, but am enjoying it so much i decided to get the second book.
the narration is really good, the characters are well developed, and the plot is excellent. the only thing i don't care for is the catch phrase...'storm it'... i don't think it's gonna catch on as a 'go to' phrase...just doesn't have the right flow in a sentence.
it started a bit slow and hard to understand with so many names of places events and characters but after a while i just could not stop amazing story with all angles covered
If you are looking for fantasy that leaves Tolkien and traditional western fantasy behind this is for you. There are no elves, orcs, or dragons, but there is great creativity instead. I cannot recommend it enough.
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