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
Yes, if they are in the market for a long fantasy book, however, only if they haven't read other better books.
Brandon Sanderson is excellent at creating interesting worlds. The culture, environment, hierarchy are all great, but the characters are always the weakness. Compared to Steelheart, thank goodness the main curse words are "storm" based rather than the utterly stupid sounding CALAMITY!
They are all slow and nothing particularly stands out.
Yes, since its designed to be a long fantasy epic. Due to how it takes for things to progress and compared to what all is hinted at, this could be a very long series. This audiobook and the next are already 40+ hours.
This book is interesting because in my mind it is very similar to a soap opera. There is a lot of dialogue and development of character's thoughts, but it comes at the expense of nothing happening. Once something does happen, you can always count on the story switching to something that is no where near what you want to be reading. There is just so much fluff and filler that at times its a slow read. Brandon Sanderson is truly the master of the long tease and if you want to be tantalized with interesting things almost happening, this is perfect.
The Stormlight Archive had big shoes to fill after reading what I considered a masterpiece by GRRM. I am glad to tell you that this series doesn't disappoint. The story is so engaging that I found myself genuinely excited or enraged at some points, which almost never happens to me. The cast of main characters are incredible. They seem to fit into stereotypical "types" at first but as the story continues each character surprises me with so much depth that leaves me itching for the story to come back to them so I know what they will do next. This allowed me to enjoy ALL of the book unlike many others I have read/listened too. Anyways I am just rambling now, do yourself a favor and buy this series. If you have just come off your ASOIAF high and feel like you have a gaping whole left in your soul trust me this series will fill it and leave you wanting more. New favorite series!!!
I have listened to this 4 times now. I love this series. Art work.
I hope this story is as good as it seemed. The narration was horrific and ruined it for me. I felt the the male narrator was reading a technical, equipment list/manual. The manner was distracting and nauseating. Skip the audiobook and do for the printed word on this one.
Audible is how I read.
ARE YOU KIDDING? or
CANNOT BE DONE!
When Kaladin and Shallan were in the trench...
They are the greatest pair of narrators. Superstars of the Narrating world. Love their voices!
An Adventure to finally match the word EPIC.
The book was slow to start & jumps around a lot in the beginning, but then it captures you completely.
Not only was it constantly interesting as a story must be to keep it's readers attached to it. The characters felt real, their development and growth made me feel connected to them. And using their different perspectives to tell the story at different points was brilliant!
Great battles, clever schemes, and compelling moments have made this book one of the best, if not the best story I've heard in years.
You will not be disappointed
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