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The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive | [Brandon Sanderson]

The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

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 ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Allen 12-24-14
    Allen 12-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A great read"

    If you liked tje Wheel of Time series, then you'll love this!
    I highly recommend it

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    Isobel 12-19-14
    Isobel 12-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Best new series"

    Everything about this book is amazing. if you dont get this you are silly. SILLY I SAY

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    Melanie W 12-16-14
    Melanie W 12-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredibly Pleased"
    If you could sum up The Way of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    If I could describe this book in 3 words, they would be: "Incredible. Hooked. Captivating."


    What other book might you compare The Way of Kings to and why?

    I don't have a good comparison. To me it is the first of its kind. Admittedly, I have just started to get into this genre.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many of them. The vivid way that Sanderson describes each scene, but not excessive. He strikes a fine balance, and maintains it throughout the (very) long book... which mind you, doesn't feel long at all!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Not possible based purely on the math, but I definitely wish I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    I would simply state, that The Stormlight Archive did not get the rating it has, with that number of reviewers, for nothing. It earned every single bit of status it has garnered. Wonderful, I cannot wait for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ManualofMan NH 12-16-14
    ManualofMan NH 12-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a big a fan of fantasy, but this could make me"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story line has such an in-depth but welcoming tone, it's a great introduction to the fantasy genre. Granted, this author is considered one of the living greats of fantasy, it's a little sad starting at the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way of Kings?

    The moment Kal meets Syl, a defining moment in the entire storyline.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Michael Kramer is a master. I loved him since I heard him read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. While it's hard to pick a favorite, his voice acting when performing Kal's "team mates" are my favorites. "O'right, Goncho!"


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In the heart of the storm, the light burns greatest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cody Homer, NY, United States 12-15-14
    Cody Homer, NY, United States 12-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read for fantasy lovers"
    What did you love best about The Way of Kings?

    The story, the characters, the lore. I loved everything about this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kaladin - He is the main protagonist of this story, and because of that he is incredibly badass.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Micheal Kramer killed it Lopin, a one armed bridgeman. The accent he put made me believe that it was almost another narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Who killed Gavolar?


    Any additional comments?

    This is by far the best book I've listened to on audible. The narration is amazing, especially by Michael Kramer. Don't be intimidated by the length, just dive in.

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    Aaron 11-29-14
    Aaron 11-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brandon Sanderson has an amazing talent!"
    Where does The Way of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Brandon Sanderson has something different that other authors can't compete with. It's the ability he has to put you right there, first person, in the story. You can almost feel every emotion that his characters display.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brandon Sanderson has an amazing talent for creating whole new worlds. Everything from how the economy works, to social hierarchy , and black markets. His attention to detail will never leave you wishing something else was explained. His ability to spin stories and create plot twists in unparalleled.

    The Stormlight Archive takes awhile to follow all of the characters. Every single character in the book has some important role, and it is a bit daunting to remember them all. Once you do though, it's amazing.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. It did take me awhile to get used to their voices. It was hard to follow. They did have a monotone kind of feel. However I realized how difficult reading such a long book must be. Keeping up with all the characters and never having different voices for them. That is talent. I will look for more by Michael Kramer absolutely.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Oh gosh, I can't do that. I don't have that kind of imagination.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 11-27-14
    Elizabeth 11-27-14
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    "Excellent!!!!"

    This book gets off to a slow start but it builds quickly. The characters are interesting and three dimensional. The plot slowly unveils itself to be ever more and more complex. Can't wait to read book 2.

    Kramer as narrator makes the story come alive with great voice work.

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    Nor'easter 11-20-14
    Nor'easter 11-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great start to a new series"

    Fantastic characters, well developed story-line, intriguing magic system, and, of course, Sanderson is king of world-building. What is not to love? For some people it will be the pacing. If you pick up this book, be prepared for a very slow beginning as the world is unfolding. I was a bit confused for a good long while but knew things would eventually be explained. The build up was longer than usual as it is the start of a 10 book series.

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    Daniel Staschiak 11-19-14
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    "Intriguing, but a bit of a let-down"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not; after reading other Sanderson books, this one follows the same style - long, slow start with just enough intrigue to make you interested. 40 hours in, I still was waiting for something important to happen. By the end of the book, it felt like the book was just an expansive introduction to a series - relatively little action happens.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I like how he set up a few ideas that presumably will be factors in the next book - mechanics of the world as well as possible enemy confrontation. But after the long buildup, I was disappointed that it wasn't more intense.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any others, but I think they did a fine job. They are easy to hear and understand. The reading is evenly paced.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I don't think I would. This book - as a stand alone movie - wouldn't do much to tie the 2 main storylines together, and wouldn't offer much resolution of problems or challenges.


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    Maddog2020 11-07-14
    Maddog2020 11-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Epic Story of a Magical World"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's an amazing story. Most of the Narration is excellent. If you like stories of war, honor, deceit, and fantasy you will love this one.


    What other book might you compare The Way of Kings to and why?

    Game of Thrones. It's a story where they fight with swords, and spears. There are different races and classes of people. There are men of honor and evil ones as well. The world is familiar and yet quite different then our world.


    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    Michael Kramer's performance was up there with the best. You could recognize each character by the voice and all of the male voices were believable. I gave 4 stars because of Kate Reading's performance. I almost stopped listening early on because her voices were not believable, not even the women. She got better as the book went on but was never good. Toward the end she was mispronouncing the Princes name that betrayed Dalinar. It took me a while to figure out who she was talking about. I would prefer Michael Kramer for the entire book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    War, Honor, Deceit, and Magic!


    Any additional comments?

    You have to be patient when reading this book. There are multiple story lines that are hard to understand at first. Later everything is pulled together and as the plot thickens you will be glued to this book, wanting to know what happens next! The last 10 hours are off the charts as far as a story goes.

    My biggest concern is this is the 1st of 10 books in the series. The first came out in 2010, and the second came out in 2014. At this rate I will be dead before the series can conclude. I hope they have Audible in Heaven!

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