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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Brandon Sanderson continues to amaze me with his skill in storytelling. He delivers a strong, engaging plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Getting to know a character in a Sanderson book is one of the most thrilling things about reading his books. They are interesting, conflicted, and all around feel like genuine characters. After reading Sanderson's Mistborn, I am pleased to see that the connection to the characters and their stories don't have to die with that book.
Also. Michael Kramer once again delivering a fantastic reading. Seriously one of my favorite narrators. This is my first listen to a book narrated by Kate Reading. All I have to say about that is that your last name suits you, Ma'am. Wonderful performance.
This is that good 'n' nasty self indulgent high fantasy. Everything is unnecessarily different and fantastical and you love it. Don't you. Cows are crabs but there are still horses! A guy's name is Dalanar! Say that out loud I dare you.
Usually listening to epic's like Game of Thrones or Gardens of the moon I tend to get lost and have to re-listen. This book did a great job when jumping from story to story. It was a really enjoyable listen.
This book speaks to me on such a fundamental level. I've always been a warrior, and the way Kaladin and Dalinar speak of fighting and of honor is beautiful and true. I think I cried for at least an hour straight at the denouement, and I've read the book before.
My only complaint were the occasional mispronunciations of names, or disagreements of pronunciation between the two readers. For a 45+-hour book, though, the errors were remarkably few, and the narration was excellent.
I t took a bit for the plot to develop, but once I understood the characters I kept going back. The tone of the narrators was difficult to follow at first but matched the overall theme perfectly. I look forward to experiencing Book 2.
I am quite certain that wonderment spren have been floating around my head for days now as I have binge listened to this amazing story. I could not put this book down, so to speak. The writing was superb. I fell in love with the characters and world that the author wove into my imagination.
I also really enjoyed how the narrator used different voices for each character. Amazing narration really.
I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
The only word I can think of as describing this book is that it is absolutely stupendous! I came into this book only on sheer numbers of purchases. I work in a factory 8 hours a day 5 days a week and have gotten mind boggling bored of listening to the radio or music, so I went towards audio-books. This is my very first audio-book and I was not disappointed at all.
It was a rocky start for myself, as the beginnings of many books tend to be. But, once the motion got going I found myself hooked. The multiple point of views this book tells it's story through was a bit difficult to follow at first, but soon I came accustom to them. The captivating lore, intriguing characters, and slow pace allowed myself to go through a progressive journey of excitement and empathy.
That being said, the book is not without flaws. I found myself not amused of a certain character, I shall not spoil it for anyone else, but if they read reviews and comments I am quite sure they will know who I'm talking about.
Even towards the end I could not feel a shed of care for this character and the female narrator Kate Reading did not help the cause! I want to believe she is a great narrator, many say she is. But, for storm's sake I can not tolerate her recording. She sounds like the studio gave eviebot text to read and then they hit the record button. The acoustics seem to be off and it makes listening to her absolutely jarring. I can hear a faint similar situation from Michael Kramer but it's quite forgettable compared to Kate Reading's recording. Her's practically screeches out at you saying it has problems.
I will add in that the two narrators pronounce name's differently as well. I tried my best to tolerate it, but towards the end she practically say's a characters name more than 2 dozen times in a span of 5 minutes. I wanted to chuck my phone across the factory floor through sheer frustration.
I ended up skipping most of her narrating and reading summaries online. I know that is shallow and unkind of me, but I paid for the audio-book so people who will argue with me can just storm off! I thoroughly enjoyed Michael Kramer's narrating and was begging to the storm-fathers that the recording would be better for the next book. Sadly, I heard recording of the sequel and have found out that it will be told mainly through the perspective of the character I don't like, so I may just skip that one entirely. I'm not sure why it feels like the two narrators never sat down and discussed how they would narrate and pronounce names; when they are husband and wife. I wish I could have read it myself ,but I don't have the time to.
With all that said, it still is an amazing book. I still very much enjoyed it. And I shall wait eagerly for the third book.
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