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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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    Book Junkie CEDAR PARK, TX, United States 02-07-14
    Book Junkie CEDAR PARK, TX, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2006

    I have an audible issue

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    "I love this book"

    I love the Wheel of time books and Brandon Sanderson finished off the series brilliantly. I have also listened to the Mist born books, but this is his best work!! the narration is amazing and the story is new and gripping. If you love epic adventure and very long books this is one to pick up. Really can't wait for the next one.

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    Ross Oro Valley, Arizona, United States 02-05-14
    Ross Oro Valley, Arizona, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A rising new fantasy series"
    Would you listen to The Way of Kings again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again simply due to how wonderful the author is at creating worlds and characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how you simply cannot stop after one chapter, you need to continue to simply know what happens next


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

    I've listened to the readers before in The Wheel of Time series and they did a fantastic job with this book as well


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

    I prolonged the experience over an entire week and that was hard


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    Kerry Sacramento, CA, United States 02-02-14
    Kerry Sacramento, CA, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Near-perfection marred by terrible female narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It may be my favorite nonfiction book of all time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How do you narrow it down? The magic system, the unfolding of Bridge 4's story, Dalinar's inner struggles, Kaladin's self-discovery, and so much more.


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

    Kaladin


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

    Yes, but at almost 50 hours long, that's a bit unrealistic.


    Any additional comments?

    A narrator can make or break a book. Michael Kramer, who completely sold me on the world of Mistborn a hundredandsomething hours ago, delivers a chef-d'oeuvre here, taking a masterpiece of literature and making it a living thing. Sadly, though, The narration switches between him and Kate Reading, as the author slowly weaves two stories together, and Kate delivers an absolutely terrible performance. Her reading is dry and poorly-paced, her pronunciation inconsistent (especially near the end when she reads a chapter from the perspective of one of the females from Kramer's story and obliterates all the names (admittedly partly her fault and partly the fault of the director)), and for much of the story she ends every sentence as if it were a question. I literally found myself tense with nervousness at the end of every chapter, worried I would have to endure more Kate. Quite honestly, Kramer delivers perhaps my all-time favorite performance (even better than his own tremendous reading of Mistborn or other great narrations such as Simon Jones' Bartimaeus or Jim Dale's Harry Potter and Peter Pan or David Aaron Baker's Odd Thomas or Jay O Sanders' performance of Dragon Tears - and that's saying a lot) and Kate Reading delivers one of my least favorite. If she were the sole narrator, I may have stopped listening, and what a masterpiece I would have missed.

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    Louis 02-02-14
    Louis 02-02-14
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    "thrilled I hung in there"

    I really enjoyed this book The way of Kings. I didn't think I could get past the the young female character Shallan, she was supposed to be witty, I found her irritating I thought if I have to listen to her to much the book is going back,I am so glad I hung in there, because I thoroughly enjoyed the other characters and plot lines and even Shallan grew on me to where I want to see where she is headed along with the others.

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    Jack Austin, TX, United States 01-29-14
    Jack Austin, TX, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the book"
    Where does The Way of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story was original and captivating. My number one author right now is Peter F. Hamilton, I would say that after Way of Kings and Elantris these two authors are on even par with me. They both have a way of painting the mental canvas with so much detail, both are able to bring the character to life with all the human flaws and emotional baggage that makes the story deep and captivating.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was good, but may time in the performance the up-talking, making the end of every sentence a question, was annoying. His voices were excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Kaladin is an extreme character, watching the demise and rebirth of his character is excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward tot he second book.

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    jason United States 01-28-14
    jason United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2004
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    "This Book Hooked me and Then Reeled me in."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Way of Kings to be better than the print version?

    For me? Yes, I love Michael Kramer and Kate Reading as narrators. I also hardly ever get time to sit and read these days. So I listen while I run errands and drive.


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

    The opening assassination of the king is what hooked me but this book is full of great scenes. The world the Brandon Sanderson describes is rich and interesting as well.


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

    Kaladin (one of the main characters) I thought was done well as well as the wind sprin who Kaladin has befriended.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I particularly like the the small bread crumbs throughout the book about the main character. You really don't get to know him until deep into the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I came to Brandon Sanderson by way of "The Wheel of Time" series. I am glad I did I had been looking for new series to to immerse myself into. I think that this particular book was a great introduction to what could turn out to be Brandon Sanderson's best series. I am also listening to the Mistborn Series now while I wait on the second book.

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    William HUMBLE, TX, United States 01-27-14
    William HUMBLE, TX, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very promising"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, particularly for fans of the Wheel of Time. This book is definitely better than Jordan's first book in the Wheel of Time (fortunately, Jordan's work got much, much better).


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a massive story and the protagonist is someone everyone can root for. He faces tremendous pain, misfortune, and heart ache but keeps moving forward even when all hope is gone.


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They do an excellent job in bringing the material to life in the reading. Hope they both participate in all of the follow up books.


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

    No, it's very long and, on occasion, I went back and listens to parts to make sure I was keeping up with everything, You get a lot of disjointed backstory at first but it ties together nicely by the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Sanderson's work finishing the Wheel of Time series was a epic accomplishment. Sanderson did a very passable job jumping into what I thought would be the impossible task of finishing Jordan's work. He has definitely improved as a writer since he jumped into finishing the Jordan epic and it show in Book One of the Way of Kings. This is one of the best starts to a series I have read in a long time and I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. From what I can tell, this is looking to be Sanderson's best work ever and should elevate him to a level few fantasy/sci fi writers reach

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    ariusvideo Houston, TX, United States 01-25-14
    ariusvideo Houston, TX, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2014

    Sometimes the obvious is hidden in plain view

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    "45+ Hours...and still not long enough!!!"
    If you could sum up The Way of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    Out-Stand-Ing!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is only the second "story" (including the 3...well, now 4...Mistborn books) that I've read from Sanderson. He is an INCREDIBLE story-teller and is a MASTER at creating and truly describing his "Universe's" to the reader. He built a whole new world in "The Way of Kings" that went even beyond what he did with Mistborn, and it's just incredible how well he "paints" that world to the reader. From the "spren" to the "Parshmen/Parshendi", the thing I liked best about this story was just how well he was able to develop the story and the Universe, while keeping the action and pace of the story going well enough to keep the reader consistently interested.


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

    I've listen to Michael Kramer do all of the Mistborn books and really enjoyed his readings. He has a great way with "pacing", particularly when action picks up in a book, that truly keeps the ready involved and really pulls you in. This is the first book that I listened to from Kate Reading. I originally wasn't very impressed when I first heard her (but to be honest, with most narrators that I hear for the first time it usually takes me a while to know if I will like them or not). As the book went on, though, I feel Kate did a very good job of capturing her characters and now wouldn't want to listen to anyone else's interpretations of Shallan or Jasnah.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There wasn't a particular "moment" that moved me, but the "portion" of the book I enjoyed the most was the last few chapters. Without spoiling anything, the pacing and description of the events in those last few chapters are so well done and truly keeps the reader on edge never being quite sure what will happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    "The Way of Kings" is an EXCELLENT read and a great introduction into Sanderson's new world. I've already recommended to a friend (who originally recommended the Mistborn series to me) and he loved it just as much as I did. The only downside is now waiting until March of 2014 for the next instalment, "Words of Radiance" :-(

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    Scott Dallas, TX, United States 01-21-14
    Scott Dallas, TX, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Another terrific story by Brandon Sanderson"
    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Kings the most enjoyable?

    The depth of the story and characters. You feel immersed into the story and find yourself pulling for the characters. Brandon Sanderson has to be the best sci-fi author in my opinion. All of his books are incredible and this one is no exception.


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

    I don't know if I could compare it to other books. It has mystical magical knights similar to star wars. But overall, the story is very unique. I could see this story unfolding to more and more books.


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

    The book is very long which is great. If I could listen to it in one sitting, I would.


    Any additional comments?

    Sanderson actually has provided a terrific story and a complete story all in one book. It is long so you really get your moneys worth. And the store has a good beginning, middle and end. Sanderson is unlike so many other authors that are trying to stretch a short story out to sell 5-10 separate books (ie Zombie Fallout). I can't wait to download the next book in this series (which is equally long as well)! Well done!!!!!!!!

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    John San Antonio, TX, United States 01-17-14
    John San Antonio, TX, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2015

    Fantasy book lover!

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    "The way of Kings! Awesome!!"
    Where does The Way of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks high


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Both narrators do a great job!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book, loved the characters , can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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