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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Great story. Interesting and different while still managing to maintain an epic scale. Lots of truly new ideas. Writing is solid with none of the errors and few of the logical disconnects that seem to plague modern "epic fantasy." Best story in the genre for some time.
Couldn't stop listening! Great performance of a captivating story!
Can't wait to hear the next book in the series.
I was surprised by the length of the book but it went quickly.
Story is fantastic. Detailed world with only a few minor issues in the economic area (unrelated to the story). Characters develop well and have strong enough backstory to support thier actions. Can't wait to start the next book.
The first series I ever read by Sanderson was the Mistborn Trilogy. Since I loved it so much, I thought I would give The Way of Kings a shot, this time as an audiobook. Although the 45 hour time was a bit daunting at first, I realized almost immediately that it would be no problem for me to stay engaged. Both of the narrators were exceptional in their telling of the story, and that really made all the difference. I just can't wait to start the next one!
This is my first posting regarding any of the hundreds of books I have read and listened to. Mr Sanderson is simply amazing in his ability to weave telling and showing. Additionally, it is powerful to begin a story in the middle and fill in with the beginning and ending in such a crafted method. This is a work of genius. Perhaps I should give War and Peace another chance.
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