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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Starting a new fantasy world is difficult. I can't count the amount of times I put down Robert Jordan's "Eye of the World" before eventually becoming an avid Wheel of Time fan. Sanderson's incredible ability to finish another author's incredibly detailed story is what led me to try this series, and I wasn't disappointed. The characters remind me of Lan, Rand, Nynaeve, and Elayne from WoT. Each is well developed.
The world isn't fully formed even by the end of the book but you have hints of what it will become throughout the series. I enjoy the flashbacks to aid in character building.
I was downloading the next book the second I realized I was almost finished with this one. The only time I've stopped listening to this book in the last week was to sleep or read my other Liveship Trilogy book on my Kindle. With the death of Jordan, Gemmell, and Pratchett, I'm really happy to have found a young writer that is capable of filling their shoes and producing books at a rapid pace. I can't wait to consume the next book.
My favorite books are the ones that stay in my mind once I turn them off. There were several places in this story where I would be contemplating character's decisions and ideas after stopping for the day. All of the unfamiliar ideas and references were a little confusing at first, but once you get used to the language it was no problem. This book has a lot of action and suspense. Great story and I loved the readers. I cant wait to start the next book in the series.
The Way of Kings is Tremendous in its scope and depth. I started this after finishing the first five Game of Thrones books on audible. Initially I had a difficult time getting drawn in due to the total immersion technique that the author used from page one. The rich storyverse took me a while to adjust to, as it is vastly more supernatural than Game of Thrones and I was left grasping to understand the particularities. However once i understood how the basics worked, I was hooked on the storyline. Well worth the time to read/listen. I am moving on to book two!!
Wonderfully written and narrated story. Nothing is rushed or drawn out, action is evenly distributed throughout the book. The full characters and developed conflicts deliver a climactic ending sure to keep blood pumping for hours. I am beginning the next book in the series immediately!
very easy to spend hours listening to. not a fan of the female narrators voice but thw story was amazing.
I just finished the 48+ hrs of this audiobook in under a week's time. I couldn't listen to anything else, it was that good. In fact, this is the first written review I've taken the time to submit. The character development and narration create intrigue and excitement. This thoughtful story of battles, adversity, bravery, and true honor in a distant time and place, provoked profound thought and imagination within me throughout the day and even proliferated my dreams at night. Brandon Sanderson has quickly become a favorite author of mine, and I look forward to listening to the rest of the Stormlight Archive. If you are even slightly interested in this genre of audiobook, my highest recommendation couldn't come close to serving this one the praise it deserves.
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