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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Incredible world building and the only author I've read who can create battle scenes that don't have me zoning out. Can't wait to read the next! Performance was not the best but the story saves it.
As both a book lover & slow reader, I used to fantasize about books that would read themselves to me. My childhood dream came true!
I first listened to Kate Reading and Michael Kramer co-narrating the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and was thrilled to hear them reunite to read this masterpiece by Brandon Sanderson. They held up to my high expectations and were a joy to listen to.
Poor Sanderson, after reading his Mistborn Trilogy, I held him to an incredible standard that no author could possible meet. Or so I thought... Sanderson managed to thrill me once again as I was swept into a new world with a captivating history, enjoyable magic system, realistic characters, and an unpredictable plot. The series hasn't been concluded yet, so I can't say if it is better than Mistborn (currently my favorite series), but it is without a doubt, in the running.
great story, well defined and interesting characters. only one issue I had with the performance was that since there were two readers they pronounced one characters name differently toward the end. confused me for a minute until I figured it out.
This is my first audiobook. I have been meaning to start this series by Brandon Sanderson for quite a while as I love his Mistborn series.
I won't go into much detail but I thoroughly enjoyed book one. So much so that I purchased book two before finishing it. If you like the author's writing then I am sure you will enjoy this series as well.
The audio book medium is interesting and so far I am liking it. I do find that I am more likely to fall asleep if I just sit down and listen so I try to make sure that I am up and doing something while listening.
The only extremely minor issue with the narrators was later in the book they end up pronouncing one of the characters names differently which had me a bit confused for a minute. Other than that I thought they were great.
This book starts really slow. Do not give up on it to soon. Have way in you will be hooked. Multiple characters and storylines will keep you entertained.
A must read for anyone that claims to even slightly enjoy fantasy books. This book contains something for every reader.
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