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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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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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    kent sarpsborg, Norway 10-04-10
    kent sarpsborg, Norway 10-04-10
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    The Way of Kings is Sanderson's greatest work to date. the characters, the world, the story are all masterfully written, and truly comes to life with the reading of Micheal Kramer and Kate Reading.
    Though Kate can sound abit monotone at times and I fall a sleep :p

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    Michelle Johnston Altadena, CA 10-04-10
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    "Almost as good as the Mistborn series"

    It's almost a 5, but I liked the Mistborn series a little better because I got hooked in right from the start. This one took some time, but once he got going, it was a fantastic read and was very hard to put down. Sanderson has an absolutely amazing imagination and I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

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    Night who says Ni 10-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Listen, never dull"

    While i loved this book, I am a little disapointed in the way it left off. Lead-ins for the next book are one thing, but just stopping the story is another. I WILL read book 2, but would have liked a little more resulotion in this one.

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    "the best"

    the best book I've read,Brandon has done it again, i love the way he makes new worlds and the way he makes you see them.

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    "Another Sanderson masterpiece"

    Starts off a little slow, but before I knew it, I couldnt turn off my ipod. I like the fact that Sanderson successfully incorporates unique systems of magic into his stories. I just started part 7 and can't wait to see how the story ends. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Narrating by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer adds to the adventure.

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    jeremy dickson, PA, United States 10-02-10
    jeremy dickson, PA, United States 10-02-10 Member Since 2009

    Thanks to audible I have rediscovered my love of books, and in part have started writing my own fantasy book.

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    "I loved it"

    Mr.Sanderson I tip my hat to you I enjoyed every minute of this book well done :) To any fans of epic Fantasy you are doing yourself an injustice if you do not read or listen to this book.

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    Amazon Customer USA 10-01-10
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    "My First Fantasy Book"

    My wife and I picked this book only because we had a long road-trip ahead of us. This book was 45 hours...

    We listened to the first 20 minutes of it and shut it off. This wasn't any fault of the book, we just weren't used to the fantasy stuff and it seemed too odd for us. After the trip, I picked it up out of boredom and soon got into the book. I must admit, it's probably my favorite audio book so far and it has made me a new fan of the fantasy genre.

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    David wilmington, NC, United States 09-30-10
    David wilmington, NC, United States 09-30-10 Member Since 2002
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    "The word GREAT comes to mind"

    After losing Frank Herbert and Robert Jordan, I have found my new best author .I listen to this 45 hour and can't get enough . I am ready for book Two .I am now going to down load his other books from Audible . Hope I am not disappointed .

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    Frederic Tampa, FL, United States 09-30-10
    Frederic Tampa, FL, United States 09-30-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Was a great epic feeling of a journey"

    I loved this book. It's got everything, a deep mysterious history, several characters you can follow and enjoy and that are deep. A feeling of despair and triumph. The slow character development and seeing the world slowly come together. I couldn't stop once I got near the end. The only downside is having to wait for book two. Though, I'm glad it wasn't left as a cliff hanger, this book wraps up nicely.

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    Daniel Chilliwack, BC, Canada 09-30-10
    Daniel Chilliwack, BC, Canada 09-30-10

    Full time Dental Technician. Part time pastor. Lifetime scifi buff. Father of three sons. Granfather of 6 grandsons and 1 grandaughter.

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    "As Usual Sanderson Does Not Disappoint"

    I am not finished the book as yet, however, the story is detailed, complex and interesting. I heartily recommend it to anyone who has read any of Sanderson's previous works.

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