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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Kramer and Reading are basically the king and queen of the Audio Book experience. As much as I love reading a book myself, I can't see my own imagination trumping the performance that these two have given.
I normally don't enjoy bouncing back and forth between character perspectives. It's almost the equivalent of bumping into a wall and having to reorient yourself and start walking again, tentatively in a new direction. This book is one of the few I've read that is not that way. Every time a chapter would change perspective, instead of being annoyed that I was leaving my favorite characters perspective and jumping to one of the lesser characters, I found myself excited to get back to their story and plot line. The 4 main characters: Jasnah, Kaladin, Shallin, and Dalinar, are truly a fanastic 4 when it comes to character development and personal intricacy.
It was neat to hear each performer take their turn with Shallin. Both versions seemed to compliment the other, and helped to deepen her person and story.
I certainly found myself laughing a good bit. It felt like an old friend or a good memory.
I've enjoyed this series more than most epic fantasies released within the last 20 years. Rothfuss and Jordan are masters, but Sanderson is the "Mozart" of his time! His study of Religion in ALL of his books, not only as a plot developer, but as the subtlest thought provoker should win awards in and of itself. I find myself mentally reeling time and time again at the level of talent and tale stuffed between each of Brandon's book covers. I think I'm turning into a real fanboy!
This book was simply amazing. I haven't been caught by a book like this since I found the Kingkiller Chronicles. I have not yet listened to anything else by Sanderson, so I can't compare it to that, but for me it is one of the best books I have ever "read (but to be honest, that's probably not as many as most of you).
I am not gonna go into depts about the plot, you can find that a million other places, though I will say that it is really interesting and get you caught up in it. The characters are (almost) all really well written and enjoyable. I did however grow a bit annoyed at the constant switch from times to times. It's a good way to tell a story involving so many characters, but whenever it would switch from my favorite to my least favorite, I kinda felt like just skipping that chapter for now (not that I would ever actually do such a thing).
The naration was good, Kramer was a 5/5 he did a perfect job. Reading I would give a 3,5 or 4, she never really caught me as much. The most anoying part was the different pronunciation of Sadeas name. Small thing, and really only matteres for a single chapter, but it just annoyed me, and should have been pretty easy to coordinate. But maybe I am just nitpicking.
Awesome world and Magic. Great characters.
Yes with MK no with KR. She was great would listen again for sure.
Cant wait until the rest of the series to come out.
Was hesitant at first to listen to this monster, but it is well worth it. I couldn't stop listening after the halfway point. At some points putting the speed faster. Very good
Brandon Sanderson has become one of my favorite authors. He makes his world's come to life and always has several twists in his books that just make you beg for more. This book is no exception it is an awesome experience filled with so much.
This book has a great story- it only took 30 hours of listening to finally get into the meat.
I personally liked the connection everything began to have towards the end. I did not like at all the narrator. Not enough charisma or color as he/she read. In fact the female narrator was too childish and dry.
Great start to an epic but if you've read the mistborn saga he reuses a lot of lines . Still highly recommend
GoT was the first audiobook series that I had listened to and I did not know where to start once I finished it. I could not have picked a better book than The Way of Kings. The book paints a great picture of the world and its history. The way the author describes the battles and skirmishes makes you feel like you are inside the skin of the character.
If you liked GoT, or you love stories that detail the rich culture and backstory of the land, I can't recommend this enough. I am hooked
This story was great! Being the first book of 10 it sets things up nicely and creates a very immersive world. Nice take on a magic system and the characters are relatable and well written. i've read the mistborn trilogy and this series is even better. Right up there with Robert jordans wheel of time epics. Can't wait until the other books are released.
As always kate and Michael do a fantastic job narrating.
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