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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The story is very engaging and explores many philosophical, theological, and scientific questions through the events and characters in the story. I would suggest this book for any grade 11-12 teacher looking for a book that is fictional and explorative of western culture's contemporary issues and questions.
This author knows how to drag you into another world. The detail to the characters is so deep that you really end up knowing them by the end of the book. The magic system is far different than any other fantasy book I have read and is a breath of fresh air. If you like fantasy, you'll love The Way of Kings!
The narrators do an excellent job although it would have been nice for them to compare notes on pronunciation of names and places.
this book was excellent. I held back for years, not wanting to be disappointed post-wheel of time. I am so glad I finally bought it. thorough, deep, engaging, and beautifully performed. buy it now.
wtk is as creative and enjoyable as it is epic with great potential for future books in the series. each of the first three preludes (yes 3) were unique, captivating me to "read" further. the first half of the book may seem daunting at times due to the many storylines, however, by the end of the book the story lines come together in a beautiful way to reveals an overall simple yet complex plot line that foreshadows a great series to come. This book was worth every minute of listening.
I truly love this story, if you liked The Wheel of Time you'll love this book. What a great start to an epic tale. I hope Brandon Sanderson writes many more books in the series. 5 stars all the way!
I loved the story. It is great for the kind of reader who doesn't mind lots of detail and world building. Keep this in mind if you prefer quicker, straight to the point style story telling.
The world building and magic was fantastic.
Michael Kramer was prefect. Kate Reading has room for improvement. I think other comments put it correctly. I think she will do better in the future if she continues to grow as a narrator and takes constructive criticism to heart. Wishing them both the best.
Gave me goosebumps.
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