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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This work stands well above many of those I''ve read by Heinlein, Herbert, Tolkien, Simmons, Stephenson, Gibson, Card, Schalzi, Vynge. And, it's just Book One...
This book was an order of magnitude beyond any audiobook I had previously enjoyed. Sanderson crafted an exceptional story in Way of Kings. By listening to the book, I appreciated the story on a much more detailed level than by just reading it. The voices were superb, and Mr. Kramer and Ms. Reading have quite spoilt me for other narrators. Even good narrators that I enjoy are usually a bit of a barrier between me and the story; I am too used to reading and forming my own images in my mind.
I enjoy audiobooks because they force me to slow down and appreciate the whole story. I enjoyed this reading of Way of Kings because I never once felt held back--only carried along by the magnificent performance.
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Absolutely! I've enjoyed both books released so far and am highly anticipating the next edition. As the books seem to be on about a four year release cycle, we have about three more years for another installment.
No need to bias anyone...
It made me read without stoping, I absolutely gorged myself on these two books, unusual for even me.
Give them a try, you're sure to like the unusual story and it's well throughout progress.
Hands down, best high fantasy I've read in a long time . The world feels very real with plenty of cultural nuances that really brings it home. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys fantasy of any kind.
One of the best fantasy series out there. Sanderson's world building skills are fully lashed to the divine... ;) Both narrators offer excellent readings as well.
Again Sanderson is awesome! I have read 6 of his books so far and will continue until I have read them all! He is possibly the best author I have ever read...and I have read hundreds of books.
I don't know who I am.
This book is really three books about three characters. Two of these (the stories of Dalinar and Shallan) are quite dull for 3/4 of their stories, and the third (the story of Kaladin) is engrossing from start to finish.
I think reason why the other two stories drag is because they really don't have a central conflict; they are kind of just an account of the various day-to-day happenings of two people. But their stories really do come alive at the 3/4 mark, when these characters become entangled in trying to prevent an impending doom (that will affect the entire world). Kaladin's story is interesting enough to get you through the slow bits in the others.
If you have not read any Brandon Sanderson, I suggest reading the Mistborn series before reading this series. It is better. But if you have already read those, I do recommend reading the Stormlight archive series. It may not be as good as the Mistborn series, but it is still a rollicking good time.
This book has two narrators: a girl that reads the point-of-view chapters of girls, and a guy that does the same for guys. I like the guy more than the girl; but overall, both were fine. I was a bit annoyed that they did not standardize the pronunciation of the names between them; there is a character called 'Sadeas', and the narrators pronounce his name completely differently, which really broke the immersion. It took me a minute to realize that they were talking about the same guy.
Michael Kramer should only narrate books for sleep aid. His reading is dull, flat, and emotionless, with an irritating lilt at the end of almost every sentence. A good narrator should should tell you the story, breathing life into the characters and their actions. Mr. Kramer's narration is so horribly boring and annoying that I couldn't bring myself past the first hour. I will never again waste my time and money on any book with Mr. Kramer's deadpan narration.
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