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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Patrick 06-05-14
    Patrick 06-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Strange but wonderful!"
    Where does The Way of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, and I've listened to about fifty so far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think I enjoyed Dalinar the best. He's a complex character. He's constantly questioning everything about himself and others, and this makes you do the same of him. It keeps you guessing throughout the entire book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I gasped quite a few times. Lots of twists and turns.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the plot of this book. It was incredibly slow to start, you don't fully understand the structure of the book until the end, and you're always wondering how things will stitch together. It took me a while to get into this book because of the slow start and just being completely alienated by this strange world, but it was well worth me sticking it out. I will be purchasing Words of Radiance soon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise warren, OH, United States 06-04-14
    Denise warren, OH, United States 06-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great first opener"

    Sanderson is becoming a world class storyteller! fantastic charaters with anticipated development of the storyline in the future

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    Ken Euless, TX, United States 05-31-14
    Ken Euless, TX, United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow."

    There must be vast tracts of this planet completely devoid of imagination for so much to be invested in this single author. The Way of Kings is a slow boil, but it's rarely slow. The characters of Caladan and Shallon are both pretty messed up, and it's a little difficult sometimes to listen to their various tragedies, but it's a massive puzzle being fit together one piece at a time, and like in the Mistborne trilogy things that seem insignificant reappear later in unexpected ways. Brandon Sanderson is a master story weaver, better by far than any I've encountered in a long while.

    Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are are absolutely outstanding as the story switches perspectives between Caladan and Shallon. There's only a couple of places where I didn't immediately know who was speaking, even with a large cast of supporting characters. Both imbue their characters with tremendous humanity. It's a joy to listen to them work.

    I'm nearing the end of book 2 right now, and it is truly amazing. But I must say I'm extremely disappointed to have to wait a year (possibly two) for the next installment (conclusion?), even if that means I'll get another Steelheart installment in the mean time.

    Even unfinished, the Stormlight Archive is already a classic.

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    Chad 05-31-14
    Chad 05-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the plot. Can't stand Kate Reading"
    Would you listen to The Way of Kings again? Why?

    Since the mistborn series I've been a big Brandon Sanderson fan. I like Michael Kramer's authoritative narration but I can't stand Kate Reading. The Shallan character is boring, slow and little too PC. Kate Reading is absolutely horrible at imitating male voices. This audiobook would have been my absolute favorites if wasn't for Kate Reading's narration.


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kramer is awesome, reading drives me nuts.


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    Theano77 05-29-14
    Theano77 05-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A good start"
    What did you love best about The Way of Kings?

    I really like Sanderson's world building, and the specific rules he lays out in all his books regarding the magic of that world.


    What other book might you compare The Way of Kings to and why?

    Other Sanderson books, like the Mistborn Series. Sanderson is a little weak when it comes to characterization (he's no GRRM), but he makes the world so interesting, that I still want to see what happens. Also, this is high fantasy, where the good guys are fighting evil to save the world, no gray characters or gray situations, so very much like Tolkien in that regard.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At the end (SPOILERS), when Dalinar buys the bridgemen with his Shardblade.


    Any additional comments?

    The biggest problem I had with the narrators that really grated on my nerves was that they did not have the same pronunciation for the same words. For things - like the word "palanquin" (the man says "palan-keen" and the woman says "palan-quin"), it's just annoying. But it really drove me crazy that they had different pronunciations for major characters, especially the name "Sadeas". You would think that the producers would keep those things straight...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stewart Black Mountain, NC, United States 05-27-14
    Stewart Black Mountain, NC, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing Story, I lostsleep listening to this!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Kings the most enjoyable?

    I was drawn into the story right from the start. Even having read the book and knowing just how long it is I couldn't wait to listen to it. Sanderson is by far the greatest Fantasy writer of his generation. I put him up there with Frank Herbert & Orson Scott Card.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way of Kings?

    I could not pick just one memorable moment, that's how good this book is.


    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    The reading was great! Each character had it's own voice and I just couldn't imagine them sounding any other way.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read and listened to the first and second book in this series and can't wait till the final book comes out.

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    David Ducolon Auburn, WA, US 05-27-14
    David Ducolon Auburn, WA, US 05-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "slow start and I mean 10+ hrs but strong finish"
    Where does The Way of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is in the middle of all epic fantasies in my opinion, it has a super long build up but then when it takes off it's compelling and really draws you in.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Too many story lines are begun before you have a chance to get hooked with any of them which draws out the books intro into the middle of the book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noel Honolulu, HI, USA 05-23-14
    Noel Honolulu, HI, USA 05-23-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Unique and imaginative."
    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Kings the most enjoyable?

    The narrators are very talented in giving the characters there own accents, making them very easy to distinguish who is speaking without having to be told who is speaking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Most authors regardless if it is unintentional take their characters, plots, magic systems and other things from other stories. This book however is like picking up a newly built invention for the first time.


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It brings the emotion alive from the book in a way the author intended it to. It also eliminates mispronunciations of names, places as well as not having to guess if sarcasm was used by a speaking character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Light of the stormblessed


    Any additional comments?

    The book is written amazingly well, flowing like a river that bends, speeding up and down along it's journey. The ideas that fuel the plot are new and clean, making it very easy to get into the story from the very start.

    Certain aspects are predictable, as most books generally are, but the author is brilliant in causing misdirection by seemingly elliminating certain outcome possibilities. This fact alone makes the reader want to continue reading to see what will happen next, not because they want to see if they guessed the outcome correctly but because they truly don't know what will happen.

    The narration is well done. The narrators giving different personalities to each character helps the absorbtion of what is being read to you.

    Of course with every book there is something that is negative. In this case the book tends to switch between scenes and characters not often enough and then too often at other times. The story will drag on at certain parts and then fly by at others, making it hard to keep up with what is happening. It is not as bad as it sounds, but I am still mentioning it as there were points where I had to stop reading because I found myself wanting to skip foward to more exciting chapters as I was still energized from the previous chapter.

    I didn't like that the story flipped between 4 to 7 different scenes sparatically throughout the book, where one was so short I sat there thinking it was a waste of time putting it in as it was like a short story which really didn't do anything to help the story
    progress.

    Still these are weak and minor issues and everything else that was done well vastly outweighs them. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting book that will keep you entertained for many days.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RENEE JENSEN SOUTHBURY, CT, US 05-18-14
    RENEE JENSEN SOUTHBURY, CT, US 05-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating!!"
    What did you love best about The Way of Kings?

    The story pulls you in from the very start, and unfolds beautifully. Once I started I couldn't stop. I love the depth of the characters and am looking forward to the rest of the series. But the best thing is that Sanderson creates a fantastic world, that is done so brilliantly you can't help but fall completely into it. Science fiction at its best!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jasnah kholin is my favorite character so far. She is a strong, noble and independent woman. She puts on a strong front as a typical daughter than sister to a king, but it is eventually learned there is more to her than meets the eye. Although I also really like Sil, a supposed wind Spren that is as witty as she is mysterious.


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The way their voices enhance the characters really brings the story to life. I especially love the individual voices of the bridge men, each are so unique and distinct at times it is hard to remember the story is only being read by two people.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An epic tale of a kingdom that rediscovers honor, and what it means to be a true leader.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one story you will not be disappointed with. This is the first Brandon Sanderson book I have ever listened to or read and I am hooked.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Bavelas 05-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "My new favorite book!!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite book I have listened so far and I've listen to around 40 in the last year. It just made me never want to stop. There are a lot of stories going on that all a line vary well. I find myself never angry when It switched. I was just pleasantly happy to hear about one of my beloved characters!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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