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
I like action, gore, zombies, and non-fiction.
One of my favorite books this year. Highly recommend. I liked it as much as "The Warded Man," "The Desert Spear," and "The Name of the Wind."
If you liked these, you'll probably agree that "The Way of Kings" is a hit.
Having acquired this book during the free trial period, and not being a fan of fantasy, though I am of Sci-Fi (I hate that the 2 genre's have been lumped together), I did not expect to enjoy this book. I was pleasantly surprised as the pieces of the puzzle started to come together. The narrators did an excellent job with the story and specifically the dialog.
I would recommend the novel but do warn that, dependent on your theological beliefs, you may find the ending (if you can call it that) disappointing. Then again, if you are prone to agree with the writer, it may have the opposite effect. That is to be expected of any work, the author's views will become evident, and we would not be people if we all agreed.
My introduction to Brandon Sanderson, was in his work on completing the Wheel of Time (of which i am sure many are waiting with baited breath , as am I , for the up coming release ) . Upon hearing of the origional author's premature passing, I was crestfallen ,however selfishly , to find that this riveting tale would be unfinished. Then i saw another " Wheel of time" book , with Brandon Sanderson's name on the cover. With great scepticism , i purchased the book , and was alarmed to find that the author's voice seemed ... undeminished , and perhaps i enjoyed it more than the previous books( no disprespect to Mr. Robert Jordan. ) Upon finishing The Gathering Storm, i feverishly looked for something to feed upon while waiting for the next installment. I found Brandon Sanderson's " The way of Kings. In this book I have found a tale that has the feel of everything one can hope for in an Epic story. Thank you Brandon ... I have a new favorite author. Oh , and hurry up !!! we are waiting!!!
By far the best that Sanderson has written. I love his style of using the earth's natural elements in his story line. Although I was looking for a sequel to the Mist Born series, I am completely satisfied with this new venture. Please don't make us wait too long for Book 2.
I agree with other reviews that it was hard to get into at first and I was confused as to what all the recorded accounts of death were about until the very end. But it was worth pushing thru the begginning and I was greatly rewarded with wonderful characters, new places to enjoy , as well as customs and the such. It was well worth your time to listen to this book!
I listened to this book in 8 days to the detriment of my work life. Brandon Sanderson has raised the bar far above his Mistborn series (which I enjoyed) with a style that is reminiscent of the late Robert Jordan.
Well done. I look forward to hearing the next book.
Once of the best listens I've had, albeit very long. Starts kind of slowly but once the characters are developed it's hard to stop listening because you want to see what is going to happen next. Highly recommended.
I travel around the country for work and have 2 audible accounts. I rarely ever write a review. This book wasn't long enough. All I kept thinking of was how I wanted to get back to my ipod to listen to more of this book.
Brandon Sanderson redefines epic in one of the finest fantasy books I have ever experienced. I am a huge fan of Robert Jordan's books, but this will be a series to match The Wheel Of Time. With never a dull moment, I often found I couldn't sleep as the author pulled me into this this book and refused to let go. I truly felt as though I stole the book for only one credit. This is simply a book you can't pass up!
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