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 amazingly well written. There is plenty of character development as well as intense action. But the performance of the two narrators was just incredible. I was really very impressed with both of them.
Kaladin has to be my favorite character, but Delinar Kholin is as close as 2nd place gets. Both characters were relatable in ways, yet admirable. The author develops them well and helps you understand the decisions they make.
No spoilers, but this book finishes quite strongly.
This book has my highest recommendation. I can't wait to start the second book in the series.
I loved this book, the narrators, the characters, the plot, the different settings. Great way to pass the hours while road tripping ! Can't wait to get the sequel with my next credit!
Captivating from beginning to end.
Would recommend to anyone who is a fan of epic fantasy.
Starting book 2 today!
Also China Miéville, Peter Hamilton, good space-opera, No Zombies, Apocalypses, Women who sigh and go weak at the knees when seeing a man!
Although I found this book and it's cast of characters fascinating and mostly totally engaging, there were episodic developments that I felt were either unnecessary or dragged out too long. So, as I stated, a bit of editing wouldn't have hurt the book or any of the stories imho. On the other hand, for all I know, this is the heavily edited version! Lol!
As usual, Sanderson has the ability to let you get just so far into a character's mind that his or her actions can still surprise you. This is both good and bad as there are times I feel I should know more about certain characters and am irked that I don't have more of that omnipotent interior voice telling me about the character in question. I certainly can't complain too much though, as a great writer shows you who the character is, he doesn't tell you.
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!
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