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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I am new to Brandon Sanderson, but will most likely read everything he's written after "Way of Kings". Yes, this is a long story and a multifaceted concept, but aren't all good stories that were written before this instant-microwave generation? Can't wait to start book two.
A little slow though. So much potential. I hope book 2 picks up the pace a lot more. I hope this isn't going to be a 12 book series like The Wheel of Time, which I just finished and loved, but the first book in WoT was less slow. Overall I love it.
This book draws you in almost immediately. It creates a world, and makes it nearly impossible to stop listening/reading.
The narrators for this book were great. The performance was amazing. This is by far one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard, and will be looking for more books they read.
When everything converged. I won't spoil the story, or this moment for anyone, but I was not expecting it, and was taken off guard.
They do an excellent job with the voices. The performance was extraordinary. I found myself listening to them more than actually reading the book. The dramatic pauses, the voices, the excitement in their voice. It was a great experience.
Life before death, strength before weakness.
If you have not listened to this book you're doing yourself a disservice.
Excellent book, wonderful characters. fabulous world building and magic system. I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to the next.
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