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 got 40 hours in and realized this was only the first book of many and the outstanding issues weren't going to be resolved and I didn't want to sit through another of these.
Maybe the writing stands up a bit better if not being read by Michael Kramer, but he seems to do all of Sanderson's books, or those I've encountered, at any rate. I find him too dramatic and that breaks the suspension of disbelief you need to sink into one of these books.
There was a bit too much "Storm Father" in this. I also was constantly beguiled by characters taking the most indirect route, doing the least plausible thing or otherwise acting in a manner which would only prolong the story-line while being out of human nature.
The book bounces between present and past and that was also a bit annoying. It was annoying to bounce from character to character, always when things were getting interesting. It was a constant raising to climax only to have cold water poured all over the storyline.
I think I'm done with Sanderson. I liked the Mistborn Series (the first three, at any rate), but it is all starting to feel contrived.
The Way of Kings was a wonderful introduction to Sanderson's new Stormlight Archive series. The characters are well developed and I was excited, nervous, worried about what would happen next.
I have not listened to other work by Michael Kramer or Kate Reading before. I really enjoyed Michael Kramer's work. His narration felt invested and engaged to me. Kate Reading was a fine narrator as well, but her alternate pronunciation of Sadeas toward the end of the book was very jarring and distracting.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky
Some terrible old evil awakens again to threaten humanity, but this time mankind is defenseless since it has forgotten the old ways (the knights radiant) and 'powers (soulcasting and surgebinding) which have been used in the past to combat that same evil. This is the basic premise of the story of this book.
There are 3 main viewpoint characters, Kaladin A darkeye, or peasant, Shallan Davar A minor lighteyes, or noble,, Dalinar Kholin A highprince of Alethkar. And a few other minor viewpoint character the most notorious of those is Szeth-son-son-Vallano, an assassin from the land of Shinovar who is tormented by the murders he performs.
The plot is compelling and despite its length (45 hours of so). I didn't listen to any other book before finishing this one. On the bad side, aside from a few action packed chapters where Szeth is the protagonist, the pace only starts to pick up at the end of the book (chapter 65 onwards – Sadius betrayal).
I find that the book gets very boring and repetitive especially at the beginning of a change in viewpoint characters. This is because the author had the necessity of remembering the reader how awful the character felt, how worried he/she is, and how miserable he/she is. To the point that before chapter 65, every time something actually happens, (a few pages at best) the action offset by much more pages of whining and depression.
I already started listening to book 2, and I recommend the book but if you are reading/listening ASOIF don't get to excited about this one, it's not the same thing, not even close. So 3 stars to it. If I hadn't listen the game of throne books I would give this one 4 stars.
It was an okay read. The quality of the writing was great but the world he created was stone and i didnt love any of the characters at all. Now compare that with Robert Jordans beautiful world with Camelyn, Tarvalon, etc and characters I LOVED like Mat, Loial, etc, it was really a great disappointment since Sandersons help on books 12 and 14 made those 2 of the best wot books.
I guess i would recommend marginally.
Kate and Michael are my favorite storytellers
i cant see watching a world of stone and magic from gems. too meh for me.
I almost didn't listen to this past the first hour. I just couldn't get into it at first. I think it was mostly due to the rather cryptic, confusing (first) prologue. I listened to it over and over again and kept thinking? Huh? I have to admit in the very beginning, I thought it was too much of a Sci Fi story to get into. I needed a story to listen to though while I edited photos on the computer (mindless retouching - not creative.) so I stuck it out.
I'm glad I did because the story becomes very compelling. I couldn't pry myself away from it and I immediately bought the 2nd book - I couldn't wait a week for my next credit to come up! I actually spent one entire weekend in bed listening because I couldn't pry myself away. This rarely happens to me.
The narration is excellent and I'm glad they have the two narrators.
I will give a few warnings about the story. (No Spoilers, though.)
In it's essence, this book is about a handful of characters and that story is very absorbing and easy to follow. However, as a whole, there are a lot of characters and places and the names are all made-up, so I found it hard to follow along sometimes. He also has opening sentences to each chapter as well as interludes with characters you only see once and I sometimes found myself feeling a bit lost. I kept wishing I had a study guide of character and place names I could refer to. If I can fault the story at all, it's maybe details and levels of the story get spooned out so incrementally that it can be confusing.
Hmm. Thinking about it, this might be a good candidate for the Whisper-syc feature if it exists so you could go back and forth. I'm a very visual person and when names get complicated and numerous, I do better seeing them written, but the narration is good enough that I enjoy hearing it.
I plan on listening to this again while doing chores so I can fill in areas I didn't quite follow the first time through.
I heartily recommend this.
But it's good. Very complicated in beginning so I just ignored parts I couldn't understand. The characters are excellent and makes the book worth reading...and worth reading the sequel!
I absolutely despise Kate Reading's reading. She is the human Speak and Spell. Whenever I would reach one of her parts, I felt a great urge to stop listening and just read the book. So very disappointing.
Just couldn't get past first 10 minutes
No his voice is not to my liking
Irritation that I wasted a credit
I really loved this book. It was everything I have come to expect from Sanderson and so much more. Can't say enough good things about it, and I will be purchasing it in text just so it can grace my bookshelf.Michael Kramer is an awesome reader, I hope he continues to read Sanderson stuff!I had a real issue with Kate Reading - she was pretty good, (overall 7 out of 10) but she pronounced some of the character names slightly differently than Kramer, and Kramer really nailed it. She also used the same inflection over and over again, and was trying to hard to make the men's voices sound like men. Obviously I understand why, but it seemed really forced to me.However, this book is AMAZING! One of the best books I've ever listened too, and will be one of the best books I've ever read, once I buy it and read it.Sanderson... just really excellent work!
Great story line, characters are developed perfectly, tons of action and the best narrators in the business what more could you ask for.?
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