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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Michael Kramer: 4 Stars
Kate Reading: 2 Stars
Maybe, depends on how the rest of the series fairs.
The amount of indecision, self loathing, spren, and the lack of wonder (due to the writing style that made me feel Sanderson has no faith in his readers to grasp subtle hints so he tells rather than shows*) were too much for me. I was indifferent about the main characters for the majority of the novel if I had never read a novel from Brandon Sanderson before this I would've quit around the 60% mark, but I have had experience with this author so I continued on. Chapter 69 (94% in) was the turning point for me when it made most of the laboring tale almost worth it.
In the end it's a decent introduction to an epic tale and I'll be listening to the second volume in this series with hopes that the ground work from this one will enable it to be a far more engrossing tale.
I'm a sucker for potential.
* It reminded me of how I felt when Sanderson tried to convince me of how much Vin loved Elend by repeating the statement constantly. Okay, I'll admit the ballroom dance was adorable but that was the only time I felt the sincerity of their love for one another.
Game of Thrones meets Eragon. This book and audible performance is fantastic! Mystery, action, suspense. Exciting from beginning to end.
Read this now! So good! The attention to detail is amazing and the characters and story are developed perfectly! Highly recommend this book!
The beginning is specially difficult for non native English speakers, due to the incredible amount of words related to people, places, objects and animals from the book's world. But if you manage to get past the first 6h of the book, the remaining 39h will be really amazing. You will want to listen the last 10h nonstop!! Get it, it's the best credit / benefit ratio will you get in Audible!
Pro: The story was interesting. I enjoyed it a lot.
Con: The narrators. Michael Kramer was so boring to listen to. Just about every sentence was read like it was an instruction manual. Kate Reading was just as bad.
This was the first time I have heard both of them read so maybe this book is a bad example.
It was rough with the narrators so I would say no.
Convincing and endearing characters! I've read it two times through now. Highly recommend the entire series.
Another bright, detailed, and intriguing world created by Sanderson. A book that makes you endlessly curious about the world Sanderson has imagined. Wonderful, unique storyline.
the beginning is a lot of characters development that is hard to get through at times. stick with it. once you know these characters you will not want to stop listening.
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