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
Somehow it took 45 hours for Sanderson to say what can be summed up in 3 or 4 sentences. While its "not the destination its the journey" you would hope the journey is more exciting then having caual conversations with strangers while waiting for your license at the DMV. Now that i'm 45 hours invested, license in hand and I cant wait to finally "drive", the book ended.
Like the Wheel of time, I'll probably get tired, fustrated and bored, start wishing for all the characters to meet untimely deaths before i abandon the series all together.
I wish Georg Martin would finish his series already before forget what that was about.
(First review ever)
Brandon does a fantastic job creating some of the most robust and deeply defined characters I've ever experienced. Even with the unfamiliar, imaginative political system, the views he provides from each of the characters makes for suspenseful relationships and he makes it clear and easy for the reader to understand how each character's standing in this system works, from the bottom up.
The "magic" system he defines is new, fresh and unique and reveals it to the reader in a way that keeps you wanting more. The rich geography and slew of different cultures is mind boggling.
Initially its a little tough keeping up with all the characters and what is going on individually with each of them, but it doesn't take long to become engrossed in each of their stories. Believe me when I say trust that the author will get you there. Don't worry too much about remembering names and details in the beginning, you'll grasp it soon enough.
The narration is excellent and I hope they continue to use Kate Reading and Michael Kramer for future entries in the series. Nine more books in the series? I can't wait already! Nice Job Brandon!
I heard that the print copy of this book has some nice illustrations... I wish they came with the audio version from Audible.
Big fan of Jim Butcher, GRRM, and Sanderson. This book was right up my alley. Would recommend it to anyone who likes the above authors. Narration was very good as well.
My biggest complaint is that at the end of over 45 hours of listening, there was still no ending! This is definitely only one part of the story and listeners need to be prepared to wait for the rest of the story. A minor complaint is that the two narrators did not pronounce the name of a main character the same - off-putting after 30+ hours of listening. However, these are the only negatives. The characters are extremely well-developed; the setting, as improbable as it is, comes to life because of the vivid imagery used throughout. I am looking forward to the next installment!
I like this author more every one of his books I read. naration is great too. its a little slow for a bit but it picks up and gets exciting. i cant wait for the 2nd book. i strongly reccomend
This book has been out for 2 months and I have listened to all 45 hours of it... twice. The only bad thing about this book is that the next book won't be out next year.
First a couple disclaimers: 1. I only know Sanderson for his finishing Jordan's epic (though I only made it to book 8 in that series). 2. This is a difficult audio-book, because of the way it's broken up, shifting point of views and a reference guide at the back that would be really helpful while listening. All that being said, this is the first Sanderson book I've "read" and I've never seen a text copy, but I was able to follow most of it, despite the things I mention. IMO, good fantasy comes from the environment, the world created, as much as it does the story and characters. Who'd want to read about Frodo's journey from rural Maine to LA? Sanderson's world is amazing, complex and filled with ideas that fit together like a puzzle. Unlike certain other authors I could mention, the climatic ending didn't end in 2 pages where the main character discovers he has omnipicent powers and just vanquishes the evil dark lord with a clap of his hands. Instead, it ended over the course of at least an hour of gripping storytelling, with the characters building on things they've been piecing together throughout the whole book. Another great thing is the lack of good vs. evil. The good guys are flawed, and the grand enemy are really just other people. So the book is filled with complex emotional struggles over right and wrong. Anyway, I highly recommend this book and can't wait to experience the rest of the series!
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You can see his experience in writing grow in this book. What I've liked about his books from an overall perspective is he never starts with ye ole, young boy on the farm and his slow ascension into his destiny, how the reader usually learns at the main characters pace. Sanderson gives us allot of meat from the start, plenty of mature main characters in critical places, so we get a sense of the world early on and not in bits and pieces. He also has great characters you can connect with from the start, allot of flaws clearly visible and relatable, very likeable, sort of anchors for the learning phase of the book, aka Kelsier, Raoden, Dalanar. Among these mature characters there are some that do grow from naivety to greatness, it's a great mix to make the start of a series feel established, yet with plenty of room to mature. Reading that this world would be a bit different and feel more alien had me a bit worried at first that it would go to Sci-Fi, I don't like mixing those genres much, but it's far from Sci-Fi, truly refreshing, it feels interesting and "magical" without the feeling of an over used old world fantasy.
I'm only sad to realize it will take a decade or more to listen to it all, and for the moment that I am approaching the end of this one.
I have read all of Brandon Sanderson's books and each of them is excellent. The Way of Kings, however (with the possible exception of his work on the Wheel of Time books) is, in my opinion, easily his best work to date. This book should appeal to anyone who loves vast, epic fantasy series. I can see how readers who do not typically enjoy devoting endless hours to a book or series of books would be daunted by the sheer size of this novel. For those of us who love nothing more than the days and days spent lost in the worlds of Jordan, Martin, Williams, or any of the other great fantasy writers, this book, while great itself, promises even greater things to come.
As an added bonus, the audiobook is read by two of the greatest narrators around. While many narrators can be distracting and take away from the story, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading become the characters in a way that only adds to the listener's enjoyment.
My first review for a book I thought I would hate. I took a chance and I'm glad I did. I'm not much for fantasy and since my Sci-Fi pickings seem to getting slim, I bought "The Way Of Kings" It's a very good story but does tend to get slow and left me frustrated at several points. I did not like leaving the Shattered Plains to go back to the Library at all. That all being what it is, the pay off was fantastic and I found myself getting very tense at several points during the last battle. For the first time in years I looked forward to the hour and fifteen minute trip to and from work each day. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good story with a lot of build up. Now I have to wait two years for the next part!
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