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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It took me time to get into this story but with well written characters that you feel compelled to learn more about and intriguing story this has become a must listen story to the point where I bought book 2 as soon as I could. Well narrated and good pace kept troughout the reading making it very easy to listen to.
Loved the story line and everything about the whole book.
there was nothing not to like as far as I was concerned
One of the very few books that has brought tears to my eyes. Well written and wonderfully narrated , allowing me to get emotionally involved with the characters. The most memorable part, has to be the final battle chapters. Can't wait to hear what the next book has in store.
th voice acting was pretty good, but some parts got a little confusing and annoying. they would change the voice for a couple of characters then use those same different voices for all the other characters, other than that it was a good book. oddly want long enough.
Almost walked away from this one because the start was so slow and full of minutiae and details that I couldn't enjoy the story let alone the characters. About halfway way through it started coming together a bit. The ending was totally lacking for me and luckily I finally started to care about the characters that I will get the second book to hopefully to get to a better stopping place.
I will also add about the narrators, that the guy was had to get use to his drone, and it would be nice if both narrators pronounced names the same.
I have started listening to other Brandon Sanderson books and this one is one of his best. An engaging story, sub-stories...all coming together. You actually care about his characters and are so drawn into the story.
Very much like the Mistborn series and Elantris, with history, radically different magics in each of the book series and like I said.....great characters.
Excellent narration from both performers.
I did a 45 hour marathon and immediately bought the next book in the series. This book is EPIC. I am downloading the next book as I type!
Brandon Sanderson has created the foundation for a wonderful new epic story. Rich, detailed, and beautifully unique... I look forward to immersing myself in the next book of the series.
The narrators are perfect for this story. I listened to the entire Wheel of Time series narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer and they never cease to impress me. I've listened to both books 3 times through already and they were just as exciting as the first time.
The world-building Sanderson accomplishes in these two books is incredible. He's done in two books what Robert Jordan did in 14.
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