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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things came together; there was a destination; it just took a while to get there
The visions lead to a revelation that's, while not unique, is not a premise I see often in a story.
I love when male narrators and female narrators are used to accentuate the difference in the two very different stories going on. They are both excellent, which definitely counts, but the way they reader their own gender so well also helps make the overall narrative shine
This story is long. I mean, really, really long. Some may take this as bringing an unnecessary level of detail to the story. However, when I go back and think on it, it really feels more like I got at least 2x if not 3-4 times the value for my money. None of it was filler, but I'll leave it to others to decide how much of it was memorable, and whether it led well to that 'O so THATS why that happened...' moment.
The book does seem to drag in the first half, especially the early parts involving Shalone and Yacna.
However, the book picks up a lot of steam in the second half and became a story that I was reluctant to get out of my car from and turn off. The characters were all interesting and it was exciting to have each individual arc begin to converge on the others.
Definitely getting the following books in the series!
The magical world is simply so complexly simple I still do not understand it.. Yet I am brought into this world and taught to be able and comprehend it! Sil is easily the most memorable character even in her simplicity
I've read it all. When it comes to fantasy authors over the last 2 decades and this was absolutely one of the best. Focused character development and progression as well as an innovative new landscape and world. From Spren to high storms Sanderson has the hook.
This is a fantastic book by Brandon Sanderson. I thoroughly enjoyed the narration and I feel that anyone who likes epic fantasy will love this audiobook.
Im a proud Grandma of 4, and love to spend as much time with them as possible. I love to crochet and cross stitch an listen to books. My choice of books varies across all genres.
it was a struggle to get into the story. it was narrated to slowly and I found it hard to listen too.
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