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'm a big Sanderson fan and he does not disappoint with this book. It lays the foundation to make this series more complex than the Mistborn Trilogy. I often found myself not wanting to stop listening. It also has the same narrator (Kramer) as the Mistborn Trilogy and he does a great job as well.
Pretty convincing world. Intelligent writing. Great descriptive action scenes, mostly fighting type action. I thought the pacing was good, brisk with just enough details to make sure the reader is not confused.
I really enjoyed this book. characters were amazingly fleshed out and stood out in their own respects. This was a great long read though slow in the beginning, I still could not put this book down. Readers were great to listen to as well.
Aside from the king killer chronicles, this was the most interesting story I have ever read or listened too. Well written, amazing twists and turns, motivating and super fun. Can't wait to listen to the next one.
I have never taken the time to write a book review before now and I do so for Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings simply because it felt like it was too well written not to. I have read many other of the Author's books, and I have never been disappointed. However, The Way of Kings, the first book in the Stormlight Archive, has me yearning for more greater than any book I have read in a long time. It has the perfect balance of intrigue, mystery, beauty, and heart-racing fight/battle scenes. My husband suggested that I read it due to his love of the book and I am glad that he did. It made a great source to fuel conversation for several days as I listened to the audiobook. Now I'm off to start listening to book two!
The story was amazing.
The female narrator could have been better. She even pronounced one character's name differently than had been established.
The book was overly long and in some spots, boring. It suffers from uneven pacing and could have been greatly improved by a stronger editor.
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