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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Yes, great story, very original. Love the characters.
No I haven't.
No, it's 40 hrs long.
After finishing off the inheritance cycle series I wanted another long book I could get invested with. I noticed this book was highly rated and with other review descriptions this book was long/ entertaining/ detailed. Wiki says this is a 10 book series every book coming out every 2ish years, Perfect for me. I enjoy working out to big battle sense or some other kind of inspirational moment in the book. There are plenty here folks. The author is really trying to build a world with detail. I loved that. I found myself not want to leave the gym just so I can find out what is going to happen to Kaladin( 1 of the main characters). I feel every review needs a critique as such I would have to say umm….. I’m never a fan of these fantasy books using odd names. However you quickly learn to accept them as normal. Sorry for the lack of criticism I really liked this book. I never read Brandon Sanderson other books I hope there as good.
Unlike most fantasy novels, this story has not been told before. Truly engaging and original.
Great writing, rich characters, but mostly an original story
Don't want to ruin it for anyone...battle scenes are fantastic.
In a world....one man.....is this a real question?
read. this. book. you won't regret it.
Other than WoT, I have not read any of Brandon Sanderson's books. I listened to and then read "The Way of Kings: ...". I must admit that at the start of the story, I felt that I had erred in my purchase. I realized how wrong I was when I found myself listening from the beginning because I didn't want the story to end. Mr. Sanderson has done an excellent job of drawing me into his tale of Kaladin, Shallan, Szeth, and Dalinar Kholin. I feel that I have been surgebound to these storylines.
I want more. Wanting more is what drives the human animal.
They were familiar souls after listening to all of the WoT series. Great performances by master story tellers.
Yes and No. 45 hours is just too long to be awake. Other than my limitations set by the need for sleep, I would have done so.
The rich story has so many characters to like, each with interesting motivations and reasons for you to like them.
I like the fact that while there are a lot of characters being juggled around, he does a great job of making each story one you want to return to. Many times in series like this, you just want to fast forward some sections to get to characters you like, but I found myself liking everyone enough to see what was happening in each of their sections.
I definitely like the back and forth of the readers as they enter chapters for their characters.
Just seeing the growth of Kaladin is really cool.
If he can keep up the quality for the 10 books this story is supposed to take and not slow down the pace, this could be one of the best epic series to come out in a long time.
The narrators are the two most impressive you will ever find. The characters are deep and believable. The author makes nothing simple and uses true art for each scene. Did I mention the magic system is creative and follows rules which never are altered for convenience.
There is a scene where kelseir must decide between honor and freedom and listening to it gives me chills every time. I've never been do moved in my life.
Kate reading is the reason I listen to audio books. I fell in love with her in the codex alera series and will listen to her read the ingredients on the back of bubble gum if I could.
A storm is coming. Can a world at war unite in time to save it?
I know some of you look at this book and are dismayed by the 45 hours. But there is a reason it is that long and that's because Brandon Sanderson knows what he's doing. There is never a dull moment or a scene where it feels like he's just trying to transition. It may seem slow at first but they passes very quickly and you can't help but root for everyone even the ones you know are bad people. That's the mark of a gifted writer.
Also, if you don't know Brandon Sanderson pick up the must born trilogy and read immediately.
Kate Reading & Michael Kramer are all-stars in the field of narration. But mostly, like the Mistborn saga I like realities he creates.
Sometimes I break out the old paperbacks and read along. I did that a lot with the Wheel of time series.
I honestly don't understand why this book is so well reviewed. I found out who Sanderson was when he was tapped to finish the Wheel of Time series. I thought he did a good job, so wanted to check some of this other books out. This is the first one, and might be the last. I had originally picked it up in book form, and made it about three hundred pages in before setting it aside. I decided to give it another go, but to try listening to it instead. I just don't get it. So little happens in this book. It's a thousand pages, or forty hours of people kind of milling about. The best thing that could haven happened to this book is that it gets cut in half. If five to six hundred pages would be removed, this might not be a bad book. It just seems that the characters never make any process. Unless you count long conversations and realizations that ultimately go no where progress. I've chipped away, and chipped away at this book, and I'm not sure why. I guess out of some sort of feeling that I've already invested so much time that I need to finish it.
I have read it in print but I think the audio makes the duration and complexity of the book much more bearable.
Brandon Sanderson work does not easily compare to other works that I have read/listened to, he has a style that is all his own.
They did there jobs well, I rarely notice that I was being read to.
When the shard-bearers gave up their armor, there is something about that that was powerful.
This may be a book that you only listen to once, but it is still worth it.
Michael Cramer is a fantastic narrator and gives life to the amazing world and characters that Brandon Sanderson has created. The world that Sanderson has imagined is full of wonderful surprises and engaging history.
The character development with Kaladin and Syl are the highlight of the book for me. I really love the part when Kaladin loses himself in the spear dance, it is like he is re-awakened and freed to continue on his path to righteousness.
I have listened to this book a few times already and will probably listen to it a few more as Sanderson finishes up the series.
If you like this book be sure to pick up a few of Sanderson's other works. He is an exceptional author and continues to grow as a force in Sci-Fi. If you have not listened to a Sanderson book yet, this is a good place to start or check out the Mistborn Trilogy, Warbreaker, or Elantris.
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