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  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56,046
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50,850
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 50,851

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 ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Everything an epic should be but rarely is.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-18

If this book was only an enthralling and original story (which it absolutly is) or a grand tour of a new and unique world (which it has) or an interesting and well thought out magic system (check again) then it would be well worth the cost.
Sanderson writes masterfully and makes you feel right there with heros. Who are actually Heroes. Hows that for a change of pace in a modern epic?
However where Way of Kings pulls away from the pack is in its exploration into human strugles with morality and ethics. It is a well thought out and interesting exploration of stoicism and deontology.
Epic heroes and villains have always served as illistations of morality and ethics. It is refreshing to see Sanderson bringing the traditions of the thousands of year old genre back to popular fiction.

  • Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding

  • By: Scott Hungerford, Jeff Grubb, Michael A. Stackpole, and others
  • Narrated by: Ray Greenley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The essential elements for building a world. Roleplaying games and fantasy fiction are filled with rich and fascinating worlds: the Forgotten Realms, Glorantha, Narnia, R'lyeh, Middle-earth, Barsoom, and so many more. It took startling leaps of imagination as well as careful thought and planning to create places like these: places that readers and players want to come back to again and again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome world building tool.

  • By Kyle on 11-18-17

Exactly what i wanted it to be. Well done.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-18

all of the essays in this book we're very informative. Somewhere more relevant than others to me but I imagine that many would be relevant to all. All of them sparked the imagination. well worth the money and time