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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.

©2010 Dragonsteel Entertaiment, LLC (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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  • nik
  • CRETE, NE, United States
  • 10-10-17

Love it

I love everything I have listened to by Brandon Sanderson. At first I wasn't a fan of Lift when she was introduced in the main series, but this book won me over. It really fleshed her out as a character and gave some insight to the method behind her seeming madness. this is a must have for fans of the stormlight archive series as it does some world building and character development that presumably will feel very out of the blue if you jump straight from words of radiance to oath bringer.

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Slow to get going, but worth your patience.

It doesn't feel like it's going to be amazing for awhile. But it gets there.

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  • T
  • 10-10-17

Brilliant story. Brilliant performance.

Michael Kramer and Kate Reading really bring this incredible story to life! I have been listening to Sanderson stories read by these two for a long time and have been very impressed. I have loved the personality they bring to the characters. The story itself is much to vast to be given proper attention in this simple review, but suffice it to say, you will not be disappointed. This series is the crown jewel of the currently released Sanderson collection. One of these days I want my voice to sound just like Kramer's.

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Captivating Story & World

Once I started reading, I did not put the serries down until I pre-ordered book 3.

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Slowest of Burns, Hugest of Payoffs

I'm a huge fan of stories that take their time in building their characters and, as a result, earn the intensity of the suspense, happiness, sadness, etc. that you feel as events unfold (a la A Song of Ice and Fire). This is certainly one of those.

It took me almost a month to make it through the first two-thirds of this listen, and then only a couple days for the last third. Although difficult to fall in love with initially, the very slow pace (with the occasional exciting chapter) eventually worked toward some of the most suspenseful handful of chapters I've ever listened to.

Also, excellent work by the narrators. Now off to find book number two!

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great

good book great author 10 of 10 will read again . . . . .

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Very slow start... but worth the wait

For some reason, I had a very difficult time getting into this book. I was two thirds of the way through before I started actually caring about the characters. I went straight into the second book which I thoroughly enjoyed and pre-ordered the third to be released mid November 2017. It is the beginning of October and I am waiting impatiently for November to get here....

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  • JEF
  • St. Petersburg Fl
  • 10-07-17

Actually enticing

So in the first couple of chapters I was pretty much thinking I made a huge mistake selecting this book however as I forced myself to continue forward I began to comprehend the various nuances of this strange world and characters. Its actually a darn good book looking forward to next book and seeing what is going to happen with the recently purchased book rights. Food definitely be the next big epic movie series. Enjoy

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  • Jessica
  • GREENVILLE, SC, United States
  • 10-07-17

O...m....g

Get it... just get it. If you have listened to any other books by the author or read by the narrators you won't be disappointed. Even if you haven't this is a good one to start with!!

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Amazing book, fantastic performance

One of the best books I've ever read and a great performance of it. Perfect score!