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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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best book I have ever listened to/read!!!! I would recommend it to anyone/everyone I know

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Stay with it!

Starts out crazy slow and overly detailed but stick with this series!! Last 6 hours of the book pick up the pace and the second book continues that same pace.

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Couldn't put it down.

it took awhile to get into it and start following it, but once I did, I couldn't put it down.

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Outstanding!!!

I thought this book was very well written. The storyline was well thought out. The characters inspired me.

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In my opinion Sanderson...

in my opinion sanderson's greatest work, extremely detailed and extremely gripping. Starting next book immediately

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long book, but good story well tied together

it is very long and detailed, but it was not a tangled up story and eventually it comes together nicely. I will likely buy the series. the world the characters live in is a fresh take on a setting and I enjoyed that a lot. good story overall.

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Best books I've ever read

I spend two to three hours commuting everyday to and from work. In order to stay sane, I began listening to audiobooks about 4 years ago... concentrating mainly on sci-fi and fantasy series. You can go ahead and do the math (because I'm not going to) but that works out to a lot of books. I listened to the first two installments of the Stormlight Archive several years ago and when I found out Brandon Sanderson finally finished the third book (thank you very much) I decided to reread them. I wondered, after listening to so very many books in this genre in the intervening years, if I would still be just as impressed. I most definitely am! This is the best series I've ever read and I highly recommend it.

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Amazing

This book is a slow starter but the build up is worth it. I would definitely Listen again.

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Love the story

Love the story and the people reading the book do a great job. My only complaint is that the two that read the book are not consistent with pronunciations. It caused a bit of confusion at times

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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.