Stormlight Archive

7 books in series
5 out of 5 stars 125,154 ratings

The Way of Kings Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • The Way of Kings

    • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Length: 45 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 49,770
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 44,926
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 44,938

    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

    Regular price: $63.93

    • The Way of Kings

    • The Stormlight Archive
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Length: 45 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,684
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,586

    According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stick with it

    • By Lisa on 07-06-12

    Regular price: $26.64

  • Book 2

    • Words of Radiance

    • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Length: 48 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 41,908
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 39,201
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 39,198

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines

    • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

    Regular price: $55.99

    • Words of Radiance

    • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Length: 48 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 720
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 673
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 673

    Book two of the Stormlight Archive. From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great books are the ones that make you THINK

    • By Sally Howes on 09-07-14

    Regular price: $22.38

  • Book 2.5

    • Edgedancer

    • From the Stormlight Archive
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6,288
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5,801
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,782

    Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older - a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Warning: This is a duplicate from Arcanum Unbound

    • By Robert J Petri on 11-18-17

    Regular price: $18.89

  • Book 3

    • Oathbringer

    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Length: 55 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 24,405
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 23,005
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 22,955

    Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

    • By Deana on 11-16-17

    Regular price: $66.49

    • Oathbringer

    • The Stormlight Archive, Book Three
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Length: 55 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 379
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 360
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 360

    From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artefacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great continuation to an amazing series.

    • By Leevi on 11-18-17

    Regular price: $26.64