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The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1) by [Sanderson, Brandon]
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.

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 that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten 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 over-powering 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.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths:

Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer (forthcoming)

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 21402 KB
  • Print Length: 1013 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765376679
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (31 August 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P2WO5E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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Wow, where to begin. It's been a long time since I've been so engrossed in a book, and to come in the form of such an epic fantasy novel is both a surprise and a joy. I came into this with mixed expectations. The Mistborn series was not my cup of tea. It was a nice idea, but a lot of the mechanics behind the world seemed forced onto me. Additionally, I’m a huge fan of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and for those that don’t know, the author passed away and Mr Sanderson completed the final books. They were well written, but the style was sufficiently different to Mr Jordan’s that it irked me in an unknown way.

The Way of Kings, though, was simply amazing. The shear extravagance of the world is breathtaking, with every country appearing to have a rich history and lore. Despite this, I don’t recall reading anything I would classify as an info dump. There is a little bit of a learning curve, with terms being thrown into the mix that don’t get explained until later, but it is this effect that I believe lets the story flow. And boy does it flow. The characters are well rounded, dealing with real issues in believable ways. By the end of the book, I was emotionally invested in their journey, cheering them on inside my head. Finally, the magic system is seamlessly tied into the world.

For those who enjoy truly epic fantasy, than this is the book for you.
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I really enjoyed this book. I don't read much fiction and even less fantasy, but this was a great read from beginning to end. Sanderson has created an entire world populated with a vast array of unusual races, creatures, weather, geography, magic and cultures. It wasn't all frenetic action (which I find generally dull), but had excellent character and story development. However, Sanderson's battle scenes are breath-taking and gripping. Never violent for violence's sake alone, at times they left me nearly exhausted, with heart-rate racing.
My only complaint (for which it would be churlish of me to deduct even half a star) was the number of typos, and, in particular, the formatting problems in the kindle version, e.g. words staying hyphenated even when not spanning a line break. Dialogue was also strangely formatted at times (not sure if this is just in the kindle version), leading to confusion about who was speaking. I.e. when a new character is speaking, it should be indicated at the least by beginning a new paragraph. That all being said, I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone disenchanted with much modern fiction (like me), and looking for a book that is generally very well-written, with characters worth barracking for, and a story in which you can invest your long-term interest.
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"The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think but to give you questions to think upon." In this seemingly innocuous sentence in THE WAY OF KINGS, Brandon Sanderson captures what he does so brilliantly in all of his books, but particularly in this first book of the Stormlight Archive. Having read his Mistborn trilogy recently, I came to realize as I read THE WAY OF KINGS that there are certain questions that seem to be of most interest to Sanderson, as they are to me, and should be, I believe, to everyone: questions about faith, religion, violence, the evil wastefulness of war, and the common failings inherent in human nature and to what extent they can be overcome. These are all difficult questions to tackle, of course, but there is one tried and true way to make people WANT to engage with them: encapsulate them in a darn good story. To say that Sanderson has done this in THE WAY OF KINGS is to understate the case to a staggeringly large degree. THE WAY OF KINGS is more than just a darn good story, it is storytelling of such great quality that based on this first book alone, I am confident in predicting that the Stormlight Archive is going to be Brandon Sanderson's magnum opus, his masterpiece.

What makes a good story? An exciting plot well told using engaging characters. What makes a great story? That infusion of an intangible quality that makes all the elements of a good story sing. Authors write good stories, but great stories are told by storytellers. The difference, as you may have gathered, is as hard to catch hold of as a wind spren. If it was easy to define, everyone would be doing it. As readers, we can only be grateful that there are such storytellers in this world. And one of those storytellers is Brandon Sanderson.
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In the first few chapters of this book, you will find yourself asking questions about all kinds of things. Questions such as where is this, who is that, why is this happening? The small amount of confusion drawn from the beginning is definitely worth it though, as you will quickly realise as you move on. The world that Sanderson has built is incredible, full of different races with their own cultures, disputed histories and religions, and several characters that you will just find yourself attached to. Way of Kings doesn't avoid being different, it strives for it, and I believe that's why it's so entertaining to read.

I would easily call this the best piece of work by Brandon Sanderson so far, and I'm looking forward to the next entry to the series immensely. So hurry up and go buy it, it's a bloody wonderful experience.
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