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.
The Way of Kings is epic in every sense. Sanderson has built a world that leaps to life, a cast of varied characters and a vast history that slowly unfolds. While Sanderson cuts from the familiar cloth of fantasy, his narrative impetus and meticulous world building bode well for future volumes. (Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN)
The brand new epic fantasy series from international bestseller Brandon Sanderson.