The Way of Kings

The Way of Kings

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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

Collection
Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels
Elantris
Warbreaker

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
Steelheart
Firefight
Calamity

Publisher: New York : Tor, c2010.
ISBN: 9780765365279
9780765326355
0765326353
Characteristics: 1007 p. :,ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ;,25 cm.

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bpbiblio
Aug 30, 2017

Once you enter Sanderson’s world in The Way of Kings, you can understand why he spent 10 years on this book. And indeed, it is a heavy 4 inch thick tome. The story is complex, rich and engaging, with some memorable well developed characters. Of all the main characters, Kaladin is the most amazing. He is the quintessential hero – strong, honorable and a survivor against all odds. The only complaint I have is how much of this book is devoted to lengthy bloody battle scenes. Less of those, and more insight into the fantasy world of magic, stormlight and fabrials (energy infused gemstones) would have made this an even richer work. In spite of this, it’s still a great story, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.

Cheryl_JHL Jun 02, 2017

I was slow getting around to committing myself, knowing that I was going to be buried in yet-another-huge-epic-fantasy-series and probably never come up for air again, but as many of my friends had already told me, it was well worth the time invested.

As with Sanderson's Mistborn, I loved the world. It's wildly creative, vivid, and colorful. The characters have depth and they're not the typical "fantasy badass" characters, yet they have some amazing moments that made me want to literally cheer them on out loud. I LOVE when a book gives me that thrill of "Oh hell yeah!!" There are several of those moments in there that were so, so very good. Satisfying. Meaty with a bit of crunch.

My only grumps with Way of Kings: one character's self-pity periodically leans towards some pretty strong narcissism and gets a little overwhelming. It's understandable for his situation and events, granted.

There was also a segment towards the end that felt like a bit of a pacing hiccup (or a huge tease). There's a detour of chapters between a major event in one character's life, and it's continuation. The "what happens next??" element is so strong there, that everything in between was a blur. I didn't want any part of this book to be "a blur." I liked it too much!

Overall, I loved it. Loved the story, the characters, the setting... I especially loved the philosophy and bits of wisdom scattered through there. There was much to think about and ponder over. Looking forward to the next volume.

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ZE1TGE15T
Apr 24, 2017

Impressive

This was my second Sanderson book. My first was Warbreaker. I thought Warbreaker was good, if not a bit overly political. One thing I'm noticing about Sanderson is that he introduces unique elements to his stories. Some of the magic and lore from The Way of Kings is very unique. He stands by it too. He throws something bizarre and new out there but he also does a really good job of describing it and convincing the reader how realistic it is. I thought the shard pieces were fascinating. Some of the environment was really well conceived. Not only that but there were neat drawings throughout the text which described some of the different plants and creatures. The character Wit had been questioning, 'what is the most important talent a man can have'. Is it inventiveness, timeliness, novelty? Well, there was certainly a novelty to The Way of Kings. Which is difficult to create in the abundance of fantasy writers today, and also writers who borrow from what's already been written.

Kaladin was absolutely my favorite perspective. It was really touching actually. What this character went through was horrid agony. To see him struggle, contemplating his surroundings was heartbreaking, yet also very moving. Many of the character in this story went through there own trials and tribulations. Sanderson will have you questioning morality and other philosophical understanding before long. It fits nicely into the story as well. I felt myself compelled to see Kaladin's fate unfold.

Unfortunately, I didn't think the other character perspectives were as strong. Some were good. Obviously Shallan's story. Though nothing could compare to Kaladin, Syl, and bridge four's story.

Some of the fight scenes were really vivid and magical.

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styellow
Apr 08, 2017

I have read this book and "Words of Radiance. I am stingy with rating something a full 5 stars. I think this first book is a solid 4 star book but by the end of book two, I thought definitely 5 stars as a series. What I absolutely love about Sanderson's writing is how he sets up detailed characters, worlds, and cultures so that the amazing and magical can happen in a believable way and make sense. The books contain tons of detail but it is balanced nicely with good characters, an interesting plot, and a super cool creative magic system. Totally recommend.

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stinkpot
Jan 11, 2017

Amazing. I am not a fast reader so I never read huge books, but I must admit I was pulled into this one and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was getting better and better toward the end!

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pink_armadillo_78
Oct 24, 2016

The details about this fantasy world are impressive, and the production value of this book is super high (maps! illustrations!), but something about the writing kept me from totally committing to this book. I think the characters and even the world just didn't feel real to me. I could picture what the author was writing, but I didn't ever start to believe it.

SaraLovesBooks Oct 05, 2016

I do not often say I could not put a book down, but I could not put this book down! The world-building is amazing, but done at a pace where it's still entertaining without ever feeling bogged down. I really enjoyed the characters and their interplay.

I am also a huge fan of murky political machinations in high fantasy, and this book has them in spades. I highly recommend it.

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lightningstrike
Sep 29, 2016

A very long and interesting book. The world-building is exceptional, and the characters are also very well developed. A very excellent book.

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pcrouch
May 05, 2016

This book was simply amazing. This book and series held my attention for over two years, as I read them each 20+ times. The world-building is perfect, you watch the characters develop and interact, everything you would ever want in a fantasy novel.
So basically, just normal Brandon Sanderson

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smorganstory
Apr 14, 2016

brandon snderson is the best!

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arshmann123
Feb 15, 2017

“Can you feel it? Something just changed. I believe that’s the sound the world makes when it pisses itself.”

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arshmann123
Feb 15, 2017

“An excuse is what you make after the deed is done, while a justification is what you offer before.”

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arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“There are two kinds of people in this world, son. Those who save lives, and those who take lives."
"And what of those who protect and defend? Those who save lives by taking lives?"
"That's like trying to stop a storm by blowing harder. Ridiculous. You can't protect by killing.”

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arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“To lack feeling is to be dead, but to act on every feeling is to be a child.”

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arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“And so, does the destination matter? Or is it the path we take? I declare that no accomplishment has substance nearly as great as the road used to achieve it. We are not creatures of destinations. It is the journey that shapes us. Our callused feet, our backs strong from carrying the weight of our travels, our eyes open with the fresh delight of experiences lived.”

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arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.”

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hippogriff28
Jul 12, 2014

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”

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hippogriff28
Jul 12, 2014

"But expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack."

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DDTan
Jun 04, 2014

"I will defend those who cannot defend themselves."

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lazsiu
Feb 26, 2014

"Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination."
-The First Ideal of the Knights Radiant

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Aug 02, 2016

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May 17, 2016

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pcrouch
Jul 11, 2016

Other: Sanderson Syndrome: You will love this book so much that almost all other books will pale in comparison to literally anything Brandon Sanderson writes, this especially.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: Some brutal violence. Nothing overly gruesome. Mild gore. Nothing a thirteen year old can't handle. However, there are battles, murders ect... So, there is plenty violence but nowhere near as Game of Thrones and such.

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