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 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.
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1 . Awesome
Posted January 30, 2012 by Chris , West australiaThis book was great, found it really addictive and was hard to put down
2 . ...they ont get any.. BETTER THAN THIS!
Posted April 08, 2011 by Eric W. , ClaremoreI was majorly impressed w/ Sanderson when i read his Mistborn Series.. so i had to grab this e-book when it came out...i purchased this ebook almost the same month it was released but... just now figured out how to write reviews!..
Being a long time reader of General/Epic Fantasy i.e. Drizzt, Dnd, George RR Martin - type of stuff... n' continously reading 2-3books a week for the past many many years... i like to think of my self as a fairly competent judge of a good fantasy book, even if i lack the ability to compose a grammatically correct n' properly punctuated review. ANYWAYS i must say.. for being almost 1000 pages or something... IT went by in a flipping BLUR! This is one of my all time fav books.. it is just absolutely enthralling.. its been almost 9 months later after reading it n' i still think about the book atleast once a week n' recall all the awesome action that it contained, but UNLIKE MANY other Reads that Contain Great action.. this action was infused with Emotion... i swear.. when ever there was an action packed section of the book containing Kaladin n' his slave buddies.. i got all pumped up n' tingly as if i was right there along with him kicking butt...
I Gotta say.. waiting for the 2nd installment of this series has made this the LONGEST YEAR EVER... I almost wish i had never read the blasted thing until the whole series was released so i could read it all at once n' not have this "Kid waiting for Xmas Morning" Feeling every DAY... So in closing i'd like to conclude all my ramblings with .. EPIC READ
3 . great read
Posted November 11, 2010 by jamdan326 , rifleamazing book, great depth without burying us with to many characters. only bad part is waiting for the next books.
kaladin and dalinar are becoming my new fav ppl to read about
4 . Good Read
Posted September 27, 2010 by James Wells , Everett, WA USAGreetings,
Was a little difficult to get into the story at first, due to the way he moved forward and backward in time, however in the long run it really added depth to the "main character", if that term can be used here.
Perhaps the thing I enjoyed most was the way Mr Sanderson introduced the charactrers. Roughly the first 85% of the book is taken up with four discreet story lines for these four characters that are almost exclusive of the of the others. This allowed him to build depth and personality into each character. Each of the four story lines present their characters in a way that make them really come alive.
Having said that however, the same exclusivity of story lines made the book almost anti-climactic. Yes some will say that there was a climax to the story, but personally disagree.
Overall though, I really enjoyed the book. The stories do not appear to be rehashes of other SCI/Fi greats, and the world that these stories take place in is unlike any other world I have read before. Can't wait to see what he does with book two.
5 . Page turner
Posted September 19, 2010 by Paul , Ottawa, CanadaWell written, easy to follow. At over a thousand pages this is a big read but worth every minute. i could hardly put the book down. Not too many characters, (unlike Jordan).
July 31, 2010
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