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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
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The Way of Kings (2010)

by Brandon Sanderson

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Series: The Stormlight Archive (1), Cosmere (6)

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In the proud tradition of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series - a series Sanderson is finishing for the late Jordan - comes The Stormlight Archive: The Way of Kings.

At 1000 pages apiece and a planned 10 book series, this series also follows in the proud tradition of using 100 words where 10 would suffice.

If you can get past the padding, this is an epic tale, interesting world, interesting characters, and years of entertainment.
  TysonAdams | Jun 20, 2017 |
JUST Awesome..... ( )
  Sajib_Bairage | May 22, 2017 |
An amazing tale wrapped in a setting both magical and well though - out. Both my husband and I enjoyed it, and we tend to like different genres. Brandon Sanderson is a brilliantly inventive writer! ( )
  ladykat | May 15, 2017 |
Not bad, if about twice as long as necessary. 'Course, that's a criticism that can be applied to pretty much any fantasy novel in the last couple decades or so. ( )
  sinceyouasked | Mar 17, 2017 |
Man. Brandon Sanderson is one of a kind. His prose is kind of boring, repetitive, and cliche, but, also, it isn't?

He can do things that would ruin a story if anyone else did it, but somehow, he does it. And it's fine. It's actually really great. He's the best storyteller, so the writing doesn't really matter. But it's not just that he had cool ideas and executes them in entertaining ways--his style is actually really fun to read despite itself.

I don't really understand what it is I liked about this book so much. It was over 1000 pages and the story was pretty slow a lot of the time, but I devoured it and I've already started the second in the series. ( )
  meaghangray | Feb 26, 2017 |
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Brandon Sandersonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Green, SamCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kramer, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reading, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Emily,

Who is too patient
Too kindly
And too wonderful
For words
But I try anyway.
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(Prelude) Kalak rounded a rocky stone ridge and stumbled to a stop before the body of a dying thunderclast.
(Prologue) Szeth-son-son-Vallano, Truthless of Shinovar, wore white on the day he was to kill a king.
(Chapter one) "I'm going to die, aren't I?" Cenn asked.
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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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Slave must now fight, again.

A woman must be a thief.

King sees the world's past.
Something is coming
A dark something is coming
Something is coming

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A new epic series by the best-selling writer of Robert Jordan's final Wheel of Time novels introduces the world of Roshar through the experiences of a war-weary royal compelled by visions, a highborn youth condemned to military slavery and a woman who would save her impoverished house.… (more)

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