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The Way of Kings (2010)

by Brandon Sanderson

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Series: Die Sturmlicht-Chroniken (1), The Stormlight Archive (1), Cosmere (6)

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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 is desperate to save her impoverished house.
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Excellent. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. ( )
  cmcall | Jun 21, 2022 |
Such an amazing book! ( )
  musicalbookdragon | May 23, 2022 |
Brandon Sanderson er orðinn einn af uppáhalds fantasíuhöfundum mínum hvað varðar heimsbyggingu og pælingum í margvíslegum smáatriðum. Sagan snýr aðallega að þrem persónum, bróður myrts konungs sem er þjakaður af sýnum er boða hugsanlega heimsenda, stúlku sem leitar á náðir konu sem er frægur fræðimaður í von um að stela mesta dýrgrip hennar og þræls sem leitar leiða til að bjarga lífi félaga sinna sem stöðugt er att út í rauðan dauðann. Sögur þessara aðila eru sjálfstæðar en er líður á bókina er ljóst að Sanderson tvinnar örlög þeirra æ nánar. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
My second Sanderson book.
The book took me a week to finish, the plot follows multiple characters.
It follows a slave named Kaladin fighting to save his men. It follows Shallan plotting a theft as well as being taught by Jasnah. It follows Dalinar doubting his own sanity.
The detail that went into this was amazing.
I wasn't a fan of some of the characters.
Kaladin's flashback chapters can be difficult to follow and the chapters only focus on one character, since there are multiple POVs, you do sometimes forget things.
The world building was amazing, one of the most complex and detailed.
The Mental Health rep was written so well as well.
Szeth was so underwritten, his POVs were so heartbreaking and detailed and wish we got more of them. The fact men blushed if they saw a women's left hand was utterly hilarious.

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  crazynerd | Mar 30, 2022 |
A sneaky way to talk about the most sensitive subjects of his time without offending people: you have my greatest respect for achieving that. ( )
  ftfarshad | Mar 20, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Brandon Sandersonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Call, GregIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Green, SamCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kramer, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McSweeney, BenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reading, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stewart, IsaacIllustratorsecondary 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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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 is desperate to save her impoverished house.

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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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