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The trade paperback features a bonus full-page illustration unique to this edition!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.
Local Note: 53 118 231
ISBN: 9780765376671
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Jul 05, 2014
  • Ravfire rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Absolutely brilliant and the way it ends makes you wanting the next in the series right at the moment. My only problem is while the novel beings and ends in an amazing fashion, the middle (though necessary) is a bit long.The middle is only good and takes a while to get through, but when you get to the last 350 pages it becomes amazing.

Was for a June book club but I read another book by mistake - Reckless, by Cornelia Funk. A good book, but not this one!

Mar 14, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sanderson has created an intricately layered world of belief, politics, multiple cultures, and a magic that is both strange, yet steeped in the familiarity of the sciences. The Way of Kings is not epic in terms of grandeur, but in the scope of its philosophical, and theological pondering. More emphasis is placed on intellectual conversations, and individual soul-searching than on battles, which are nonetheless impressive.

Actions affect character integrity to the point where they truly bare scars from the consequences that arise. Each of the principal leads struggles to find the correct path, even though they are yet unaware of what path they are on, so vast and unforeseeable are the plots of the true enemies. It is only by piecing together clues, and warnings that they receive individually, that we are aware of the approaching storm and what it possibly is.

The destination is yet unknown, and many mysteries are still in store for us, but like the Knights Radiant say the "journey before destination", and this one is both immensely exciting, and thought-provoking.

Aug 24, 2013
  • JCLGreggW rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely masterful high fantasy. Here, Sanderson stakes out his claim to be the next Robert Jordan. The first of a planned ten (TEN!) book series, Sanderson does what he does best: gives us memorable characters, both male and female, a unique magic system, wonderful and exotic worldbuilding, and a story that's truly epic in scope. If I HAD to nitpick, I might say that he could have tightened the wording up a little bit, but you'll likely be so enthralled with the story you won't notice. Yes, we're all going to have to wait for the entire series to be written, but trust me, gang: this one's worth picking up.

Jul 05, 2013
  • love_the_world rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books i have ever read.

May 14, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Way of Kings is by far the best book iv ever read it is so good i almost had a heart attack..gah...weez....huf...ugg.......uggg.aaagghghfdgh.ehbwoehbwhifbowrhvbwlrvh.........okay i got over the shock of how good this book is ,but anyway this book got everything violence,gore,humor,drama, but no romance yyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssss sorry i hate romance but this book is a MUST read

Apr 11, 2013
  • Fleeter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely stunning. Sanderson's world-building talents are something to marvel at. The cultures and characters have that third dimension that so many in modern literature seem to be lacking, and the plot is literally breathtaking. Seriously, I was hyperventilating by the end. The fact that it's only one in ten fills me with excitement and sadness in equal measures. Mr. Sanderson had better not pull a Robert Jordan is all I'm saying.

Jul 11, 2012
  • Oddoneout rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Way of Kings is an excellent book, it lived up to my expectations and I so dearly want to read the next one! The four main characters will either destroy their world or save it. He not only gives you very well developed characters but gives you their background and insight to each one so you can understand their actions and how they came to be that way. I reccomend this book for those who enjoy a great fiction novel! This book will cause you to be anxiously waiting for the sequel!

Jan 09, 2012
  • haleclan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sanderson's best in some ways, although it may be the most difficult first 100 pages of any of his books. Hard to beat his Mistborn trilogy, but this one has the potential to rank up there. Can't wait for the next book in the series...

Aug 23, 2011
  • x0101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had very high expectations for this novel. Brandon Sanderson is a great and imaginative author, and the series has so much buzz that various people have put it on the 'best fantasy series' list (even though only the first book has been released at the time I write this review). Sadly, the book did not live up to my expectations. It's overly long and contains some cartoonish elements (specifically, the various spreen). The magic system, which I've seen described as very unique, is actually very ho-hum. Basically, people carry around infused gemstones which act like magic batteries. And finally, although this doesn't reflect on the author, the novel must have set a record with the number of typos and various minor errors it had.

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Aug 25, 2012
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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May 14, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: two woman almost get raped

May 14, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: strong brutal violence and gore Epic battle scenes

May 14, 2013
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“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”

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

Jun 04, 2014
  • DDTan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I will defend those who cannot defend themselves."

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


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