The Way of Kings

Sanderson, Brandon

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Way of Kings
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.

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Publisher: New York : Tor Fantasy, 2014, ©2010.
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780765376671
Characteristics: 1007 pages :,illustrations, maps (some color) ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Feder, Moshe
Call, Greg illustrator.
McSweeney, Ben illustrator.
Stewart, Isaac (Isaac Andrew), 1977-, illustrator.


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Jan 02, 2015
  • dwu10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent book. Large volume (1000) pages that sets the groundwork for an epic fantasy. I really enjoyed the character development and switching between different main characters (Kaladin and Shallan). There are few enough characters that I could mostly keep track of them and their plots and enough storylines to keep things interesting. I found most parts of this book exciting though the some portions in the middle lagged a little bit.


Oct 26, 2014
  • LeRat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This first in a series is practically the definition of epic fantasy. Well rounded characters, tremendous world-building, court intrigue and thrilling action all add up to a book that despite its size, ends all too soon. The second in the series, Words of Radiance, is now available as well.

Oct 06, 2014
  • zuzana_novakova rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a bit hard to find your way around, at first. but is amazing anyway.
The 2nd book is even better :-)

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.

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Jul 12, 2014
  • hippogriff28 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 12, 2014
  • hippogriff28 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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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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
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: bast@rd son of a bi!c# the is pretty much it


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