Dimensions: 1008 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 2.36 in
Published: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0765326353
ISBN - 13: 9780765326355
About the Book
A new epic fantasy series from the "New York Times" bestselling
author chosen to complete Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time(R)
Read from the Book
Prologue “The love of men is a frigid thing, a mountain stream only three steps from the ice. We are his. Oh Stormfather . . . we are his. It is but a thousand days, and the Everstorm comes.” —Collected on the first day of the week Palah of the month Shash of the year 1171, thirty-one seconds before death. Subject was a darkeyed pregnant woman of middle years. The child did not survive. 4500 YEARS LATER Szeth-son-son-Vallano, Truthless of Shinovar, wore white on the day he was to kill a king. The white clothing was a Parshendi tradition, foreign to him. But he did as his masters required and did not ask for an explanation. He sat in a large stone room, baked by enormous firepits that cast a garish light upon the revelers, causing beads of sweat to form on their skin as they danced, and drank, and yelled, and sang, and clapped. Some fell to the ground red-faced, the revelry too much for them, their stomachs proving to be inferior wineskins. They looked as if they were dead, at least until their friends carried them out of the feast hall to waiting beds. Szeth did not sway to the drums, drink the sapphire wine, or stand to dance. He sat on a bench at the back, a still servant in white robes. Few at the treaty-signing celebration noticed him. He was just a servant, and Shin were easy to ignore. Most out here in the East thought Szeth’s kind were docile and harmless. They were generally right. The drummers began a new rhythm. The beats shook Szeth like a q
From the Publisher
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
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
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
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.
About the Author
BRANDON SANDERSON grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in
Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at
Brigham Young University. In addition to completing Robert Jordan's
The Wheel of Time®, he is the author of such bestsellers as the
Mistborn trilogy, Warbreaker, The Alloy of
Law, The Way of Kings, Rithmatist, and
Steelheart. He won the 2013 Hugo Award for "The Emperor's
Soul," a novella set in the world of his acclaimed first novel,
"Sanderson melds complex, believable characters, a marvelous
world and thoughtful, ironic humor into an extraordinary and highly
entertaining story."-Publishers Weekly, starred review on
"An exceptional tale of magic, mystery, and the politics of
divinity. Warbreaker might even take your breath
"Sanderson is an evil genius. There is simply no other way to
describe what he's managed to pull off in this transcendent final
volume in his Mistborn trilogy."-RT BOOK REVIEWS, Gold Medal, top
pick! on The Hero of Ages
"This very superior stand-alone fantasy proves, among other
things, that Sanderson was a good choice to complete the late
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga. Sanderson is clearly a master
of large-scale stories, splendidly depicting worlds as well as
strong female characters."-Booklist on
"Sanderson again demonstrates his capacity for handling large
and complex themes while creating believable characters….
[Warbreaker] is essential reading for fantasy
fans."-Library Journal, starred review