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The Way of Kings

by Brandon Sanderson

Tom Doherty Associates | August 31, 2010 | Hardcover

The Way of Kings is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1008 pages, 9.52 × 6.38 × 2.42 in

Published: August 31, 2010

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765326353

ISBN - 13: 9780765326355

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good... This book gave me mixed feelings. First of all, great imagination on Sanderson's part for the creation of the world itself. Some of the things that didn't work for me (not Spoilers, just general comments on the writing style): 1. The overuse of the word Spren. There was Fear Spren, Wind Spren, Excitement Spren, Pain Spren, Drunk Spren, etc... imaginative, but it went a little over the top. So over the top that some of my friends that read the book and I use it in jokes to annoy each other. 2. The combat descriptors with "Lashings". Almost as overused as the Spren. The majority of one individual's combat was a sequence of "Lashings" that quickly grew boring. This was poor editing - if a there was a gun fight and every second sentence was "he cocked the hammer back and aimed" you'd probably put the book down. Same effect. 3. The world with the "shell creatures" or "giant snails" on dry land just never really fit for me. Great visuals, I guess, but it didn't amplify the story for me to have a snail pulling a cart - it somehow detracted from it. What I LIKED about the book is that the story and majority of the character plots were quite well done. There were no chapters or characters that I wanted to skip and, by the end of the book I was saying to myself "Wow, that was pretty good - I wonder if the next book is published yet?".
Date published: 2013-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD Best book I have ever read. So much depth to the plots and the characters. You think you know and understand them then you lean something ground breaking about them. So much thought and time was put in to make Roshar so complete and believable. Wonderful book!
Date published: 2012-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazinging Writer I don't always understand the talents that the characters in this epic novel have but the way the tale is told, the seamless weaving of one story line with the next make that fact irrelevant. I can only hope that when the second book comes out that it will maintain the high standards that this book has set.
Date published: 2011-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book After reading and awaiting the Wheel of Time books, I picked up this one after the author wrote Book 13 to see if it was as good as the WOT. I am very glad that I did. I found that it was a different style of writing than I was used to, which I liked. The characters are likeable and develop well throughout the book. The storyline is also great and unique. I really recommend this book to any fantasy reader.
Date published: 2011-01-06

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The Way of Kings

by Brandon Sanderson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1008 pages, 9.52 × 6.38 × 2.42 in

Published: August 31, 2010

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

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) Series

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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
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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.

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, Elantris.

 

Editorial Reviews

“Sanderson melds complex, believable characters, a marvelous world and thoughtful, ironic humor into an extraordinary and highly entertaining story.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review on Warbreaker

“An exceptional tale of magic, mystery, and the politics of divinity. Warbreaker might even take your breath away!”—Michael Moorcock

“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 Warbreaker

“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

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