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Stormlight Archive #01: The Way of Kings


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Brandon Sanderson, widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordans Wheel of Time saga,  begins a grand cycle of his own, with The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive.

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, Dalinars niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallans 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.


A new epic fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author chosen to complete Robert Jordans The Wheel of Time® Series

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. He is in the process of completing Robert Jordans bestselling Wheel of Time® series.

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Paul K, May 13, 2014 (view all comments by Paul K)
I have read many fantasy books and many series, and Brandon Sanderson is emerging as one of my favorite authors. This list is topped by Tolkien, but putting Sanderson in the same class as JRR is completely appropriate. If you like epic fantasy novels that encompass not just Kingdoms but Worlds, then but this book. The character development is phenomenal, which I think is really Sanderson's strength. Sometimes the plot feels like its dragging, but that's because he spends so much time getting the reader into the lives of the characters, and it makes all the difference when the plot does advance because you truly care.

Don't be daunted by the size, this book is fantastic and worth the extra few weeks it will take to finish. The second book in the series just came out and I cannot wait to read it.
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Tim Lewis, April 29, 2013 (view all comments by Tim Lewis)
Brandon Sanderson fans will do themselves well to read The Way of Kings. There was so much depth to the story, when I finished I felt like I had just finished drinking from a fire hose. Get ready to invest yourself into a real epic series, as the rumor is there will be at least ten books in the series spanning as long as 10-15 years from prelude to conclusion. For Wheel of Time fans, this is a series that is all Brandon Sanderson and not him picking up the source material of someone else. Here you will see his skill at world building and creating magic systems shine. I only hope that we don’t have to wait too long for each book and that they don’t all necessarily each have to be so voluminous to tell his already intriguing tale. The Way of Kings is a good start for those readers who plan on being in this for the long haul. Although The Way of Kings is long, I also expect the other books to possibly be as long, or potentially even longer.
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Product Details

Sanderson, Brandon
Tor Books
Fantasy - Epic
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Stormlight Archive, The
Series Volume:
No. 1
Publication Date:
6.67 x 4.27 x 2.005 in 1 lb

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