The Way of Kings

The Way of Kings

Book One of the Stormlight Archive

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Tor, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765326355
0765326353
Characteristics: 1007 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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direwolf359
May 04, 2018

Brandon sanderson's magic systems are some of the best I have seen. I really like this book.

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blue_cat_3956
May 03, 2018

The Stormlight Archive is the epitome of Sanderson. Truly original.

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codenameRobin
Mar 14, 2018

BEST FANTASY BOOK SERIES EVER!!

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Odinrules66
Feb 28, 2018

It was ok , the Kaladin storyline was the main one that kept me somewhat interested in it, I tried to keep an open mind while reading this book, but after years reading all of David Eddings, Raymond E Feist and Terry Brooks and add in that the book is around 1200 pages long, I just could not get into it very much.

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DerekMS
Feb 11, 2018

A very enjoyable read!

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isaachar
Feb 05, 2018

War. Revenge. Betrayal. Assassination. Feudalism. Bravery. Magic. Way of Kings has them all in spades. As with Sanderson's other fantasy works, WOK is an amazing read. Don't expect the story to move as fast as it does in the Mistborn books, it's more of a slow burn in my opinion. The magic system on Roshar is also very different than it was on Scadriel, and that was something to get used to. The POV characters all bring something interesting and different to the story, even if most of them never meet each other. I can't say I enjoyed each chapter equally for each character. Dalinar, Szeth and Adolin's chapters kept me interested, but Kaladin's wallowing in self pity came close to annoyance in places, as did Shallan's moral aggrandizing. With that said, it more than pays off by the end of the book. I also enjoyed the two characters from the Mistborn series that show up. One is subtly implied, the other is obvious and a POV character. I would definitely recommend WOK to any high fantasy fans.

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bookbear3
Jan 29, 2018

One of my close friends told me about Brandon Sanderson. He said, "Tons of my friends have read this book, and none of them have taken longer than a week to finish it." At first, I thought that he might have been exaggerating. So I went to my bookstore and found a copy. At first, it was very intimidating because of its size. Until now, my biggest book had been around 500 pages. I read the prologue and instantly decided that I was going to buy this book. (Just so you know, the prologue is quite different than the rest of the book. I started the main part of the book, however, and found that it was better than the prologue.) Seriously, I could go on and on about how amazing this book is, but I wouldn't do it justice. JUST READ IT. You won't regret it at all. It takes place in Roshar and is in medieval times. Filled with Soulcasters, Lighteyes, Darkeyes, and assassins, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in fantasy. (By the way, I would recommend this book for advanced middle school readers and up.) Go get it. You won't regret it.

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Jrisley
Dec 19, 2017

I really loved this book and this series. At first it is a little slow, but once it picks up it just keeps going until you do not want to put it down. I found this book to make all of the main characters interesting to the reader.

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julia_sedai
Nov 15, 2017

Wow, I'm so excited that I've started reading this series! It's amazing ... I can't wait to read the next two books ... and then wait forever for all 10 to be finished.

I loved the setting, the characters, the plot ... just everything!

I definitely recommend this book to people who like fantasy with incredible worldbuilding, as well as complex characters, philosophical debates between characters, and an exciting plot that makes you just want to know more.

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bpbiblio
Aug 30, 2017

Once you enter Sanderson’s world in The Way of Kings, you can understand why he spent 10 years on this book. And indeed, it is a heavy 4 inch thick tome. The story is complex, rich and engaging, with some memorable well developed characters. Of all the main characters, Kaladin is the most amazing. He is the quintessential hero – strong, honorable and a survivor against all odds. The only complaint I have is how much of this book is devoted to lengthy bloody battle scenes. Less of those, and more insight into the fantasy world of magic, stormlight and fabrials (energy infused gemstones) would have made this an even richer work. In spite of this, it’s still a great story, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.

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arshmann123
Feb 15, 2017

“Can you feel it? Something just changed. I believe that’s the sound the world makes when it pisses itself.”

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arshmann123
Feb 15, 2017

“An excuse is what you make after the deed is done, while a justification is what you offer before.”

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arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“There are two kinds of people in this world, son. Those who save lives, and those who take lives."
"And what of those who protect and defend? Those who save lives by taking lives?"
"That's like trying to stop a storm by blowing harder. Ridiculous. You can't protect by killing.”

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arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“To lack feeling is to be dead, but to act on every feeling is to be a child.”

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arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“And so, does the destination matter? Or is it the path we take? I declare that no accomplishment has substance nearly as great as the road used to achieve it. We are not creatures of destinations. It is the journey that shapes us. Our callused feet, our backs strong from carrying the weight of our travels, our eyes open with the fresh delight of experiences lived.”

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arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.”

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hippogriff28
Jul 12, 2014

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

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hippogriff28
Jul 12, 2014

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

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DDTan
Jun 04, 2014

"I will defend those who cannot defend themselves."

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lazsiu
Feb 26, 2014

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

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May 03, 2018

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Jan 29, 2018

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May 17, 2016

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Sep 04, 2014

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Aug 25, 2012

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pcrouch
Jul 11, 2016

Other: Sanderson Syndrome: You will love this book so much that almost all other books will pale in comparison to literally anything Brandon Sanderson writes, this especially.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: Some brutal violence. Nothing overly gruesome. Mild gore. Nothing a thirteen year old can't handle. However, there are battles, murders ect... So, there is plenty violence but nowhere near as Game of Thrones and such.

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