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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. 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 she 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. 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 are fought for them, and won by them. One such war is about to swallow up a soldier, a brightlord and a young woman scholar. 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.


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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. 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 she 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. 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 are fought for them, and won by them. One such war is about to swallow up a soldier, a brightlord and a young woman scholar. 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.

30 review for The Way of Kings, Part 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    Part of me thinks since this edition is Part One of Book One, I should hold off on my rating till I finish reading Part Two. But then again, I already know I'm going to love this series... Part of me thinks since this edition is Part One of Book One, I should hold off on my rating till I finish reading Part Two. But then again, I already know I'm going to love this series...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Terrington

    This, though only part one of an entire book, was so epic that in itself it gains five stars. I don't believe I can name any other book - well apart from the magnificent Lord of the Rings - that while divided in parts retains its pulling power. The world Sanderson creates is astonishing, populated by larger than life heroes, some anti-heroes and basically human beings who have varying motives for doing what they consider moral. Its an intriguing and satisfying world that drew me in and left me w This, though only part one of an entire book, was so epic that in itself it gains five stars. I don't believe I can name any other book - well apart from the magnificent Lord of the Rings - that while divided in parts retains its pulling power. The world Sanderson creates is astonishing, populated by larger than life heroes, some anti-heroes and basically human beings who have varying motives for doing what they consider moral. Its an intriguing and satisfying world that drew me in and left me wanting more. Well it was only part one of a full novel. The power of this work shall be elaborated upon further in my review of the second part. However it shall suffice to say bow that Sanderson may have one of the great epic fantasies on his hands here. So long as he knows how to properly conclude it. Yet for now this stands superb. It has action scenes so brilliant they leave you racing through pages; it has mysterious spirits; supernatural powers abound; political movements and ceaseless - and almost pointless - wars; religious movements; intrigue and above all depth. For Sanderson creates a world here rather than simply paint a thin veneer for the reader to skim and admire. No he fills a world with such depth that the characters almost breathe, that you feel for the decisions they must make, that you question their motives and dealings. Yes this is a great work. Although I am yet to finish this as it stands. Fully worth reading and perhaps (if all concludes nicely) my personal favourite epic fantasy. It certainly is immerse and addictive reading. To be properly extrapolated and enhanced with review two. In which I shall discuss the plot, the characters and everything Sanderson. Review Update I do not believe in altering to a great deal the words of the past. If you cannot allow something to stand then you should not set it in place to begin with. So to add to my humble original review I merely add the following points noted during my re-read. 1. There is a sense in this novel and in other novels by Sanderson that the characters all seem to have moments of tragic clarity about what they are doing in life. However, these moments are all part of the fall and rise and rise and fall of his characters. Sanderson does not create characters who border on the fringes of evil or good necessarily (though some of Jasnah's actions at the end of this book are suggestive of her particular morals) but he does create heroes - individuals who act according to what is heroic and right (not that they are perfect, but that they seek to perform actions for a greater good). 2. There is also a sense that many of Sanderson's magic systems seem to rely upon currency or some item of great value in order to work. For instance in Mistborn precious metals are the most powerful of the metals and coins are often used to enhance 'pushing' or 'pulling'. In Warbreaker it is the soul which harbours magic. In this novel it is gems and currency in connection which hold the power of the Stormlight. I see this as a metaphor of the magical transforming power of currency in a way. 3. Jasnah is one of the more interesting characters Sanderson has created. She provides him with a means to show the ways in which many other religious individuals view atheism or even agnosticism and I think this highlights a strength of his writing. Sanderson is someone who actively seems to think about ways he can prompt discussion about our world through other words and the fantastic. The argument between Jasnah and the King in this section of the entire book, about religion, shows a way in which some can look at God: that he serves only to provide moral meaning to the world. When for some we see that far more exists than merely morals. 4. I cannot help but note the similarities to US involvement in the Middle East and the Alethkar war against the Parshendi. As noted within this volume, the Alethkari people have come to almost live on the battlefront of the Shattered Plains and this is where the real fighting occurs. Some could say similarly about the wars of 100 years and 50 years ago or as I suggest, the wars in the Middle East today which lead to a sort of governmental presence of certain nations in that section of the world. 5. As with any kind of long slow series this starts off slow but the impressive part about it is the sheer detail and imagination of this work. For me it's clearly better than most fantasy out there but it tends to be a love it or hate it work and I'll use my last point to explain why I believe this is the case. I clearly love it, but then I love slow moving epics. 6. Characterisation tends to be a concern with readers - 'why should I care about the characters and their short story style struggles'? Well I personally love the two male characters of Kaladin and Dalinar and their struggles - the whole hero dynamic that continues throughout this entire novel. However, Shallan is a very frustrating character and I believe she is created to be such intentionally. There seems to be a subtle prompting from Sanderson (adverse to the unsubtle blasting of Shallan's dialogue) that Shallan is not as witty as she seems to think herself and that her cleverness is wasted on poor retorts and comments. In other words, she is intellectually strong (I think the story does enough to show us why and how) but emotionally weaker - due in part to, I believe, her lack of female role models in her life. In many ways she is shown to be more masculine than feminine therefore and it is, as mentioned, Jasnah who is the more interesting female character.

  3. 5 out of 5

    William Gwynne

    My full review of both part 1 and part 2 of The Way of Kings is now on Booknest.eu. Give it a read if you are interested :). http://booknest.eu/component/k2/william/1576-the-way-of-kings-the-stormlight-archive-1-by-brandon-sanderson “And you better survive son. Because I want some answers.” The Way of Kings is the first book in The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. It is filled with intrigue, action and convoluted plots. I have heard a great amount of praise for this author and also this bo My full review of both part 1 and part 2 of The Way of Kings is now on Booknest.eu. Give it a read if you are interested :). http://booknest.eu/component/k2/william/1576-the-way-of-kings-the-stormlight-archive-1-by-brandon-sanderson “And you better survive son. Because I want some answers.” The Way of Kings is the first book in The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. It is filled with intrigue, action and convoluted plots. I have heard a great amount of praise for this author and also this book, and finally decided to delve into the widely loved work of Sanderson. This first half of the book introduces the reader to a vast cast spread over a large amount of PoV’s. But there are three among these who are the most prominent. There is the soldier, Kaladin. The scholar, Shallan. And the renowned general, Brightlord Dalinar. And then there are a number of smaller characters. The characters were varied and enjoyable and each presented a different location of the world to the reader that furthered the world building aspect of the book. “Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.” The plot had moments of a quick pace, but overall adapted a slower progression. Although that is likely to be because it is the first half of a story. The world was well built, the plot line is intriguing, and the slower pace did not result in a boring read at all. “Life before Death. Strength before Weakness. Journey before Destination.” I thoroughly enjoyed this first part to The Way of Kings and thought it to be a great opening half to a book. I am immediately moving onto part 2 of this book, and can then make a suitable judgement of how I feel about this opening to the series. But at this moment, I am loving it, and cannot wait to continue. Hopefully the start to a series I will adore.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    I'm loving this story sooooo much 😍😍 Wooow, just wooow. I can't find the words to express myself. I will start reading the second part ASAP... I need more Kaladin, Shallan, and Dalinar. I'm loving this story sooooo much 😍😍 Wooow, just wooow. I can't find the words to express myself. I will start reading the second part ASAP... I need more Kaladin, Shallan, and Dalinar.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Iryna *Book and Sword*

    4.5/5 stars That's cool, split the book not on one but TWO cliffhangers! Part II cannot come in the mail fast enough, I knew that starting this without owning the second part was beyond foolish. This is not a review, since I only have read HALF the book (at 590 pages that is insane to say out loud), but just some thoughts and notes. The world needs more Kaladins. Every chapter of his made me FEEL. Really feel, tears in eyes and everything. LOVE HIM. Szeth (there better be more of him) breaks my he 4.5/5 stars That's cool, split the book not on one but TWO cliffhangers! Part II cannot come in the mail fast enough, I knew that starting this without owning the second part was beyond foolish. This is not a review, since I only have read HALF the book (at 590 pages that is insane to say out loud), but just some thoughts and notes. The world needs more Kaladins. Every chapter of his made me FEEL. Really feel, tears in eyes and everything. LOVE HIM. Szeth (there better be more of him) breaks my heart. Axious?? Like come on - how can somebody be so cool with just ONE CHAPTER (hats off to Sanderson, per usual). Shallan - ehhhh ....... Jasnah on the other hand is VERY COOL. Need MORE MORE MORE of her. Dalinar is getting there for me, he's no Kaladin, but pretty close. Adolin on the other hand... I couldn't figure it out, why I felt weird reading their chapters - and then it hit me. I have never met a Sanderson's character that I disliked! And he's on the good side! I just, ugh. My nickname for him is Testosteron-y Jerk Boy. Elhokart, UGHHHH, my nickname for him is Spoiled dum-dum Cannot wait to read part II. Obviously. My WEBSITE My INSTAGRAM My WORDPRESS BLOG

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I’ve just finished Part One (yay!) I’m not going to do a full review because technically I haven’t finished the book and this is Part one but I am ready to share some thoughts so far; - Kaladin is 1000000% my favourite character so far and I’m intrigued okay I can’t lie - Shallan and Jasnah I would like to see more simply because we haven’t had as many chapters for them but I’m liking the dynamic between the two and where part one has left off I’m like WHAT - So far Dalinar I’m enjoying Dalinar as a I’ve just finished Part One (yay!) I’m not going to do a full review because technically I haven’t finished the book and this is Part one but I am ready to share some thoughts so far; - Kaladin is 1000000% my favourite character so far and I’m intrigued okay I can’t lie - Shallan and Jasnah I would like to see more simply because we haven’t had as many chapters for them but I’m liking the dynamic between the two and where part one has left off I’m like WHAT - So far Dalinar I’m enjoying Dalinar as a character and again I need more answers of what is going on with him and that group - The last person to touch up on is Szeth, I’m not going to lie I’m SO ridiculously interested to find out what’s going with him, like I genuinely have no idea and that first chapter was so atmospheric and so well done I was legit blown away and hooked from the start! I can’t wait to start Part Two next month!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    Updated review (August 2020) What is there to say about The Way of Kings other than that it’s a masterpiece of fantasy writing? I certainly wouldn’t recommend starting your Sanderson journey with The Stormlight Archive, but once you get here you’ll understand. This is my first time rereading The Way of Kings and I’m glad I did. I first read it three years ago and have since forgotten a lot of the details. One of the most interesting aspects I noticed during my reread was my reaction to the novel Updated review (August 2020) What is there to say about The Way of Kings other than that it’s a masterpiece of fantasy writing? I certainly wouldn’t recommend starting your Sanderson journey with The Stormlight Archive, but once you get here you’ll understand. This is my first time rereading The Way of Kings and I’m glad I did. I first read it three years ago and have since forgotten a lot of the details. One of the most interesting aspects I noticed during my reread was my reaction to the novel itself. The first time around, I was so invested in Kaladin and the Shattered Plains. I could not get enough of Kaladin and every chapter spent away from him and his journey was time lost. However, this time around I was screaming for more Shallan and Jasnah chapters. There are far to few of them, but they serve the larger plot of the Cosmere. Every line of each of these chapters feels as if they have been written carefully and precisely. To the people who dislike Shallan, why? Apart from the incredible character development, intricate world building, and the spectacular pacing (did I use enough adjectives?), I think Sanderson’s best accomplishment in The Way of Kings is his foreshadowing. Every revelation and reveal feels earned. If you’re paying attention, none of this should come out of left field. The Sanderson Avalanche is real, especially at the end of The Way of Kings. Everything is moving along at a fairly quick pace when all of a sudden the plot explodes and readers are racing to the end with not enough pages left in the best possible way. To the people who read this when it was first published in 2011 then had to wait until 2014 for the sequel, hats off to you. You’re the real MVP. I guess I know the feeling now that I’ve waited 3 years for Rhythm of War after Oathbringer. Overall, The Way of Kings is one of the most incredible opening fantasy novels I’ve ever read. Come to think of it, the only other novel of comparable calibre is A Game of Thrones. Strap in, buckle up, and throw your hands in the air because Sanderson will bring you on the ride of your life with realistic characters and a world so vast and intricate you won’t know your way around. ______ Sanderson! Ma man! Doing it again and again. I cannot get enough of his writing. His plotting, characters, world building, and dialogue are ALWAYS on point. The Way of Kings Part One is a phenomenal introduction with multiple characters that are multidimensional and in depth world building. Kaladin was by far my favourite of the bunch introduced in Part One. He's inspiring and resourceful with considerable influence despite is lack of awareness of his own qualities. His journey through this first half of the story is emotionally and physically draining and I loved every second of it. Shallan spoke to me more than any other character. She has endless wit that comes out most often at inappropriate moments. Her thirst for knowledge is unquenchable, which made reading her chapters interesting because the reader learns much about the world. Danilar and Adolin took me a bit to warm up to. Their chapters were the most confusing at the beginning because of all of the names and relationships to each other. Once I got a handle on who everyone was, I found myself thoroughly enjoying their interactions. I cannot wait to see what happens next with Danilar. Also, HOID! Overall, The Way of Kings Part One is great introduction to an impressively massive world with a complicated history. The characters are all or mostly fleshed out with complex personalities and conflicting ideologies. The Way of Kings is best consumed knowing little about the story, hence my vague review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan O'Neill

    See review for 'The Way of Kings - Part 1 and 2' here See review for 'The Way of Kings - Part 1 and 2' here

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa | melisthereader

    *4.5 stars* Has a pretty slow build-up, which is understandable. Though, it is most definitely living up to the hype. Very excited to continue with part 2!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dawnie

    "first, find a cliff." "That will give you a vantage point to see the area?" "No," Kaladin said. "It will give me something to throw you off of." This book is quiet hard for me to review. And not only because it is "only" the first part of a book that is supposed to be one big huge one. So lets just list a bit of what i was feeling: - the world The thing i really, really, REALLY love in this book is that WOMEN are the scholars in this world. How rare is that to find in books? So clearly LOVE that. "first, find a cliff." "That will give you a vantage point to see the area?" "No," Kaladin said. "It will give me something to throw you off of." This book is quiet hard for me to review. And not only because it is "only" the first part of a book that is supposed to be one big huge one. So lets just list a bit of what i was feeling: - the world The thing i really, really, REALLY love in this book is that WOMEN are the scholars in this world. How rare is that to find in books? So clearly LOVE that. The magic is interesting as well but honestly i have not yet gotten a great understanding or "feel" for it yet because while we get some explanations in the overall view of how it all works and how it functions we didn't yet get a clear explanation, still we got enough that i am interesting in wanting to read more and more to learn more and understand more with the explanations we get sprinkled throughout the plot. - its a slower start and it takes quiet a few pages to actually get a feel and for me to get actually interested in the story. What helped me was that i was buddy reading this book and so having that "Push" to continue and read a specific number of chapters and discussing the world building, the characters and just generally having someone to talk to about the book helped me continue to push through the pages that seemed to slow down a bit. - i LOVE one of the main characters -Kaladin- while i don't feel a huge amount towards anyone else. I mean i enjoy the character Szeth as well BUT he has such a small part in this book and so far into the story that while i would love to hear more about him and get really into his story we don't get that in this book so i have no idea what to actually think about him yet. I do think that Sanderson builds nice characters overall but i also wish we would get a bit more of a streamline character explanations or building in this book. Especially for Kaladin his story jumps between "now" and 5 to 7 years ago. Which in some ways is fine, but in others i kind of wish we would just get a good amount of pages dedicated to one specific character so that we learn more of and from that specific person. Also can i just mention that while i really enjoy Kaladin why the heck is he portrayed as this young man? Why is he not older? that would make so much more SENSE to me. (I already talked the ear of my buddy read partner on that topic and she didn't mind the age, so maybe that i just really a me thing -yet again!) i never understand why authors have some characters be clearly too young for the kind of life experience and story they give them and to me Kaladin is that kind of character. Now i am just rambling. All in all the characters are nice but it would have been nice to get more development from most if not all of them BUT i also understand why Sanderson didn't give that yet because it is the first book of a supposed to be HUGE series. So clearly he can't give away everything right from the start. Still i can wish and complain right here about it... so that is what i am doing! - the writing which is fantastic. I enjoy Sanderson's writing. I mostly enjoy how he writes both males and females, i enjoy his worlds and the fantastical elements he writes. So if you love his writing style? This book will be an easy read for you! Overall? Its a nice start. A bit slow in some places, but overall interesting and one of those "sucks you in and makes you want to continue reading to just get a clue on what the heck is going on" kinds of books. I am interested to see where Sanderson will take this story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    I couldn't really get into this book and finally decided to bring Part 2 back to the library without reading it. I know Sanderson is loved by many fantasy fans but I just don't find him or his stories enticing or gripping. Apparently Brandon Sanderson is not for me. I couldn't really get into this book and finally decided to bring Part 2 back to the library without reading it. I know Sanderson is loved by many fantasy fans but I just don't find him or his stories enticing or gripping. Apparently Brandon Sanderson is not for me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Courtney (bookplaces)

    Update: Finished Part 2 and give this all the stars😍 LOVING this!😍 I am going to wait until finishing part 2 to rate and review, but really enjoying the world building and characters so far. And the ending to part 1 left me needing the next chapter ASAP!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Di

    This was my initial review: "Great story and I cannot wait to read the second part. I think I was not able to give it 5 stars because of the lack of action at times (very few chapters though) and the fact that it does sometimes jump from a character story to another quite abruptly. But overall a master piece - and I now understand the rave about it! Very good book." I actually think that it is indeed a 5 star overall (now that I've read the second part). This was my initial review: "Great story and I cannot wait to read the second part. I think I was not able to give it 5 stars because of the lack of action at times (very few chapters though) and the fact that it does sometimes jump from a character story to another quite abruptly. But overall a master piece - and I now understand the rave about it! Very good book." I actually think that it is indeed a 5 star overall (now that I've read the second part).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    That's part one done! Lovely afterword from Brandon Sanderson explaining why he chose to split the book here, and it does make perfect sense! Now, straight onto part two! That's part one done! Lovely afterword from Brandon Sanderson explaining why he chose to split the book here, and it does make perfect sense! Now, straight onto part two!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hasham Rasool

    "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." If you like to read fantasy books then I would recommend you all to read The Way of Kings. It is my first time to read Brandon Sanderson's book. I love this book. I didn't expect it. Alhamdulillah! Sanderson is one of my favourite authors. I don't expect it he would become one of my favourite authors cos it is my firs "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." If you like to read fantasy books then I would recommend you all to read The Way of Kings. It is my first time to read Brandon Sanderson's book. I love this book. I didn't expect it. Alhamdulillah! Sanderson is one of my favourite authors. I don't expect it he would become one of my favourite authors cos it is my first time to read his book. My favourite characters are Dalinar Kholin and Kaladin Stormbless In the beginning of part one was very slow. They have built up the storyline and characters. Part one allow the readers to get to know the characters and their background.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Crowther

    Phew! For a little while back there I thought I was gonna have to give this a 4.5 rating (which would have been a first for me to give a BS novel anything less than a 5). But thankfully no and all is right in the world, those last two hundred pages definitely brought the story back into line for me. This story arc is going to be amazing, this man is a genius!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dane Richter

    Toffee. That’s how I saw shardplate. Mystical armour that had a dirty translucence to it. I like the concept. The world of Roshar is masterfully created from its culture to its religions to its people and how the high storms shape the land and literally effect how creatures and life evolves. Sanderson’s world building is top notch. So after this praise why the low score? The Way of Kings is an epic volume (and volume is the right word) about … well here’s the thing, I thought it was about an assas Toffee. That’s how I saw shardplate. Mystical armour that had a dirty translucence to it. I like the concept. The world of Roshar is masterfully created from its culture to its religions to its people and how the high storms shape the land and literally effect how creatures and life evolves. Sanderson’s world building is top notch. So after this praise why the low score? The Way of Kings is an epic volume (and volume is the right word) about … well here’s the thing, I thought it was about an assassin, then I thought it was about a lowly soldier in the army before I realised that it was about Kaladin - an officer turned slave and Shallan – a minor noble woman. THEN I thought it was about Dalinar - a concerned General. The point is that Sanderson introduces a few characters and takes his time doing it. Shallan and Kaladin become the two main characters but just when I felt like the story was going somewhere, Sanderson introduces another main character. I found this to be terribly frustrating. Just when I’d started to make an emotional connection to the character it felt like I was re-starting the book (and this was around page 150). After a mercilessly slow build up and further detraction from the now three main characters in the form of interludes, I finally got to chapter 17 (page 256) a chapter that rewards the reader for the time invested in getting this far. However, beyond this point the pace moves back to a crawl broken up with more interludes and flashback chapters – pages and pages often illustrating very minor points. I found the character of Shallan to be clever but boring and perhaps the author thought so too. Shallan starts as a major character but her last point of view chapter is at page 128 and then we don’t see her again until page 499. Why? Her objective is fairly straight forward and plot says she can’t achieve that objective until the end of the book. A lot of pointless chapters, info dumps and stage direction littered this book with far too many words that broke up action sequences and dialogue which I found to be jarring. I was really looking forward to this book. I wanted to like this book, but at too many stages I wanted to put the book down. About a 5th of this book was brilliant and engaging – a real page turner, but sadly not enough for me to invest in continuing to read the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stars

    ⭐ New favorite first book of a series ⭐ I'm actually speechless, it took me on a roller coaster of feelings and writing sentences that capture those feelings is beyond my abilities. Just read it, don't read the synopsis, nothing, just open the first page and enjoy. The beginning was daunting for me, it sets up the world and a bit of its history. Then we get to meet our main characters, whom I cared about instantly. The writing style is straightforward, and the initial set up aside you can get thr ⭐ New favorite first book of a series ⭐ I'm actually speechless, it took me on a roller coaster of feelings and writing sentences that capture those feelings is beyond my abilities. Just read it, don't read the synopsis, nothing, just open the first page and enjoy. The beginning was daunting for me, it sets up the world and a bit of its history. Then we get to meet our main characters, whom I cared about instantly. The writing style is straightforward, and the initial set up aside you can get through it pretty easily. Just know it takes its time, and it's heavy on the character focus and it is very emotional 🥺

  19. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    I did really enjoy this book. I'm gonna say that first because the fact that I gave a Brandon Sanderson book anything but five stars may be alarming to some people. IT'S STILL A GOOD BOOK AND I REALLY LOVED IT OKAY?! My only problem with this book (the problem that stopped it from getting five stars) was how long it took me to get into it. I found the first 70 or so pages to be a little confusing. There was a lot of information and world building; there were a few big time and location jumps that I did really enjoy this book. I'm gonna say that first because the fact that I gave a Brandon Sanderson book anything but five stars may be alarming to some people. IT'S STILL A GOOD BOOK AND I REALLY LOVED IT OKAY?! My only problem with this book (the problem that stopped it from getting five stars) was how long it took me to get into it. I found the first 70 or so pages to be a little confusing. There was a lot of information and world building; there were a few big time and location jumps that I found it hard to follow. It was all a little jarring. I adore Sanderson's writing though. He's honestly brilliant and crafts worlds in a wonderful way. It took me a while but once I got into it, I WAS SO INTO IT! I love Kaladin I think he is precious and must be protected at all costs. There are still moments where the world confuses me but honestly this was awesome and although Mistborn remains my favourite I am very invested in this series now! On to part two!

  20. 5 out of 5

    milou ☕️

    “A story doesn't live until it is imagined in someone's mind.” A strong opening to a new series. I pretty much flew through these pages and that surely is saying something. I think it’s safe to say that Brandon Sanderson is able to write High Fantasy like no other. He’s one of the highly fantasy acclaimed authors for a reason and it shows in it works. Even though this book was only part one of the Way of Kings it already set up the premise of a promising series. In these almost 600 pa “A story doesn't live until it is imagined in someone's mind.” A strong opening to a new series. I pretty much flew through these pages and that surely is saying something. I think it’s safe to say that Brandon Sanderson is able to write High Fantasy like no other. He’s one of the highly fantasy acclaimed authors for a reason and it shows in it works. Even though this book was only part one of the Way of Kings it already set up the premise of a promising series. In these almost 600 pages most of it existed of world building and that's something that you need to take into consideration when you dive into this series. That was also a reason why it took me a little time to get into this because it was a lot of explanations, but once I passed the 200 page mark I was hooked. I've already signed Kaladin's adoption papers and I don't want anything to happen to Shallan. I'm fascinated about the sprens and I'm curious to find about more about them. I cannot wait to delve further into this world with the rest of the Stormlight Archives series. ─── ・ 。゚:☆. *.☽ .* :☆゚. ─── Books in the series: ↠ Genre: High Fantasy ↠ Pov: Third Person - Multiple ↠ Type: Book 1 out of ? in the Stormlight Archive Series ↠ Rating: 80% -

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bec (becklebooks)

    Loved the world building, the character set up, the slow-burning development... Very glad I got through this!! I was going to give it 4.5 stars-ish, but I realised that rating would just reflect my slowness in reading the book, and the spaced-out way I read it. Don't read this in chunks - dedicate your time to it, absorb everything, and really enjoy that slow burn. It will be worth it, I promise. Loved the world building, the character set up, the slow-burning development... Very glad I got through this!! I was going to give it 4.5 stars-ish, but I realised that rating would just reflect my slowness in reading the book, and the spaced-out way I read it. Don't read this in chunks - dedicate your time to it, absorb everything, and really enjoy that slow burn. It will be worth it, I promise.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carolina Carriço

    4.5 stars The pace of this book! It's so interesting and leaves me thinking but the pace... 4.5 stars The pace of this book! It's so interesting and leaves me thinking but the pace...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    4.5 This was soo long but worth it. But I can‘t believe I technically only read half of the actual book 😂 The world building in this one is phenomenal. It‘s detailed and rich and you can see that there went a lot of thought in it. I can‘t wait to explore more of this world! The characters are fleshed out and interesting, there wasn‘t a character that I didn‘t like at all I think. Shallan was a bit annoying in the beginning, her writing and dialogue felt a bit clumsy but it got better and better tow 4.5 This was soo long but worth it. But I can‘t believe I technically only read half of the actual book 😂 The world building in this one is phenomenal. It‘s detailed and rich and you can see that there went a lot of thought in it. I can‘t wait to explore more of this world! The characters are fleshed out and interesting, there wasn‘t a character that I didn‘t like at all I think. Shallan was a bit annoying in the beginning, her writing and dialogue felt a bit clumsy but it got better and better towards the end. I imagine there‘s so much more to her than I know now, after reading this first part and I can not wait to explore her backstory. I won‘t even get started on Kaladin and Dalinar because I don‘t want this to be too long, only know I already love them both. The magic is super interesting as well, although it can be a bit overwhelming, all the information about the magic, the places, the history, the characters..but it‘s necessary to build this all up in an epic series like Stormlight and I‘m definitely not complaining. I think it‘s the perfect mix of telling the reader things and letting him find out things on his own. I will pick up part 2 as soon as possible.

  24. 4 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    Rep: mc with depression, bi mc, gay autistic side character

  25. 5 out of 5

    Oana

    As the author indicates, this is not a complete story so I believe is best to give my review after part two. This was a bit slow so I am looking forward to the action that follows!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Its been a while since I finished my last Cosmere novel and I was very keen to get back into it by starting The Stormlight Archive. I decided to purchase it as two halves since I thought this would make it easier to read due the fact it was so large. I have to say I was very impressed by the first half. Welcome to Roshar, a world of storms, stone and turbulence where war is about to devour the land. Mighty leaders on both sides of the war are equipped with Shardblades and Shardplate, ancient weap Its been a while since I finished my last Cosmere novel and I was very keen to get back into it by starting The Stormlight Archive. I decided to purchase it as two halves since I thought this would make it easier to read due the fact it was so large. I have to say I was very impressed by the first half. Welcome to Roshar, a world of storms, stone and turbulence where war is about to devour the land. Mighty leaders on both sides of the war are equipped with Shardblades and Shardplate, ancient weapons and armour granting near invulnerability to their users, left centuries ago by the ancient orders known as the Knights Radiant. I was in two minds about the central protagonists to the storyline because Kaladin and Dalinar were absolutely fantastic for the duration, and I loved every moment of their chapters. Shallan and Adolin I found more difficult to enjoy, a shame because I really wanted to bond with Shallan as a character early on, but she grated on me a little too much and I found her quite devious. Adolin I found irritating, mostly because of his shallow attitude towards women, but then again, he shows an unquestionable love for his father which redeemed him somewhat. One of the key aspects I enjoyed were the flashbacks that Sanderson incorporated because I think it made me understand Kaladin so much better. I understand this theme continues in the later books for other characters and I look forward particularly to when we get to Dalinar’s past since he is my favourite character thus far. Having read all previous Cosmere works written by Mr Sanderson, I was expecting a story of a high standard and thus far he is continuing to surpass all expectation. A fully earned 5 stars, and I will be starting the second half of the novel immediately. I have also heard that a movie/TV series adaption may be underway for this series, I can’t wait for the day it airs to view it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leonie

    Where do I start with this review? Brandon Sanderson is an engaging writer. I first encountered his work when he began the mammoth task of finishing Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series. His ability to write another person's work, in a way that still sounded like the other person, astounded me. I'm a writer myself - and even writing my own work is difficult some days, but to represent another person's multitude of characters AS the other writer had, for so many books, takes a very clever write Where do I start with this review? Brandon Sanderson is an engaging writer. I first encountered his work when he began the mammoth task of finishing Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series. His ability to write another person's work, in a way that still sounded like the other person, astounded me. I'm a writer myself - and even writing my own work is difficult some days, but to represent another person's multitude of characters AS the other writer had, for so many books, takes a very clever writer. Intrigued by this ability, I began to search out Brandon Sanderson's original works. Each book was enjoyable, and I became more and more impressed at his ability to create an entire original world, along with its associated societal values and mythologies. Then I read "The Way of Kings" - and yet again, Brandon Sanderson had created another new world, literally from the ground up. The world building in this book is second to none. Some readers don't enjoy multiple points of view. I'm one who does - if they're done well. And in this book, they are done very well. This volume highlights three major characters, and one that I would probably call "almost major". I would read from the perspective of each character, suffer a momentary "No! Don't stop there!" and then be immediately drawn into the next character's story so completely, that the story was seamless. Seamless probably sounds like a funny word to use for a book that draws on several characters' points of view, but that's how it read, to me. The end of the book was satisfying, but left me hanging for the following one. I'm now avidly following the progress of the next book, which is currently titled "Words of Radiance." I'd highly recommend this book. It seems to read well across the generations - our seventeen year old read it on my recommendation, and I can foresee a vigorous tussle over the next one when it comes out. Maybe we'll have to buy two.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Roberta Jayne

    This is half of a review for half of a book. I can't believe it's taken me this long but, you know what, I've finally realised that I'm in love with Brandon Sanderson. I LOVE THAT MAN. AND THE WAY HE WRITES. NO. AH. Although I found this book more difficult to get into as I was expecting, (I think this was because Sanderson was constantly exploring new places and new characters and didn't really give me a chance to get comfortable for long) I still enjoyed every second of it. Every time I read one This is half of a review for half of a book. I can't believe it's taken me this long but, you know what, I've finally realised that I'm in love with Brandon Sanderson. I LOVE THAT MAN. AND THE WAY HE WRITES. NO. AH. Although I found this book more difficult to get into as I was expecting, (I think this was because Sanderson was constantly exploring new places and new characters and didn't really give me a chance to get comfortable for long) I still enjoyed every second of it. Every time I read one of Sanderson's books I become overwhelmed by his characters and his world-building skills. The world in this book was deliciously well thought out and it was so interesting and complex. Ahh. This is a pretty pointless review but I don't want to spend any more time writing it. I've got Part 2 to read!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Literary Han

    An extraordinary first half of The Way Of Kings! Onto the second half!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marc Aplin

    In the UK, 'The Way of Kings' has now been split into two halves. The first book focuses on the 'build up' of the novel... I think they got the cut off point pretty much perfect and although you could never read part 1 on it's own (it would seem very anti-climatic) - if you had to split the book into two parts... they got it right. Way of Kings opens in a very mysterious manner... There has been some kind of huge war... bodies litter the ground... both human and monster. A powerful being heads to In the UK, 'The Way of Kings' has now been split into two halves. The first book focuses on the 'build up' of the novel... I think they got the cut off point pretty much perfect and although you could never read part 1 on it's own (it would seem very anti-climatic) - if you had to split the book into two parts... they got it right. Way of Kings opens in a very mysterious manner... There has been some kind of huge war... bodies litter the ground... both human and monster. A powerful being heads to a meeting point, he is equipped with a six foot sword and seems to be fairly confident in his abilities. When he arrives at his meeting place only one of his expected 9 companions are waiting for him. We find out that this being is one of 'The Heralds'. These Heralds all wield these mighty swords and even if they die, they are reborn to fight on their Gods behalf against 'voidbringers' who look to destroy humanity. The single Herald standing and waiting for our powerful being (also a Herald) tells him that they have decided as a group that they've had enough... they no longer wish to protect humanity. They are going to leave their 6 foot swords in the ground and disappear... the exact reasons for which we are not entirely sure of... but we know it has been a painful decision that they are convinced is for the planets own good. So, that's it... they are gone - humanity is left alone to face dangers on their own - well, sort of. We move 4500 years into the future. We witness an assassination of a King, that breaks a peace-treaty made just days prior and throws Roshar back into war. The assassin though is no normal being... he has a blade of amazing power... it seems not only able to cut through anything, but also to literally cut through a living creatures soul. If the sword touches a living being, the limb it cuts instantly dies or should it be a slice capable of killing, their soul seems to instantly leave the body. We then move 5 more years into the future and we see the triumphant leader; 'Kaladin the Stormblessed'. Kaladin is a leader of sorts in a small Alethi squad, fighting a small an insignificant battle. Everyone around Khaladin knows he is destined for bigger things... he is destined to be promoted... to go on to the 'shattered plains' where he will get his chance to fight in the more important war, the one where all the superior soldiers are leading an attack on the Parshendi force who killed their king 5 years ago... everything certainly looks promising at this time for Kaladin. Again we jump forward in time and it turns out that our stormblessed Kaladin is a slave. We don't really understand why, or what has happened but he seems both physically and emotionally defeated... We find that after 10 attempts of escaping a slaves life - he has been made to travel with a slaving caravan. He was branded with a Shash glyph, which read "Dangerous." It's quite the fall for Kaladin and the only thing keeping him going is the 'Spren' who seems to follow him. 'Spren' are part of an amazing world of which Brandon Sanderson has created in this book. The Spren are mysterious and each reader will have their own ideas of exactly what they are. The way I would describe them are 'living essences' - there are perhaps hundreds of types of them, because almost every action seems to attract them. For example... the wind blowing will attract Windspren or drawing might attract Creativespren and a dying man might attract Deathspren. They seem to be invisible until an action draws them and then those close can see them. They have no intelligence and trying to touch one just results in them turning to mist... this one following Kaladin though is different. It seems to respond to him and eventually seems to be willing to communicate with him... to say more than that would spoil things but the Spren is certainly an interesting element to the story. It is at about this point Kaladin's dreams in a strange way come true... he arrives at the shattered plains... all-be-it in the back of a slave-cart. He wonders if perhaps his time has come... are they going to allow him to fight? Of course not... Kaladin's dreams are shattered when he realises that this army that he fought so long to be part of are going to send him into war as a 'bridgeman'. A 'bridgeman' is a member of around 15-30 men who carry long bridges that are required to cross the gaps between plateaus on the shattered plains. Quickly Kaladin realises that his job is to die... he has to carry these bridges with other men straight into the path of Parshendi arrow men. Every trip leaves a large percentage of his group dead... Kaladin's instincts kick in and he quickly realises the only way to survive is to treat this 'bridgecrew' as a 'squad' and he must become their leader... We now meet Shallan... she is setting out on a dangerous mission... after having lived a reserved life under her father and brothers care she needs to steal a holy artifact from a princess. The only way Shallan can see this possible is to get close to the princess... gain her trust and love. This is not going to be easy though because Princess Jasnah is barely willing to speak with 'children', let alone consider them as potential wards. Shallan's story is one of planning, scheming and intelligent theft. Whilst all this is going on we can take a step back and look at those who are using Kaladin as a tool. The politics of this world are very interesting... although the 'king' supposedly rules over the world, it is evident he is not strong. He is the son of the earlier assassinated King and underneath him, all the different districts of the world are associated 'Highprinces' - these Highprinces all have their own armies and lead their own charges against the Parshendi. The main focus on the book in these terms is the following of a number of Alethi 'Shardbearers'. these are men of the very highest level - men who lead the wars and have in their possession 'shardblades' and some also 'shardplates'. These blades and plates are given to only a very few select are similar to the blades mentioned earlier in that they can cut through peoples souls or almost any object. The plates can defend against almost any too. Dalinar, one of the shardbearers has been plagued with visions that call for him to 'unite the high princes' - a seemingly impossible task. --- That's probably enough about the story to get you started and understanding the epic scope of this first book... to tell you much more would make the first book un-enjoyable for you (due to far too much information). The story is great. As already said, you can't read this 'part 1' on its own... it is not a 'book' so much as 'half a book' - once you are done reading you will see why he needed it to be the 1000 page behemoth that it is... it takes that long for Brandon to really get you understanding the characters, their motivations and what they are looking to achieve. I like the way that all three separate stories really interweave and at times you feel the characters are at arms-length, although none really know of or see each other through this book. The other thing about the story is that because of all the 'interludes' that feature characters we do not follow very closely and the preludes at the beginning of the book - we know that these characters are destined for great things - and I can't wait to see how they get there... because there's still a long way to go (9 more books so Sanderson says!). The world that Brandon Sanderson has created is beautiful and terrifying. Everything in the world seems to live and breath... from the Spren through to the moving plants and interesting creatures that inhabit... its certainly vivid in detail. Not only is there rich description, but Sanderson has included a huge amount of pictures that are actually Shallans sketches... it is something rarely used in an Epic Fantasy, but surprisingly... it really works. What I love is the way we see the pictures 'after' the description in most cases and this results in your imagined images being proved either completely wrong or correct... the maps do the same thing... they appear after an area is described. The map of the shattered plains especially is wonderful. Characters are lovable, possible to relate to, you really feel for them... you actually miss them when you skip to another character and you wonder what they are doing... it's a really strong book. So... Any criticism? I guess a few people will say 'it feels a lot like Mistborn' and in someways it does... There are the Upperclass/Lowerclass, similar Magic System / Hierarchy (just a few chosen ones), the main character who just doesn't care anymore until they find an army to fight with them and a world plagued by storms that stop them travelling too far... similar to the mists in Mistborn... However, I think when you read a bit more about Brandon and you find that his work is all connected... his stories are all connected, his magic system is connected and some characters even cross-over the worlds... this is acceptable. Perhaps the one problem I had with Mistborn was that the characters were hard to love. This novel feels far, far grander in scale than mistborn. You can almost sense the evolution in Brandon as a writer and this raises an interesting point... Sanderson actually wrote this book in 2002/2003 - before he wrote Mistborn - although he did heavily edit and rewrite it before release. The storyline came though before Mistborn... so why do I think Way of Kings has a better storyline? Well... Sanderson has told us before in his blog that when he tried to 'write towards the market' he slipped and killed his stories because simply put... his ideas are not what 'the market thinks they want'. They break rules... Mistborn was his attempt to write something for readers and although it is a great series... those parameters held Brandon Sanderson back... he didn't 'unleash' his potential because there were constraints there... it this is what Sanderson does when the gloves are off... I can't wait to see more from him. So... to summarise it all... last year, people called this; 'The Modern Epic Fantasy to Watch' and I have to say that I agree. With a world of trilogies or series that seem to take forever to come out... Brandon Sanderson's 'Stormlight' Series is exciting. I think we can pretty much guarantee that Sanderson will bring a book out about once a year. As we said in our interview with him (check back early June to watch it) he doesn't get writer's block and he is a consistent writer. This is a series that I truly believe will be one of the great fantasy series we remember in 50 years time... without all the stigma attached to it for taking too long or going down hill. Sanderson proves his skill in this book and I think this book confirms peoples questions as to whether Brandon Sanderson is a Good Writer or a Great writer... He's certainly Great and there's more to come too!

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