- Series: The Stormlight Archive (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 1280 pages
- Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition (May 24, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765365278
- ISBN-13: 978-0765365279
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 2 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5,050 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This massive tome is the first of a 10-part epic fantasy series from relative newcomer Sanderson (Mistborn), best known for his efforts to complete the late Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In a storm-swept world where history has dwindled into myth, self-serving aristocrats squabble over mystical weapons that render their bearers immune to mundane attacks. The ambitious scholar Shallan learns unexpected truths about the present, the virtuous aristocrat Dalinar reclaims the lost past, and the bitter and broken slave Kaladin gains unwanted power. Race-related plot themes may raise some eyebrows, and there's no hope for anything resembling a conclusion in this introductory volume, but Sanderson's fondness for misleading the reader and his talent for feeding out revelations and action scenes at just the right pace will keep epic fantasy fans intrigued and hoping for redemptive future installments.
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This colossal volume opens a fantasy saga clearly influenced by the Wheel of Time, which the author is in fact finishing. It’s a classic story of intrigue, magic, and war, with a large cast of characters and multiple settings lovingly detailed in a way only possible in volumes of this size. Two characters stand out. One is Shallin, a young woman seeking to enter the household of a royal princess so that she can steal a magical talisman and restore the tattered fortunes of her family. The other is Kaladin, a gifted young soldier enslaved for desertion, who fights his way back to freedom in battles on the Shattered Plain. There’s wit (Shallin’s amiably unscrupulous sailor protect Yod is a gem), magic (the weather is almost a character in its own right), and erudition (if the fighting on the Shattered Plain doesn’t owe something to WWI, this reviewer would be surprised). Readers will plunge into it, even as they send up cries for a glossary and cast of characters. --Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I do not think you will be disappointed with this book or the time spent reading it. And I suspect many of you will feel just as I do as to its place as one of the great fantasy novels of our time.
I was unable to put this book down, especially mid way through The Way of Kings. I then read the second book of the series, Words of Radiance, in less than a week.
Brandon's story telling is wonderful. The world he has created is very unique and vibrant, just like the characters. The interactions between the characters themselves and the world are well done and entertaining. Dialogue and interaction is intense and captivating, while asides or thoughts of the characters are insightful and intriguing. The harmony of world story and the characters' stories forming into one is very well written and flows wonderfully.
In these books you will find action, mystery, and the right amount of comedy for this type of story. You will also find an array of characters who you will enjoy loving or hating, but who are all very human and relatable.
I will have more to comment on after reading more books for a comparison, but for now, I would list this as a must read for any who enjoy high fantasy, or are looking for an entertaining story.
I like the first two books and their length however, I am only reviewing the first book. In some ways, it is slow moving and slow to develop but this is not always a bad thing (at least for me). I won't reveal any spoiler type details but there are some parts that appear poorly contrived and somewhat implausible. It is possible the reasoning behind why the character(s) did what they did to be revealed later but I doubt it. Also, we are introduced to certain characters in short chapters that are never heard from again, with no real benefit to the storyline...yet. Trouble is, in a book this long, by the time the author gets around to reintroducing them (if that happens), both they and their earlier deeds have been almost forgotten (I have a great memory but thank goodness for Kindle Xray). Examples of some of my complaints above: 1. A six year war on the Shattered Plains, but there is no way around these plains to attack the enemy (the bridgemen seem to think they can walk far enough to escape)? They can't cross the plains and be done with it? 2. A great act of betrayal against Dalinar that is barely addressed.
Regardless of my gripes above, the interesting storyline and characters far outweigh the minor complaints above. The main characters are fascinating and there is no shortage of character development. The storyline is interesting and the author introduces a lots and lots of details.
If you like quick, shorter reads, this is not a series for you. If you like long and complex, this is something you may like. I am hoping for a very long series that doesn't get bogged down in the middle.
So far, not the best and not the worst. Kinda in the middle so 3 stars.