The Way of Kings

The Way of Kings

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings , Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.

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.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer (forthcoming)

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners

Publisher: New York : Tor, c2010.
ISBN: 9780765326355
Characteristics: 1007 p. :,ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ;,25 cm.


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May 15, 2019

Starts slow and is somewhat confusing at the beginning, but it is an amazing read once you get into it. Amazing world, compelling characters.

Feb 21, 2019

Just so incredibly well written. This series has a bit of a slow start, but it is just so, so good. The world is incredibly well built, the characters relatable and interesting, the whole series just so good it will leave you thinking about it all the time. If you start this book and are a bit put off by the beginning pace, just keep in mind that the next book is incredibly intense. I dreamed about this book for weeks man. It's so good.

IndyPL_CarriG Oct 27, 2018

If you love giant, door-stopper epic fantasy books like I do, look no further, Brandon Sanderson has you covered. This first entry in the Stormlight series sets up an incredibly unique world and heroic yet relatable main characters. This is not a book that you should devour quickly, this is a novel to savor and take your time with.

Jun 21, 2018

The magic system in these books is fleshed out and finite. Instead of ever-growing power, characters are forced to work within defined rules. Brandon has created a world in which everything is convincing. A truly enthralling novel. This book is a summer read, with fleshed out narratives and character story-lines. If you're coming in expecting a quick and easy read, you will become disinterested.

May 04, 2018

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

May 03, 2018

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

Mar 14, 2018


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.

Feb 11, 2018

A very enjoyable read!

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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Feb 15, 2017

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

Feb 15, 2017

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

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.”

Feb 14, 2017

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

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.”

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.”

Jul 12, 2014

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

Jul 12, 2014

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

Jun 04, 2014

"I will defend those who cannot defend themselves."

Feb 26, 2014

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

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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.

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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