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The Way of Kings, Part 1 (The Stormlight Archive #1, part 1/2)

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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
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Paperback, 592 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Gollancz (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jonathan
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
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Maja
Izgleda da će drugi fantasy pisci (ne svi) morati još mnogo da uče od Brendona. Iako mi se na trenutke činilo da će se zbog hiljadu rasa, likova i država pretvoriti u Eriksona Sanderson je lepo uspeo da objasni stvari. Prelepo pisanje, a i prevod, pokazuju koliko je Sanderson sazreo kao pisac (n.b. u isto vreme je pisao i završnicu WoT-a). Iako mi se knjige u početku nije svidela sada je postala jedna od mojih omiljenih. Krećem čitanje drugog toma uz želju da mi se svidi još više od prvog.
Vladan Jocic
Put kraljeva je pocetak neceg epskog (nadam se ne epski promasaj) i po obimu i po kvalitetu. Nekoliko glavnih likova cija se prica za sada jos uvek ne preplice. Neki su interesantni (Kaladin), neki manje interesantni (Shallan i Dalinar). Dosadnih nema - za sada.

Zamerke: ogromno, siroko i razvuceno... I sam Sanderson je to uvideo i probao da se izvini citaocima u predgovoru druge polovine knjige. Izvinjenje prihvaceno, ali da ti se to vise ne ponovi.

Izgleda je je rad na "Tocku vremena" raspisao S
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Blodeuedd Finland
The publisher published the paperback in 2 books since this is one HUGE book. And it was much nicer reading it like this, instead of holding a 1000 page brick.

This book, how to describe it? So much is going on and if I would say anything negative about it it would be that is just is too well imagined. There is a lot to keep track of and know. I have read anything fantasy to be used to it but sure sometimes I wished there would be some more explanations at the back of the book. I like to look thi
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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
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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
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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 ...more
Rapunzel
AMAZING 5 STARS!

Okay I am a huge Brandon Sanderson fan. The Mistborn Trilogy is absolutely amazing, and I've found that anything Sanderson writes is incredible.

So basically, this book rocks (haha so puny regarding the terrain of Roshar). It's completely all encompassing, with each element of Roshan society being hugely developed. All of the characters are extremely likeable - from the gentry class scholar, the hand to the king, and even the lowest of slaves. In addition to those voices, we
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Sumant Natkar
Well although I am reviewing only half part of the book but what can I say except the part that I am highly impressed by the world which has been created by Sanderson so far, although I was delaying starting the series due to my ASOIAF experience but I finally gave in seeing all the high reviews Words of radiance got.

The story basically starts from an assassination, and what i loved is we are given glimpses of this magical world early on by introducing us to the magic system of this world, where
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Daisy
Incredible.

I knew from reading the acknowledgements that I would love this book and it did not disappoint. The thought, detail and precision that Sanderson put into this piece of work was truly something to marvel at. It was brilliant from start to end and the charming illustrations that accompanied each part made it an even more enjoyable read. The complexity of the world created was extraordinarily impressive with so much vigour to all aspects of civilisation; politically, religiously, cultur
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Kim
I wasn't sure if I would like this book or not. I know a lot of people have raved about it but that's not always a good indicator. I read the first of Sanderson's Mistborn series and even though I really liked it there was nothing in it that made me want to continue.

This book does much better. The multiple characters with their own threads makes me want to know how it all connects. Where is it all leading. I was gripped from the beginning right through to the end and am kicking myself that I lef
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Andreas Lund
This is one of few book I've read in english. But it's first now I understand why I should keep reading books in their original language. It's hard to compare a book written in english with one translated into swedish.

The language Brandon use is just so spot on, obviously. I have read non-stop since I first opened the book. I really like the setting and the characters, the whole build-up and the thought of it.




This is the first "half" of the first book in this series. I must say that I really en
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Colin Carson
It's been a while since I came across a new epic fantasy I loved (like... a month). This was a pleasant surprise. Okay more than a pleasant surprise. This book is fucking awesome.
Shardplates and Shardblades?
Coolest. fucking. things. ever.
Michael Harkess
20 years to finish this book, well worth the wait I say.
Also won best fantasy of the year.
A must read !
Vilde
Dec 29, 2014 Vilde marked it as to-read
Reading for #augustofkings readalong.
Mikayla Hunter
Wow, okay. This book was absolutely fantastic! It's been a long time since I was this engrossed with the world in a book. I couldn't read it fast enough! The world building was phenomenal and to my surprise, it wasn't as dull as I find it to be in some other books, especially high fantasy. Brandon Sanderson managed to illustrate the culture of this world without really explaining it. It was a perfect example of showing the read instead of telling them. All the characters were interesting and eng ...more
Goran Zidar
I’m not sure if this should really be called a review since I’m going to spend the next few paragraphs shamelessly gushing over this book. Put simply I loved it.

The world building was excellent. It was familiar enough to allow me to picture the flora and fauna yet different enough for me to know it was an alien world. The various spren were well used to convey the sense of oddness in places where it might otherwise have appeared mundane. Precisely because of the way they influenced evolution and
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Mieneke
One of the most buzzed about releases of 2010, The Way of Kings is the first in a projected ten book series called the Stormlight Archive. And to be honest, I wasn't planning on starting this series, not until there were at least several instalments of the book out and a reasonable chance of the series being finished. Because, let's face it, big name epic fantasy series running over a trilogy are challenged these days – *cough* George R.R. Martin *cough* Peter V. Brett *cough* Scott Lynch *cough ...more
Ailsa
This is a really hard book to categorize. Coming to this from Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, I was expecting more of a fantasy-lite trilogy. I didn't realise until half way through this book that it was not two books of three, but actually part one of book one of a far longer series. Which is exciting, really, because I do love my epic fantasy.

This series does try to be high fantasy, but I read it so hungover I thought I was dying, and the straight forward characters and explanation of the
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Alex George
Feb 19, 2012 Alex George rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy Addicts, Everyone
I started off reading Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, and I loved the way he created an epic fantasy with fairly original ideas especially about magic which isn't an easy thing to do nowadays.

To me the Way of Kings surpasses the Mistborn Trilogy (so far anyway) the characters are very well developed and there's just enough of them so you don't feel under or overwhelmed with the amount of different viewpoints.

The book however is obviously one in a long series, I heard there are meant to be 10 book
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Helen Lowe
Jan 13, 2012 Helen Lowe added it
Recommends it for: All lovers of epic fantasy and/or a good story, well told.
"The Way of Kings" won Brandon Sanderson the Gemmell Legend Award (for the best heroic fantasy novel)earlier this year, so I sat down to read it with considerable anticipation.

Also, to clarify "The Way of Kings" has been published in two parts so I'll be publishing the same comments under both books on my shelves here.

"The Way of Kings" is classically conceived epic fantasy—but I like classically conceived epic fantasy, so I had no problem with that as a starting premise. And I really liked "Th
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Kevin
It would be unfair to give a proper review of this book as it is only half of the first in the Stormlight series. It gets a 4/5 as this particular book was heavy on context and explaining the universe that the series is set in. With all that out of the way I'm really looking forward to when the story truly kicks off. Kaladin is an excellent character, I can't wait to find out what is planned for him.
Greg
This book is long, really long. Clocking in at 1000 pages, it requires commitment. As a fan of the way Sanderson finished Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series, I was willing to give him a try. Two hundred pages in, I had my doubts. Early on, the character dialogue seems very forced. Sanderson wants to identify Shallan is bookish, introverted, brilliant, and witty. It is an odd combination. She talks openly and with biting sarcasm. It is a character development that is important to the ongoing dev ...more
Daysanddreaming
This book was something I bought on a whim, because everyone was always telling me that Brandon Sanderson was a Fantasy god.
Well.
He is.
I read both volumes in a grand total of one day - from midnight to 3 in the afternoon, with only a brief stop for food, sleep and a lecture. It was engrossing, compelling and I could not put it down. It was in the top five books I've ever read, and when I finished reading it, I immediately went and bought several other Sanderson novels, because apparently I have
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Isabelle
I'd give this book somewhere between 3.5 and 4.25 stars

There was something about this book that failed to grab my attention. I don't know what it was. This book started off strong ... and then I found myself re-reading chapters and kind of reading blindly, not paying attention entirely. That's basically the reason why I wasn't in love with this book. If it grabbed my attention more, I'm sure I would've loved it.

The positives about this first book in an epic, long series was a) the world- buildi
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odina
EDIT: Changing my rating for this to 5 stars. I was crazy to have rated this any less.

This is not your typical Sanderson book. As what I've told a friend a couple of times, the stark difference between this book and the ones I've read (Mistborn, Warbreaker) is that Sanderson certainly took his sweet time on the characterization. What can I say but that even when he's veered off his comfort zone (or the kind of writing I've come to associate with him at least), I love the guy to a fault.

I love ho
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Alexander
You know, what usually happens with a re-read is that the book doesn't shine as well the second time you read it, because you already know what's to come. Funny - with me, exactly the opposite happened during this re-read.
The first time I read this, I remember thinking the story had 'pacing issues'. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out where that came from now that I've re-read it. Perhaps I wasn't as interested in some parts of the story last year, when I read it for the first time. But now
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Tahnia
Solid foundation for a series with a lot of potential, although the initial pace was a bit slow. Creative world building, intriguing magic system, realistic characters, good story line. Also, some religious aspects were masterfully handled.
Oran
Man. Reviewing this is difficult as it's half a book.
"Hmm Oran, what did you think of this half of this book?"

Well. I liked it. I liked it a lot. Naturally, with a projected ten book series and the first two books over 1000 pages in their complete forms, it's a big, big world that we're introduced to. And you can see the planning, the attention to detail that Sanderson has made in order to make its scope realised. And that's great. His writing style is much more elegant and detailed from his si
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Mike
Wow, this is good, real good. The world building is as good as anything I have read in a long time and Part 1 (of Book 1) is near fantasy perfection. The world is so well realised with little touches like the various forms of Spren & how the various flora react to what is going on around them. Of course that's only the little things but what about the larger imaginative flourishes: Shardplate & Swords, Highstorms & Soulcasting & a whole lot more. Obviously this would mean very li ...more
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