I really wanted to love this book. I love the world and the idea behind it, and the first book in the series was fantastic. But this one just felt off...moreI really wanted to love this book. I love the world and the idea behind it, and the first book in the series was fantastic. But this one just felt off. The characters were shallow and stereotypical - not archetypal - and there really wasn't an inciting incident to move things along. I kept waiting on something to happen, and it never did.
This isn't the first sequel to feel this way, and some of my favorite series have been broken up by lackluster second installments, so I keep hope alive that the third one will end with some oomph.
It's not really a bad book, though. It's just uninspired. Which is disappointing because there was so much promise in it based on the first in the series.(less)
I've been a fan of Sanderson for a while now, and I'd put off reading this book. I now wish I hadn't. Of anything he's written, this is the most intim...moreI've been a fan of Sanderson for a while now, and I'd put off reading this book. I now wish I hadn't. Of anything he's written, this is the most intimidating, but the most rewarding. If you take everything that made Mistborn, Elantris, and Warbreaker amazing novels, turn up the intensity and add in a diegetical narrative that hints at Tolkien-level worldbuilding, you have an idea of what Way of Kings is.
I honestly can't remember the last time I stayed up late to keep reading a book, but WoK made me. I had to get through, and I had to see what happened. I cared about the characters and the world, and unlike most books of this length and structure, there wasn't a single PoV character that I despised. Usually, I hate at least one PoV character in this kind of book. But not here.
If there was one complaint I have, it would be that the interludes are too few and far between. I love the alternative storylines that were explored through the interludes, but I think the novel could have done with another one or two because those narratives felt a little unfinished because of their scarcity. Though, doubtless, those are also threads that will be expanded once Words of Radiance (Book 2) is released later this year.
All in all, I am glad I finally got through Way of Kings, and while I wouldn't suggest it to be the first Brandon Sanderson book someone reads, I do think that it should be intermixed earlier through his library than I have. Because now I have to wait to read more of his work, and after finishing a book as good as this, that's a pretty tall order. (less)
It's definitely not the best of the Dresden Files book, but Butcher tried something new and different and it worked. It's a fun book, and it's a reall...moreIt's definitely not the best of the Dresden Files book, but Butcher tried something new and different and it worked. It's a fun book, and it's a really fantastic bridge novel from one phase of the series into the next. You can really tell that "Changes" was a hinge and "Ghost Story" keeps that up. The next novel will definitely have a different feel to it than the first 11, but it will still be closer to them than the previous two.
The book is well-paced, and when I was finishing it, I never had a spot where I felt comfortable stopping, so I just finished it up before I went to sleep. It brings back a lot of the side characters I had forgotten about, and even dredges up plots from my favorite Dresden novel ((view spoiler)[hooray for the Corpsetaker and Kemmler storyline (hide spoiler)]).
There are still obviously a lot of unanswered questions, but I expect that in a series this serialized and lengthy. I just hope we don't have another extended wait between installments. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)