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The Way of Kings, Part 2

(The Stormlight Archive #1, part 2)

4.79  ·  Rating details ·  14,051 ratings  ·  706 reviews
According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed ...

They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known a
Paperback, 530 pages
Published 2011 by Gollancz (first published 2010)
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Jonathan O'Neill
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing

‘The Way of Kings – Part 1 and 2’

A gripping and immersive introduction to the vast world of Roshar and a stunning masterclass on the Art of Worldbuilding. A typically spellbinding final sequence as well as the prospect of what this world could become has had me dancing around the house like Van Damme from that bar scene in ‘Kickboxer’ for the best part of an hour (If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favour).

Browsing through Goodreads, it has come to my attention that there aren’t nearly e
PURE. PERFECTION. In every way.
I don’t know what else can be said...
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
BRUH this book went from 0 to 100 so fucking quick. I thought there was a lot of stuff happening and I was really enjoying it and then near the end all the different plots went crazy and it was amazing. Loved it so much and can't wait to continue the series! ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-fell-in-love
So, now that I've calmed down (not really!) I'm going to try and attempt to review this book. Don't get you hopes up though. I doubt I'll do it justice.
The scope of this series is too massive for me to provide you with an adequate synopsis. It's going to become a 10 book series (thank God for that!), and we've probably just about scratched the surface with 2 books released so far out of 10.

This book, which has been split into two parts, because of its enormity, follows a set of characters, com
William Gwynne
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
My expanded review of The Way of Kings is now on

“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 experience lived.”

Way of Kings Part 2 continued the first addition of The Way of Kings in a fantastic manner, developing the plot at a quicker pace and becoming more and more tens
Jonathan Terrington


Before reading the rest of this review I'd like to note that this is a two part review with notes from a first reading and a second reading. Like with any fantasy epic beginning this entire work starts out slowly but this second part becomes much faster and more readable. I encourage reading of this book, because as noted later it was my favourite book read in 2012 and I have been eagerly waiting for this novel almost as much as I awaited the finale of The Wheel of Time.

In short I wanted to
Hasham Rasool
In the beginning of part two was a lot faster and the readers already know the basic background story of each character.

Jasnah does intrigued me. Shallan is a very good character.

I love the way Sanderson created Roshar, write this book and development each character.

I have noticed that the mother and the daughter Navani and Jasnah are quite different but some ways they are similar.

The chemistry between Dalinar and Navani are quite good. If Navani wasn't the wife of the late king Gavilar then Da
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I feel like every single book by Brandon Sanderson that I read is better than the previous one... How is that even possible?
Melissa | melisthereader
*Overall rating 4.75*

I want to give this all the stars, but since it took so long to get into, I'm giving it a 4.75.
I just don't understand how Brandon Sanderson can create such awesome, vast worlds. Absolutely mind-boggling. I loved it, so much. The characters, the plot, the build-up. Yes to all! It was so good. So. Good.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favourites
I'm definitely going to have a review up for it at some point, but it's late and I'm tired af.

What I will say: I think this is probably one of my new all-time favourite novels. Brandon Sanderson and his damn crafty endings, at it again.

I'd planned to read another book entirely after finishing this one, but I think I'm just gonna dive straight into Words of Radiance tbqh!!
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I know I said I’d write a full review, buuuuuuuut I’m in Italy and not back until Sunday evening.

However that was incredible.

I love Kaladin.
Bridge Four are my Boys.
Dalinar and Adolin grew on me very very much
Sadeas... snip snip from my friendship group
Jasnah and Shallan. Some unexpected things!
Szeth... I need more!
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Sanderson did it AGAIN! A slow burn and then BOOM - the ending. His endings are always a surprise, but I love that it‘s never something you couldn‘t have figuered out - I always have that satisfying Aha-moment, sometimes I figure it out just a second before he explains it. Sanderson‘s endings are responsible for some of the best reading expieriences I had.
I‘m happy that I read this first installment in the Stormlight Archive in two parts - otherwise it would have been too long for me and that wo
Roberta Jayne
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Part 2 of my Way Of Kings review
There was not one moment in this book that I did NOT believe that everything that was happening was absolutely real and important to the story. I thought that, perhaps somewhere in the 1000 pages of this book, I might get bored or frustrated - or even find completing the story a bit daunting - but I feel like I need to stop under-estimating Brandon Sanderson and stop worrying about if his books are going to be incredible. Because they always are. He knows what he'
milou  ☕️
“Death is the destination. But the journey, that is life. That is what matters.”

I'm going to flat out admit that I read this book last October and then my long and agonizing reading slump knocked me out of the game, so I cannot remember every detail about this book to write a valid book review that it deserves.

I can recall that this books left me shaken up once I've finished it and that I wanted to read the rest of the series when I'm granted the opportunity.

Books in the series:
Carbonbased Bookworm
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
what an epic ride 🙌 an it has only just started ❤️
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017

Death is the destination. But the journey, that is life.

This second half of this huge first book in an even bigger fantasy series certainly picked up the pacing compared to the first half.

This book had a lot more going in -in character development, in plot development, in general story development and on top of that was packed up with action moments.

The writing was great, i enjoyed where most of the characters and their different plot points went... but i also have to say that some parts
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The end of the first half of The Way of Kings left me hanging and very keen to progress to the second half. Where part 1 was very much building the story and introducing us to Roshar, part 2 became explosive very quickly, just like Sanderson’s later chapters in his other series such as Mistborn.

My opinion of the central protagonists has not changed much except towards the end I started to warm to Shallan a little more, which is a good thing considering it is her flashbacks I will be reading in W
☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
i know brandon sanderson is the master of absolute fucking bombshells of twists, but those last 40 pages were STRAIGHT UP INSANITY.

the first twist i was like, oh, that's a pretty good twist, yeah, didn't see that coming.
second twist was like, whoa, yeah, that's also pretty good.
and then the third made me physically actually scream and beat my fists on my knees like a fucking insane gorilla and then the FOURTH AND FIFTH I'M GOING TO FUCKING EXPLODE.

i can't believe i DNF'd this book at page 100 f
Literary Han
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic, fantasy, adult
No words can do this epic first novel justice.

I am dumbfounded

Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Epic fantasy sagas fans
Recommended to Michael by: The masses of fans!
I'm probably being a bit mean giving this less than 5-stars, 4.5/5 for me.

Shallan is a very interesting character, though she hasn't captured my imagination in the same way that Kaladin has, yet. There's still plenty of time for my opinion to change over the 1000's of pages of this series I still have to read.

I said in my pre-review notes that I liked this more than The Way of Kings book 1. That is partly to do with plot-progression and partly to do with the section at the end where Sanderson's
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I have to say I'm going to treat Part One and Part Two as the same book, because they are! Therefore my review for each will be the same.

I ate this book! About halfway through Part One I ordered Part Two, but I finished Part One so fast that I had to wait for Part Two to arrive and that was painful! So my advice is - if, after the first chapter of Part One, you are enjoying it order Part Two right then! I haven't finished such a large book so quickly for a long time. This is the kind of
Pauline Fireheart
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Rating of the first part of the book: 5/5 stars
Rating of the second part of the book: 5/5 stars

Global rating: 5/5 stars

To be human is to want that which we cannot have.

This is hands down the most complex book I have ever read but oh man it was good.
I won’t lie, the story was hard to get into. They are a lot of points of view (granted, they are 3 main protagonists) and the world is really vast. But once I got a grip on what was going on, I become really invested i
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For a 1000+ page book to be split into two, there are hardly moments where nothing is happening. The majority of it is either significantly important to the character and/or to the plot. Brandon Sanderson is really out here doing the most!

So after the end of part 1 which ends in such a tense point, you get to start part 2 with even more momentum and drive to get through and see the aftermath of part 1. I can't praise it enough, it doesn't give you a chance to predict anything, even if you do, i
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow wow wow...I have to say the last 200 pages I just could not breathe anymore. I almost felt like I had read 1400 pages for those amazing 200 pages lol! Not quite haha - overall this was a great book and I 100% recommend it. I only realised in that second part how much some of the characters had grown on me. I mean I went from wanting to laugh out loud to cry my eyes out at some point in these last pages. Absolutely worth the previous 1400 pages. Great story overall and I look forward to readi ...more
Courtney (bookplaces)
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Brandon Sanderson is brilliant. I LOVED this😍 The story flowed so smoothly that I hardly noticed the incredibly intricate world building, yet felt that I understood the world, structure, dynamics, and political situation/conflicts. The character development was superb. And HOLY ENDINGS BATMAN! Sanderson is King of Endings and I need to continue the series immediately.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well the ending blew my mind. This might just be my favourite by Brandon Sanderson so far!
Reem Ghabbany
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love a good Sanderson twist.
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The Stormlight Archive (10 books)
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  • Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive, #4)
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