The Way of Kings
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 ...more
You'll get hooked. It's a great series, don't wait until it's finished. I am just now starting to re-read the first two books. They are that good.(less)
I'm running out of superlatives.
Seriously, after praising The Well of Ascension as a reader's dream book, I was worried. What would I say if The Hero of Ages was better? Even finding the perfect GIF for that book didn't solve the problem - because soon enough, there'll be The Alloy of Law, and I still haven't read Elantris.
And then this book came along.
Now, I'll admit that I took my sweet time. About six months, off and on, actually. For a lot of that, I wasn't sure what I was getting into. ...more
Yes, it's REALLY long, and yes, it lags a bit from time to time under all the philosophy, but honestly I was just staggered ...more
"What?" Sanderson's fans say, "this is a classic!"
"What?" people who read my reviews say, "you gave the same rating to that mess of a zombie book!"
Let me 'splain.
No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
Ignore comments about the length. I've read books that were as long (hello, The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition), and everyone has read series that were over a thousand pages. What troubles me about The Way of Kings is that I felt like I was reading the fantasy ...more
Incredible, impressive or fantastic, all these words are an understatement to the quality this book holds. The Way of Kings is the beginning of a masterpiece series in epic fantasy. It is now my life goal and a new addition to my bucket list to obtain and read the entire series of The Stormlight Archive, which will probably take at least another 20 years from now to complete.
Before you started reading this book, ...more
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads
I have a new favorite author. His name is Brandon Sanderson.
This book . . . made me curse like a sailer.
If I had tried to read it in public, at the very least, I would have been banned from the property. More likely, I'd have either been locked up for 24-hour observation at the local mental health ward or at the local precinct for Disturbing the Peace, but only after having passed numerous drug tests, proving that I wasn't ...more
“In the end, all men die. How you lived will be far more important to the Almighty than what you accomplished.”
This was the best Brandon Sanderson book I’ve read. Since I’ve started reviewing books, everyone constantly talks about Mistborn, which don’t get me wrong, is an amazing series too, but this book blew the entire original trilogy out of the water. I truly believe in my whole heart that The Stormlight Archive series is the series that ...more
All I see is an OK fantasy novel.
Well, looking at The Way of Kings and its glittering, 4.58 rating is bringing back some painful childhood memories that I’ve tried really hard to repress. Because like those stupid paintings, I just can’t see what all the fuss is about. To be clear, I didn’t hate this book: I thought it was sort of O.K. But this ...more
I'm still in love with Kaladin and I still love Dalinar! Their parts are my favorites even though the whole book is awesome.
**First Read Review**
MAGNIFICENT! Where do I begin reviewing this book!
I loved it for starters. I can't imagine how someone can have such a brilliant mind to think of an epic book like this, much less ...more
The Stormlight Archive is Brandon Sanderson's "love letter to the epic fantasy genre". His magnum opus. From my perspective, he had lovingly and painstakingly crafted a masterpiece that was not just his greatest but one of the greatest of all time. And thus, this is my love letter to The Stormlight Archive and I hope it can do some justice to this favourite series of mine.
There are many great fantasy books out there; some have a compelling story to tell ...more
So finishing this novel was incredibly bittersweet.
The Stormlight Archive is the last of Brandon Sanderson's High Fantasy works I have left to read before I am forced to confront The Great Waiting.
However, I am glad I waited to read this series, as it seems like it's going to be one of Sanderson's largest & most clarifying contributions to the Cosmere universe.
I had such a wonderful time reading this. I've seen a couple reviewers saying the book could've been shorter ...more
This storming book.
[Insert a picture of a trembling, screaming human being overcome with reverence]
There should be a different kind of spren (Sandersonspren? Cosmerespren? I am open to suggestions), spren depicting the tempest of emotions that threaten to smother you when you read The Way of Kings, or books written by Brandon Sanderson in general. Anger, panic, frustration, sorrow, wonder, awe, humility before his brilliant mind, his limitless imagination, his Words that twirl, spin ...more
Buddy read/reread and 3rd read of this monster done. The thing I love the most about Way of Kings is that even though it is my 3rd read of the book I catch so many new things, remember things I've forgotten and still get just as caught up in the story. Still a 5 star read all the way.
Be prepared for many many updates.
On Sale Today here 5/23/16
BUDDY READ/REREAD!!! April 2015, BECAUSE WE CAN
Since a few new people have been infected with the ...more
The highly anticipated 2017 BB&B BR of the Stormlight Archives
has finally arrived. Grab your books and get lost with us in the sheer magnificence.
The best stories always stay with you
After you have finished the last page and closed the book, the stories and their characters live on in the libraries of your mind. Sometimes you are able to shelve them and move on quickly - they are easily forgotten as you open ...more
Having read (and loved) many of Sanderson’s other works, I was interested in reading this one, but hadn’t planned on picking it up any time soon. However, as every Sanderson fan I came across told me with passion that Way of Kings was the “best one yet”, I finally couldn’t stand it anymore and had to see what they were all raving about. And you know what? They were right. Not only is Way of Kings one of Sanderson’s best, but it is also one of the ...more
It's been years since I read a really big book. I think It by Stephen King was by far the biggest one I ever read when I was in my early 20's and that was also probably the last one. I don't often pick them up because they intimidate the hell out of me. Another thing: I like fantasy, but sometimes I feel like I am too dumb to always understand what's going on (and English is not my first language) so I'm always itching to read fantasy but often I ...more
I kinda don't even know what to write about this book. The scope of it, the detail, everything is just so... epic. And then I think about the fact that there are a proposed nine more books, and I just...
As I was reading this, I admit to being unable to see how this story, already ginormous all on its lonesome, could expand to a whopping 10 book series and do it well. Keep the pacing, the excitement, the world, the magic system, the awesomenes all consistent.
my eyes are bleeding, my head is pounding, my crops are withering but i made it through this book and that's all that really matters
so, i want us to be adults and sit and talk about our thoughts on this book with maturity and understanding
that being said, i ALMOST 3 STARRED THIS IM SO SORRY PLS DONT HURT ME
allow me to explain
story & plot
so the story in itself, is great, fantastic, marvelous.
brando sando is a high fantasy writer like no one else, he creates worlds ...more
Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination. Speak again the ancient oaths and return to men the Shards they once bore. The Knights Radiant must stand again.
Wowowowowowow Kaladin, Syl, Shallan & Sveth <333
PS. Kaladin is my brooding sulking baby who needs 1 million kisses, a box of chocolates and a warm sweater made from love & tears. I would die right now for Kaladin Stormblessed... then I would revive myself and wrap him in a tight ...more
A Buddy Read with my Fantasy Family @ BB&B! Because we love Sanderson!!!
"...“Weakness can imitate strength if bound properly, just as cowardice can imitate heroism if given nowhere to flee.” ..."
Once again, my tendency to read Epic Fantasy has lead me to a conundrum - how does one go about writing a satisfactory review of a book over 1000 pages long, bursting at the seams with characters and plot arcs??? I think it is almost impossible to do such creation a justice, and I know ...more
Mr Sanderson really needs to take a class on dialogue structuring and placement, also, he can't write a romantic scene to save his life....more
Nonetheless, this was epic fantasy at its most ambitious and perhaps a bit too ambitious because worldbuilding was on a massive scale. Ecology, theology, mythology etcetera, which meant that info-dumping was inevitable.
Undoubtedly, Sanderson is extremely talented but as with most people with genius intellect, he made the mistake of showing us just how much HE
“Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.”
REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK
It took me forever to finish this (well, shorter than when I read The Final Empire), not because I didn’t like it, or because I was having a hard time delving into it. It's all me. This is a real case of "it-was-me-not-you" scenario.
I FREAKIN' LOVED THIS BOOK!
I'm going to echo what my good friend Petrik said about this book in his...more
Being a Sanderson fan I know magic system in this book, like his every other, is going to be unique but I didn’t know that it would ...more
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