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. Ther ...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 b ...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, l ...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 D ...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 equi ...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 e ...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 goi ...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
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
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 s ...more
but let's do this!!
Be prepared for many many updates.
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BUDDY READ/REREAD!!! April 2015, BECAUSE WE CAN
Since a few new people have been infected with the Sandersonitis bug (we are not a cult oOSarahOo :P) and I ...more
The highly anticipated 2017 BB&B BR of the Stormlight Archives
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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 ...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.
Oh m ...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
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 blanke ...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 kn
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
It has been ages since the legendary Knights Radiant stood against the Voidbringers. Now all that remains of them are the Shardplates and Shardblades they once wore. The world of Roshar has descended into a place of murder and intrigue, and while assassins kill kings in the shadows of the night, war rages on the ...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 s ...more
“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 re...more
For the first, oh, 60-70% of the book, this was a 3 star book. I loved the characters, but there wasn't much of a plot and that bugged me. I knew it was setup for the rest of the 10 book series, but I wanted more.
Well, the last 25% delivered. The story went from good to great to OHMYGODDIDTHATJUSTHAPPEN awesome. The characters ...more
5 stars don't seem enough.
How the hell people who have read the first book aren't reading Words of Radiance at this very moment? I want to wait but Kaladin and Szeth are all i could think of.
I like big books and I can not lie . .
with my fellow Sanderson worshiper
Knights radiant chapters are like porn for my soul.
"That soft, feminine face had a nobler, more angular cast to it now, like a warrior from a forgotten time. She sto ...more
"Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination.”
Why? Why has this book been sitting on my bookshelf for over a year, without being read? I have been in the dark my fellow readers, bloggers, reviewers, and Goodreads compatriots. I have finally seen the light, or I should say, been blinded by the light of this amazing book, The Way of Kings. I loved Sanderson’s Mistborn series, but he has created a whole new monster in The Stormlight Archive. I will go into detail be ...more
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