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The Way of Kings

(The Stormlight Archive #1)

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.

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
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Hardcover, 1007 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Tor Books
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Yashima Sanderson is one of the most productive writers I know. According to him this is going to be a 10 book series and a book will be published every other…moreSanderson is one of the most productive writers I know. According to him this is going to be a 10 book series and a book will be published every other year. I believe him when he says he'll manage to write that much.

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)
Cj Doesn't this book start with an assassination attempt and a battle containing thousands of people? I understand in mere scope the action isn't great…moreDoesn't this book start with an assassination attempt and a battle containing thousands of people? I understand in mere scope the action isn't great part of, but still... Plus this book is pure fantasy and not scifi and not advertised as such.(less)

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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
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Patrick
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I got to read an ARC of the book and I really enjoyed it. Sanderson really knows how tell a story and create an interesting world....
Regan
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ugh omg
Felicia
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy
WOW. Ok, so I actually cried during this book (it was a stressful day, but I'm usually not a weeper). This book captures the epic grandiosity and scope that I remember as a kid reading Eddings and Feist and Jordan. I didn't know what was going on all the time, but I was keenly aware of the great plot, the secrets, and the depth of world building and character in this book.
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
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Petrik
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: epic/high fantasy fans
Buddy reading this epic book with these lighteyes:
Brightness Celeste
Brightness Aria

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
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE who likes fantasy.
Recommended to Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more by: Robin (Bridge Four)
4/29/18: even better the second time.

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

I have a new favorite author. His name is Brandon Sanderson.

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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
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Carol.
May 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: epic fantasy fans
Recommended to Carol. by: virtually everybody
Shelves: epic-fantasy
A three and a half star read.

"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
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Sean Gibson
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So, a buddy of mine has been trying to get me into Sanderson for some time (figuratively speaking, I should note...he has not, as of yet, physically tried to jam me inside the poor man, for which, I'm sure, Mr. Sanderson is quite grateful). At my friend's suggestion, I started with Mistborn, which--and don't freak out on me here, Sandersonites--I thought was solid, but didn't exactly salt my pickle (is that a thing?). So, he proceeded to give me The Way of Kings as a gift--his polite way of forc ...more
Melanie
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Buddy Read with Robin and the rest of BB&B! ❤

“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
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Re-read on Audible. It was even better the second time around. Shallan's story wasn't as boring this time around. I'm not sure if it was the audio or what, but I'm glad.



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
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Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

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
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Evan Leach
When I was a kid, I was never able to get the best of those damned Magic Eye paintings. I would stare and stare until my eyes watered, but to no avail.

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 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
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TS Chan
Fourth time and it is still as awesome!

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
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Em
Jul 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Em by: Harun Zahid
the very concept of reading this book genuinely terrifies and haunts me. I am scared of anyone who read it. who are you and how do you have so much power? I read one chapter, realize how many are left and black out for the next week

but let's do this!!
Robin (Bridge Four)
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of A Song of Ice and Fire, Red Rising and The King Killer Chronicles
Recommended to Robin by: Gavin
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 Sandersonitis bug (we are not a cult oOSarahOo :P) and I
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Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone partial to mindblowingly magnificent fantasy.
Shelves: favourites
SEPTEMBER 2017 UDATE: JUST AS INCREDIBLE AS THE FIRST FEW TIMES I READ IT!

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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.


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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
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Becky
This book. Wow.

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...

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The EPICNESS.

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
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Celeste
I’ve been struck speechless. I’ve loved Sanderson’s books in the past, but this one completely blew me away. I really wish I could give The Way of Kings a sixth star. It has supplanted The Name of the Wind as my favorite fantasy novel of all-time. Rothfuss is still high-prince of my heart, but Sanderson reigns as king. Kvothe is an amazing, beautifully written character, but he doesn’t hold a Stormlighted-sphere to Kaladin. (Also, how can I not esteem the sheer amount of writing we get from Sand ...more
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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
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J.L.   Sutton
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brandon Sanderson’s Roshar is a world with a rich history, mythologies, magic systems and an ecology which has been shaped by violent (high)storms; this is massive world-building at its best! When you’re reading Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1), you’re never sure which details will be relevant later on. Here’s a clue: even though it’s a monster of a book (1,007 pages) almost everything becomes relevant eventually. Am I anxious to read the second book? More like anxious for the third book. In ...more
Jorge Desormeaux
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I began reading this book with a frown. The Prelude lasts barely more than 3 pages, and it assaulted me with 'Desolations', 'Dustbringers', 'Shardblades', 'Oathpact' and 'Radiants', all of them thrown about without care or explanation. The first chapter is no better: more meaningless words strewn carelessly. Worse, the opening sccene is a first-person narrative of a white-clad assassin who engages in a dizzying (confusing) set of gravity-manipulating acrobatics (which involve more arbitrary name ...more
☽Luna☾

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.



Best.book.ever

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Wowowowowowow Kaladin, Syl, Shallan & Sveth <333

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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
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Bibi
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
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Choko
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 4.65 ***

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
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Markus
”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.”

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
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Manju
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply loved every single book that I have read by Mr. Sanderson and well I have read five books by him. I was not ready to read this one because of its huge size but finally decided to read after being told by a friend that this is one of the BEST book in fantasy genre, a genre I absolutely love. So I must read this and I am very happy that I actually read this.

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
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aria [dear darling reader]

“Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.”



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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

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Steven
Reread Nov 2017 - Yup, still five stars. Even better this time, because I appreciated all the tiny developments and nuances that were sneaky buildups the first time. :)
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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
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Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》
Books like Way of Kings deserve their own special ratings.
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
AKA Mary

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
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Jody
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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“Life before Death.
Strength before Weakness.
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