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The Way of Kings, Part 1

(The Stormlight Archive #1, Part 1)

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  21,674 ratings  ·  1,299 reviews




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 she
Paperback, 592 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Gollancz (first published August 31st 2010)
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Tamara When they released them in the 'trade size' paperbacks they split the books into two. It's is essentially the same story, just split for practicality.…moreWhen they released them in the 'trade size' paperbacks they split the books into two. It's is essentially the same story, just split for practicality. :)(less)
Amis Thysia I believe it's intended to be 10, split into two five-book sets (à la David Eddings' Belgariad/Mallorean series, if you're familiar with that.)…moreI believe it's intended to be 10, split into two five-book sets (à la David Eddings' Belgariad/Mallorean series, if you're familiar with that.)(less)

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Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The audiobooks are too good.


Part of me thinks since this edition is Part One, I should hold off on my rating till I finish reading Part Two. But then again, I already know I'm going to love this series...
William Gwynne
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
I now have a YouTube channel that I run with my brother, called 'The Brothers Gwynne'. Check it out - The Brothers Gwynne

My full review of both part 1 and part 2 of The Way of Kings is now on Give it a read if you are interested :).

“And you better survive son. Because I want some answers.”

The Way of Kings is the first book in The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. It
Jonathan Terrington
This, though only part one of an entire book, was so epic that in itself it gains five stars. I don't believe I can name any other book - well apart from the magnificent Lord of the Rings - that while divided in parts retains its pulling power.

The world Sanderson creates is astonishing, populated by larger than life heroes, some anti-heroes and basically human beings who have varying motives for doing what they consider moral. Its an intriguing and satisfying world that drew me in and left me w
I'm loving this story sooooo much 😍😍 Wooow, just wooow.
I can't find the words to express myself.
I will start reading the second part ASAP... I need more Kaladin, Shallan, and Dalinar.
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
buddy read with the wonderful Yeganeh!

another brilliant fantasy novel from Sanderson! unique world-building, fascinating characters and intricate politics managed to weave this novel into something new and captivating, and i can't wait to read part 2 of this complex book.
Iryna *Book and Sword*
4.5/5 stars

That's cool, split the book not on one but TWO cliffhangers! Part II cannot come in the mail fast enough, I knew that starting this without owning the second part was beyond foolish.

This is not a review, since I only have read HALF the book (at 590 pages that is insane to say out loud), but just some thoughts and notes.

The world needs more Kaladins. Every chapter of his made me FEEL. Really feel, tears in eyes and everything. LOVE HIM.
Szeth (there better be more of him) breaks my he
Jun 07, 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
I’ve just finished Part One (yay!)

I’m not going to do a full review because technically I haven’t finished the book and this is Part one but I am ready to share some thoughts so far;

- Kaladin is 1000000% my favourite character so far and I’m intrigued okay I can’t lie
- Shallan and Jasnah I would like to see more simply because we haven’t had as many chapters for them but I’m liking the dynamic between the two and where part one has left off I’m like WHAT
- So far Dalinar I’m enjoying Dalinar as a
Jonathan O'Neill
See review for 'The Way of Kings - Part 1 and 2' here ...more
Melissa | melisthereader
*4.5 stars*

Has a pretty slow build-up, which is understandable. Though, it is most definitely living up to the hype. Very excited to continue with part 2!
"first, find a cliff."
"That will give you a vantage point to see the area?"
"No," Kaladin said. "It will give me something to throw you off of."

This book is quiet hard for me to review.

And not only because it is "only" the first part of a book that is supposed to be one big huge one.

So lets just list a bit of what i was feeling:

- the world
The thing i really, really, REALLY love in this book is that WOMEN are the scholars in this world.
How rare is that to find in books?
So clearly LOVE that.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I couldn't really get into this book and finally decided to bring Part 2 back to the library without reading it. I know Sanderson is loved by many fantasy fans but I just don't find him or his stories enticing or gripping. Apparently Brandon Sanderson is not for me. ...more
Dane Richter
May 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Toffee. That’s how I saw shardplate. Mystical armour that had a dirty translucence to it. I like the concept.

The world of Roshar is masterfully created from its culture to its religions to its people and how the high storms shape the land and literally effect how creatures and life evolves. Sanderson’s world building is top notch. So after this praise why the low score?

The Way of Kings is an epic volume (and volume is the right word) about … well here’s the thing, I thought it was about an assas
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019read
This was my initial review:

"Great story and I cannot wait to read the second part. I think I was not able to give it 5 stars because of the lack of action at times (very few chapters though) and the fact that it does sometimes jump from a character story to another quite abruptly. But overall a master piece - and I now understand the rave about it! Very good book."

I actually think that it is indeed a 5 star overall (now that I've read the second part).
Courtney (bookplaces)
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Update: Finished Part 2 and give this all the stars😍

LOVING this!😍 I am going to wait until finishing part 2 to rate and review, but really enjoying the world building and characters so far. And the ending to part 1 left me needing the next chapter ASAP!
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That's part one done! Lovely afterword from Brandon Sanderson explaining why he chose to split the book here, and it does make perfect sense!
Now, straight onto part two!
Dannii Elle
This is the first part of the first instalment in The Stormlight Archives.

Despite regarding this book an absolute masterpiece, I can understand the hesitancy of others to revere it in quite the same way. Sanderson spends large portions of this book informing the reader about the convoluted magical system, the geographical disparities, the social hierarchy and ruling classes, the non-human entities, the politics of war, the history that this war has ravaged upon the lands, and so, so much more. I
Patricia Crowther
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Phew! For a little while back there I thought I was gonna have to give this a 4.5 rating (which would have been a first for me to give a BS novel anything less than a 5). But thankfully no and all is right in the world, those last two hundred pages definitely brought the story back into line for me.

This story arc is going to be amazing, this man is a genius!!
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did really enjoy this book. I'm gonna say that first because the fact that I gave a Brandon Sanderson book anything but five stars may be alarming to some people. IT'S STILL A GOOD BOOK AND I REALLY LOVED IT OKAY?!

My only problem with this book (the problem that stopped it from getting five stars) was how long it took me to get into it. I found the first 70 or so pages to be a little confusing. There was a lot of information and world building; there were a few big time and location jumps that
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
⭐ New favorite first book of a series ⭐

I'm actually speechless, it took me on a roller coaster of feelings and writing sentences that capture those feelings is beyond my abilities. Just read it, don't read the synopsis, nothing, just open the first page and enjoy.

The beginning was daunting for me, it sets up the world and a bit of its history. Then we get to meet our main characters, whom I cared about instantly. The writing style is straightforward, and the initial set up aside you can get thr
milou  ☕️
“A story doesn't live until it is imagined in someone's mind.”

A strong opening to a new series. I pretty much flew through these pages and that surely is saying something. I think it’s safe to say that Brandon Sanderson is able to write High Fantasy like no other. He’s one of the highly fantasy acclaimed authors for a reason and it shows in it works.

Even though this book was only part one of the Way of Kings it already set up the premise of a promising series. In these almost 600 pa
Bec (becklebooks)
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved the world building, the character set up, the slow-burning development... Very glad I got through this!! I was going to give it 4.5 stars-ish, but I realised that rating would just reflect my slowness in reading the book, and the spaced-out way I read it. Don't read this in chunks - dedicate your time to it, absorb everything, and really enjoy that slow burn. It will be worth it, I promise. ...more
Carolina Carriço
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

The pace of this book! It's so interesting and leaves me thinking but the pace...
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What happened to Kal's family???? His brother?
And why is Shallan so boring?
Dec 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, abandoned
I hate not finishing novels. That said, I'm not going to waste precious reading time on a book(and very lengthy series) that is this slow to start and seems to be a story about nothing in particular. And while I'm very well aware of the general concensus that sees this as the 'set-up' novel of a great rambling epic, I simply can't justify giving time to books that are written as a kind of over extended scene setter for the next 10 doorstoppers. This edition was the Part One of a two part first i ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was soo long but worth it. But I can‘t believe I technically only read half of the actual book 😂

The world building in this one is phenomenal. It‘s detailed and rich and you can see that there went a lot of thought in it. I can‘t wait to explore more of this world!

The characters are fleshed out and interesting, there wasn‘t a character that I didn‘t like at all I think. Shallan was a bit annoying in the beginning, her writing and dialogue felt a bit clumsy but it got better and better tow
Jananee (headinherbooks)
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
reread (2022):
oh boy am I glad I attempted this series again - will leave my full thoughts on this book on the second volume but upping my rating to 5 stars - this series is going to be phenomenal I just know it

original review (2017):
I don't really think I can review this book since it's only the first half (and I haven't even read the second half yet - I know, it's a horrible thing to do) but as can be expected from Brandon Sanderson, this was full of intricate world building, a fascinating m
As the author indicates, this is not a complete story so I believe is best to give my review after part two.
This was a bit slow so I am looking forward to the action that follows!
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have so many questions and it’s just part 1 of the first book! It was brilliant! I can’t wait to see how the story develops ahead!!!!
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