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The Way of Kings, Part 1

(The Stormlight Archive #1, part 1)

4.66  ·  Rating details ·  18,462 ratings  ·  1,032 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 2011)
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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
Shelves: i-fell-in-love
Part of me thinks since this edition is Part One of Book 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... ...more
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
William Gwynne
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
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 is filled with intrigue, action and convoluted plots. I have heard a great amount of praise for this author and also this bo
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.
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
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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!
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
"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.
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).
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
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!
Hasham Rasool




If you like to read fantasy books then I would recommend you all to read The Way of Kings.

It is my first time to read Brandon Sanderson's book. I love this book. I didn't expect it. Alhamdulillah!

Sanderson is one of my favourite authors. I don't expect it he would become one of my favourite authors cos it is my firs
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!!
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
⭐ 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
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
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?
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
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!
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Its been a while since I finished my last Cosmere novel and I was very keen to get back into it by starting The Stormlight Archive. I decided to purchase it as two halves since I thought this would make it easier to read due the fact it was so large. I have to say I was very impressed by the first half.

Welcome to Roshar, a world of storms, stone and turbulence where war is about to devour the land. Mighty leaders on both sides of the war are equipped with Shardblades and Shardplate, ancient weap
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!!!!
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start with this review? Brandon Sanderson is an engaging writer. I first encountered his work when he began the mammoth task of finishing Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series. His ability to write another person's work, in a way that still sounded like the other person, astounded me. I'm a writer myself - and even writing my own work is difficult some days, but to represent another person's multitude of characters AS the other writer had, for so many books, takes a very clever write ...more
Roberta Jayne
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is half of a review for half of a book.
I can't believe it's taken me this long but, you know what, I've finally realised that I'm in love with Brandon Sanderson. I LOVE THAT MAN. AND THE WAY HE WRITES. NO. AH.

Although I found this book more difficult to get into as I was expecting, (I think this was because Sanderson was constantly exploring new places and new characters and didn't really give me a chance to get comfortable for long) I still enjoyed every second of it.

Every time I read one
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