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The Way of Kings, Part 1

(The Stormlight Archive #1, part 1)

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SPEAK AGAIN THE ANCIENT OATHS,

LIFE BEFORE DEATH.
STRENGTH BEFORE WEAKNESS.
JOURNEY BEFORE DESTINATION.

AND RETURN TO MEN THE SHARDS THEY ONCE BORE.

THE KNIGHTS RADIANT MUST STAND AGAIN.


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
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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.)

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Warda
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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...
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
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Will.J.R. 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 Booknest.eu. Give it a read if you are interested :). http://booknest.eu/component/k2/william/1576-the-way-of-kings-the-stormlight-archive-1-by-brandon-sanderson

“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
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Maggie
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
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Beth
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
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Melissa
*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!
Dawnie
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
"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.
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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!
Olivia
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.
Hasham Rasool
"SPEAK AGAIN THE ANCIENT OATHS,

LIFE BEFORE DEATH.
STRENGTH BEFORE WEAKNESS.
JOURNEY BEFORE DESTINATION.

AND RETURN TO MEN THE SHARDS THEY ONCE BORE.

THE KNIGHTS RADIANT MUST STAND AGAIN."

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
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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!!
Siobhan
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!
Caroline
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
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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
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Nadine
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sanderson! Ma man! Doing it again and again. I cannot get enough of his writing. His plotting, characters, world building, and dialogue are ALWAYS on point.

The Way of Kings Part One is a phenomenal introduction with multiple characters that are multidimensional and in depth world building.

Kaladin was by far my favourite of the bunch introduced in Part One. He's inspiring and resourceful with considerable influence despite is lack of awareness of his own qualities. His journey through this firs
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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
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Oana
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!
Literary Han
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, epic, adult
An extraordinary first half of The Way Of Kings!

Onto the second half!!
Thomas
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
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Leonie
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
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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Marc Aplin
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In the UK, 'The Way of Kings' has now been split into two halves. The first book focuses on the 'build up' of the novel... I think they got the cut off point pretty much perfect and although you could never read part 1 on it's own (it would seem very anti-climatic) - if you had to split the book into two parts... they got it right.

Way of Kings opens in a very mysterious manner... There has been some kind of huge war... bodies litter the ground... both human and monster. A powerful being heads to
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Anjali (bookstersisters)
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-my-shelf
I am only half way through this behemoth but oh my god!!!! I am so in love!! 😍😍
Kaladin is my absolute favourite ever!!! And Syl is the cutest and Dalinar is just ❤️❤️❤️
Don’t care much for Adolin as of now. Hopefully it will change in the future? 🤞
But anyway, so far this book has exceeded all my very high expectations of it.. afghdhdhhdhj
Lemme go read the rest now.
Blodeuedd Finland
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
The publisher published the paperback in 2 books since this is one HUGE book. And it was much nicer reading it like this, instead of holding a 1000 page brick.

This book, how to describe it? So much is going on and if I would say anything negative about it it would be that is just is too well imagined. There is a lot to keep track of and know. I have read anything fantasy to be used to it but sure sometimes I wished there would be some more explanations at the back of the book. I like to look thi
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Jananee (headinherbooks)
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
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 magic system and complex characters.

I feel like I was really hyped up for this book and was a little let down - everyone always says this is Sanderson's best work but I am a huge Mistborn fangirl and honestly don't think anything can to
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Kim
I wasn't sure if I would like this book or not. I know a lot of people have raved about it but that's not always a good indicator. I read the first of Sanderson's Mistborn series and even though I really liked it there was nothing in it that made me want to continue.

This book does much better. The multiple characters with their own threads makes me want to know how it all connects. Where is it all leading. I was gripped from the beginning right through to the end and am kicking myself that I lef
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I heard that this author said some homophobic things but I also heard that he apologized and he learned from it or something like that so I don’t know what’s up, honestly
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...
Marina
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow!! So many things that are going on at once...so curious to see what part two will reveal!!!
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