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The Way of Kings, Part 1

(The Stormlight Archive #1, part 1)

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  14,144 ratings  ·  715 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.)

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Will.J.R. Gwynne
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
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.
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...
Iryna *Book and Sword*
So, since Brandon Sanderson is at 25% currently outlining Stormlight 4 and 5, I think I will finally hunker down and start this series in 2019. This is supposed to be like the icing plus a cherry on a cake of all of his works, so I've been waiting to dive into it.

So thankful for the editions that split the books in half, because tackling a 1100 pages behemoth is daunting.

*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
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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 pages most
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
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
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
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
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
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow!! So many things that are going on at curious to see what part two will reveal!!!
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, fantasy

I knew from reading the acknowledgements that I would love this book and it did not disappoint. The thought, detail and precision that Sanderson put into this piece of work was truly something to marvel at. It was brilliant from start to end and the charming illustrations that accompanied each part made it an even more enjoyable read. The complexity of the world created was extraordinarily impressive with so much vigour to all aspects of civilisation; politically, religiously, cultur

Okay I am a huge Brandon Sanderson fan. The Mistborn Trilogy is absolutely amazing, and I've found that anything Sanderson writes is incredible.

So basically, this book rocks (haha so puny regarding the terrain of Roshar). It's completely all encompassing, with each element of Roshan society being hugely developed. All of the characters are extremely likeable - from the gentry class scholar, the hand to the king, and even the lowest of slaves. In addition to those voices, we
Clive Harrison
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Over 100,000 words like this. But I praise you to stick with it as it is worth every word.
I was hooked. Often noted as a YA novel, that was still quite a great read (the whole trilogy about the Epics is). The moral of the story is not to judge an author entirely based on their, quite possibly involuntary, approach to completing another's work. If they can write even a short novel like that, I've misjudged them.

The Stormlight series is so much better, that I can barely imagine this was the perso
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I feel like it'll make more sense to review The Way of Kings after I read part two, so I won't write out a full-length review for this one. I really enjoyed it, though - really, really enjoyed it. Absolutely can't wait to get into part two!
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Brandon Sanderson is an author with many books to choose from, and I constantly find myself unsure where to start. Recently, I’ve worked around to picking up some of his work. I started with the novellas – the Legion stories and Snapshot – then moved on to Skyward, and then gave the first Alcatraz book a read. As a whole, I had fun. In fact, I’m desperate for the next Skyward book, and decided it was finally time to dive into one of Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy novels. After all, it’s what I’d be ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, fantasy
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
Chelsea Hall
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book really is amazing, or this first part should I say. The thing about reading this though is that you should be seriously prepared when you start. I haven't properly read any fantasy before and went straight on into this and it took me almost 2 weeks to read, this coming from a person who at the most has read 3 big books in a day, It was a lot of information and I really had to take my time going through each chapter as the characters change around. Overall though it was a
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