The Way of Kings

The Way of Kings

Book - 2010
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A new epic series by the best-selling writer of Robert Jordan's final Wheel of Time novels introduces the world of Roshar through the experiences of a war-weary royal compelled by visions, a highborn youth condemned to military slavery and a woman who would save her impoverished house.
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9780765326355
0765326353
Branch Call Number: S SANDERSON, B.
Characteristics: 1,007 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.

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mothchick
Nov 19, 2020

GOD ITS GOOD!

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Olgalevin
Nov 18, 2020

I really tried getting into it and learned that this kind of scifi is rather too sophisticated for me.

ACL_NicholasS Jul 10, 2020

The beginning of an amazing journey through the lands of Roshar. A land filled with conflict and war where characters from all walks of life struggle to survive. Nobody is perfect and this book shines a light on the idea that even though we may be flawed and broken there can be redemption and change. That the only way to let the light in is through a cracked and broken soul. Plus it's hard to find an author that can describe epic battles with strange and powerful magics as well as Sanderson. I highly recommend reading or even listening to the book since its narrated by the dynamic duo of audiobooks, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. These books only get better as the story unfolds and I personally look forward to the next books release more than any other in this genre.

CaitlinG_OshLib Jun 12, 2020

A masterclass in epic fantasy, Brandon Sanderson has created something magical!

PimaLib_JanaB May 19, 2020

This is epic fantasy on a grand scale. Sanderson's worldbuilding is second to none. His characters are both easy to love and hate, sometimes in the same moment. This book is slow to start, but I don't regret persevering.

The characters in this book have their own intrigues and purposes. Little do they know that an old threat is looming, one that has been sleeping for 4500 years. This is the stuff of legend, certainly not the stuff generals should be worried about today. With a threat vanquished so far back, historians turn to legends and desperately try to sort fact from myth if their civilization has any hope to survive.

I love the way Sanderson writes religion. This blend of fact, faith, tradition, and culture guides how many people walk through life. There is an atheist character in this book, and I love that Sanderson spent just as much care on her beliefs as any other character. Her beliefs ring just as true as those of the devout. I was happy to see a positive representation of an atheist character in a world guided by religious practice.

OPL_JacobL Apr 10, 2020

The beginning of what may become one of the greatest epic fantasy series, Brandon Sanderson shows his mastery of the genre through a world that feels wholly different from prior fantasy worlds. This books is the definition of a short burn, often throwing you into the middle of the story for each character before eventually giving you the information you crave. If you love lush world building and great writing, "The Way of Kings" delivers.

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Broseth84
Apr 08, 2020

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Very original world and deep interesting characters. I couldn't put it down and it is a very heavy book! If future books in this series are half as good as this book I can see this epic being compared to the likes of Tolkien and Robert Jordan. A must read for fantasy lovers!

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colinepp42
Apr 07, 2020

I think that Brandon Sanderson is an amazing writer, and I really enjoyed the way of kings. The world is large and you feel like you are only scratching the surface in the opening to the Stormlight archive. The plot twists are unexpected, the characters struggle and persevere. Definitely worth a read.

Way of Kings has an amazing plot.

johnaspler Dec 03, 2019

Way of Kings is the first novel in one of my favourite series of all time (10/10)! In the world of Roshar, most people have forgotten how to use magic, which means that the readers learn about magic at the same time as the characters.

Sanderson constructs exciting fantasy worlds with precise if mysterious magic systems. He slowly reveals those systems in morsels over the course of a series; I recommend looking up Sanderson's Laws of Magic for a sense of how he writes. Those slow revelations serve as a key source of world-building, history-learning, and twist-revealing.

In Way of Kings (Book 1 of his epic Stormlight Archives - a series connected subtly to the broader 'Cosmere' universe of all his novels), he constructs a world with unique cultures performing distinct cultural practices (literacy and scholarship are 'feminine' in Alethi culture, the Shin revere farmers over soldiers, etc). He also explores timely themes (e.g., oppression, belief, class and social tensions). Other key strengths include: 1) great character development focused on social determinants of mental illness and what it means to be 'broken'; and 2) the exploration of everyone's humanity - not just the supposed good guys. I do worry about some central political ideals (respectability politics, sympathy but not always empathy for the oppressed), but the world is nuanced enough that I'm happy to be on board for now.

And honestly, Sanderson just writes great fight scenes!

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melodia1988
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And so, does the destination matter? Or is it the path we take? I declare that no accomplishment has substance nearly as great as the road used to achieve it. We are not creatures of destinations. It is the journey that shapes us. Our callused feet, our backs strong from carrying the weight of our travels, our eyes open with the fresh delight of experiences lived.

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arshmann123
Feb 15, 2017

“Can you feel it? Something just changed. I believe that’s the sound the world makes when it pisses itself.”

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arshmann123
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“An excuse is what you make after the deed is done, while a justification is what you offer before.”

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arshmann123
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“There are two kinds of people in this world, son. Those who save lives, and those who take lives."
"And what of those who protect and defend? Those who save lives by taking lives?"
"That's like trying to stop a storm by blowing harder. Ridiculous. You can't protect by killing.”

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arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“To lack feeling is to be dead, but to act on every feeling is to be a child.”

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arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“And so, does the destination matter? Or is it the path we take? I declare that no accomplishment has substance nearly as great as the road used to achieve it. We are not creatures of destinations. It is the journey that shapes us. Our callused feet, our backs strong from carrying the weight of our travels, our eyes open with the fresh delight of experiences lived.”

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arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“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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hippogriff28
Jul 12, 2014

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”

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hippogriff28
Jul 12, 2014

"But expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack."

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Duc_D
Jun 04, 2014

"I will defend those who cannot defend themselves."

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blue_dog_31717
Nov 27, 2019

Other: Brief Mild Violence: Brief scenes of mild violence throughout.

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pcrouch
Jul 11, 2016

Other: Sanderson Syndrome: You will love this book so much that almost all other books will pale in comparison to literally anything Brandon Sanderson writes, this especially.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: Some brutal violence. Nothing overly gruesome. Mild gore. Nothing a thirteen year old can't handle. However, there are battles, murders ect... So, there is plenty violence but nowhere near as Game of Thrones and such.

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