The Way of Kings

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.

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 shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

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.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer (forthcoming)

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Collection
Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels
Elantris
Warbreaker

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners
Steelheart
Firefight
Calamity

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  • Incredible absolutely Incredible

    By SteeleDistilled
    5
    This book got me back into reading and made me feel like a little kid reading through Harry Potter again. This series is majestic, legendary, gripping, and such an incredible story! Can't wait to continue the story.
  • Splendid

    By praiyz
    5
    I've always been a fan of fantasy and this had me whipped
  • the best

    By Fred Gibson
    5
    can't believe how much this book surprised me. wonderful characters and world. one of the best books i've ever read.
  • Masterpiece of Fantasy

    By MatrixVoom
    5
    I must admit, I hated this book the first two times I tried to read it. Yes, two! Fantasy writers usually try three different ways to get you into their world: 1) take your world and give it a fantasy dimension (Harry Potter), 2) throw you into the world but you discover it with a familiar type character and explain it through them (The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings), or 3) just throw you in the world and figure it out. This book is the third and is rather difficult to get into, especially if you are not a frequent fantasy reader. But with patience, this book really delivers! Yes, I really did not fully get it until probably 500 pages into it. Yes, it was probably shy too long, but not really once you get it. It's epic, it's literary, it's a masterpiece, it's writing and story building that rivals the best Fantasy has to offer. And like his series, Mistborn, is very entertaining. I loved it and the second book confirms Mr. Sanderson as the greatest fantasy author of our time.
  • So Good

    By crash531
    5
    I didn't think I'd find anything I liked as much as "A Song of Ice and Fire" ... I was, happily, proven wrong.
  • Epic

    By That's Lord Warcrown to you!
    5
    Love the dynamics of the world that the author has created. I can't get enough of this series!
  • The way of kings

    By SapphiresPearls
    5
    Excellent read. Engaging enough for me to buy the next book in the series to determine what happens next.
  • So good

    By Saulito221
    5
    Great set up to start an epic series. I'm hooked.
  • I absolutely love this book

    By ErodenV
    5
    I've read most of Brandon's books so far and I've loved them all, but I think the stormlight archive is what he's always wanted to write. An epic suits his writing style and he's did a masterful job with this book as well as the follow up. Definitely worth a read
  • Amazing!

    By Jonesy0807
    5
    This series is awesome! Brandon's world creating ability is on point. Not to mention the way he makes you love the characters.

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