The Way of Kings Book Reviews

AUTHOR
Brandon Sanderson
SCORE
4.5
TOTAL RATINGS
8,449

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson Book Summary

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

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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Book Name The Way of Kings
Genre Epic
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Language English
E-Book Size 19.86 MB

The Way of Kings (Brandon Sanderson) Book Reviews 2024

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Must read. One of the best books I have ever read

A must read. An amazing begining to the best fantasy ever

Enthralling epic you don’t want to put down. This book was recommended to me by a friend. Rather dubious, I purchased it. I was hooked almost instantly. The author expertly weaves multiple stories together with awesome ease. I couldn’t stop reading. It is books like these that inspire me and provide the best entertainment. Well worth the price.

Re-readable!. I just finished “The Rhythm of War” and decided I needed to re-read the series. And boy am I glad I did. The amount of planning Sanderson put into these works is nothing short of spectacular. I guess now I have to go back and re-read the rest of the cosmere collection too.

WOW. Amazing pay off. I was a little slow to get into this book but man was it worth it.

The very best. This book and it’s sequels are the best fantasy books of this day

Astounding!. Rarely have I been so captivated! The world building, the characters, are on another level. Loved every word!

Mm. It good

Absolutely epic. Brandon has a way with words that is truly unlike any other. This is by far the most EPIC story I have ever read, through and through. The beginning is slow, but it is so beyond worth it and pertinent to the story. You grow with the characters and the passion in Brandon’s writing is so evident. I truly felt like I was there with the characters. You feel their bravery, passion, courage, hatred, sadness, as if you were them and the bond that forms between the characters and the reader is unlike any other. This is an incredible series and is beyond worth reading. Thank you, Brandon. Life before death.

Awesome. Fantastic book.

Disappointed. Take out about ⅔ of the words and it would be a pretty good book, except for the ending, which doesn’t wrap up a single story line. I will not read the sequels.

This is the Way.. A modern fantasy epic with a fully realized world inhabited by realistic and relatable characters. The story’s essence is the struggle against our worst tendencies and base desires. To become better versions of ourselves for the greater good. Unfortunately to achieve the greater good we must first overcome a greater evil, and evil has its own agenda. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Give this book a try and you’ll be at the end before you realize it. And you most likely won’t be disappointed.

Beautiful!. What an excellent read!!!

Amazing!. Just like just about any other book written by Brandon Sanderson, “The Way of Kings” absolutely amazes me. Rich world building, characters with one-in-a-million personalities (not to mention their extensive and interesting arcs), lengthy plot and subplots, as well as very exotic scenery come together in this novel. They form a work of art: epic fantasy. Of course, if you can’t handle about 1,000 pages of content or the epic fantasy story, this may not be the book for you. However, if fantasy, complex magic systems, and discovering a vibrant world that Sanderson creates and describes so wonderfully is right up your alley, I 100% recommend this book.

Simply Amazing. Gripped me tighter than any piece of literature before. Read it.

Incredible. What a fun new world to dive into. 10/10 recommend.

Awesome!. You have to trust him on this one! It is a little slow in the beginning but just keep going! It is totally worth it!

Great Series. I did not say “Great BOOK” I said Great Series”. Now, please know that I’m NOT complaining about this book. This book specifically has kind of a slow build to it but gets better and better. When you meet “The Assassin In White”, you’ll love his story. You’ll love Shallan’s, Adolin, Dalinar, Navani (I personally don’t like her but I know that many other people do and that I’m probably the weird one) and Kaladin along with all there Spren. I love all the characters except Navani and sometimes I tolerate Shallan. I just feel like my favorite MAIN character (Kaladin) has such a SLOW build in this book. The rest of the books its not like that. You’ll feel all kinds of emotions reading this book and series. Again, I’m NOT whining about the book, I just feel like Kaladin’s story could have gone a little bit quicker. One of my most fun series that I would recommend to my friends.

Worth it. While I recommend reading the mistborn trilogy first, the Stormlight archive really is a recommendation to all fantasy fans. Yes, the book is over 1,000 pages long - but it pays off in the end. And if you immerse yourself in the world and follow the journeys alongside the characters, you’ll find yourself wanting more.

A stunning epic. Yes, this book is BIG. But this is definitely on my favorite books of all time list, and I have read a LOT (and I mean a *LOT*) of books. I especially love how Sanderson deals with the different characters’ psychology. Kaladin has a lot of trauma and I can UNDERSTAND what he’s going through. Dalinar is trying to become a better person and I’m sure a lot of us can relate to that. Shallan’s has a job to do to save the people she cares about, but can she really pull it off? (She gets more mental hardships later on, trust me.) Then the setting is incredible! Roshar is a fresh new world for anyone who feels like they’ve seen all the fantasy worlds. It’s not only just cool, but there’s so much depth to it! This story has real heroes that you’ll root for, villains you’ll despise, people that take a while before you can decide which side they’re on, beautiful artwork, and a plot line that’s more complicated than it seems at first glance. That was really long, but I totally recommend! Five stars!

Amazing. This book was absolutely phenomenal. I couldn’t put it down, and when I managed to do so, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. INCREDIBLE

Horrible!. I had no idea this author was Mormon when i picked up the book but 10% of the way in I recognized the traumatic retelling of the religion of my childhood. Disgusting. Not what anyone wants in a fantasy book!! I want my money back!!

Way of Kings is fascinating!. Incredible! It may take a bit of reading to get into the flow of this amazing tale, but well worth the effort!

Good read. I enjoyed book one and look forward to Book 2!

Read. I hated it to many characters at least that’s what I thought the first time I was reading like four other books at the same time so yeah second time was great I loved it rlain was my favorite.

Brilliant. Wasn’t too big of a book reader but after constantly being told to read this series by a close friend, I finally caved. That turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made. This book is by far the best I’ve ever read and I’m constantly reading every minute I can. Love this and can’t wait to read the others!

Good book!. This is a good book but felt very long.

Unlocked a New Universe. Fast paced initial saga that is hard to put down.

Fantasy at its best.. Game of Thrones is one of my favorite series yet I somehow was ignorant of this amazing series. If you liked Game of Thrones, this series is for you; everything from war, battles, political plotting, and ultimately, an extremely interesting world and lord. Sanderson has created something sensational and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books.

Loved it!. Best book I’ve read in a very long time. Get the chills just thinking about it.

The way of kings. Awesome

Amaaaaaaaaazing!!!!!. You cannot go wrong. It may be long, but the ending is perfect. Great starter to the new series. If you don’t like long books, still read it. I cannot stress how well plotted out this book was. Chef’s kiss.

Excellent Read - True Page Turner. I don’t want to write to much, but this novel is on of my favorite. I’ve read if twice. It is a great read, easy to understand, yet immersive. I highly recommend for anyone who loves fantasy novels. You won’t regret it!

Wowzer.. Usually when I read, I only see the characters floating in darkness. I'm glad I got to spend some time in a world that I could see completely, vividly, in my head.

Perfect. Long and we’ll crafted. Get lost in perfection ya nerds!

The storm approaches…. Was recommended this series by a friend and lord almighty I owe that friend my life now! I’m not much of a book reader; more videogame JRPG reader if anything, but man this book is really good! To you, person who’s reading this review, treat yourself a little bit and buy “The Way of Kings” and remember to be kind everyone you meet! You never know when the next bridgerun will be! :P

Didn’t know what to expect. I absolutely loved this book. Couldn’t put it down. I typically don’t like not understanding what’s going on when I’m reading a book, but this story is fantastic. I found myself highlighting whole passages that just spoke to me. Fantasy at its finest.

Epic!. Second time I’m reading this series! Simply epic!

⭐️Amazing book⭐️. The world building, magic system, and characters are all incredible. I’ve highly enjoyed this series so far. It builds up to a dramatic ending. Worth the read. Though it is a bit hard to read, it’s worth finishing it. The next books are also amazing 🤩 .

great read. amazing page turner. could not set it down. loveable characters.

Most compelling read in fantasy genre. I was hooked the whole time and could not put it down. What a roller coaster of emotions. Sanderson and his ability to create characters is amazing!

My favorite new saga. Everything this man writes feels so alive!

Drawn in completely. It was tough going at first — assimilating a whole new vocabulary, — but I was eventually drawn into the story in such a way that compelled me to read hours at a time. Can’t wait to start the next volume!

Loved it. Great and dense book

What an epic. This book has a lot to say and it’s a big one. I did enjoy this book quite a bit it’s main characters felt fleshed out and backstory was well supplied. I do feel parts probably could’ve been edited out but maybe it’ll be important later in the series

What a masterpiece. My God, has there ever been a better character than Kaladin? This book must be read.

The Final Crisis is Worth the Long Slog. This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Roshar is a world in flux. The king has been assassinated. The kingdom of Alethkar is now at war but does not fight for victory. The high lords divide the kingdom, and paranoia drives the new king. High Prince Dalinar Kholin sees visions of the ancient past, warning him to unite the kingdom. Yet his thirst for war has waned. Kaladin trained a surgeon, became a soldier, and is now a slave running bridges after being betrayed by someone he trusted. Shallan is a scholar, sent to gain someone’s trust to steal a powerful artifact. Szeth, the assassin who started it all, is a killer who feels each murder he commits. Yet something powerful and dangerous looms on the horizon. The great desolation is coming. Review: Brandon Sanderson is a master world builder. The details of his land are rich and creative. I found the characters interesting as he wove interconnecting plots. However, the story itself is quite dense. I use the term dense to say that it is very difficult to move through. I’ve read long books before. This one was like wading through deep snow. Hard to move through and exhausting. Not a page turn that I can’t put down, nor was I anxious to get back to it. The book 1252 pages long. The author could have broken it into two or three books that would have been much easier to get through. The book’s action scenes are quite good, however. His vivid descriptions don’t disappoint, and the final crisis is worth the long slog.

Life-changing Epic. I can't even begin to describe how amazing this book is, the depth of the main characters could hold the book together on its own, but Sanderson's main strength is the world building. Be prepared to dive head first into Roshar and it's storm-battered uniqueness, love this book and I will most definitely be binging this series!

Don’t miss this!. Out of this world!

Long but worth it. This book is very long and takes a lot of time of works building. But it pays off at the end! It’s worth a read if you enjoy fantasy.

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Goodjob. Bery beru good book

Terrible. Can’t tell what is going on half the time takes way to long to tie the characters together

Kaladin The Stoic. This was my second Sanderson Series after reading Mistborn. They’re long books but I flew through them and as soon as I finished one from the series I jumped on the next. I think I read the first 3 books in 10 days (quarantined). I’ve preordered the 4h expected Nov 2020. Sanderson is now the benchmark I measure other fantasy stories against.

Thank you!. This is truly one of his best books yet!

A series to cherish. A fantastically original, detailed world with vivid characters that pull you in. I was enraptured. If you love fantasy, I beg you read this.

One of the best. Amazing characters, amazing world, amazing powers, amazing writer.

I WISH I COULD READ THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME AGAIN. THE BEST OF JORDAN, TOLKIEN, HERBERT, AND SOPHOCLES EXPLODING INTO A KALEIDOSCOPE OF SCINTILLATING WONDER, CATHARTIC CONFLICT, AND HYSTERICAL SITUATIONAL HUMOUR. THIS BOOK HAD ME GRINNING FROM EAR TO EAR, PUMPING MY FISTS, AND CLEANING THE BATHROOM OVER AND OVER SO I COULD TALK TO MYSELF ABOUT WHAT I JUST EXPERIENCED.

Loving it. The only bad thing about this book is that the sequel is only half as long! Read it, if you've ever enjoyed Sanderson this is by far his best work

amazing. This book is amazing. I've read it probably 5-6 times so far since I first got it a few years back as a gift. It may be 1000 pages but you will finish the book in a week. It keeps you on the edge, makes you want to read on the find out what will happen. This is a must have for any fantasy lover. This world this book is in is so original and amazing, there are no words to describe it. I had to purchase the iPad version to preserve the actual book. Only a few more months for the release of the next book :') (happy tear)

My favourite book. I have read this book 4 times already. My only regret is that I discovered this book too early. Now I have to wait for ALL NINE of the rest to be released.

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