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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition (May 24 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765365278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765365279
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 5.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Oct. 14 2010
Format: Hardcover
Brandon Sanderson is a fantasy author in a million -- he crafts complex, intricate fantasy worlds, and gilds them with exquisitely evocative prose. But his greatest challenge thus far has to be "The Way of Kings," an older manuscript that he apparently dusted off, rewrote, and is now expanding into a vast fantasy epic. This is only the first book, and it's over a thousand pages long.

It's pretty difficult to sum up the plot, since the cast is huge and aren't even in the same place. But long ago, the Radiants (sort of divine knights) once were sent by the Heralds to destroy the demonic Voidbringers. Then they turned against humanity, and begin warring over their godslaying Shardblades.

One part of the story follows Shallan, a desperate young noblewoman who is trying to save her family from ruin. So she seeks out the heretic princess Jasnah in hopes of becoming her attendant... but of course, she has her own secret motives to restore the family fortunes. Another follows Kaladin, a man enslaved in another land and with a shash glyph branded on his forehead.

And then there's Szeth, the "assassin in white" who killed Jasnah's father with a Shardblade, and Dalinar Kholin, the king's Highprince brother whose visions compel him to unite his people before the unthinkable happens. The oathpact has been shattered, and disaster is coming.

"The Way of Kings" is the sort of book that Robert Jordan should have written. The story is filled countless alien animals (they ride GIANT CRABS), mythologies, languages, magical systems and cultures, all with their own distinct quirks and characteristics. But Sanderson doesn't allow his story to be bogged down by the details -- instead he embroiders his elaborate plot with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonnyringo on April 12 2013
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I became interested in Sanderson's writing following his assistance in concluding the Wheel of Time series. I have not been disappointed. This book has hooked me from the start and the character development has been fantastic. I would definitely recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Soares TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 6 2013
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Having not picked up a Sanderson book since his debut with Elantris (which was a good first novel, but nowhere close to as good as "The Way of Kings"), I was pleasantly surprised at how much this author has developed.

The Way of Kings is the brilliant beginning to what could be the best epic of our generation if the focus, character development and quality of writing in this book are carried through this series. The Way of Kings is a hefty read at over 1000 pages, but I promise, once you begin you will not be able to put it down.

The chapters in Way of Kings are broken up by different character perspectives. We have Shallan, Kaladin, Szeth, Dalinar Kholin. Shallan is a young woman trying to do dubious things to save her family from ruin. Her father has died, but left them with great debt, and she begins the story, attempting to become princess Jasnah's protegee in order to steal something very important to restore her family. Kaladin is a brave, honorable, slave who was once a soldier, but was betrayed and sold into slavery. Szeth is a Truthless and is bound to serve whoever holds his oathstone. Dalinar, is uncle to the king (and Jasnah). An honorable man, he suffers from visions of the past.

It's difficult to summarize the plot of this novel. Once the "Radiants" served the people, protecting them from the voidbringers. Long ago they abandoned their roles and enough time has passed that the people believe the danger has passed. Now, only their armour and weapons (Shardplates and Shardblades) remain - magical weapons that are prized and fought over.

In the beginning of the novel, Szeth assassinates Dalinar's brother, the King. Now his son, the new King, and his high princes are at war to avenge his father.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heron Blade on Feb. 6 2013
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This novel was excellent. Along with Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, he created a unique fantasy world that is highly entertaining to read into. Nothing is copied from other Sci-Fi or fantasy stories. Can not wait for Sanderson to continue this series now that Wheel of Time is ended.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Collin Simonsen on Sept. 13 2010
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This book is brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is over a thousand pages long, but I read it fairly quickly because it is so good. It is one of those books that makes you wonder how long until the sequel comes out.

Some modest criticisms:
1. Sanderson is not above the usual weird use of italics that fantasy writers sometimes use. I mean, if you want to add emphasis to a sentence, don't have the italicised word do the heavy lifting. Don't italicise "had" "was" "really" etc.

2. Sometimes Sanderson ends a chapter on a cliff hanger and then starts the next chapter with a new character in a new setting. I consider that a rather amaturish tactic to keep readers reading. His writing is good enough that he doesn't need to resort to that.

But Sanderson's world building, plotting, characters, magic systems, descriptions are beautiful, complex, fascinating. I loved some of the simple descriptions juxtaposed with the grand ones. Like how Kal steps out of the baracks and his bare feet notice the difference between the cold cement of the baracks and the hot rocks outside. I thought that was a brilliant description that a lesser writer wouldn't be bothered with putting in.
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