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The Way of Kings

Sanderson, Brandon (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Way of Kings


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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.
Authors: Sanderson, Brandon
Title: The way of kings
Publisher: New York :, Tor Fantasy,, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 1007 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Brandon Sanderson
Notes: Maps on lining papers
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780765326355
0765326353
Branch Call Number: SF SANDERSON 2010
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Report This Mar 14, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sanderson has created an intricately layered world of belief, politics, multiple cultures, and a magic that is both strange, yet steeped in the familiarity of the sciences. The Way of Kings is not epic in terms of grandeur, but in the scope of its philosophical, and theological pondering. More emphasis is placed on intellectual conversations, and individual soul-searching than on battles, which are nonetheless impressive. Actions affect character integrity to the point where they truly bare scars from the consequences that arise. Each of the principal leads struggles to find the correct path, even though they are yet unaware of what path they are on, so vast and unforeseeable are the plots of the true enemies. It is only by piecing together clues, and warnings that they receive individually, that we are aware of the approaching storm and what it possibly is. The destination is yet unknown, and many mysteries are still in store for us, but like the Knights Radiant say the "journey before destination", and this one is both immensely exciting, and thought-provoking.

Report This Aug 24, 2013
  • JCLGreggW rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely masterful high fantasy. Here, Sanderson stakes out his claim to be the next Robert Jordan. The first of a planned ten (TEN!) book series, Sanderson does what he does best: gives us memorable characters, both male and female, a unique magic system, wonderful and exotic worldbuilding, and a story that's truly epic in scope. If I HAD to nitpick, I might say that he could have tightened the wording up a little bit, but you'll likely be so enthralled with the story you won't notice. Yes, we're all going to have to wait for the entire series to be written, but trust me, gang: this one's worth picking up.

Report This Jul 05, 2013
  • love_the_world rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books i have ever read.

Report This May 14, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Way of Kings is by far the best book iv ever read it is so good i almost had a heart attack..gah...weez....huf...ugg.......uggg.aaagghghfdgh.ehbwoehbwhifbowrhvbwlrvh.........okay i got over the shock of how good this book is ,but anyway this book got everything violence,gore,humor,drama, but no romance yyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssss sorry i hate romance but this book is a MUST read

Report This Apr 11, 2013
  • Fleeter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely stunning. Sanderson's world-building talents are something to marvel at. The cultures and characters have that third dimension that so many in modern literature seem to be lacking, and the plot is literally breathtaking. Seriously, I was hyperventilating by the end. The fact that it's only one in ten fills me with excitement and sadness in equal measures. Mr. Sanderson had better not pull a Robert Jordan is all I'm saying.

Report This Feb 25, 2013
  • hjuanita rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent. Sanderson has an amazingly full imagination and a writing style that combines wit, poetry, actiion, humor and pathos just marvelously. The pages just fly by, packed with characters who have real dimensionality to them. For those who felt cheated by Game of Thrones (yes, there are many...!) here is the antidote. Enjoy!

Report This Jul 11, 2012
  • Oddoneout rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Way of Kings is an excellent book, it lived up to my expectations and I so dearly want to read the next one! The four main characters will either destroy their world or save it. He not only gives you very well developed characters but gives you their background and insight to each one so you can understand their actions and how they came to be that way. I reccomend this book for those who enjoy a great fiction novel! This book will cause you to be anxiously waiting for the sequel!

Report This Jan 09, 2012
  • haleclan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sanderson's best in some ways, although it may be the most difficult first 100 pages of any of his books. Hard to beat his Mistborn trilogy, but this one has the potential to rank up there. Can't wait for the next book in the series...

Report This Aug 23, 2011
  • x0101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had very high expectations for this novel. Brandon Sanderson is a great and imaginative author, and the series has so much buzz that various people have put it on the 'best fantasy series' list (even though only the first book has been released at the time I write this review). Sadly, the book did not live up to my expectations. It's overly long and contains some cartoonish elements (specifically, the various spreen). The magic system, which I've seen described as very unique, is actually very ho-hum. Basically, people carry around infused gemstones which act like magic batteries. And finally, although this doesn't reflect on the author, the novel must have set a record with the number of typos and various minor errors it had.

A very compelling story. Sanderson's prose really put me in this world, seeing and feeling what his characters did. It slowly introduces the characters that will likely tear this world apart in the books to come. I now ill have to re-read the opening quotes for each chapter, now that I understand the context of them.

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Report This Aug 25, 2012
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

red_crocodile_191 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Report This May 14, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: two woman almost get raped

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  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: strong brutal violence and gore Epic battle scenes

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  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: bast@rd son of a bi!c# the is pretty much it

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"Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination." -The First Ideal of the Knights Radiant

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