The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was so good! It is huge, it is grand, and it is so good.
I cannot help comparing this to The Wheel of Time, and I have to say I like this a lot more. Sanderson really knows how to write something gripping.
To be honest I have no idea how to review this. The story is just so huge. Basically it follows three people on their different journeys, and all of them come in contact with something that shows history didn’t happen the way everyone thinks it did. This will change everything.
You fall for the characters. They are not perfect human beings, but that is what is so appealing. They have their own struggles, beliefs, and prejudices. Their story and growth is one you want to follow.
I listened to this on audiobook and can definitely recommend it. The narrators did an amazing job!
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.
Roshar is a world of stone swept by tempests that shape ecology and civilization. Animals and plants retract; cities are built in shelter. In centuries since ten orders of Knights fell, their Shardblade swords and Shardplate armor still transform men into near-invincible warriors. Wars are fought for them, and won by them.
In one such war on the ruined Shattered Plains, slave Kaladin struggles to save his men and fathom leaders who deem them expendable, in senseless wars where ten armies fight separately against one foe.
Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Fascinated by the ancient text named The Way of Kings and troubled by visions of ancient times, he doubts his sanity.
Across the ocean, Shallan trains under eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece Jasnah. Though Shallan genuinely loves learning, she plans a daring theft. Her research hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.