The Way of Kings: Bk. 1

The Way of Kings: Bk. 1

Book rating: 05 Paperback The Stormlight Archive

By (author) Brandon Sanderson

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  • Publisher: Gollancz
  • Format: Paperback | 1008 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 60mm | 1,302g
  • Publication date: 30 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0575097345
  • ISBN 13: 9780575097346
  • Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
  • Sales rank: 39,701

Product description

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed ...They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won. Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself - and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne. On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few day a young spearman forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn't understand and doesn't really want to fight. What happened deep in mankind's past? Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?

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Author information

Brandon Sanderson was born in Nebraska in 1975. Since then he has written, amongst others The Mistborn books and begun the internationally bestselling Stormlight Archive. He was also chosen by Robert Jordan's family to complete Jordan's Wheel of Time Sequence. He lives in Utah. Visit his website at, follow him on Twitter at and like him on Facebook at Read his blogs at and

Customer reviews

By Mark Parsons 16 Aug 2012 5

I cannot recommend this book enough. Characters that are so well written you will find yourself thinking about them while not reading. I could not make up my mind which of the main characters I loved most. After every chapter i changed my mind :) Just Brilliant.
The story and world is magnificently imagined and Kaladins back story just brings him to life like no other character Ive read. Dalinar & Shallan are also beautifully written, both with their own personal struggles and the expectations of others on their shoulders. Szeth, WOW, I wont ruin anything...
If you are a book fan... and if your reading these reviews you obviously are.. you need to read this book.
I cannot wait for the next installment of many.. My one concern is that B Sanderson falls into the trap that Robert Jordan did and just writes for the sake of writing and the story becomes so enravelled in itself that it goes nowhere for 4 or 5 books and becomes a struggle to stay with. Please Mr Sanderson keep it to a few excellent Characters and stay on point.
5 stars. In my top 5 books ever read.

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The Way of Kings is epic in every sense. Sanderson has built a world that leaps to life, a cast of varied characters and a vast history that slowly unfolds. While Sanderson cuts from the familiar cloth of fantasy, his narrative impetus and meticulous world building bode well for future volumes. -- Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN