The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1)

Paperback, 1008 pages

English language

Published Aug. 4, 2010 by Tor Books.

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5 stars (8 reviews)

Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive.

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 are 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 …

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The worldbuilding so far is fantastic and like nothing I've ever read before, but I stayed away from the audiobook for a few days too long and forgot some of the more intricate aspects of the plot. It's a bummer, but I just don't think I'm in the right brain place for an 45-hour audiobook endeavor at the moment. I'll definitely come back to this story, though!

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