The Way of Kings

The Way of Kings

Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
44
10
6
 …

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings , Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.

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 were 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 for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings . Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

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.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer (forthcoming)

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Collection
Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels
Elantris
Warbreaker

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners
Steelheart
Firefight
Calamity

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2010.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765376671
9780765326355
0765326353
Branch Call Number: FANTASY SANDERSO
Characteristics: 1007 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

h
HF_Buff
Jun 21, 2018

The magic system in these books is fleshed out and finite. Instead of ever-growing power, characters are forced to work within defined rules. Brandon has created a world in which everything is convincing. A truly enthralling novel. This book is a summer read, with fleshed out narratives and character story-lines. If you're coming in expecting a quick and easy read, you will become disinterested.

d
direwolf359
May 04, 2018

Brandon sanderson's magic systems are some of the best I have seen. I really like this book.

b
blue_cat_3956
May 03, 2018

The Stormlight Archive is the epitome of Sanderson. Truly original.

c
codenameRobin
Mar 14, 2018

BEST FANTASY BOOK SERIES EVER!!

o
Odinrules66
Feb 28, 2018

It was ok , the Kaladin storyline was the main one that kept me somewhat interested in it, I tried to keep an open mind while reading this book, but after years reading all of David Eddings, Raymond E Feist and Terry Brooks and add in that the book is around 1200 pages long, I just could not get into it very much.

d
DerekMS
Feb 11, 2018

A very enjoyable read!

i
isaachar
Feb 05, 2018

War. Revenge. Betrayal. Assassination. Feudalism. Bravery. Magic. Way of Kings has them all in spades. As with Sanderson's other fantasy works, WOK is an amazing read. Don't expect the story to move as fast as it does in the Mistborn books, it's more of a slow burn in my opinion. The magic system on Roshar is also very different than it was on Scadriel, and that was something to get used to. The POV characters all bring something interesting and different to the story, even if most of them never meet each other. I can't say I enjoyed each chapter equally for each character. Dalinar, Szeth and Adolin's chapters kept me interested, but Kaladin's wallowing in self pity came close to annoyance in places, as did Shallan's moral aggrandizing. With that said, it more than pays off by the end of the book. I also enjoyed the two characters from the Mistborn series that show up. One is subtly implied, the other is obvious and a POV character. I would definitely recommend WOK to any high fantasy fans.

b
bookbear3
Jan 29, 2018

One of my close friends told me about Brandon Sanderson. He said, "Tons of my friends have read this book, and none of them have taken longer than a week to finish it." At first, I thought that he might have been exaggerating. So I went to my bookstore and found a copy. At first, it was very intimidating because of its size. Until now, my biggest book had been around 500 pages. I read the prologue and instantly decided that I was going to buy this book. (Just so you know, the prologue is quite different than the rest of the book. I started the main part of the book, however, and found that it was better than the prologue.) Seriously, I could go on and on about how amazing this book is, but I wouldn't do it justice. JUST READ IT. You won't regret it at all. It takes place in Roshar and is in medieval times. Filled with Soulcasters, Lighteyes, Darkeyes, and assassins, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in fantasy. (By the way, I would recommend this book for advanced middle school readers and up.) Go get it. You won't regret it.

j
Jrisley
Dec 19, 2017

I really loved this book and this series. At first it is a little slow, but once it picks up it just keeps going until you do not want to put it down. I found this book to make all of the main characters interesting to the reader.

j
julia_sedai
Nov 15, 2017

Wow, I'm so excited that I've started reading this series! It's amazing ... I can't wait to read the next two books ... and then wait forever for all 10 to be finished.

I loved the setting, the characters, the plot ... just everything!

I definitely recommend this book to people who like fantasy with incredible worldbuilding, as well as complex characters, philosophical debates between characters, and an exciting plot that makes you just want to know more.

View All Comments

Quotes

Add a Quote

a
arshmann123
Feb 15, 2017

“Can you feel it? Something just changed. I believe that’s the sound the world makes when it pisses itself.”

a
arshmann123
Feb 15, 2017

“An excuse is what you make after the deed is done, while a justification is what you offer before.”

a
arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“There are two kinds of people in this world, son. Those who save lives, and those who take lives."
"And what of those who protect and defend? Those who save lives by taking lives?"
"That's like trying to stop a storm by blowing harder. Ridiculous. You can't protect by killing.”

a
arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“To lack feeling is to be dead, but to act on every feeling is to be a child.”

a
arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“And so, does the destination matter? Or is it the path we take? I declare that no accomplishment has substance nearly as great as the road used to achieve it. We are not creatures of destinations. It is the journey that shapes us. Our callused feet, our backs strong from carrying the weight of our travels, our eyes open with the fresh delight of experiences lived.”

a
arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

“Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.”

h
hippogriff28
Jul 12, 2014

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”

h
hippogriff28
Jul 12, 2014

"But expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack."

d
DDTan
Jun 04, 2014

"I will defend those who cannot defend themselves."

l
lazsiu
Feb 26, 2014

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

Age

Add Age Suitability

b
blue_cat_3956
May 03, 2018

blue_cat_3956 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

b
bookbear3
Jan 29, 2018

bookbear3 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

e
Elioto_1
Aug 02, 2016

Elioto_1 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

p
pcrouch
May 17, 2016

pcrouch thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

m
Mangosteen69
Sep 04, 2014

Mangosteen69 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

j
JihadiConservative
Aug 25, 2012

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Notices

Add Notices

p
pcrouch
Jul 11, 2016

Other: Sanderson Syndrome: You will love this book so much that almost all other books will pale in comparison to literally anything Brandon Sanderson writes, this especially.

j
JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: Some brutal violence. Nothing overly gruesome. Mild gore. Nothing a thirteen year old can't handle. However, there are battles, murders ect... So, there is plenty violence but nowhere near as Game of Thrones and such.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at LPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top