The Way of Kings

The Way of Kings

eBook - 2010
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Publisher: New York : Tor, ©2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781429992800
1429992808
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1007 pages) : illustrations, maps (some color).

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For those who miss good battle scenes: Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series begins with The Way of Kings, featuring a war-weary royal guided by visions, a highborn youth condemned to military slavery, and a woman who wants to save her impoverished family. War, as depicted in this novel, ... Read More »


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David239
May 15, 2019

Starts slow and is somewhat confusing at the beginning, but it is an amazing read once you get into it. Amazing world, compelling characters.

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green_fox_665
Feb 21, 2019

Just so incredibly well written. This series has a bit of a slow start, but it is just so, so good. The world is incredibly well built, the characters relatable and interesting, the whole series just so good it will leave you thinking about it all the time. If you start this book and are a bit put off by the beginning pace, just keep in mind that the next book is incredibly intense. I dreamed about this book for weeks man. It's so good.

IndyPL_CarriG Oct 27, 2018

If you love giant, door-stopper epic fantasy books like I do, look no further, Brandon Sanderson has you covered. This first entry in the Stormlight series sets up an incredibly unique world and heroic yet relatable main characters. This is not a book that you should devour quickly, this is a novel to savor and take your time with.

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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.

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direwolf359
May 04, 2018

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

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blue_cat_3956
May 03, 2018

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

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codenameRobin
Mar 14, 2018

BEST FANTASY BOOK SERIES EVER!!

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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.

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DerekMS
Feb 11, 2018

A very enjoyable read!

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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.

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arshmann123
Feb 15, 2017

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

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arshmann123
Feb 15, 2017

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

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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.”

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arshmann123
Feb 14, 2017

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

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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hippogriff28
Jul 12, 2014

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

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DDTan
Jun 04, 2014

"I will defend those who cannot defend themselves."

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lazsiu
Feb 26, 2014

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

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May 03, 2018

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May 17, 2016

pcrouch thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Sep 04, 2014

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Aug 25, 2012

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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.

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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.

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