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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575097361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575097360
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Way of Kings Part 1 manages to grip you from the very first page and doesn't let go, it's a powerful and somewhat mesmerising start to a very promising series and one which I intend to follow very closely indeed. (SFBOOK.COM)

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The brand new epic fantasy series from international bestseller Brandon Sanderson. Released in two volumes due to size of book.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sjhigbee on 13 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
A health warning comes with this book - it is a beast at just over a 1000 pages. So if you enjoy curling up in bed with your fav read, you may have to rethink how you hold/balance this breeze block edition - I know I did.

It is a mark of Sanderson's writing skill that I was held throughout this monster - huge tomes of high fantasy are not high on my list of favourite reads, and I picked this up fully expecting to get about halfway through and then lose interest. It has certainly happened with other popular fantasy writers - including George R.R. Martin. However, effective characterisation isn't Sanderson's only strength. His world is fascinating. I loved the landscape, complete with original ecology and unusual wildlife - as well as a complicated, tortuous history and conflicting religious beliefs.

While I may have to get some serious weight training in before attempting the sequel when it comes out, I'm definitely going to track it down - although I'm not promising I'll get right to the end of this ten part series. However, this intriguing, complex story has lodged in my head and despite the fact that I am now more than halfway through another excellent, enjoyable book since I completed 'The Way of Kings', I often find myself thinking about the world and the protagonists. Who knows - Sanderson may be the author who thoroughly converts me to joining the ranks of epic fantasy fandom!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ilovefantasy on 18 April 2012
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This book is Epic in every sense of the word. It has different worlds, great characters that are both likeable and memorable, and a fantastic system of magical cultures. There are multiple layers that in less able hands would be muddled and confusing, but which Sanderson handles with ease. The premise is truly awe-inspiring, and promises much exciting action for the novels still to come. The book's size means you have to dedicate serious reading-time to it, but the complexity of the plot needs this anyway. The writing is brilliant too - calling to mind a new fantasy author I read recently, Cas Peace. The language she uses in her first novel, KING'S ENVOY, borders on the lyrical, and her handling of a rich plot and fascinating characters reminded me of Sanderson. I'm convinced she's an author to watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chiliadam on 10 Sept. 2011
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Read this after reading the Mistborn Trilogy - which has turned into one of my fave fantasy reads of the last few years. This is totally different both in scope and characterisation. Fantastically exciting start which does slow in places but still gripping as Sanderson ensures you know all the main characters inside out. Looking foward to the 2nd part and the subsequent volumes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 31 Jan. 2013
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It has been quite a while since I read and reviewed an adult epic fantasy - and I believe I'm come a fair way since then - so excuse me a moment of nostalgia before I begin. *deep breath in, deep breath out* Okay good. So first of all, many of you reading this will be thinking "1,001 pages?! Sod that!!" but wait. Don't be put off by the size. Though it takes you a little while longer than usual to read The Way of Kings, as can be said for a lot of epic fantasy to be honest, you honestly won't notice the time passing because you're enjoying the book so much. Yep. That good.

So, okay.. I'll admit that not very much happened in The Way of Kings yet somehow it doesn't drag. This is book 1 in a planned-to-be 10 volume series called the Stormlight Archive and as such, you can expect that it is the build up book. It is full of glorious world building, the introduction of characters that you'll fall in love with (I'll come to them in a moment), and a magic system that left me floored by the end, but not a whole lot of story-moving action. Saying that, it's the best not-very-much-happens book I've ever read and I heartily recommend it to all fans of fantasy fiction because of the very easy style of writing Brandon Sanderson uses. You find yourself caught up in the flow of words and before you know it - oh my, is that the time?! Better get some sleep.. Okay so I wasn't so fond of the flashback chapters but overall, the story they told was detrimental to Kaladin's character building. They told us about his past and how he became the man he is.

As for the story, well.. a world of storms beset by wars ruled by High Princes who care nothing but for their own personal gain while a young man tries to overcome those who have wronged him?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allison Coe on 24 Jun. 2014
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If you find this a little slow to get going, please do not get put off - I am an avid reader of fantasy and this is one of the best and most memorable books that I have ever read. The sequels are just as good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChrisKnight on 27 Mar. 2012
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This is top-notch fantasy, right up there with the best. The world is full of detail and feels right. There are some nice new ideas but they don't feel too whacky or contrived. The writing is very good and the characters are engaging. I really really enjoyed this and thoroughly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice on 6 Mar. 2015
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Always amazed about how different each of Brandon Sanderson's books feels. This is a complex, brilliant, un-put-down-able fantasy with well thought through characters and an interesting plot. :D
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ashok Banker on 17 Aug. 2012
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This happens to be the first Brandon Sanderson novel I actually read. I bought a copy of the hardcover of Elantris when it first came out and a copy of the paperback of Mistborn, the first in the Final Empire trilogy (which is now a continuing series) but somehow never got into them. I have a habit of reading a chapter or two of every new book that arrives before deciding mentally when to read it. In this case, I happened to buy the ebook of The Way Of Kings first along with a number of other ebooks for my Kindle. I enjoyed the first few chapters so much I immediately ordered the paperback. Now that I've finished breaking the spine of this massive 1250 page paperback, I wonder if I should have ordered the hardcover instead! If I'm taking a long time to get to the point, it's only to make the point that Brandon Sanderson does NOT take time to get to the point. Few epic fantasies are so terrific straight out the starting gate. I can think of several that take at least the entire first volume to get started then end on a cliff-hanger.

The Way of Kings is not such a book. It's a massively detailed, exhaustively plotted, immensely satisfying volume. While obviously not complete in itself, it does present enough story to satisfy even the most demanding reader with enough spectacular story-telling, world-building, character development, and all-round terrific epic narration to fill a trilogy by other authors. The quality of writing, editing, book designing, publishing is so high, it's quite amazing that both the publisher and author are so prolific and yet so good.
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