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The Way of Kings Part Two: 1 (The Stormlight Archive Book One) [Paperback]

Brandon Sanderson
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16 Jun 2011 The Stormlight Archive Book One (Book 1)

Released in two volumes due to size of book.

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 days is 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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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (16 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575102489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575102484
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Way of Kings is a very strong start to what promises to be an excellent series with all the hallmarks of becoming a classic, a richly detailed unique world described with creative flair and filled with unforgettable characters, highly recommended.' 5/5 stars (SFBOOK)

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The brand new epic fantasy series from international bestseller Brandon Sanderson

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5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE I DID! 1 July 2011
This is not a book review but a warning. I have read this author's previous work so bought The Way of Kings & TWoK book2 at the same time. Only to discover I had bought the whole of the book and a separate book comprising of the 2nd half of the book also. I wrongly assumed that book 2 was a follow on book, it is not. I accept I have made a dumb mistake and the cost is minimal but, i hope this prevents anyone else repeating it. In short buy part 1 and part 2 collectively or the whole book independantly.
(The book is fab though and well worth the extra regardless, another triumph by Mr Sanderson)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi books - in fact, any which come my way, and rarely find something which doesn't already seem familiar to other authors I've read. Rarely do I come across an author who managed to find a new 'hook' to lift their books above the ordinary; equally rarely do I come across one with such strong regard for the written word.

The two-part book "The Way of Kings" comprises the first in a new series, and for me was impossible to put down. It is beautifully written, and each character is sufficiently in-depth to paint a real picture of them while keeping a slight air of mystery. I found myself completely oblivious to the outside world; in fact my partner had to call me three times for dinner as I was so caught-up in the magnificent world he has created and peopled.

I would not recommend these books for someone looking to read a few pages each day for a month or two as I feel the beautifully crafted storylines would lose some of their greatness over such a period of time; instead wait for a rainy day and devote yourself to them as they're really worth it. I was given these as a gift for Christmas, and sat down to read them yesterday. I'm now avidly awaiting the next in the series!

A masterpiece of the genre, I cannot rate this highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 30 April 2013
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Really enjoyed the book - pure escapism from the dull life of work.

Although i did think this was the final book when its not so waiting for the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 July 2014
By Jenna
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Fantastic book! I highly recommend Brandon Sanderson, gives George RR Martin a run for his money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 6 April 2014
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This was and Excellent read, couldn't put it down, really sets the imagination off. Really good writer, glad I found these
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way of kings 12 Jan 2014
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Awesome book! great story and characters are enthralling. Interesting new magic system. I can't wait to read the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great book 6 Jan 2014
By am91
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Cannot wait till 'Words of radiance' comes out in March!
Brandon Sanderson is a genius with such developed and well thought out characters and worlds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy at it's best 7 Sep 2013
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I read this book once and then read it again. This book is the best I have ever read. The characters draw you in you can not help but to like them. The harsh and cruel world is described beautifully and you get a clear picture in your mind. Truly amazing and I am looking forward to reading it again.
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