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The Way of Kings: The Stormlight Archive Book One

The Way of Kings: The Stormlight Archive Book One [Kindle Edition]

Brandon Sanderson
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The Way of Kings is epic in every sense. Sanderson has built a world that leaps to life, a cast of varied characters and a vast history that slowly unfolds. While Sanderson cuts from the familiar cloth of fantasy, his narrative impetus and meticulous world building bode well for future volumes. (Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN)

Book Description

The brand new epic fantasy series from international bestseller Brandon Sanderson.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5381 KB
  • Print Length: 1009 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575097345
  • Publisher: Gollancz (30 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H4XAXO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,908 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

My newest book is Words of Radiance, written as a love letter of sorts to the epic fantasy genre. It continues the story of the Stormlight Archive that began in The Way of Kings, and it's the type of book I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

In September 2013 I also released Steelheart, set in a near-future Chicago ruled by a ruthless villain with no heroes to oppose him.

Mistborn and The Way of Kings are among my most popular works, as are my concluding volumes to Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. My novella The Emperor's Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of my first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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122 of 124 people found the following review helpful
I've spent the last three days awake at ungodly hours of the morning. I've cooked, showered and read. And that's about it. At least until now...

Now I'm a few slim pages from the end of this tome that comes good on every aspect of the word 'epic'.

So why have I still got a few pages left? Because I truly don't want it to end. The worst part of this book is knowing that part 2, 3 etc are not yet out. And so I eke out the few remaining pages, desperately drawing every last word out in the hope it'll take that little bit longer to finish.

If you're a fan of other worlds, of new frontiers and original storytelling then I wholeheartedly recommend this book. It is in all honesty one of the most gripping, convoluted and absorbing tales I have read in years, and coming from someone who tends to read 4-6 books a month, you may realise how high praise that is.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way of Kings: The Stormlight Archive 8 April 2011
By Gordon
I have read quite a lot by Brandon Sanderson including the Mistborn Trilogy and his contributions to the Wheel of Time series and have been thoroughly impressed. I had high hopes for this book and was not disappointed. I believe it to be one of the best books I've ever read.

Yes it is very long and probably quite a bother to carry around (not really a problem with the Kindle version that I read) but the pacing is perfect and the story never drags.

Character count is kept low so the story is not cluttered with characters that you have to flick back through the pages to remember. Characters are well developed and likeable.

The magic system has enough depth to be interesting while not being too complicated to follow.

In summary this is an exceptional introduction to a series that I can't wait to continue.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I've read! 5 Sep 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is my very first review but I enjoyed the book so much that I had to write this.

I have to say that this book in my opinion is one of the best fantasy book I've read in a long time. It's on par with the first three song of ice and fire books and the wheel of time books.

The story of Kaladin is the most engaging chapters in the book. I found Shallan a little bit annoying at the start but she got interesting near the end.

My only hope is the Brandon Sanderson is able to keep this up for the planned nine more books.
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The everstorm comes 15 Oct 2010
Brandon Sanderson is a fantasy author in a million -- he crafts complex, intricate fantasy worlds, and gilds them with exquisitely evocative prose. But his greatest challenge thus far has to be "The Way of Kings," an older manuscript that he apparently dusted off, rewrote, and is now expanding into a vast fantasy epic. This is only the first book, and it's over a thousand pages long.

It's pretty difficult to sum up the plot, since the cast is huge and aren't even in the same place. But long ago, the Radiants (sort of divine knights) once were sent by the Heralds to destroy the demonic Voidbringers. Then they turned against humanity, and begin warring over their godslaying Shardblades.

One part of the story follows Shallan, a desperate young noblewoman who is trying to save her family from ruin. So she seeks out the heretic princess Jasnah in hopes of becoming her attendant... but of course, she has her own secret motives to restore the family fortunes. Another follows Kaladin, a man enslaved in another land and with a shash glyph branded on his forehead.

And then there's Szeth, the "assassin in white" who killed Jasnah's father with a Shardblade, and Dalinar Kholin, the king's Highprince brother whose visions compel him to unite his people before the unthinkable happens. The oathpact has been shattered, and disaster is coming.

"The Way of Kings" is the sort of book that Robert Jordan should have written. The story is filled countless alien animals (they ride GIANT CRABS), mythologies, languages, magical systems and cultures, all with their own distinct quirks and characteristics. But Sanderson doesn't allow his story to be bogged down by the details -- instead he embroiders his elaborate plot with them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Review 14 Jan 2012
I want to make a short review of this book.

This has to be the best fantasy book ever! Thrilling from page 1 to page 1006!

Get it, read it, love it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific stuff 20 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was the first novel of Sanderson's I had read. I was aware of his good reputation and when discovering he had just released the first book in a new series I figured it would be a good place to start.

The book feels lavishly produced; rather than the usual stock fantasy maps the book is scattered with illustrations and symbols.

The story itself is fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable. Sanderson creates a rich world and a unique magic system that left me looking forward to the next novel.

The book is long however I didn't feel it dragged at any point and due to the quality of the writing I was actually thankful for this.

Highly recommended although some may be put off by the page count and the fact that the next book isn't due out for a while.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for book 2 18 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read Brandon Sanderson's continuation of the Wheel of Time and was impressed. I read Way of Kings and was blown away. I was counting the hours before being able to read it between sessions. The characters are well developed. The world is rich. And as the book goes on the scope of it is slowly revealed to the reader. At the end I sat there stunned. Annoyed that I had to wait for the next book to be released. Fantastic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books ever
This is a slow starter and like most people who bought part one I was a little disappointed when I found out that part two was infact both parts merged. Read more
Published 5 days ago by CC32
5.0 out of 5 stars a change from usual sc fi
couldnt put it down, an excellent story ,something different for sc fi
Published 8 days ago by mrs june queen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very good book, part 2 is even better
Published 14 days ago by anthony bromley
5.0 out of 5 stars Top epic fantasy
One of the best books I have ever read. Top epic fantasy
Published 17 days ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best fantasy novel that I've read in years, terrific imagination, great storyline, a terrific read.
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Published 29 days ago by William Macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Gripping, a creative work of art the was never lost or boring. I normally prefer sci-fi, but this was a real treat.
Published 1 month ago by NYJ
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome and captivating
great read. was slow at the beginning but awesome. Great interwoven characters, you end up not being able to put the book down. Book two was even better!
Published 1 month ago by Nahid A.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best epic fantasy novels ever
If you're a fan of epic fantasy you're going to love this series. The writing is high quality, the story is exciting, believable and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Published 1 month ago by Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
One of the most gripping books I have read in a long time, and now a firm favourite. I would absolutely recommend this series to anyone who has ever even vaguely enjoyed fantasy!
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Craddock
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