- 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 (496 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Way of Kings Part One: The Stormlight Archive Book One: 1 Paperback – 26 May 2011
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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)
The brand new epic fantasy series from international bestseller Brandon Sanderson. Released in two volumes due to size of book.See all Product description
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Primarily the novel comes from the perspectives of three main characters. The story is told through them as we follow the course of their individual lives which, presumably, will coalesce in later books as the overall plot develops.
Each of these characters also has a series of some sort of flashback sequences or the equivalent as we follow them. Kaladin’s are literal flashbacks into his youth that explain how he came to be a soldier and from that a slave. Shallan instead frequently reflects on why she has made this journey to commit a crime even as she is planning how exactly to carry it out. This provides her with backstory as she tries to come to terms psychologically with what she feels she needs to do. Rather than involving his own life Dalinar sees visions of a seemingly bygone era. These appear to be informative for him in nature rather than being prophetic. These all help to varying degrees to provide a background for the mythology/history of the world of Roshar, thus enriching it.
In between following these three characters the novel also has ‘interludes’ that opt to follow several other characters that often appear to have little bearing on the general storyline initially. The most prominent of these is Szeth, who appears in several of these interludes. As a reluctant assassin that must obey his orders he makes for fascinating character.Read more ›
i'll start by saying a few words about the service of amazon. The book was delivered quite swiftly, and on the day that was stated by amazon. As for the quality of the item, it was really good and quite clean: had only a few black/grey stains on the sides of the pages. It was packaged in a cardboard box that, in my opinion, was more than sufficient.
As for the content of The Way of Kings, it is amazing. If you are looking for epic fantasy adventures, this book should be the one that you buy first. The detail that was put into the book and the care, with which it was written, makes The Way of Kings the best fantasy book that I've ever read sharing the title with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I spent many evenings choosing to read this book until 3 a.m. rather than going to sleep, because the story draws you in and does not let go until you finish it. A substantial span (and this is only the 1st book of the trilogy) of 1000 pages does add to the charm of this book. And trust me, reading every single page is worth the time. Moreover, I've found that the writing style of Brandon Sanderson is alluring. As I'm not a native speaker of English, the richness of the vocabulary of The Way of Kings fascinates me. It most certainly broadened my knowledge of English in addition to being a great story :) Oh, and lastly, the hardcover version of the book was really neatly designed - it looks really awesome with that imprinted sword on it's cover.
Actually, I could go on and on babbling about other fascinating details of the book.... But those are yours to discover. Fantasy readers, buy it now - you're not going to regret it :D
Took me a while to get into the style of this book but, being a Brandon Sanderson fan, I persevered. The switching from one character's perspective was a little strange for me but now I see how it enhances the story.
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Great storyteller telling a great story. Just upsetting he takes 5 years to write each one.Published 24 days ago by RandFan
Note: This review is for the whole book, even though I bough the edition where the first book is split into two separate parts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim Grange
Just started reading it. Book arrived by 9th May and in good condition.Published 1 month ago by dave
I loved this book. After a slow start, once what is happening becomes clear I didn't put it down. Lots of complex characters and villains and story arcs. Highly recommended. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peet
Purchased 3 (2 on amazon, one second hand) for my husband and friends. All three readers are big sci-fi/fantasy fans and they could not put it down! Read morePublished 2 months ago by fuchsia
This is one of the best books in have ever read alongside the wheel of time and HP, at times I feel like different character stories are being built at different paces some there... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aaron Dunkerton
Really well written. I would say so far I like it more that the wheel of time. Must read!!!!!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer