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The Way of Kings Part One: The Stormlight Archive Book One: 1 Paperback – 26 May 2011

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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 (496 customer reviews)
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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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‘The Way of Kings’ is an engrossing beginning to what potentially promises to be a fascinating epic series. The storm battered world of Roshar is another fine work of secondary creation from Sanderson. Although this first novel of ‘The Stormlight Archive’ reveals very little of this land formally protected by some type of order known as the Knights Radiant, it is more than enough to draw the reader in.

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.
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Hello,

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

Sincerely,
A.J.K. Wind
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This comes as one of the most highly rated fantasy sagas in top 100. I've read most fantasy novels for the last 40 years and yes some originality in this book but not even close to a 5 star. Very disappointed and although I will continue to read the series I'm not in any rush to read the next one. The benchmark as always in this genre LOR and GOT with Way of Kings not even close. I can only hope it improves but I just don't really care for the characters. Shame as it opens well but goes down hill fast...
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Fascinating series. Am now on book II and looking forward to the next one.

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.

Highly recommended
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An amazing start to another great fantasy series. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite writers.
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good quality and service
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Fast shipping, amazing book. Can never go wrong with Brandon Sanderson.
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The pace, scope, characters, and the writing all shine. Haven't been that engrossed in a book since last year. Highly recommend it.
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