The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings

By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2010-08-31
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths:

Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive

The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)

The Mistborn trilogy

Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners


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  • Couldn’t finish

    By Joolie106
    I really tried with this book. Convoluted. The flashbacks came too early in character development. The Spren magic was infantile.
  • One of my favorite books

    By read the cosmere
    Really loved it, can’t wait for rhythm of war!
  • Astonishing

    By C/CMSgt
    By far one of the best books I’ve ever read. It shows personal struggle with morality, and accepting the things beyond one’s control. The perfect read for someone who appreciates doing what’s right because it is right.
  • Awesome!

    By Findaddy16
    The way of kings and the sequel are two of my all-time favorites. Do yourself a favor and read them! God I hope there’s a movie or an HBO series on the Stormlight Chronicles. Great stuff.
  • Great book

    By yeet123123123
    I love this book
  • Masterpiece

    By Bella9991
    My new favorite book. Once I was a few chapters in I started to understand the world better and fell in love with the characters and Brandon Sanderson’s style. So well written and thoughtful.
  • Fantastic Novel

    By Hgbfbghndbulkggnfsswkg
    Every single modern book tries to tackle vans encapsulate the issues of the 21st century through the scope of fiction, and though that seems like a great idea, it often just seems forced and bland, taking away from the story rather than adding to it. The Way of Kong’s is the exception to that rule. Sanderson expertly creates a world in which the color of your eyes decides your position in society, however this fact of life is woven into the story so that it doesn’t stick out so boisterously as it does in usual novels. On top of that the world is just so intricate. With an infant magic system, I assumed Sanderson would have trouble creating a world that was complex enough to be enjoyable, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. By creating a world in which every culture is different, and that difference is also explored actively by characters, Sanderson makes up for the lacking complexity of the magic system. Simply as a cherry on top, Sanderson completely nails the different perspectives of the book. Usually when I read, I like to read from the perspectives of the Kaladins of the fiction world, simply because, as a young man, I can relate most to young men. However, Shallan is simply so intriguing and complex that I can’t help but look forward to every one of her chapters. Quite honestly, I have no complaints about this book, I mean this is truly a masterpiece of literature that is a MUST READ. I will mention just as a side note that it is NOT a solo novel and we get nothing close to a conclusion in the first book. It doesn’t take away from the story, just don’t start the first book hoping for a quick read.
  • Epic

    By mm92585
    Hard to put down. Exciting plot lines. Beautiful imagery. Worth the time!!
  • The next big thing.

    By Creenas
    I don’t know what to say. The Way of Kings is the start of one of my new favorite series. Brandon Sanderson created a world so rich with detail, creativity, and depth in just one book and there are still a whopping NINE books to go. After reading just one of these books I feel like I’ve read a whole series while, at the same time, feeling like there is so much more to discover. Kaladin, Shallan, and Dalinar are all characters that I’ve come to love and care for. There were times where I felt certain chapters were getting a little repetitive and I couldn’t see where the overall story was headed, but by the end of the book everything starts to make sense. Every piece of this story falls perfectly into place where it needs to be. There is nothing I can say that can do this book justice—but to anyone that is interested in dipping their feet deeper into epic high fantasy, pick up The Stormlight Archive immediately. I cannot recommend it enough.
  • A masterful work of art

    By Fheter3
    From the very first page and all the way through, I was immersed in an incredible world and a fantastic story. When I first picked up this book, I did not expect it to be this good. Now that I’ve finished it (I will, of course, continue reading the series) I wish I could experience the journey for the first time again! The Way of Kings is nothing short of superb. A must-read for a fantasy fan.