The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive

· The Stormlight Archive Book 1 · Sold by Tor Books
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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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5.47K reviews
Raw Peach
April 8, 2014
This book... a very good read, to say the least. The plot derives from the common cliches, and I often found myself wondering what would happen. I'm decent at foreseeing plot-driven events, but throughout this book, I was basically baffled by how unique the story is. The way the author focuses on so many characters, while still maintaining a relative engaging storyline(Shallan's bits were slights borish, but still readable). Extremely good, and a cheap buy. I recommend this book to any and all.
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Dominick Pérez
December 9, 2015
This book is wonderful in both obvious and subtle ways. The characters are fantastic and the magic systems are phenomenal. What I admire most of all is the way Brandon Sanderson is covertly setting a grand stage for the rest of the series to take place. It is easy to miss, but Sanderson is essentially playing chess with the subconscious of every one of his readers. The best part is, for this particular game of chess, both the author and the reader win. I am excited to embark on this literary expedition that will span a significant portion of my life. Brandon, I thank you.
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Tai Gethan
October 23, 2017
There have been authors invested in "creating worlds" but I can't think of any better than Sanderson. He does it as almost an afterthought to the overall plot but before you know things like cremlings and highstorms are apart of your vocabulary. Sanderson has a way of moving the reader through dialog that makes you savor the action packed moments in vivid detail and soak in the slower paced plot building areas with equal ease and eagerness. Stormlight Archives are a huge undertaking and i can't wait for mor
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About the author

Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn® trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time® sequence.

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