The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings

By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2010-08-31
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 4,591 Ratings


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)
Oathbringer (forthcoming)

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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  • An Amazingly Captivating Work of Fantasy

    By Ziene Dall
    The Way of Kings is a book which demands the respect of any Fantasy lover. It truly embraces the unlimited creativity available to it in this genre, and embraces a beautifully created world in Sanderson’s Cosmere. The characters of this series are captivating and unique. Their intricate backgrounds and unique goals never allow the story to feel droning or one-dimensional, but instead make one wish the book were longer. I would encourage anyone —wether a fan of Fantasy or not— to enjoy Brandon Sanderson’s writing in The Way of Kings. A book which quickly captivated my heart, and my view on writing as a whole.
  • The epic fantasy I've been looking for.

    By ShootForTheEdit
    I've said this before in other reviews, but many books considered to be "epic fantasy" tend to be lacking the "epic" part. They get bogged down in details and world building, spending so much time telling the backstories of the characters and locations, or taking an entire page to describe a single room, that next thing you know, you're about 20 or 30 percent in to the book and nothing has happened. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with world building, but you gotta pace yourself, spread it out. Don't just have the first quarter of your book be a giant info dump of exposition. I'm a fan of books that keep things moving, and this is why I love The Way of Kings. I was not prepared for the amount of action in this book, but loved it all the more for it. On top of the multiple set pieces throughout the whole book, the last 20%, or so, is seemingly nonstop action culminating in a finally with multiple revelations that make me want to jump right into book 2. Truly epic in every sense of the word. And its world building is brilliantly woven into the narrative. You're not just getting a bunch of information dumped on you all at once, explaining how things are, you're discovering it for yourself throughout the story through context. You're not just told how the magic works, you learn how it works by the way it's used. Same with the characters, you're not just told what type of person they are, their actions and their dialogue show you what kind of person they are. A note for those who are not yet familiar with The Stormlight Archive series: The books in this series are massive and will definitely require some dedication on your part to get through, but you will be rewarded with a truly epic fantasy.
  • 6yyyyyyy

    By gf456678
  • Incredible

    By Words over my hammy
    Wow this story and universe are amazing! Once I started I couldn’t put the book down!
  • Way of the Kings

    By Popo Popo Popo popozilla
    Best book i have read! Loved it so much i think i might read it again.
  • Loved it!

    By This Gal
    This is the beginning of a wonderful adventure...enjoy!
  • My favorite fantasy book series

    By Greggory Jr
    One of my favorite book reads ever. My favorite fantasy book by far. The stories told throughout is done very well and Brandon does an excellent job of wrapping up the story of this book and transitioning to Words of Radiance. I can’t decide which story I love better; Shallan Davar’s, Kaladin Stormblessed’s or Dallinar’s. Amazing book! I have read it 3 times and I’m gonna go for a forth!!!
  • Another great book from Sanderson

    By ChairSuck!
    After reading the Mistborn series, I had to try this book and he sure did not disappoint. If you are on the fence about this book, just read it. Just make sure you don't have any important projects coming up on your calendar because you will be staying up late nights trying to finish it. You have been warned ;)
  • One of the best stories out there right now

    By Tal5352
    The way of the kings is an immense book. It starts very slowly and it’s hard to keep up with characters in the beginning. For instance one Character is brooding a lot while the other character appears sheepish. However if you remain invested for first couple of chapters, boy you are in for treat. The story moves later with great character development. It has a satisfying conclusion and sets up the later books nicely. Overall a must read if you are an epic fantasy man.
  • Epic beyond words

    By Snowninja420
    I am so thankful this book was written. It is such an epic tale with fascinating characters and abilities. It is laced with valuable life messages intertwined throughout a immensely imaginative and magical tale. I can not wait to read the rest of Brandon's books. Yes!