The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings

By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2010-08-31
  • Genre: Epic
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 5,770 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)

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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  • 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.
  • Amazing

    By ROMO.3
    This is my all time favorite book! I love the intricate world, and am excited for the rest of the series.
  • The way of kings

    By Tincan987
    Loved this series!
  • Awesome book.

    By Bzdura
    Awesome book. Completely engaging.
  • A great yarn

    By Schweppesy
    I love Sanderson for his ability to create worlds with convincing fantasies. I’m pulled through the story by the mystery he expertly hangs off of his premise. His characters in this are sometimes a bit insufferable .. I find myself rushing through the paragraphs of self reflection, looking for the actions. For me, this book could easily lose 100 pages of exposition without consequence. That said, the actions and story absolutely stand on their own and make for an exciting read. The Way of Kings loses one star for pacing, but still stands out as a fun little read. I will absolutely go buy the next novel in the series.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Incredible

    By Words over my hammy
    Wow this story and universe are amazing! Once I started I couldn’t put the book down!
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    Best book i have read! Loved it so much i think i might read it again.