The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson: Book Review


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. -Goodreads

My Review

My Rating: 5/5

Took me long enough to get round to this book! I had to read mistborn first though, as I wanted to complete something Sanderson had written before starting this monster!

Firstly, I would like to say that the characters are just incredible. ALL of them. I won’t name them in this review (in reviews of later books I will). I flew through the pages, genuinely caring about what might happen to them. Emotional reactions to things that happen to characters in books in rare for me so I was pleasantly surprised by this!

The story itself was great! I loved all of the cosmere easter eggs and lore and all the theories about everything are just rushing about in my head! I’ll be reading the next books soon and watching all the youtube videos about the series. I have not been so enticed by a world since I first read The Hobbit when I was 12.

This is one of the best fantasy books I have ever read and is a perfect start to a series. Well worth reading for anyone looking for a new favourite epic fantasy series to follow along with.

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7 comments on “The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson: Book Review”

  1. I’m about 800 pages in The Way of Kings and it’s fabulous thus far. I started reading Stormlight right after I finished Wheel of Time. Sanderson does a great job at the character development and his fantasy/magic aspect is real neat. Can’t wait for the other books.

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