The Stormlight Archive

by Brandon Sanderson

4.6 avg rating
Book 5 of 255 in the Best Fantasy Series
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Brandon Sanderson, widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga,  begins a grand cycle of his own, with The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive.

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.

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12 comments
Tattersail | 2012-10-10 05:51:38
Undoubtedly, the best and most ambitious opening to a fantasy series I have ever read. On the same level as A Song Of Ice And Fire
Anonymous | 2013-08-19 06:27:19
Pretty good. Not as great as everyone makes it out to be, I thought. I will continue reading at least one more book.
Anonymous | 2013-10-23 08:18:23
It was very good. Not great but it certainly aroused my curiosity. I'm looking forward to the next installment but not enough not to wait until it comes out in paperback. I thought the whole new world business was overblown but the characters were all interesting.
Anonymous | 2013-11-04 08:22:55
I read it, and it was very good, well conceived and so on. Definitely can't wait for more books in this series.
Scott B. | 2014-08-03 03:34:28
Loved it, best new series going. Sanderson is now my favourite author.
Anonymous | 2014-08-03 03:37:28
Just adding rating.
Anonymous | 2014-10-11 04:00:32
I read the first half in four days and the second in half a day *.* Character development is absolutely awesome. Though, i admit, book one gets a bit boring at times but well, background details have to be made clear in the first book, so it kinda drags on. BUT I was literally at the edge of my seat at the end. And book two makes up for every single flaw. This series is certainly going to secure its place at the very top. I recommend it to every single fantasy fan out there
Anonymous | 2015-03-29 03:21:17
So amazing but only two books of ten out so far. Crazy amazing if you can get through the building of plot.
Anonymous | 2016-07-07 03:27:52
WAY too low on this list.. by far the best series here (So far)
Anonymous | 2016-09-22 10:05:52
A very good book, with enough actions and thrill to keep me continue reading. can't wait for book 3 and now i am looking forward to read his other series
Anonymous | 2017-02-26 03:56:38
Really interesting books! if you have read Sanderson's other 'Cosmere' books there is a lot of extra background stuff that's super interesting. Sanderson creates a really complex world with facinating politics, religions, and magics. The books follow the viewpoints of several main characters, each interesting in their own right. Great action sequences and unpredictable plot.
Anonymous | 2017-06-02 01:53:42
Please fix the description, this is not the final volume. It is the 3rd book in a planned 10 book series.
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