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The Way Of Kings

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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...

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  • Author: Brandon Sanderson
  • Publish Date: 2011-05-24
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    Jon Snow's Top 20(Ranked 2 out of 20)

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    Reviews/Comments On The Way of Kings


    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful
    RE: Jon Snow's Top 20
    By: Jon Snow
    2012-10-08 03:21:44

    This could be the best fantasy series if the other books are like this one.

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    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful
    RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2012-11-29 06:34:15

    Best opening book to a series I have read in a long time. Sanderson is the master at structuring fantasy.

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    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful
    My favorite book
    By: Footch
    2013-03-22 05:52:21

    An incredible story written with a great style. Very easy to visualize. I loved the foreshadowing and metaphors. It was a 1000 pages yet never boring

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    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful
    RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2014-08-17 06:02:23

    A massive book that seems overload but overload it was not...fantastic magic system, charcters , storyline, plot, settings, etc...definitely not a boring book...can't wait to read the 2nd one.

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    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful
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    By: Infynis
    2015-03-10 05:10:34

    I read the Way of Kings, and Words of Radiance in 1 week. I could not put them down. The magic system is fantastic, the world is extremely strange, but extremely interesting, and there was not a moment when I thought the books should be shorter.

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    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2015-05-23 08:54:03

    why does this part talk more about Jordan's work than about the way of kings?

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    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2015-06-04 06:22:41

    This review seems like it describes more the Wheel of Time than the Stormlight Archive. Should be rewritten.

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    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Ryan
    2015-06-08 10:33:06

    Echoing last two comments that this isn't review of series.

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    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful
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    By: best fantasy writer in a generation
    2015-07-24 01:42:55

    The first two books in this series are amazing, the magic system is inventive, the characters are easy to relate to, and the action and suspense is jaw dropping. Martin's books have nothing on these masterpieces'

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    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2015-07-30 03:40:43

    So far, the first two books down and they're incredible. Very good job in character structure and getting you involved in liking them. I'd rank this series up there with Martin's work or Rothfuss - no kidding.

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful
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    By: Rains
    2015-08-03 09:36:18

    what is amazing about these books is that Sanderson creates a unique world with it's own flora, fauna and yes, amazing storm driven magic system. the scope of imagination is awe inspiring and it's amazing how fast you fall in love with the characters and their story (to the point you name video game heroes you play after them).
    my only complaint is the fact that I sometimes think the story goes too physically defying epic, but it's still awesome.

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    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2015-09-03 09:27:15

    Can't believe this crap is even mentioned never mind above LOTR

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    RE: RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2015-10-23 09:08:04

    Interesting comment. I love these books and think they certainly belong near the top of this list. Why do you think differently?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Aaron
    2015-10-23 09:06:20

    Everyone does realize that Brandon Sanderson only finished "The Wheel Of Time" right. I don't know why most of the description is about a completely different author and book series.

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    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anony
    2015-11-28 07:19:20

    Content writing mistake? This ends as a review for WoT not WoK.

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    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2015-12-22 05:03:28

    I find it hard to fathom that this book series is on anyone's list, let alone listed at #3 of "best series ever". The Prelude and Prologue to the first book are very promising, but once you get into the book proper, it quickly becomes quite boring. While the author isn't quite as tedious with his descriptions of flora and fauna as Stephen Donaldson was in his Thomas Covenant books, he nevertheless wastes too much prose on these topics. Normally I literally devour good fantasy books, and can read a book a day, or every two days. It's a bad sign when I find myself skipping paragraphs by the time I get to Chapter 4 of a book.

    My advice to anyone considering picking up this series is to get it for free from your local library, read the first few chapters, then decide if it's something you like or not. Don't expect to be captivated though.

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    RE: RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2015-12-30 08:01:20

    On the other hand it is very likely you will be drawn in the Sanderson's world after reading the book and you will not have the patience to wait for the next book in the series. The cure is to read the 2 books already issued once again (pointer) - :).Evidently the third book will be out in 2017. How will I wait more than a year for it???

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2016-04-27 09:38:49

    this book is very amateurish - the pacing is horrendous in the first half and you can literally see the writing improve as the book continues from its lumbering and dull pacing to much more precise prose and better tension and release. I quite liked it by the end, but come on how can you not see the bad and the good?

    if you want to read his best work, when he really gets into his groove read his mistborn series, its brilliant

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2016-05-14 03:00:27

    The top of the list of best epic fantasy contains really good series - Erikson, Martin, Tolkien, Abercrombie, Jordan, Abraham, Rothfuss (havent read Earthsea cycle and Lyonesse trilogy).

    The Way of Kings does NOT belong on 3rd place in my opinion, it should be FAR down the list. I am 2/3 through the second book, and i'm not sure I will even bother to finish.

    The character descriptions/development are below average, and the world itself is simply uninteresting and dull. Sanderson has tried to create a "fantastic" world different from our own, but it ends up feeling empty.

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    RE: RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2017-03-12 10:21:50

    Nailed it dude, I agree, I never even made it through the first book because of exactly what you describe... it's like he was reaching for something but didn't quite grasp it and the world and book just kind of fell flat for me. To compare it to WoT is a disgrace to Jordan. And I don't know who decides it's "in vogue" to hate on Jordan, the guy is a master. WoT is an amazing series and even if it does get a little less exciting for a few books around book 6 it is still one of the best fantasy series of all time ever written in my opinion, and I have read most of this list. The only valid complaint is yes, it is over-descriptive at times, but honestly I loved that, allowed me to really flesh out the world, cultures etc. in full detail in my mind, sucked me in more than most. I actually ended up on this site because I am trying to remember a series, I remember the world but not the name of the books, it was something to do with dragons and gates between worlds, an older series... I just remember it was good but can't remember the name it has been bugging me all day.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2016-09-23 03:06:37

    And it's been 7 years and we only have two books. I hope you will all enjoy reading this series , if and when he finishes it. By the way he is publishing now, it will be in 27 years. Sanderson is an okay author...but he is going to burn out long before he gets this finished.

    Best to skip it.

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2016-10-21 08:52:40

    It is a great book. I cannot wait for the third book in the series.
    In the meantime I am trying to find something similar, without success yet.

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