While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified. As I was reading this, I admit to being unable to see how this story, already ginormous all on its lonesome, could expand to a whopping 10 book series and do it well. The thing I love the most about Way of Kings is that even though it is my 3rd read of the book I catch so many new things, remember things I've forgotten and still get just as caught up in the story. But anyhow, I was raving about the mythology. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground.
Last, but not least, I should say that the last ten chapters approximately were fully worthy of five solid stars. Still a 5 star read all the way. I understand in mere scope the action isn't great part of, but still. So why do I give this such a high rating? The narration was incredible - as was the recording although Kate and Michael pronounce one of the main characters names differently at the very end of the book which was a little confusing at first. It was even better the second time around. I tend to do to that.
Wars were fought for them, and won by them. The personality growth each of the characters experiences is fantastic. The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility. Of course it was a little slow at first, but that's to be expected when background information is being given at the beginning of any long novel. But besides the wars and the all of the magic, there is a prejudice war that is constantly going on, too.
Speak again the ancient oaths Life before death. I believe him when he says he'll manage to write that much. It is an epic in every sense of the word. Finding these easter eggs is one of the things that makes re-reading the books so much fun. What would I say if was better? When I was a kid, I was never able to get the best of those damned Magic Eye paintings.
This is a really big parallel to the world we live in today, and I really liked this aspect of the story and the discussions that surround it. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war. Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can be collected only one unit at a time. Only people who lack real life romance care about romance scenes as their personal analogue. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. 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.
Many of the negative reviews mention the one-shot characters who appear in the 'Interlude' sections as useless fluff, but I respectfully disagree. Sometimes, they make it really, really hard to meet exciting new characters and explore strange new worlds. The glaring flaw was in the narration. The world, Roshar, are written with intricate description of every single thing in the world; ranging from weather, creatures, history, mythology, magic system, races, culture and even the fucking grass; making this world truly believable. Seriously, after praising as a reader's dream book, I was worried. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.
He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess. Narrative shifts primarily between three people; Shallan, a penniless noble who wants to apprentice herself to a scholarly heretic, intending to steal her Souljewel; Kaladin, a former surgeon and talented soldier who now wears a slave brand; and Dalinar, a prince and uncle to the king. I've read books that were as long hello, , and everyone has read series that were over a thousand pages. In my viewpoint Brandon Sanderson might just beat them all. I have a huge crush on Kaladin. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. With her scholarly disposition towards natural history, Shallan collected sketches complete with annotations of her observations and some of these were beautifully illustrated in the book, transforming The Way of Kings into possibly the most beautiful fantasy volume I've ever laid my hands on and effectively bringing the world to life to the reader.
There's betrayal everywhere and trust is a luxury that almost nobody can afford. Another thing: I like fantasy, but sometimes I feel like I am too dumb to always understand what's going on and English is not my first language so I'm always itching to read fantasy but often I It's official, I'm not a Sanderson virgin anymore! Yet, Kaladin is such a natural born leader, he ends up shaping Bridge Four into one of the best crews in the entire army. Jasnah is powerful, and smart, and witty, and I think I totally developed a major crush on her. I know I'm spoiled and I'm whining a bit but hurry up! A person who owns one, a Shardbearer, is soul-bound to their blade. Like, men in this world marry a lot of the time just to be able to have their wives read to them and write down things for them. The book describes and develops half a dozen interesting and well defined fictional races. Too often, we forget that.
Oh, and about twenty pages from the ending, we get a little more Shallan, which is when Sanderson decides is a good time to drop a tremendous reveal on us. He's caught in several wars, both political and violent, and doesn't seem to want to fight any of them. I didn't care as much for some of the intermissions, because they tended to focus on more disposable characters, but mostly just because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Kaladin, Dalinar, and Shallan. He is known to be very cruel, and is on the forefront of the war against the Parshendi. Keep the pacing, the excitement, the world, the magic system, the awesomenes all consistent. The second is the assassin, a murderer who weeps as he kills.
I'd rather slot a character into my personal default than go through something ham-handed like the discussion of faith in. Shallan's story wasn't as boring this time around. I would stare and stare until my eyes watered, but to no avail. Our callused feet, our backs strong from carrying the weight of our travels, our eyes open with the fresh delight of experiences lived. There are four whom we watch.