The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson audiobook

The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive

By Brandon Sanderson
Read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading

Macmillan Audio 9781427209757

The Stormlight Archive Series: Book 1

45.50 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
  • $49.99

    ISBN: 9781427209764

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) Oathbringer (forthcoming) 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 Collection Arcanum Unbounded Other Cosmere novels Elantris Warbreaker 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 Steelheart Firefight Calamity

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Summary

Summary

Nominated for Locus Awards - Nominee, 2011

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)
Oathbringer (forthcoming)

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

Collection
Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels
Elantris
Warbreaker

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
Steelheart
Firefight
Calamity

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Perfect entertainment for fantasy fans on a long car trip! BookLoons.com
Just the thing to accompany you on that cross-country drive you've always been planning. SFReviews.net
“[Michael Kramer] does justice to the text and makes it come alive…In fact, the narration adds a new dimension to the novel in a way which an ordinary paperback simply cannot match. SFCrowsNest.com
“Sanderson is, if nothing else, absolutely amazing at worldbuilding. The level of detail is just astonishing…Compelling and readable.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

Reviews

Reviews

by barleyguy 9/13/2017
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Good characters and action, a little predictable. Narration OK but not stellar.

This is, overall, a great high fantasy novel and a good start to a series.

It focuses on two main characters, Kalidan and Shallin. They both grow greatly over the course of the story, going from humble beginnings to eventful lives. I'll stop there to avoid spoiler.

There are also many side characters, the most relevant being a King, a group of high princes and princesses, a jester, and an assassin. All are very well written and well developed.

The biggest con, for me personally, was that I found the ending pretty predictable. I guessed Kaladin's direction about 9 hours before the end, during the scene with Wit. I also guessed what was going on with the fabriel and Shallin about 12 hours before the end, right after the scene in Shallin's bedroom. The story didn't really seem to have any significant plot twists. Any lack of predictability came from the novelty of the setting and characters in general.

As far as the performance and narration:

There were two readers used, a male reader for Kalidin's story and the princes, and a female reader for Shallin's story and some other female characters.

The male reader was very good, no major complaints. The female reader was a little bit "sing songy", technically caused by ending sentences on a downbeat. This is something that would get someone immediately counseled in a radio or TV job. I eventually got used to it though, and it didn't hurt immersion in the story.

One other complaint I have, is that the male and female readers pronounced certain words and names differently from each other. It would be great if they would talk to each other ahead of time and agree on pronunciation.

Overall, though, very highly recommended. It was definitely good enough to want me to listen to Words of Radiance.
by Russell 9/13/2017
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Epic Tale Begins

Brandon Sanderson is arguably the best modern day Fantasy writer. He's up there in the top with the likes of G.R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss. This is his first book in a multibook epic that I can't wait to devour. He's introduced a stunning and wildly intriguing new world to explore and his characters will have you hooked from the start. Although I wasn't particularly fond of the Narration choice I can still wholeheartedly recommend you pick this up. Either in Audio or Print format.

Author

Author Bio: Brandon Sanderson

Author Bio: Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Words of Radiance and the internationally bestselling books in the Stormlight Archive and the Mistborn series. He was also chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s the Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. He teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 45.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English