The Way of Kings

By Brandon Sanderson,

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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 so frequently that they have…

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7 authors picked The Way of Kings as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I loved The Way of Kings because it was an epic fantasy that didn’t quite start out as one.

I found the characters intriguing, the world-building immaculately detailed, and I connected to even the side characters. I liked the way I was thinking one thing about a character, but the author sort of flipped it, and you went along with the story. It all comes together, and the adventure is so worth the long read! It really didn’t even.

For me, a book that holds my attention so well and makes me dream about the world despite all the…

What fantasy recommendation would be complete without Brandon Sanderson?

It took me a while to get through this series but well worth the thick books! Sanderson creates such lush world building and intense characters that it’s hard not to get swept up into the story. I like his unique magic system and has the feel of an old-world epic fantasy.

The Way of Kings is the first in the series, not yet finished, and the characters are so well drawn and relatable you can’t help but get invested in their struggles. 

I'm not going to lie, I feel dirty even comparing my novel to this masterpiece. Yes, I say masterpiece because I myself have a bridge four tattoo. That’s how obsessed I am with this book and series!

The only reason I would compare my book to this is the following. Both are large casts and diverse perspectives. Both focus on regular people awakening to new powers and learning how to use them. Both books have guardians to help them learn their powers. Finally, both focus on working together despite differences for the greater good of saving the world.

Oh, and…

From Kris' list on getting magical powers.

It’s unspoken, but Way of Kings is filled with morally grey characters. We begin with an assassin who hates killing and move on to meet many others.

The best part is that we fall in love with the characters first. They amaze us in their courage and skills, and only later we learn who they really are:

They’re not good people. They’re totally broken, haunted by the things they’d done. 

Many recommend this book for the magic system, for the epic world building, for the wisdom that we can take home after we’re done, but I recommend it for the…

From Uri's list on morally grey characters.

Sanderson is famous for his complex inter-series world building, but I personally love The Way of Kings for an entirely different reason: the realistic way Sanderson writes traumatized characters. A brick of a book, TWoK is narrated from various points of view, the most compelling one being that of Kaladin, a young enslaved surgeon racked by survivor‘s guilt. Kal has my respect because he keeps fighting for a future in which he might actually succeed at protecting his loved ones. If that’s not a truly magical feat of imagination trumping a torturous reality, I don’t know what is.

When I first read Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy, my mind was blown. I’m not sure why it took me as long as it did to start the Stormlight Archive, which starts with The Way of Kings, but from the first page I was hooked. Here was a fantasy world with not only a unique magic system, but where even the ecology and physiology of human characters are different from our own, yet are beautifully and naturally portrayed. Skyeels soar through the air and civilization is built upon brutal storms that endanger life and limb while also providing nourishing light and…

From Catherine's list on fantasy to get lost in.

If we’re talking unique, immersive worlds, it would be a crime to not put one of Sanderson’s works up here. While all his books have amazing worlds, nothing beats Roshar in terms of creativity and sheer awe. A world that routinely gets magical hurricanes, which in turn shapes the wildlife, flora, and fauna, and the culture of the people that live there down to their currency is amazing! Not to mention the magic system comes straight from the storms. Add in unique races (they sing to speak!). beautifully written characters with mental illness representation, giant swords and armor, and a…

From Gillian's list on fantasy with worlds to get lost in.

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