This post is one that I am excited but slightly nervous to write. I’m excited because I enjoyed reading this novel so very much, but nervous because it was such a large, complicated, and detailed novel, and I really don’t know where to start.
Therefore, I’d like for you all to give me a bit of a break when it comes to reviewing this novel, and just enjoy the ride!
Let’s get started!
Goodreads Rating: 4.64/5
Pages: 1007 Pages
Published: August 31st, 2010
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Fantasy and Fiction
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.
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This novel is one that I’ve heard a lot about from many different people. The thing that really got me interested in finally reading it was the fact that my boyfriend managed to read all three books that are currently out for this series in the span of about 3 months.
He raved about it constantly following his marathon read, and I couldn’t help but become interested in reading them.
I have to say that I did find myself uninterested in this novel at times, not because of the plot or writing, but because of how large this novel is! It was 1000+ pages with incredibly small writing, so I found myself overwhelmed many times.
Aside from the length issues, this novel was an incredibly fun and intriguing read.
Brandon Sanderson is known for the incredible work he puts into all of his novels, and it definitely shows. It’s shocking to see how he can take all 1000 pages of this one novel and have it constantly be filled with interesting information and character development.
As for the characters in this novel, I loved both Dalinar and Khaladin so very much. They were very fun and interesting characters to read about and get to know, additionally it was very easy to get through the chapters that followed their POV’s because everything they did was fascinating to read about and there didn’t feel like there were many dull moments. As for Shallan, I found myself bored with her POV many times. I understand that the way they set up her POV was to show us some hidden things and for us to slowly learn more and more until the end where we can see exactly what we were waiting for, but I wish there was a bit more to Shallan and Jasna’s story because it was definitely difficult to stay alert when reading her chapters.
All in all, this novel had so many twists and turns that occurred at times when you didn’t expect them. I found myself slowing learning more and more interesting information throughout the novel which would explain things that previously didn’t make sense or things that I didn’t catch earlier.
I would definitely say that I am very happy that I read this novel, I ended up giving this a 4/5 only due to the fact that I found myself getting distracted easily, but other than that fact I found this novel so incredible and I can’t wait until I can start Words of Radiance and love it as much as I think I will.
Additionally, I can definitely see myself raising that rating after a bit more time passes and I stop holding my grudge against how large that novel was.
Alright, that concludes my (scattered) review of The Way of Kings.
I hope it wasn’t too rough to get through, and I hope you enjoyed!
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