The Way of Kings

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)

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

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

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


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The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson Summary

The Way of Kings is an epic fantasy novel written by American author Brandon Sanderson and the first book in The Stormlight Archive series. The novel was published on August 31, 2010 by Tor Books. The Way of Kings consists of one prelude, one prologue, 75 chapters, an epilogue and 9 interludes. It was followed by Words of Radiance in 2014, Oathbringer in 2017 and Rhythm of War in 2020. A leatherbound edition is scheduled to be released in 2021.In 2011, it won the David Gemmell Legend Award for best novel. The unabridged audiobook is read by narrator team Michael Kramer and Kate Reading...

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A Book You Will Not Soon Forget5 star

I loved this book, one of the best epic fantasies I’ve read in a long time. This was the first time I read a Brandon Sanderson story, and I’m hooked on him. The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive, is an immense, epic adventure that takes place in a world that is both believable and like no other. Sanderson has crafted a fantasy with characters, places, creatures, religion, culture, and geography, all explained in elaborate detail, but never in a way that interferes with the action and the progress of the story. He gives you just enough information a little at a time to allow you to understand events taking place without overburdening you with detailed descriptions all at once. (Okay, maybe at the very beginning you won’t understand everything, but you will as the story continues.) The way he develops characters as the story progresses is excellent. The male and female characters are powerful, complex, and realistic, each with their unique traits. Mostly, you will want to read more. I was never bored or lost interest during the LONG reading time to complete this book. This is a must-read. If all his books in the series are this good, it will rank among the top fantasies of all time. 55


Took several false starts; but worth it5 star

After reading Brandon’s Mistborn series through two eras I decided to dig into this series. Coming from Mistborn I was not prepared from the much slower pacing and the seemingly incessant stream of bad luck that befalls Kaladin after a very action hero treatment of the protagonists of Mistborn. Shifting to Dalinar/Adolin after becoming so invested in Kaladin and Shallan was a shock, as well. However, as only Branson can, he brought all the seemingly disparate storylines together in a most satisfying way, giving us payoff after payoff as we approach the end. I don’t fault if people don’t enjoy it the first time. It definitely took me multiple tries, but after you conquer the structure of the first book, the next two books roll by in too short a time. 55


Couldn’t finish1 star

I really tried with this book. Convoluted. The flashbacks came too early in character development. The Spren magic was infantile. 15

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One of my favorite books5 star

Really loved it, can’t wait for rhythm of war! 55


Astonishing5 star

By far one of the best books I’ve ever read. It shows personal struggle with morality, and accepting the things beyond one’s control. The perfect read for someone who appreciates doing what’s right because it is right. 55


Awesome!5 star

The way of kings and the sequel are two of my all-time favorites. Do yourself a favor and read them! God I hope there’s a movie or an HBO series on the Stormlight Chronicles. Great stuff. 55


Great book5 star

I love this book 55


Masterpiece5 star

My new favorite book. Once I was a few chapters in I started to understand the world better and fell in love with the characters and Brandon Sanderson’s style. So well written and thoughtful. 55


Fantastic Novel5 star

Every single modern book tries to tackle vans encapsulate the issues of the 21st century through the scope of fiction, and though that seems like a great idea, it often just seems forced and bland, taking away from the story rather than adding to it. The Way of Kong’s is the exception to that rule. Sanderson expertly creates a world in which the color of your eyes decides your position in society, however this fact of life is woven into the story so that it doesn’t stick out so boisterously as it does in usual novels. On top of that the world is just so intricate. With an infant magic system, I assumed Sanderson would have trouble creating a world that was complex enough to be enjoyable, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. By creating a world in which every culture is different, and that difference is also explored actively by characters, Sanderson makes up for the lacking complexity of the magic system. Simply as a cherry on top, Sanderson completely nails the different perspectives of the book. Usually when I read, I like to read from the perspectives of the Kaladins of the fiction world, simply because, as a young man, I can relate most to young men. However, Shallan is simply so intriguing and complex that I can’t help but look forward to every one of her chapters. Quite honestly, I have no complaints about this book, I mean this is truly a masterpiece of literature that is a MUST READ. I will mention just as a side note that it is NOT a solo novel and we get nothing close to a conclusion in the first book. It doesn’t take away from the story, just don’t start the first book hoping for a quick read. 55


Epic5 star

Hard to put down. Exciting plot lines. Beautiful imagery. Worth the time!! 55

Just plain Boss

Awesomeness Incarnate5 star

This book is hands down one of the best epic fantasy books out there. I highly recommend you to buy it.i hope you like it 55

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Spellbinding!5 star

Innovative, unpredictable, well planned & superbly executed! Truly an epic! I had a hard time putting this book down. Can't wait to read the next one! 55


One of the best Books5 star

I started to read this book and could not stop reading it. If you are doing something finish it before starting to read this book. I recommend this book.It is one of the best. 55


Slow but worth it4 star

Slow but worth it. Really love this series. 45


Very creative4 star

This was a fun book to read and I constantly found myself amazed at the new/unique world created by the author. 45


Fantastic!!!!!5 star

Amazing.You won't be able to put it down!!! 55


My first book review ever.3 star

Fantastic read. Brandon Sanderson creates a world that feels very real and makes you feel a part of it. To those who may feel a bit overwhelmed in the beginning with the different story lines and strange universe you're thrown in, rest assured that things that may seem confusing are explained, and the story lines tie together in the end leaving you awe-struck. The character and plot development is so well done that you start to actually care / hate for each and every character that you're presented with as if you've known them in real life. All in all, if you're on the edge about reading this book and starting this amazing series, just do yourself a favor and buy it. You won't be disappointed and you'll end up not being able to put the book down. 35

Joe Graff

Fantastic!5 star

One of the best books I've read in a long time. 55

Andrew James Drake

Something for Anyone5 star

The Way of Kings has something for everyone, and I do mean everyone, who reads fantasy. Do you like exploring a new world, one with unusual native life? This book has that. Do you like awesome fight-scenes that are fueled by superhuman and outright magical abilities? This book has that. Do you like Powered Armor? This book has that. Do you like Underdogs overcoming impossible odds, including their superiors wanting them to die? This book has that. Do you like character growth? This book has that for every viewpoint, and most side characters. Do you like an Cosmic-Level Threat looming on the horizon, waiting to be able to get involved? This book has that. If you enjoy Epic Fantasy, you'll love this. If you aren't a fantasy person, your mileage may vary. 55


The Way Of Kings3 star

For the fantasy epic fan who enjoys the creation of a time and world right along with the author. Usually, such an "Odyssey" of reading has the impossible task of holding ones attention and vision throughout, but this achieves just that. A very enjoyable read that has you wanting more. 35

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