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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (32,354 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brandon Sanderson Narrator: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Stormlight Archive Series Release Date:
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Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[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

  • Just the thing to accompany you on that cross-country drive you've always been planning. SFReviews.net
  • Perfect entertainment for fantasy fans on a long car trip! BookLoons.com

  • Nominated for Locus Awards - Nominee, 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 by Jason | 4/25/2016

    " I generally listen to audiobooks at work and driving and this was one I choose for work. I was drawn into this instantly. I loved the readers since I had gotten to heard them through out the Wheel of Time series. The story was engaging and sucked me in right away. I wanted to get to work in order to listen to more of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thomas | 6/10/2015

    " I loved the book and the narration: I am a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson, and this was a great story even by his standards. Unfortunately, the recording was choppy and it frequently skipped short sections of the book. I don't know much about audio recordings, so the fault may have been my own, but none of the other books I have purchased from this website have contained any similar gaps. Overall, I would recommend this audiobook to any of Brandon Sanderson's fans and to any lovers of epic fantasy: while the interruptions were annoying, they did not interfere overly much with the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dianaw | 2/10/2014

    " Parts of the book were very good. The ending was gripping. Portions of the book dragged. I think a third of it could have been cut to have made the pacing faster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Neal Threets | 2/2/2014

    " The Way Of Kings is Brandon Sandersons masterpiece. It is a flawless start to what is planned to be a 14 book series. It has everything a good epic fantasy novel needs and it executes them perfectly. Well crafted fantasy world? Check! Characters you can root for and despise? Has them in droves! An awesome and original magic system? There are at least three! Originality? Let's just say there isn't a mention of an orc, elf, or dwarf. all this and he manages to present them all in such a way that the reader never feels like they are adrift in a sea of confusing information. All in all I say Brandon Sanderson succeeds at creating the PERFECT fantasy novel "

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