The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings

By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2010-08-31
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 7,706 Ratings


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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  • Amaaaaaaaaazing!!!!!

    By the idiot at school
    You cannot go wrong. It may be long, but the ending is perfect. Great starter to the new series. If you don’t like long books, still read it. I cannot stress how well plotted out this book was. Chef’s kiss.
  • Horrible!

    By Christie_9861
    I had no idea this author was Mormon when i picked up the book but 10% of the way in I recognized the traumatic retelling of the religion of my childhood. Disgusting. Not what anyone wants in a fantasy book!! I want my money back!!
  • My favorite new saga

    By ManuCR18
    Everything this man writes feels so alive!
  • Read

    By ًٓبٓاىبتما
    I hated it to many characters at least that’s what I thought the first time I was reading like four other books at the same time so yeah second time was great I loved it rlain was my favorite.
  • Amazing!

    By iphone-user-181903
    Just like just about any other book written by Brandon Sanderson, “The Way of Kings” absolutely amazes me. Rich world building, characters with one-in-a-million personalities (not to mention their extensive and interesting arcs), lengthy plot and subplots, as well as very exotic scenery come together in this novel. They form a work of art: epic fantasy. Of course, if you can’t handle about 1,000 pages of content or the epic fantasy story, this may not be the book for you. However, if fantasy, complex magic systems, and discovering a vibrant world that Sanderson creates and describes so wonderfully is right up your alley, I 100% recommend this book.
  • Loved it

    By Ghostwriter63
    Great and dense book
  • Unlocked a New Universe

    By CP199022
    Fast paced initial saga that is hard to put down.
  • Enthralling epic you don’t want to put down

    By Yellowjacket 1001
    This book was recommended to me by a friend. Rather dubious, I purchased it. I was hooked almost instantly. The author expertly weaves multiple stories together with awesome ease. I couldn’t stop reading. It is books like these that inspire me and provide the best entertainment. Well worth the price.
  • Awesome

    By 16Soulja
    Fantastic book.
  • Brilliant

    By MistahC
    Wasn’t too big of a book reader but after constantly being told to read this series by a close friend, I finally caved. That turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made. This book is by far the best I’ve ever read and I’m constantly reading every minute I can. Love this and can’t wait to read the others!