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According to mythology, mankind used to live in 'The Tranquiline Halls': Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

Today the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself - and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne.

On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes, a young spearman is forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn't understand and doesn't really want to fight.

©2010 Dragonsteel Entertainment LLC (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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Fantastic

Deep characters, intricate stories and awesome narration ! I really recommend for every heroic fantasy enthousiaste.

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Very nice discovery

A little difficult to go into this such long book but it really worth it

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Best audio book I've ever listened to

If you love world building and deep character development, this is a must-read. I've grown more attached to many of these characters than some of my friends.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22/06/2011

Brilliant

I have listened to over 100 Audiobooks, and this is the first time I really felt the need to write a review. I picked up a Brandon Sanderson book about two years ago, and was immediately impressed by his writing style. Too many fantasy writers forget how important it is that their worlds should also have rules and limits and plausible (if fantastic) magic. Every brilliant writer is an artist on his own, and should not be compared to another. Brandon Sanderson completed the Wheel of Time series, and I hope that he wouldn’t therefor mind being compared to Robert Jordan. An amazing story and a satisfying end, although I feel the itch of the addicted for the next book. The brilliant narration by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading (the narrators for the Wheel of Time) takes you right into the world and leave you hungry for more. I give this book my highest recommendation and my only wish is that I can have a selective memory loss so that I can enjoy this one again.

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  • Carmen
  • 10/12/2011

Epic

This book consumed my life for 3 weeks. Not a second of it was wasted.

All of the characters are interesting and real. Even the bit players stuck with me - Ishic the Fisherman in particular. I really hope that Sanderson will expand on some of those in the next books - I'm optimistic, from all reports he'll have plenty of pages to fill :). I keep trying to imagine what will happen when all of the characters eventually meet (for instance, I'm certain that Rock will fall head-over-heels for Shalan).

The glimpses you get of the 'magic' systems are intriguing, and I kept catching myself trying to put the pieces of it together when I really should have been doing other things (sleeping, for instance).

The environment is unique, the plants and animals are a mixture of the familiar and strange and hint at events that must have happened in the world's past ... and even as I write this, I'm putting more pieces together :) I think I may have to listen to it for a 5th time.

I would recommend listening to the whole book at least twice. Listening over it again with hindsight/foreknowledge of where the story is going lets you see events in a very different way, and the simple length means that even the most careful listener will miss some gems. I'm considering buying the hardcopy as well.

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  • Lisa
  • 06/07/2012

Stick with it

If you could sum up The Way of Kings in three words, what would they be?

Epic, brilliant, extensive

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Getting towards the end, I found every opportunity to listen.

Any additional comments?

Being such an epic this title begins by developing some backgrounds and history pertinent to the the overall story. In doing so the story takes a bit of time to form but when it does there is no disputing that this is an outstanding epic journey into a completely original culture and world. Initially I felt that Brandon Sanderson was, in a way, showing off his ability to create such a different society but after giving the title time to develop my opinion was utterly changed. Please stick with this book, you will be glad you did....

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  • Siddharth Gupta
  • 23/02/2018

Kate Readings ruins a perfectly good book

The book is a true epic. Kate reading however with her weird end of sentence inflections ruins most of her parts. Her narrative is so irritating i found myself wincing everytime her part would come up. Kramer on the other hand is steady and stoic as expected. Ive been meaning to hear the wheel of time series but seeing its also kate reading, I think I'll give the audio books a pass.

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  • Joseph
  • 14/06/2017

Took forever to get anywhere

My heavens. This book creeps forward at a dizzyingly slow pace. He writes well and there has been great thought and care put into creating a world that is detailed and colorful. But oh my god, all the endless back and forth, uuurgh. Just kept wanting it to go. Anywhere. Now.

Like riding a donkey after robbing a bank.

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  • Noel
  • 21/09/2013

WOW!!

This was very new to me. I thought I was going to be bogged down with slow periods in a long drawn out novel. I was very wrong. Splendid.

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  • Sumit G.
  • 06/10/2011

Brilliant!

Wow! Brilliant! One doesn't realise Brendan Sanderson's genius until you reach the end and can encompass the entire book. To write 40 hours of material with focus and and keeping the dialogues sharp and inventive is a unique talent.

This book had a great variety of characters. Some "critic" reviews on other sites have complained about characters lacking depth. But, I found all the characters were well rounded and had a variety of facets to their personality.

I would highly recommend listening to this book.

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  • Matthew
  • 18/07/2011

Epic

I've been looking for a good epic fantasy world since I've finished Sword of Truth and got as far as you can with Wheel of Time, and if this book is anything to go buy The Stormlight Archive is going to be an amazing Epic fantasy series.

It might just be because this book has the same narrators as the Wheel of Time but the writing style is very similar to Robert Jordan, this might be why he was asked to finish off the WoT series after Jordan's death.

The writing is great, the narration is great and the action scenes flow nicely enabling me to really visualise the story in my mind.

Love it, five stars isn't enough.

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  • Mohammed A.
  • 24/11/2017

Magnificent - one of the best if not the best

Highly recommend, smart novel that make you curious and eager for more, 5 great stories interlinked with each othe. Top notch

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  • am
  • 30/01/2014

couldn't turn off

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

top story, characters and writing and really subtlety performed

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way of Kings?

the attack on the tower plateau

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

Syl

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

absolutely

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  • Kid Khan
  • 22/10/2012

Die Geburt eines großen Werkes?

Ich bin, wie vermutlich die meisten Leser/Hörer, die sich hierher verirren, erst durch "Wheel of Time" auf Brandon Sanderson aufmerksam geworden. Als Robert Jordan's Witwe einen jungen, relativ unbekannten Autor verpflichtete das Epos zu vollenden, war ich mehr als skeptisch. "Mistborn" war jedoch fantastisch und ich kann die Entscheidung von Jordan's Witwe nun 100%ig nachvollziehen. Brandon Sanderson sagt von sich selbst, ein Fan des WoT gewesen zu sein. Wer "Mistborn" ebenfalls gelesen hat, wird ihm ob der Parallelen sofort glauben!

"Stormlight Archive" basiert wie "Mistborn" auf einer völlig neuen Art von Magieentwicklung. Das scheint für Sanderson eine zentrale Rolle zu spielen, denn hier wie dort hat Magie nichts mit dem ausgeleierten spitzhütiger-Zauberer-schleudert-Feuerball Cliché zu tun. Es ist ein auf 10+ Bände angelegtes Werk, von dem sich jetzt, nach Band 1, nicht einmal erahnen lässt, wo es potentiell hingehen könnte. Ich hoffe und glaube, dass uns mit diesem Epos tatsächlich ein wirklich monumentales Meisterwerk ins Haus steht, mit dem er ganz leicht aus dem Schatten des "Wheel Of Time"-Vollenders heraustreten wird.

"The Way of Kings" legt die hochkomplexe Basis für eine High Fantasy Story, die so viele Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten offen lässt, dass einem schwindelig wird, wenn man darüber nachdenkt! Erfrischend ist hier vor allem, dass es mal nicht um den armen Bauernjungen geht, der vom Schicksal auserwählt wurde, die Welt zu retten. Im Gegenteil. "The Way of Kings" beschreibt eigentlich ausschließlich gescheiterte Protagonisten: der multitalentierte Arzt und gefeierte Kriegsheld wird zum Sklaven, der legendäre Staatsmann droht dem Wahnsinn zu verfallen, die Erbtochter scheitert im Versuch durch ihre Ränkespiele den Niedergang ihrer Familie zu retten, der Meisterkiller verzweifelt am Konflikt mit seinem Gewissen, die historisch verklärten Legenden stellen sich als Lügen heraus. Natürlich wird das so nicht bleiben, die letzten Kapitel deuten in allen Erzählebenen die Wenden an, und doch ist es toll zu sehen, dass man Charakterentwicklung in Fantasystories auch weitab von ausgelatschten Schwarz-Weiß-Pfaden betreiben kann. Und diese Welt hat Geschichte. Man hat zu jedem Zeitpunkt des Buches das Gefühl, man müsste erst einmal 2-3 Bände vorher lesen, um auf Stand gebracht zu werden. Auf jeden Fall merkt man zu jedem Zeitpunkt, dass uns hier noch Großes erwartet, dass Brandon Sanderson bereits weit, weit voraus geplant hat.

Angst vor der englischen Version? Traut euch! Man wird mit einem der besten Sprecherpaare belohnt, die es diesseits von Alpha Centauri gibt. Michael Kramer ist einfach wundervoll, er beherrrscht soviele Dialekte und Stimmfarben, dass man sich manchmal fragt, ob hier wirklich nur EIN Mann erzählt. Auch Kate Reading steht ihm in Punkto Dialekten nur geringfügig nach, macht dafür mit ihrer emotionalen Art des Lesens umso mehr wieder gut. Die beiden machen zusammen aus einem klasse Buch ein Breitwanderlebnis in 3D!

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  • Maryam Lankarany
  • 30/08/2018

Nur Krieg und Gewalt

Auf Empfehlung gekauft aber gefällt mir nicht zuviel Tod und Brutalität in den ersten Kapiteln

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  • Annika
  • 23/08/2018

Great book, very good speakers

The book is a very good introduction to a new world, with likeable (and hateable) characters, a solid story and simply wonderful worldbuilding. The drawback is that the worldbuilding is by far the largest part of the book and the story progresses very slowly. But that is (in my opinion) not a big problem for a first book in a series of ten (?). And as said before, the ideas and structure that fuels said worldbuilding is something to behold. And story and characters have a solid foundation and are fully realised even as they are put in the background a bit.

The speakers are so wonderful that I have but one very small complaint. There is one name they pronounce differently and it's a bit irritating. Everything else they do is just superb.

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  • Heisenberg
  • Heidelberg
  • 04/06/2016

just amazing!!!!

my favorite series ever. great story, week read!!! if you haven't yet, give it a try!

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kai
  • 13/11/2011

Langsamer Beginn, furioses Ende!

Der Anfang von Way of Kings vermag nicht vollends in seinen Bann zu ziehen, da man sich erst mal an Michael Kramers Intonation gewöhnen muss, die Anfangs für mich recht nervig war. Nach 4 oder 5 Stunden jedoch beginnt man Interesse an der Geschichte zu entwickeln und insbesondere der letzte Teil ist so furios dass es für jeglichen Negativpunkt mehr als eine Wiedergutmachung ist. Ich würde sogar sagen, nur für das furiose Finale (das natürlich wenig aufklärt, aber doch einen gekonnten Schnitt macht der Interesse für neues lässt ohne ein wirklich unbefriedigender Cliffhanger zu sein) lohnt sich das hören absolut!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Heidemarie Mahoney
  • Regensburg
  • 18/10/2012

Verblüffend! Faszinierend! Intelligent!

nun ist Sanderson ja eigentlich bekannt für seinen voluminösen Erzählstil der dem Hörer schon einiges an Geduld abverlangt, die jedoch durch die Faszination seiner akribisch ausgemalten Welten und Charaktere belohnt wird.
Dennoch - es sei hier noch mal gesagt - wer hier einfache Sword-and-Sorcery erwartet, der wird enttäuscht. Ohne Schablonen, ohne Schwarz-Weiss-Malerei, nachvollziehbar bis in die schmerzhaften Entscheidungsdilemmas der Protagonisten!
Wieder eine total neue faszinierende Welt von Sanderson.
Michael Kramer ein Sprecher von höchster Qualität! Zugegeben, die Längen, die sich Sanderson manchmal mit seinen Wortspielen leistet, können den Hörer herausfordern. Kein Buch das man so nebenbei reinzieht. Aber Kramers Können ist in sich selber schon so ein Genuss, dass man die Längen ebenfalls angenehm empfindet.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 22/11/2018

terrible reader

the reader is so horrible it compleatly destroyed the story for me. for some reason he tries to read the book like verses with identical rythm and intonation, compleatly disregarding the mood or Actions of scenes.

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 11/10/2018

Highly recommended.

I could only highly recommend the book. The story is marvelous. The world sophisticated and full. The characters lach emotions in my opinion. But I could live without that.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 19/09/2018

mechanical reading technique

Although I enjoyed the Story very much , it seemed to me that both male and female readers were concentrating so hard on their diction , that they were unable to bring any believeable Emotion into their story telling. As I first heard the female voice , I thought I was listening to my cars' Navigation Systems Voice.
That on occasion , the male and female readers had different pronunciations for character names( for example, " Saddius" ) was unnerving.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Sven
  • 30/08/2018

Always unexpected, genuine, original.

Sanderson surprises the reader over and over. He is a master of the unexpected and innovative solutions.