August 14, 2017 by TinyNavajo
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
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Oh. My. Lanta! I love Brandon Sanderson and I absolutely love this book! I have read Brandon Sanderson’s books for several years, but this is one of my favorites. It’s also one of the longest, for an excellent reason though. Throughout The Way of Kings, we follow the storylines of the three main characters, Kaladin Stormblessed, Brightlord Dalinar Kholin, and Shallan.
Kaladin Stormblessed, a young man who grew up training to be a surgeon, took a place in the army of Brightlord Amaram, and is now a slave branded “Dangerous.” We see his life through combinations of present day and flashbacks, where we learn about his past and how Kaladin became a slave. You can hear the anger and the apathy and the hopeless in his voice during the present day times, and you can hear the optimism and hope in his voice during the flashbacks, but as with time, you can hear that start to leave.
Brightlord Dalinar Kholin believes himself to be chosen of the Stromfather to unite the other Highprinces of Alethkar before a huge disaster comes. He doesn’t know what that disaster is, but according to the visions, something is coming.
Shallan has been following Jasnah Kholin around the world, seeking to find wardship with her. But that is not all she seeks; with her family in dire situations, Shallan has convinced her family that the only way to help themselves is to steal a particular fabrial from Jasnah Kholin. And that’s not all that Shallan in hiding. Something seems to be following her.
All three stories weave and combine is such ways that you would not have thought, and there are small stories of others that lend their own strength to the overall story arc. Brandon Sanderson is known for creating wonderful worlds of magic; and while the magic is wonderful in the world of Roshar, the people who use these magics are what captured my interest and held in through two readings of this book. I love the character development, how you can see the characters and their motivations, why they are doing certain things, but we’re also NOT all knowing. There are still things that will surprise you, and things that will keep your attention.
Yes, this book is long, and there will be some slow times in the reading, but for me, those were actually needed. If there is only action, then it would feel far too crammed for how long it is. Having the slow times of study with Shallan and the fast times of action with Kaladin and Brightlord Dalinar makes it an even balance and switching between the three and the other smaller stories brings the whole book together. It is a huge epic story, but it’s one that I thoroughly enjoyed and I hope that you do as well.
What have been some epics that you have read in your time? Did you enjoy the story, or did you feel it went on far too long? Leave you comments, and possible recommendations, below and let me know!