The Way of Kings

The Way of Kings Summary

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

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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Book Reviews


Astounding!5 star

Rarely have I been so captivated! The world building, the characters, are on another level. Loved every word!55


great read5 star

amazing page turner. could not set it down. loveable characters.55


This is the Way.4 star

A modern fantasy epic with a fully realized world inhabited by realistic and relatable characters. The story’s essence is the struggle against our worst tendencies and base desires. To become better versions of ourselves for the greater good. Unfortunately to achieve the greater good we must first overcome a greater evil, and evil has its own agenda. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Give this book a try and you’ll be at the end before you realize it. And you most likely won’t be disappointed.45


Amazing5 star

This book was absolutely phenomenal. I couldn’t put it down, and when I managed to do so, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. INCREDIBLE55


Good book!4 star

This is a good book but felt very long.45


The very best5 star

This book and it’s sequels are the best fantasy books of this day55


Life-changing Epic5 star

I can't even begin to describe how amazing this book is, the depth of the main characters could hold the book together on its own, but Sanderson's main strength is the world building. Be prepared to dive head first into Roshar and it's storm-battered uniqueness, love this book and I will most definitely be binging this series!55

Chris Mathwig

Good read5 star

I enjoyed book one and look forward to Book 2!55


Perfect5 star

Long and we’ll crafted. Get lost in perfection ya nerds!55


Re-readable!5 star

I just finished “The Rhythm of War” and decided I needed to re-read the series. And boy am I glad I did. The amount of planning Sanderson put into these works is nothing short of spectacular. I guess now I have to go back and re-read the rest of the cosmere collection too.55

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