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


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Great and dense book45


Unlocked a New Universe5 star

Fast paced initial saga that is hard to put down.55

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Enthralling epic you don’t want to put down5 star

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.55


Awesome5 star

Fantastic book.55


Brilliant5 star

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!55


Didn’t know what to expect5 star

I absolutely loved this book. Couldn’t put it down. I typically don’t like not understanding what’s going on when I’m reading a book, but this story is fantastic. I found myself highlighting whole passages that just spoke to me. Fantasy at its finest.55


Simply Amazing5 star

Gripped me tighter than any piece of literature before. Read it.55


What a masterpiece5 star

My God, has there ever been a better character than Kaladin? This book must be read.55


WOW5 star

Amazing pay off. I was a little slow to get into this book but man was it worth it.55


What an epic4 star

This book has a lot to say and it’s a big one. I did enjoy this book quite a bit it’s main characters felt fleshed out and backstory was well supplied. I do feel parts probably could’ve been edited out but maybe it’ll be important later in the series45

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