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The Way of Kings is written by the fantabulous Brandon Sanderson (who also wrote the amazing Mistborn Trilogy) and came highly recommended by both Cakes and Rets. How could I not read it?

It's book one of the four part Stormlight Archive, of which the second book should be released later this year.

The first thing I should note about this book is that it's quite long, almost XBAWKS-HUGE long. I felt like the first half dragged on a bit, but when it picks up it really picked up and it made it all worth while.

I have no idea how Sanderson comes up with all this shit but he paints the picture of a familiar yet completely different universe filled with different creatures, abilities, social hierarchy, oddities and even plant life so vividly it's hard not to soak it all in and feel right at home.

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WTF R U DOIN?

The story is primarily portrayed through the perspective of three very different yet connected characters. They begin quite separated but as the giant web of the world, hierarchies, alliances and religion forms it all starts to make sense and is fantastic.

Kaladin is branded a deserter and marked as a slave, struggling to survive under each new master. Dalinar is a lighteyes highprice, commander of an army on the Shattered Plains. Shallan is a young lady with a dark secret who becomes ward to a scholar, researching history and religion with a powerful Soulcaster as a mentor.

We also have intermissions in the story, seen through the eyes of other characters. These give more depth to the world through actions of the past, or another character far away that will no doubt tie in to the bigger picture later on.

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The end of the book was simply amazing, so many puzzle pieces fit into place so well that was reminiscent of the mind blowing Mistborn reveals. All the characters stepping up gave me goosebumps and/or made me get all watery eyed.

I can't wait to read the next one!
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Glad you enjoyed it. The second half definitely did it for me as well. Some nice goosebumpy moments too as you said. I read it once and have listened to it on tape a second time. Both versions were enjoyable.
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The second book is supposed to be coming out at the start of March!

Can't fucking wait, might have to re-read the first just before it drops as it was such an epic journey and I'm sure I missed a lot of pivotal bits.

Like apparently Shallan has a motherfucking Shardblade!? Apparently there were some really subtle hints and people put them together :O

Also very keen to hopefully learn more about Hoid.. if anyone knows what I'm talking about ;) That could be a thread on its own..
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The second book is supposed to be coming out at the start of March!

Can't fucking wait, might have to re-read the first just before it drops as it was such an epic journey and I'm sure I missed a lot of pivotal bits.

Like apparently Shallan has a motherfucking Shardblade!? Apparently there were some really subtle hints and people put them together :O

Also very keen to hopefully learn more about Hoid.. if anyone knows what I'm talking about ;) That could be a thread on its own..

I'm still going with that damn Malazan Book of the Fallen series, then I'm going to re-read this.
PS... Give those Malazan books a go. They are fucking EPIC.
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They're on the list :P Currently on book 3 of the Demon Cycle series, then will be ploughing through some standalone stories I think.
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One of my favourite authors tweeting about another one of my favourite authors new book.

Comes out March 6th on iBooks, already preordered!

If you haven't gotten into this series, now's the time.

Only 8 more books to go after this one ;) I guarantee that it's worth it though.
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Hot damn you read quick. I'm maybe 1/4 of the way through and I'm already in love with it.
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Quote from about half way through the book.

"So yes, I, Adolin Kholin - cousin to the king, heir to the Kholin princedom - have shat myself in my Shardplate. Three times, all on purpose".


Oh how I laughed.
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Holy. Fucking. Shit.

That ending. That ending!

How fucking magnificent was that?

So much happened, I don't know where to start.

Shen/Rlain's loyalty. Parshendi destoryed. Portal opened. Urithuru found. Radiants reformed. Shallan and Kaladin exposed. Szeth surviving. Sebrial stepping up. Adolin murdering Sadeas. The Diagram. THE DIAGRAM!

Kaladin getting his powers back was inevitable, but I thought it was done really well. I really enjoyed the monologue about Elhokar's assassination, the grey area was portrayed well with all the motivations and tie-ins to grief/revenge and the characters pasts.

I thought Dalinar getting his Bondsmith powers from The Almighty was a bit of a cop out. I mean he obviously deserved it, but the fact he had to ask for it just felt a bit wobbly. It's saying the words that makes it happen I guess, and it's just that he wasn't under duress when he said them. And the Lopen too, what's going on there?


I loved all of the bits with Wit/Hoid, another piece of the Cosmere puzzle appears! Might need to make a new thread for this now.

Now to trawl through /r/Stormlight_Archive/ as there's always so many hidden meanings and tidbits I missed.

Goddamn I love this series, hopefully he doesn't dawdle getting the next one out.
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There's a lot going on that isn't explained yet I think.

Haha! Yeah, Adolin murdering Sadeas threw me off guard so hard! How is he going to get away with that? How is he going to become a radiant with an attitude like that? What will happen to the kingdom with Sadeas gone??

Kaladin was definitely well done. I was sweating as everything was going down. I KNEW he was gonna just like slam into the fight like some superhero but I didn't know how as he was so far away. I gave up and figured someone on the battlefield would evolve and that Kaladin would just save the king and get his power back. Turns out he ended up doing both!

Dalinar was already bonded to the highstorm spren or whatever though because of the visions so I figured it was natural. Maybe it was a bit forced though.

Not sure about Lopen and the others but it seems that we haven't seen everything that goes on in the background.
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