Monday, September 3, 2012

Review: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson: The book that promises everything...

Book Review: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive)


Rating: A- 9.0 / 10

Buy, Borrow or Pass? Buy this book.
If you are a fantasy fan, this book deserves to be on your bookshelf next to Tolkien, Jordan and Lewis. If you are not a fantasy fan or if you only read short stories, then you may want to pass on this book. Although it is spectacular, it is 1000+ pages. For most fantasy fans, I would assume this to be a good thing.

You can find the Amazon review here: Zero Angel's Amazon Review; I try not to rehash things between different reviews, so feel free to check it out--I hope you find it helpful!

Quick Review
Brandon Sanderson has created a book and world that is one of the most interesting and apparently fleshed out creations that I have ever read. I have never experienced a world that felt so connected and alive with supposed history and relationships between kingdoms that date back beyond memory.

I say "apparently" and "supposed" because a lot of the information is only hinted at. This book promises us the answers to all of the questions that it raises, but by the end of the novel, there are more questions unresolved than questions answered.

This leaves you having read the longest "tease" ever created (at over 1000 pages, although some of that is front matter and back matter). Still, like any foreplay, this book is exciting and will take your breath away. Also, it is important to note that although over 1000 pages long, the book never felt drawn-out (with the possible exception of some flashback chapters).