The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson — book reviews

The Way of Kings Part 1 by Brandon Sanderson. Gollancz ‘8.99

Reviewed by Karen Stevens

Four thousand years ago, the Knights Radiant abandoned their oath, leaving their Shardplate and Shadeblades ‘ armour and weapons that bestow miraculous abilities on their wielders ‘ to be contested over. When a king is assassinated on the very night a peace treaty is signed, a fresh war breaks out. Brightlord Adolin and former soldier Kaladin are both swept up in the war while young scholar Shallan seeks apprenticeship to princess Jasnah for reasons of her own.

The Way of the Kings is the first novel in an epic new series. It’s a refreshingly different fantasy novel with some intriguing new ideas; the storms that frequently batter the face of the world are so fierce the plants have evolved the point where they draw stalks back into rock at the slightest disturbance. The magic and different races are also fresh and unusual.

Brandon Sanderson writes very well, and provides strong characterisation throughout ‘ not only the main characters, even the minor characters are well drawn and realistic. There’s also plenty of intrigue and action that draws the reader rapidly through the book and leaves them anxious to find out what happens next. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the sequel. Whether the series can maintain this pace remains to be seen, but the Way of the Kings is a good start.

The Way of Kings Part 1 by Brandon Sanderson. Gollancz ‘8.99

Reviewed by Karen Stevens

Four thousand years ago, the Knights Radiant abandoned their oath, leaving their Shardplate and Shadeblades ‘ armour and weapons that bestow miraculous abilities on their wielders ‘ to be contested over. When a king is assassinated on the very night a peace treaty is signed, a fresh war breaks out. Brightlord Adolin and former soldier Kaladin are both swept up in the war while young scholar Shallan seeks apprenticeship to princess Jasnah for reasons of her own.

The Way of the Kings is the first novel in an epic new series. It’s a refreshingly different fantasy novel with some intriguing new ideas; the storms that frequently batter the face of the world are so fierce the plants have evolved the point where they draw stalks back into rock at the slightest disturbance. The magic and different races are also fresh and unusual.

Brandon Sanderson writes very well, and provides strong characterisation throughout ‘ not only the main characters, even the minor characters are well drawn and realistic. There’s also plenty of intrigue and action that draws the reader rapidly through the book and leaves them anxious to find out what happens next. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the sequel. Whether the series can maintain this pace remains to be seen, but the Way of the Kings is a good start.