The Way Of Kings (Brandon Sanderson)
⏱ The Book in 30 Seconds or Less
An Alethi king is assassinated resulting in a war waged across the Shattered Plains. Princes armoured with armour and weapons imbued with gemstones called Shardplate and Shardblades lead their armies into battle to fight the Parshendi people. These weapons take power from gemstones giving their wearers elevated speed, strength, and ability to easily cut through their enemies. Slaves known as bridgemen are used to help set bridges between plateaus on the shattered plains to allow soldiers to make their way across to the ever changing battle locations. A slave, and former soldier, finds himself sold into the ranks of these bridgemen. He uses his past training to unite his bridge crew turning a group of derelicts into a group of trained soldiers whose goal is to find freedom by fighting their way out of the war camps.
🤷♂️ Who Should Read This Book?
So, if you’re new to books written by Brandon Sanderson, The Way Of Kings is a great place to start. He’s one of my favourite fantasy authors, and authors in general. If you check any of the boxes below you should definitely use that as enough justification to pick up a copy:
You like epic fantasy
You like worlds with unique and well thought out magic systems
You like stories that have an underdog
You like stories that progress through the viewpoints of many different characters
You like fantastic story telling
📚How Did I Come Across This Book?
About 7 years ago I was starting to really get into reading. I hadn’t really read that many books in my earlier years, but I read Game of Thrones and was instantly hooked. I decided that fantasy was right up my alley so in speaking with a few friends they recommended that I give the Mistborn series a try (also by Brandon Sanderson). I enjoyed Mistborn a lot. The Stormlight Archives was another popular series by Brandon Sanderson, I added it to my Goodreads reading list and here I am!
🏆 My Verdict
The Way Of Kings is fantastic. If I were to give it a rating out of 10, it would definitely be 10/10. The world it’s set in, the characters, the plot, are all unique and interesting. This is one of the books that I get excited about when discussing with friends, and I’ve influenced many of my friends to pick it up!
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