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text 2017-03-20 17:20
Notice: Free Download for The Way of Kings
The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive, The) - Brandon Sanderson

To my fantasy reading friends, Tor.com is offering a free download of Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings on March 23 & 24. This is the first book in his Stormlight Archives series - the third book, Oathbringer, is scheduled for release November 14!

 

Grab the free download here!

 

And enjoy!

 

 

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review 2016-08-04 18:07
Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive, The) - Brandon Sanderson

This was very much my cup of tea. Strong world building where despite the presence of magic there seemed an almost science fiction tint to it all, where you could see a scientific rationale. Stronger in that regard than say GRR Martin's Song of Fire and Ice, but not as striking as in Pullman's His Dark Materials. As with GRR Martin this is rather epic in both geographic scope and number of characters, and written in a third person limited rotating point of view. Sanderson so far doesn't seem quite as ruthless to his characters, but you feel insecure enough at least to feel considerable suspense. And I cared about his characters, Kaladin and Shallan--and both grow in this book in unexpected ways both internal and external. There's a moral complexity here where characters don't fall too neatly into good versus evil. There are strong female characters that don't fall into stereotypes and some interesting twists on the usual gender roles. Despite its length though it's tighter than Martin's book. There's no flab and it all seems like it's going somewhere. I feel this is even stronger than the opening book in the trilogy. My only gripe is now it's over, the third book isn't published yet and I'll have to wait. I haven't read his more famous Mistborn series--yet. But I may have a new favorite author.

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review 2016-07-29 21:31
Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive, The) - Brandon Sanderson

This was very much my cup of tea. Strong world building where despite the presence of magic there seemed an almost science fiction tint to it all, where you could see a scientific rationale. Stronger in that regard than say GRR Martin's Song of Fire and Ice, but not as striking as in Pullman's His Dark Materials. As with GRR Martin this is rather epic in both geographic scope and number of characters, and written in a third person limited rotating point of view. Sanderson so far doesn't seem quite as ruthless to his characters, but you feel insecure enough at least to feel considerable suspense. And I cared about his characters, Kaladin and Shallan--and both grow in this book in unexpected ways both internal and external. There's a moral complexity here where characters don't fall too neatly into good versus evil. There are strong female characters that don't fall into stereotypes and some interesting twists on the usual gender roles. Despite its length though it's tighter than Martin's book. There's no flab and it all seems like it's going somewhere. I feel this is even stronger than the opening book in the trilogy. My only gripe is now it's over, the third book isn't published yet and I'll have to wait. I haven't read his more famous Mistborn series--yet. But I may have a new favorite author.

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photo 2016-03-22 05:51
Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive, The) - Brandon Sanderson
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson
The Way of Kings Part Two (The Stormlight Archive Book One) by Sanderson. Brandon ( 2011 ) Paperback - Sanderson. Brandon
'Mmm.. Lies.. ' by Kristy (Book Frivolity)

So, I've decided to teach myself real 3D modelling! It's been an interesting process, but I find creating graphic art a cathartic outlet for expressing my wonky brain waves.. And surprisingly much easier than typing them out, now that I have my funky new mouse!

 

After a lot of messing about, I finally decided to render this attempt at Shallan Davar and Pattern from Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series. I decided to call it "Mmm.. Lies", for reasons probably obvious to those that have read the books! If you haven't read them, go grab them!

 

Well, the piece has it's flaws, but for my first rendered creation, I am actually pretty ok with it!

 

K.

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review 2016-01-22 22:42
Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive, The) - Brandon Sanderson

Sometimes it takes me a while to gain momentum reading a book, but not the case with this one.  I was supposed to be reading something else, in fact, but I thought I'd just peak at it. And then I was hooked.  It picks up right where The Way of Kings leaves off, without slowing down.  There was a little bit of rehashing but he didn't let it bog things down too much.  Do people really pick up middle books in series often enough for this to be necessary?  I've heard people say that books in a series should be able to stand on their own, but that has never been a concern of mine at all.  Plenty of great series can be counted as essentially one book, most famous example being Lord of the Rings.

 

This book focused on Shallan's past, as the previous one focused on Kaladin's.  Shallan's history was more heartbreaking than Kaladin's, to me.  I had some ideas and guesses about it, but the story still managed to surprise me.  Several completely unexpected events happened in this book, and I'm very interested in seeing what the ramifications of them will be.

 

I don't think this is a huge spoiler, but it's a minor one.  I'm going to compare this, favorably, against Song of Ice and Fire at this point, in which characters spend entire books headed somewhere but never arrive, where fans wait for a payoff, to see certain characters meet, and it never happens.  People get places in this book.  People meet and it is awesome.

 

There were some frustrations in this book for me.  I felt like Kaladin spent the majority of the book being stupid.  I knew he was bound to eventually stop, but it was frustrating waiting for him to come around to his senses.  I'm not sure about some of Shallan's choices either, for that matter, but I can't say for sure that she's wrong.  She just makes a lot of decisions that make me very nervous for her.  

 

The end of this book felt a little cheesy.  Very high powered.  Some people would not like this, I think.  I'm ambivalent about it, but I consider the series well worth it for the complex cast of characters and their development.

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