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In short I wanted to Note Before reading the rest of this review I'd like to note that this is a two part review with notes from a first reading and a second reading. In short I wanted to clarify that on a first reading of any novel I can be very eager and excited about the novel if it thrills me.
It is the second and potentially third and so on readings that inform one as to whether the book is one which has stuck with me as a great work of fiction. And my re-read of The Way of Kings both parts left me with such an impression. This is a fine fantasy novel, one that starts off slowly perhaps, but one with plenty of twists and turns.
As mentioned elsewhere, Brandon Sanderson is easily now my favourite fantasy author for his ideas, pace, energy and all round readability. His prose is not the purple prose of other authors but he continues to improve and his ideas and themes shine through strongly no matter what. Review The First One of the positives of being a uni student is possessing the time on my hands to read books. Okay sure I have to do all the university texts and so forth but when travelling an hour to and from campus and in between lectures a remarkable amount of time is free to read.
Well it certainly beats having to attend school where there was no time to read. How does that all relate?
And I was staggered when I finally finished book one of the Stormlight Archive. This could very well be one of the best epic fantasy series ever written. Not that I want to make claims before the series is finished Let me break it down.
The Plot This was superb. Revolving around three different main characters Sanderson plotted a whole course for his novel that I didn't see right at the beginning. Full of wonderful twists, turns, plots and sudden realisations Sanderson does a fine job of keeping his readers interested.
I particularly loved how he would drop in a sudden bomb at the end of a chapter that left me going: "Hang on what!
You mean Saldeas actually You mean the visions are actually I also loved the way in which Sanderson slowly provides a view into the background behind each of the character's motives. I feel that they were much more fleshed out in terms of providing me as a reader with a sense of how each character's morality worked than A Game of Thrones which I was unable to get into. That's not a cheap shot at A Game of Thrones which many have enjoyed but rather an indication that I really liked how Sanderson wrote his world.
The Worldbuilding As in Mistborn the world is highly fleshed out. But this world is even deeper than the world of Mistborn. Religion again has its place alongside discussions of philosophy and morality. There are various native plants, creatures and people discussed which all fit neatly into a grand mythology of the Heralds and the Voidbringers.
If you're looking for a Tolkienesque world with a grand level of attention to details then look at this for starters. The creatures introduced by Sanderson were fascinating. You had the chasmfiends, the Parshendii and parshmen, the chull, the axehounds and the sky eels for starters.
Each of which were nicely depicted through images in the book.
In fact the elaborate artwork was something else to behold for a book. The most intriguing creatures however were the spren. These are spirits which appear in different forms and flock to various events. For example windspren fly on the breeze, firespren appear around fires, painspren are attracted to pain, rotspren are attracted to rot and so on. The Magic You have the supernatural featuring strongly as in all of Sanderson's books to date.
There are three types of main magic mentioned along with another which is hinted at. The fourth I won't delve into as it is simply called Old Magic and may feature more in later novels. I'll put a spoiler here as I provide some details which some readers may find spoiling. This stormlight causes them to glow brightly. Some have the ability - like the Radiants of old - to absorb the stormlight from gems and use this to perform various lashings.
Jasnah bonded an inkspren named Ivory. Some spren, such as flamespren, share characteristics with current observations in quantum mechanics. For example, when they are observed [ citation needed ] they remain stable in the recorded state, but when tested more thoroughly, they change as though at random. As revealed in the second book, Spren are "concepts and ideas" given physical form by the human collective subconscious.
Among the many forms of spren, some are intelligent, possess self-awareness, and have even built their own cities. They reside naturally in Shadesmar, and often cross over into the physical realm. This comes at the cost of most of their self-awareness for the higher, more exalted spren, which they can regain by making bonds with humans.
The sea and land are reversed in Shadesmar — what would be land on Roshar is a sea of black beads in Shadesmar, each representing a physical form on Roshar.
Shadesmar also contains cities and a strange type of flora. Surgebinding refers to a group of ten magic systems that stem from Honor, one of the three Shards of Adonalsium present on Roshar. Each of Surgebinding's ten systems revolves around 'binding' two natural 'Surges,' for instance Gravity and Adhesion, to the Surgebinder's will. Surgebinding is powered by Stormlight, and the ability is granted to humans through bonding with a Spren, a type of elemental spirit native to Roshar.
There are ten Surgebinding's branches, with Windrunning and powers of Lightweavers Transformation - Soulcasting and Illumination - illusions , described thoroughly. Windrunning is an ability where the wielder uses the power of Stormlight to affect gravity and adhesion.
It is described in three methods known as the "Three Lashings". A Basic Lashing changes the direction of gravitational pull for an individual causing the person to be pulled towards another object or direction instead of towards the center of the planet.
A Full Lashing is described as creating an almost  unbreakable bond between two objects until the Stormlight dissipates. A Reverse Lashing causes an object to have a much stronger gravitational pull, causing other objects to be pulled towards it.
The only individuals in the book seen to use Windrunning are Szeth-son-son-Vallano,  Kaladin,  , the squires of Kaladin in Bridge Four, and through the visions of Dalinar, members of the Knights Radiant. There are a total of thirty different magic-systems on Roshar, with ten tied to each of the three Shards of Adonalsium present on the planet; the ten branches of Surgebinding to Honor, ten as yet unseen systems associated with Cultivation, and the ten levels of Voidbinding thought to be tied to Odium.
Soulcasting is a practice where objects are changed from one form to another. It has proven able to turn rock into smoke, purify blood of poisons, and create food, and it has many other applications as well.
Soulcasting is done by means of a device called a soulcaster that is powered by gems imbued with Stormlight. The type of gem placed inside the soulcaster determines what the caster can transform. With each use of a soulcaster, there is a chance of the gem cracking and being destroyed, especially when a large amount of matter is changed.
Shallan's father's steward knew how to use a soulcaster,  as he used Shallan's father's soulcaster. Jasnah Kholin and, by the end of The Way of Kings , Shallan are capable of doing magic that has very similar effects to Soulcasting but does not require a soulcaster to be used, and does not require that the magic user be in physical contact with the object they transform.
Shadesmar is described in detail in the book but mostly consists of a world made from tiny glass beads. Once within Shadesmar the power from a Stormlight infused gem can be used to manipulate objects. In an interview with Brandon Sanderson, Shadesmar is described as a Cognitive Realm connecting all the worlds in the Cosmere. Sanderson has confirmed that Hoid is very good at using Shadesmar, that this is how Hoid moves between worlds, and that people on other worlds within the Cosmere have ways of accessing Shadesmar which are different from those the characters in this book use.
Shardblades are powerful swords which have the ability to cut through any non-living matter with ease. When used on living creatures, they can kill or maim with a single cut by the blade passing through the living soul.
They can also render limbs useless, when they cut through them. The only known defenses against a Shardblade are Shardplate, shields called "half-shards", and another Shardblade. Those who own a Shardblade can summon their blade from thin air in ten heartbeats, and can make their blade disappear at will. Shardplate is full plate armor which both protects and strengthens their wearer. The armor provides protection against Surgebinding, as one wearing the armor cannot be "lashed" directly.
The armor can be repaired or "regrown" though it takes a long time. A full shardbearer, one wielding both Shardblade and Shardplate, is a force capable of turning the tide of battle on their own.
Kaladin and Syl express a revulsion to the Shardblades wielded by the Alethi. During Dalinar's visions he sees the Knights Radiant wearing Shardplate and wielding Shardblades, but he notes that the plate when worn by the Radiants glow. Additionally, the number of Blades and Plate worn by the Radiants is much greater than the number left in the world at the main timeline of The Way of Kings.
There are also references to "Honorblades" and "Dawnshards", though the terms are only applied to the weapons of the Heralds of the Almighty and only on occasion. An Honorblade is a sword that gives the user Surgebinding abilities. One such sword is used by Szeth and allows him to Windrun. The Shardblades used by the Knights Radiant can be summoned instantly.
For example, Kaladin's Shardblade changes into a spear and again into a shield when fighting Szeth. Most Shardblades are actually dead spren that come alive for a period of time by attuning themselves to their owner's heartbeat. There are also ten Honorblades that each grant the powers of one order of Radiants.
These weapons don't appear to be physical manifestations of spren, dead or alive, and were likely wielded by The Heralds until nine of them were abandoned at the end of Aharietiam, or the last desolation. Szeth, the assassin in white, uses an Honorblade of Jezrien in the first two books, and the Herald, Nalan, wields the honor blade of the Skybreakers.
The Knights Radiant originated through spren copying the abilities which the Heralds obtained through their Honorblades. The Knights Radiant gained their power through spren by creating a bond with them called the Nahel bond. The bond gives the spren sentience while giving the human Surgebinding abilities. Two examples are Sylphrena, an Honorspren, that shares a bond with Kaladin, giving him the power to Surgebind, and Shallan, who created a bond with Pattern, a Liespren Cryptic to Soulcast and create Illusions.
Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination. The other four Ideals are different for each order, with the exception of the Order of the Lightweavers, having only the First Ideal. Lightweavers instead must admit truths to themselves in order to progress. It is hinted at the end of Oathbringer' ' that the Fourth Ideal is, "I will let go of those I cannot save", although this Ideal is not sworn. Much of the world follows the Vorin religion.
Vorinism tells of a struggle between forces of the Voidbringers and humanity. The Voidbringers forced humanity out of its afterlife, called the Tranquiline Halls. They believe that upon death the soul continues in its past role, but towards the regaining of the Tranquline Halls. In Alethkar, a man's highest calling is as a warrior in life to remain a warrior in the afterlife.
The religion also tells of the Lost Radiants, an order who once fought against the Voidbringers during the wars against them on Roshar known as Desolations. Vorinism gave the Knights Radiant the moniker "Lost Radiants" after they apparently betrayed humanity at some point in the distant past. Vorinism is arranged in devotaries, whose ardents aim to assist people in advancing their Callings, which are tasks to which one dedicates their life as a method of worship.
Each person selects a devotary based on variances in beliefs, talents or personality traits, and may change their selection at any point in their life.
Some examples are the Devotary of Sincerity, who are encouraged to learn and ask questions, and the Devotary of Denial. Adolin Kholin's calling, for example, is Dueling. The priesthood of the Vorin religion are referred to as ardents.
Those who reject the existence of the Almighty, such as Jasnah Kholin, are referred to as heretics. It has been proven during the third title, "Oathbringer", that the almighty is dead. The Almighty was the God in Vorinity. There are, in fact, three Gods, the other two being Odium and Cultivation.
Odium represents human passion, while all Cultivation wants is change. In its first week of release The Way of Kings was No. An early review from the website Unshelved gave The Way of Kings a positive review. SF Reviews pointed out, "The ride is luxurious, the scenery is often breathtaking, but The Way of Kings is truly a long and winding road.
This will be one of the giant series that will help shape the entire scene. Take a week off work now and go and download The Way of Kings. You won't regret it. In its first week of release, Words of Radiance debuted at No. A review written by io9 called the book "an old-school, '90s fantasy-style behemoth",  also commenting, "While Sanderson continues to build his characters and reveal who they are especially in the case of Shallan's past it still clings to one overarching plot that drives relentlessly to an ending that can only be described as 'epic'.
Another review published by Tor Books commented, " Words of Radiance capitalizes on the groundwork provided by The Way of Kings , building up the world and system while revealing many more potential points of speculation.
The journey will be worth it. Yes, you should download this book. Yes, this is a series worth following to the end. I'm glad to be taking this journey, and I hope you will as well. DMG also intends on simultaneously adapting the first book in Sanderson's Mistborn series. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience.
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