Kev Quirk

The Way Of Kings

17 Apr 2023 | ~2 minute read

The Way of Kings book cover

✍️ Written by: Brandon Sanderson
🏷 Genre: Sci-fi / Fantasy
🗓 Published: 24 May 2011
📄 Pages: 1,280
🧐 My rating: ★★★★★ / 5 stars

The Voidbringers came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won.

The Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne. On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few day a young spearman forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn't understand and doesn't really want to fight.

Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?

I really can't describe how much I loved this book. I think I may have enjoyed it more than the Mistborn series, and that says a lot.

The story follows 3 main storylines, all of which start to converge toward the end of the book. By far the best storyline though, is that of Kaladin, a soldier who ends up a slave, but the worst kind of slave...a bridgeman.

I particularly liked the concept of the light eyes vs the dark eyes. The former being the gentry and somehow superior, purely because of the colour of their eyes. This is wonderfully arbitrary, and sadly enough, believable.

Anyway, I won't post any spoilers as I wouldn't want to ruin a fantastic book for you. But if you're a fan of Sci-fi / fantasy novels, this should definitely be on your list.

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