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The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive (The Stormlight… (original 2010; edição 2010)

por Brandon Sanderson (Autor)

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Introduces the world of Roshar through the experiences of a war-weary royal compelled by visions, a highborn youth condemned to military slavery, and a woman who is desperate to save her impoverished house.
Título:The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive (The Stormlight Archive, 1)
Autores:Brandon Sanderson (Autor)
Informação:Tor Books (2010), 1008 pages
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Tell … tell my brother … he must find the most important words a man can say.

First, the worldbuilding and magic systems.

Sanderson is well known for his magic systems for a reason. The book opens with a blithely rewriting the laws of gravity in order to kill a king with a six plus foot long sword. If that doesn't drag you into a book wanting more, I'm not sure what would.

Unfortunately (or not, depending on what you're looking for), for every answer you get on how things actually work on Roshar (the name of the world [b:The Way of Kings|7235533|The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)|Brandon Sanderson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1507307887s/7235533.jpg|8134945] takes place on), you get even more questions. What

And the worldbuilding doesn't stop there. It's fascinating to read about a world that feels quite as alien as Roshar does--and yet manages to feel real. To me, it feels like an ocean without water. Most of the native animal life is crustacean in form[^1] and the planetlife has a tendency to move around and hide from danger. There's a huge battle taking place on the Shattered Plains--which in my mind at least feel like someone dropped a plate the site of a continent and shattered it into millions of pieces.

And the seasons / storms. Seasons fly by much more chaotically and quickly than we're used to, with storms (accurately named Highstorms) that can cause all sorts of damage sweeping across the continent semi-regularly. It really makes me wonder why--especially since in Sanderson's [b:The Final Empire|68428|The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)|Brandon Sanderson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1480717416s/68428.jpg|66322] etc the strange weather and geography had a perfectly sensible astrological reason for much of it. So what in the world happened / is happening to Roshar?

And finally, spren and the Shardblades. Take two ideas: one, that thoughts / feelings / ideas can manifest as tiny beings (fearspren, angerspren, rotspren, windspren). Two, that you want to have a world where six foot long basically anime style swords make sense. Take both of these and fill in the details in the way that Sanderson does.

Second up, the characters.

As Truthless, there was only one life he was forbidden to take. And that was his own.

Despite having a relatively minor part in this book--mostly just in the interludes, Szeth-son-son-Vallano / The Assassin in White is absolutely fascinating. He knows more about how at least one branch of magic works on this world than just about anyone and uses it as a nigh unstoppable--but not a willing one. He's a fascinating character and I sorely want to know more about him.

“Yes,” [Syl] said. “That was sarcasm.”

She cocked her head. “I know what sarcasm is.”

Then she smiled deviously. “I know what sarcasm is!”

Stormfather, Kaladin thought, looking into those gleeful little eyes. That strikes me as ominous

Next up, one of the main point of view characters, Kaladin is an interesting combination of extremely competent and depressed (rightfully so). He has a chip on his shoulder better described as a boulder, but--as we learn throughout the book--there's a good reason for that.

Kaladin really becomes an interesting character as he begins to really bond with his spren Syl (see above) and starts to move towards his destiny, whatever that happens to be. It's fascinating watching him take his men and build them up, even if you know that everything is just going to come tumbling down again before all is said and done.

“Sometimes,” Dalinar said, “the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.”

And then you have Dalinar. Uncle to the (current) king, he's a Good Man. He lives by a code of honor even when it really would be much easier to go another way and he's starting to have visions of what Needs To Be Done. He could use a bit more character development, but he's got time[^2].

“I see. And this is how you’d respond if the Almighty himself appeared to you here? All of this formality and bowing?”

She hesitated. “Well, no.”

“Ah, and how would you react?”

“I suspect with screams of pain,” she said, letting her thought slip out too easily. “As it is written that the Almighty’s glory is such that any who look upon him would immediately be burned to ash.”

Shallan is hilarious. She's a fiery redhead (of course) with a wonderfully snarky sense of humor on a mission far beyond her comfort zone in order to save her family. There's something very dark in her past, but we'll have to wait to figure out what it is.

“It wasn’t an admonition,” Jasnah said, turning a page. “Simply an observation. I make them on occasion: Those books are musty. The sky is blue today. My ward is a smart-lipped reprobate.”

Jasnah herself (the king's brother / Dalinar's niece) is also fascinating. She's an atheist in a world where almost no one is and a scholar that might just know more about what's actually going on / how everything works in Roshar than just about anyone else.

And finally, the plot / structure. It starts hard hitting with the prologue, but settles down for the long run. There are a number of independent plot lines (the main characters never end up in the same place at the same time) set all over a complicated world. Settle and and don't expect any quick answers--or even answers at all in some cases--and it works.

There are a few end of chapter cliff hangers, but for the most part, it doesn't feel that bad to switch from one point of view to another. The main counterpoint is Shallan completely missing in part 3, after a rather intense cliffhanger. I'm still annoyed about that--even if when we finally do get back to her in part 4, things escalate dramatically.

Overall, it's a wonderful book. The best epic fantasy that I've ever read. My only regret? That the series won't be finished for a decade or more.

Sometimes we find it hardest to accept in others that which we cling to in ourselves.

Amusing aside: I've now read Way of Kings twice. The first time, I read it one chapter at a time, discussion it with my wife over email. We finished it 6 February 2015. This time I read it by myself (and thus somewhat more quickly). I finished it just after midnight... on 6 February 2018. Something amusing about that.

[^1]: And even the exceptions are interesting. Why are there horses? Why does Shinovar seem to have all the features of our own Earth when everything else is so very strange? Our grass is so alien to them:

She was not going to ruin a good dress for a pot of drooling, wall-staring, imbecile grass.

[^2]: So far as I know, the Stormlight Archives are planned as two series of five books each. Given just how massive the Way of Kings is... we will likely get to know these characters rather well by the end. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Went straight to the second one. Fantastic world building and a BIG world with lots of characters and complexity. Unique magic system that continues to be revealed. ( )
  JefftheYoung | Jun 30, 2021 |
I love this book. I know there are parts that are slow, but even during those it's almost painful to have to put it down. The worldbuilding and character development are brilliant. The magic system is unique and fascinating. The detail of the whole world is so fine that I find myself drawn in. It's immersive, the kind of book where when I've been reading for a few hours, I "wake up" to the real world in a daze. I love that. And this was after my third time through, as I re-read to refresh my memory for the third book in the series that's just come out. This is epic fantasy at its best.

If you're looking for light and fluffy, instant gratification, this may not be for you, though there is PLENTY of action to sink your teeth into. But if you're in it for the long haul and want a story spanning a whole world and thousands of years, buckle up. You're in for the ride of your life. ( )
  MonicaJohnson | Jun 22, 2021 |
I'm going to have to review my list, but this might be the best book I read (or at least started) in 2010. It might also be the best book I've read in 2011 and we're only 1 week in. I love the way this book made me think and question, not just what was happening in the storyline (and that's good too) but the way it presented topics and ideas that really spoke on a much deeper level than just "telling a story".

The initial hook in the prelude was excellent and caught my attention immediately. Sanderson has done an excellent of job of having fantastical magic alongside side of fantastical technology with creative uses for both.

This weekend, I listened to the author on a podcast talking about ways in which authors can unintentionally offend readers - one that was pointed out specifically was the concept of "open moralizing" - of preaching to the reader a particular set of values or ideas without giving the characters in the book any kind of real buy-in of those ideas. The authors discussing this topic mentioned that one way around it is to have the characters naturally figure out the "moral" of the story on their own.

Sanderson did an excellent job of this - by the end of the book, you know the moral and ethical beliefs of the main characters of the book and you know exactly the message Sanderson was giving with it. But it never once felt preachy or contrived. All of the characters have real struggles, real conflict that they must overcome before coming to their own personal realization of that message and what that message means for them. It was this process of looking through the conflict of the characters that really led me to questioning and examining things on my own.

Great book - I'm just bummed that I have to wait so long for the next one. ( )
  youngheart80 | Jun 15, 2021 |
This is the first book of Brandon Sandersons, The Stormlight Archive series -- which at the time of this writing has only 2 books released for it with about 10 total to be written. The story follows a number of characters involved in a world at war with the Parshendi, a mysterious race close by. Like other Sanderson novels, there is a magical element which is slowly revealed. Although I enjoyed Mistborn more, I identified with the characters in Way of Kings more. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
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