Published March 4th 2014 by Tor Books
Hardcover, 1087 pages
Series: The Stormlight ArchiveGenre: High Fantasy
Heat Rating: Kissing
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Brandon Sanderson has done something uncommon with this series. And that is used his imagination to create a fully fleshed fantasy world from scratch. Nothing is left out, from the intertwining of the social classes to the unique variety of the flora and fauna. He has masterfully woven a new world unlike anything I have ever read about. I would not recommend this book to anyone planning to skip the first as you are cheating yourself out of what is to this point half the story. Also filled with gorgeous drawings scattered throughout the book that are very significant to the book and it's plot. Sanderson does not pause to catch you up and dives right into the first chapter as if you had just put the first book down. The characters are deep and despite their unusual physical features, truly human to the core, with all the emotional scarring laid bare.
This is the perfect book for those of you who like your heros dark and your political intrigue bloody.
Kaladin the spearmen turned slave turned worse than a slave rises out of the muck to become something far greater than he could ever have hoped, indeed far more than he wants to be. Battling his own demons as much as the very real ones around him to get there.
Shallan wrestles with her own turmoil as she constantly spins a web of lies to protect herself all the while running from the one deep truth that she refuses to remember.
Dalinar is a warrior, struggling to become something that his class has all but forgotten, a truly good man.
While all the while a shadowy assassin is haunted by the things he's done and continues to do.
Through these characters stories we gain a broader view of a world torn by war, forsaken by gods and steeped in political injustice. Yet despite all this the hope for a better world is never lost. A truly masterful piece of writing, I only put it down to sleep.
Now I could sit here and farther rehash the plot, but it's not something I could talk about lightly without giving too much away. I could almost just talk about it all day or give you the pleasure of finding out the unbelievably amazing world built by Sanderson yourself. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series and farther growth and expansion of characters to see where Brandon Sanderson will take them from here on.