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The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive

(2010)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Illustrator(s): Isaac Stewart
Ben McSweeney
Greg Call
Editor: Moshe Feder
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 1005
Personal Rating: 9/10
Amazon: 5/5
Goodreads: 4.5/5
Bindings:Hard Bound
Series:
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Classifications:Fantasy
Action
Drama
Synopsis:
Speak again the ancient oaths,
Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.
and return to men the Shards they once bore.
The Knights Radiant must stand again.

Roshar is a world of stone swept by tempests that shape ecology and civilization. Animals and plants retract; cities are built in shelter. In centuries since ten orders of Knights fell, their Shardblade swords and Shardplate armor still transform men into near-invincible warriors. Wars are fought for them, and won by them.

In one such war on ruined Shattered Plains, slave Kaladin struggles to save his men and fathom leaders who deem them expendable, in senseless wars where ten armies fight separately against one foe.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Fascinated by ancient text The Way of Kings, troubled by visions of ancient times, he doubts his sanity.

Across the ocean, Shallan trains under eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinarís niece Jasnah. Though Shallan genuinely loves learning, she plans a daring theft. Her research hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.
Reaction:
An excellent start to a very amazing new epic fantasy, set in a very immersive world. It's a big commitment to start, so be careful. However it is absolutely worth the time investment.