Stormlight Archive

4 books in series
5 out of 5 stars 3,226 ratings

The Way of Kings Publisher's Summary

Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive.

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the 10 consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. One such war rages on the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where 10 armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

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  • Book 1

    • The Way of Kings

    • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
    • Written by: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,116
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,036

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing book!

    • By Dan Wood on 2018-08-13

    Price: CDN$ 84.59

  • Book 2

    • Words of Radiance

    • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
    • Written by: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 810
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 754
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 753

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • AMAZING.

    • By Nicole on 2017-12-16

    Price: CDN$ 75.26

  • Book 2.5

    • Edgedancer

    • From the Stormlight Archive
    • Written by: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 312
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 314

    Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older - a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Full of awesomeness!

    • By Harm Sluiman on 2018-09-14

    Price: CDN$ 23.67

  • Book 3

    • Oathbringer

    • Written by: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 965
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 912
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 909

    Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • outstanding.

    • By Tyler Pubben on 2017-12-08

    Price: CDN$ 89.37