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  • Read it, but maybe start smaller

    I loved it and would recommend it to everyone. However I am very much aware that this book can be a tough start to Sandersan's Cosmere. I had already read every other Sanderson book out there and was aware of his overarching world building plot. That was part of what made me keep up with the relatively big number of characters and the sometimes arising feeling of 'I want to go back to that character'. It was not as hard as Game of Thrones (which I still love, but book four was sometimes difficult), but I noticed and have heard that it is a problem for some. If you love long book (series) give it a go and even if not check out Sanderson, but than maybe start with something smaller.

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  • The Way of Kings

    A well developed and over-all well written story that suffers only from too concerted an effort to be "epic". The book would be greatly enhanced if only it did not chop and change between characters so frequently and instead allowed the reader to become more deeply invested in their story before moving to another character. Indeed if the book were simply restructured to combine three or four of each character's chapters into a single story element, without changing a word of what is written, then it would have a less manic nature and significantly improve the story. That being said, the ending comes together very well, sets up nicely for the sequel and I am sufficiently engaged to read the second book.

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  • Terrific fantasy

    This book is long. Very long. But its just terrific. It can drag a bit here and there but once the story is moving it just keeps getting better. Highly recommend.

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  • An amazing start to a new series. Brandon's ability to come up with new ideas in a field choked with regurgitated garbage is unparalleled. Easily my favourite new author. Once You pick up one of his books clear your schedule....your not putting it down until it is complete.

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  • The Final Crisis is Worth the Long Slog

    This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Roshar is a world in flux. The king has been assassinated. The kingdom of Alethkar is now at war but does not fight for victory. The high lords divide the kingdom, and paranoia drives the new king. High Prince Dalinar Kholin sees visions of the ancient past, warning him to unite the kingdom. Yet his thirst for war has waned. Kaladin trained a surgeon, became a soldier, and is now a slave running bridges after being betrayed by someone he trusted. Shallan is a scholar, sent to gain someone’s trust to steal a powerful artifact. Szeth, the assassin who started it all, is a killer who feels each murder he commits. Yet something powerful and dangerous looms on the horizon. The great desolation is coming. Review: Brandon Sanderson is a master world builder. The details of his land are rich and creative. I found the characters interesting as he wove interconnecting plots. However, the story itself is quite dense. I use the term dense to say that it is very difficult to move through. I’ve read long books before. This one was like wading through deep snow. Hard to move through and exhausting. Not a page turn that I can’t put down, nor was I anxious to get back to it. The book 1252 pages long. The author could have broken it into two or three books that would have been much easier to get through. The book’s action scenes are quite good, however. His vivid descriptions don’t disappoint, and the final crisis is worth the long slog.

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