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225rumpshaker
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The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
Just finished this book up a couple of days ago, if you have read it what are your thoughts?

For me it started off kind of slow, trying to get a handle on scope and characters in the book. However, after that was in place the book was a fun read IMO.


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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
It is one of the better high fantasy epics. I'm almost finished with Oathbringer. I think he answers some of the macro-level questions presented in the first two books by the end. I will say that the scope expands more rapidly than other epics (Robert Jordan - Wheel of Time Series for example). Brandon Sanderson has definitely earned my trust in that he can deliver an epic story in a reasonable time frame. You can't say that same for other authors.. GRRM cough Rothfuss cough.


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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
I'm 1/4th the way through book 2.
Still enjoying it.

Pros:

Fully fleshed out world, complete with history

Innovative/Creatively designed Magic System

Written at perfect epic fantasy pace. At over 3300 pages, you know you're in for a marathon. At times there are sprints, but you never feel like you're completely walking through chapters. Kind of like a bridge run.

Cons:

The main characters are somewhat unlikable. (my opinion of course)

Chapters that start out "6 years ago". Not a fan of that style of exposition. Those chapters don't happen *that* often, but it still annoys me.

That said. I'm enjoying the books.
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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
I've read the first two twice and finished Oathbringer a week ago. It's amazing to me how Sanderson can put as much thought into the details as he does. Plus, I love the Cosmere tie in with his other books. Love me some Wit (Hoid).


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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
The Cosmere tie ins for Oathbringer are getting a bit overwhelming.

Its almost like you need a PHD in Sanderson to even understand or get half of the stuff.


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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
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Just finished this book up a couple of days ago, if you have read it what are your thoughts?

For me it started off kind of slow, trying to get a handle on scope and characters in the book. However, after that was in place the book was a fun read IMO.


I thought it was a very good read when I read it after it came out. After I found out it was supposed to wind up being a 10 book series I decided to wait till it was done to read any more of the series.


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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
I had to wiki it to make sure I got all the references. While that is insane, once you have it down it makes it that much better. Pretty crazy how ambitious he is either the scope the cosmere. Some people hate it, but I think it’s badass he can work all of it in


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225rumpshaker
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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
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The Cosmere
Just did some quick googling on this, had no idea his galaxy he created would be intertwined with the different series set in that place. Has anyone read the other series he has set there? If so what order should they be read?
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Kvothe
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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
I’ve read almost all of them. I can’t tell you the best order, but I know they have suggestions listed online.

I started with mistborn then just went from there. I would leave stormlight archivesfor last at this point though.


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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
I admit, I used the Stormlight Wiki to help me keep up with all of what's going on. Great resource.


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225rumpshaker
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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
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I started with mistborn then just went from there. I would leave stormlight archives for last at this point though.
Will have to look into that, I already have words of radiance on hold at the local library. So I suppose I will read that one first then look into his other series before reading Oathbringer


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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
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The Cosmere


Damn....I was just thinking once another book or two gets released in the Stormlight series I'll likely start it - but finding this out makes it almost a bit daunting. Maybe I'll start with an earlier series and see if it draws me in - but I'll feel like I'll have to read everything that exists in the Cosmere. Its ambitious which, if done well, I'd appreciate.


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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
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The Cosmere tie ins for Oathbringer are getting a bit overwhelming. Its almost like you need a PHD in Sanderson to even understand or get half of the stuff.


Yeah, when I read the first book (haven't read the 2nd or 3rd yet), I had no idea that it tied into a larger universe. There were some references I didn't get. I found myself backtracking, re-reading chapters, to see if I'd missed anything. Still a great read though.


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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
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Yeah, when I read the first book (haven't read the 2nd or 3rd yet), I had no idea that it tied into a larger universe. There were some references I didn't get. I found myself backtracking, re-reading chapters, to see if I'd missed anything. Still a great read though.


Yeah, he's got a lot of Cosmere books out there that have hints of the larger universe, but the Stormlight Archive is supposed to the the story where a bunch of it comes together.

For instance, some of the crossover's in Oathbringer were always planned to be in the Stormlight Archive. However, he decided to write their prequel as it's own book. So while it may seem at first that he's pulling in characters from his other works, they were always intended to be there.

That being said, besides one or two stories in his book of short stories "Ars Arcanum", Oathbringer seems to be the most Cosmere heavy.


225rumpshaker
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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
List below are the novels set in the universe so far. This LINK is to timeline which contains entries for graphic novels and short stories as well.

Novels
Elantris
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages
Warbreaker
Nightblood
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Oathbringer
The Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
The Bands of Mourning
The Lost Metal


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boxcarbarney
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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
The problem I had is that I have not read any of his other books. This prequel book you mention, is it a one shot type book that would help me better understand this universe?


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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
First of all, you don't NEED to read other Cosmere books to enjoy Stormlight.

His other books you don't need to read them at all as they have almost no tie in to each other (with one notable exception that you wouldn't even know about).

Only Stormlight Archive is going to have a bunch of tie-ins to the Cosmere. That is my understanding.

They are all meant to be standalone and take place in different planets, solar systems, whatever.

Oathbringer just started to bring in a lot of Cosmere stuff, and especially literally the only two Cosmere books I haven't read, Warbreaker and Nightblood.


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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
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The problem I had is that I have not read any of his other books. This prequel book you mention, is it a one shot type book that would help me better understand this universe?




The "prequel" is his book Warbreaker, which I believe is free (or at least it was at one point). It give you more insight into the world that some of the cross over characters in Oathbringer come from, but I don't think you'll need to read it to understand what's going on in Oathbringer. It's spelled out clearly that some of these people come from other worlds, which is enough to get you through the book.


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re: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
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Nightblood


This hasn’t been written yet, and is a sequel to “Warbreaker.” I highly recommend “Warbreaker,” as it has some of his best character development in it.


There are also some very good “short” stories set in the Cosmere, some with more obvious connections than others.

He has a very ambitious goal.
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