The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson Book Review

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Review by: Dancingonrain

When I first started reading this book, I wasn’t sure about it.  I felt like he introduced too many characters at once within the first few pages too quickly for me to be invested in one of them, but because I have read most of his other books and was already a fan of his work, I kept reading.

And it was worth it.

Kaladin was by far my favorite character in the story.  By the end of the book, things look like they’ll only become more interesting for him.

I liked Shallan’s arc, more or less, and I understood her motivations, but I also thought it wasn’t as strong of an arc as Kaladin’s.  I thought Shallan’s overall arc was a little predictable, but I still enjoyed it.  I think I found Jasnah a little more interesting though.

I had a harder time getting into Dalinar’s story until around the last few parts.  I’m not saying that I didn’t like his story earlier on at all, I just wasn’t personally as invested in it as much as Kaladin’s arc.

I thought Kabsul was an ass, but I could also tell his true intentions pretty early on even if the character he interacted with didn’t notice.

Sadeas and Gaz were bigger asses, which seemed to be their whole purpose in life, so that was well done.

I honestly didn’t really care about Alodin that much.  Not sure why.  I just didn’t.

Overall, I liked how things started to tie up in the end and how Dalinar and Kaladin’s stories came together.  I feel it was a good set up for a great second book.

I enjoyed most of the fight scenes, but found the very first one in the beginning harder to get into just because I hadn’t gotten a chance to get to know the characters, but I was thrown into the heat of battle at the very start of it all.  Kaladin grew to be my favorite character though anyway.

If you’re a fan of Brandon Sanderson’s works already, you should definitely read this book.

If you’re living under a rock and have never heard of Brandon Sanderson, then I would suggest reading on of his “shorter” books or series (Mistborn Trilogy) to decide what you want to do.

I would definitely recommend this book.

 

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson Book Review

Review by: dancingonrain

 

The main story begins with two Idrian Princesses, Vivenna and Siri.  Originally Vivenna was supposed to travel to Hallandren and wed the God King as a peace treaty between their two nations, but their father sent Siri instead.  Siri is supposed to produce an heir for Hallandren as part of that treaty, but how can she when she’s not allowed to speak or look at the God King?  And he seems to want to do nothing but sit in the same room with her and just watch her?

Vivenna travels to Hallandren in hopes to rescue her sister from that fate.  Along the way she meets the mercenaries Denth, Tonk-Fah, and Jewels and her Lifeless, Clod.

But things do not appear to be what they seem.  For both girls.  When Vivenna meets a mysterious man known currently as Vasher, (he’s used many names in the past) she begins to question everything she once knew.

And as for Siri, things change for her in a big way when she discovers a secret about the God King that not only a select few know and that is also something she was never supposed to find out.

This book was great!  While it did start off a little slow for me, once the story picked up, it really picked up.  There was lots of action.  This is not to say that there were non-stop battles, but more that there was always something happening to move the plot/story forward.  While you may not have been aware of it in the earlier parts, as the story progressed closer to the end, everything started to fall in place .  At some parts you told yourself that “that makes sense and why didn’t I realized that sooner.”  You always had a feeling that something was off, but you couldn’t quite put your tongue on it.  This is especially true when we discover something tragic about the God King and it changes our perception of him.

I love the stories where you head into them thinking you’re going to enjoy one point of view character the most and be annoyed with another, but then as you progress through the book, the opinions you originally thought you were going to have ended up being the exact opposite.  I went into this story thinking I wasn’t going to be all that invested in Siri and much more invested in Vivenna, which, in the end, was not true.  I definitely enjoyed reading about Siri more than Vivenna.  This is not to say that I didn’t like Vivenna, just that I liked Siri more.  And, of course, I liked Vasher from the beginning.  From the first scene he’s presented in, I wanted to know more about him, the kind of world this was, this interesting thing known as Breaths, and his mysterious talking sword, Nightblood.

I would have to say that overall I enjoyed this book.  I liked this one, Warbreaker, more than Elantris, but less than the Mistborn series.

Either way, if you’re looking for a stand alone novel and like epic fantasy, try this book.  😀