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The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive, The) by Brandon Sanderson
Edited by Moshe Feder
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765326355
Date: 31 August 2010 List Price $27.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

In a time barely remembered, the heroes that had protected the world lay down their swords and walked away. Those who had held back the tide, quit. Generations later for no apparent reason a betrayal is committed that plunges two countries into an endless struggle. The war is a distraction from the coming evil, and nobody knows or remembers what they will face.

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Product Description: 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 that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten 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 over-powering 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.

(Source: Tor Books)

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