Thursday, June 17, 2021

Book Beginning | Friday 56 | Blogger Hop || The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

I feel like everybody has read this but me. I've had this on my kindle for a while, but was hesitant to read it because everybody also seems to love it, and whenever a book is really hyped up, I worry that it won't live up to the expectations presented to me. It's also thick, as in dense. Or I expect it to be dense. It's the longest book I've ever read at over 1k pages. This wasn't on my list of books I wanted to read soon, but since I have no idea when I will be getting Well of Ascension back from the library, I figured I might see if I can get to possibly Sanderson's most popular series. I don't have any of the other books in this series. But if I like this one, I might put the others on my wishlist and buy them. I can't see me getting through the other books in this series from the library. I'm pretty sure the other books in this series are longer than the Mistborn books. Anyway, I hope I can get to it soon, and I really hope I like it. 

   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.

Book Beginning:
   Kalak rounded a rocky stone ridge and stumbled to a stop before the body of a dying thunderclast. The enormous stone beast lay on its side, riblike protrusions from its chest broken and cracked.

Friday 56:
   A sudden, mournful horn call sounded across the camp. The bridgemen fell silent. The horn sounded twice more.

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A: A couple times a week. I've been really bad about finishing books this past year. 


  1. Oooohh I'm always so drawn by these enormous fantasy books because you just know there is so much goodness in there but I always get a little intimidated by them as well. And I'm absolutely the same with books that are mid-hype. I need to let them settle a bit before I can approach them myself. I hope you have a lovely start to the weekend and do drop by my Friday post if you have the time! - Juli @ A Universe in Words

  2. That sounds very different than what I read, it sure caught my attention!

  3. Sounds so good! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy. Here's mine: “SIX WEEKS TO LIVE”

  4. I've heard this series is epic!! Happy weekend!

  5. Both excerpts capture your attention, for sure!