Welcome to my blog. In this first post I thought I would go over the book that I’m currently reading. It gives a good flavour of the type of books I like and the content I will cover in this blog.
The book is Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings. It is an epic fantasy, truly living up to the name being a huge 387,000 words. To put that in perspective, the average novel is 80,000 words. It is Book 1 of The Stormlight Archive, a larger series still being written and promising to be a very large project that Sanderson says took over a decade of work.
What I like
Sanderson is great at hooking me into stories. The last books of his I read were the Reckoners series, which had one of the best prologues I have ever read in terms of hooking me into a story. Way of Kings has a brilliant first line (I’m not including the prelude)
“Szeth-son-son-Vallano, Truthless of Shinovar, wore white the day he was to kill a king.”
If that doesn’t make you want to read more then I don’t know what will.
After an action packed start, the story predictably gets down to the task of setting up the plot, but what I like is that while that is happening, we are taken immediately into the main character, Kaladin, who is in a rather dire situation. It is gripping and enough to carry the story onwards through the slower parts and as the world around them is fleshed out. The world does appear to be very deeply thought out.
Where I’m at
I’m roughly a third of the way through the book and the central plot is still somewhat obscured. Kaladin’s story is more clear, but his end goal isn’t particularly articulated other than gain his freedom, and even that goal took some deciding. It may just be me, but I like to know what the characters will spend the story trying to do quite early on. Sanderson did this brilliantly in Reckoners and Mistborn.
I’m looking forward to keeping on reading, and I’m hoping that I love this series as much as Mistborn by the end of it.