The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
There is hope for you yet, epic fantasy.
I read this and its sequel and couldn't put either of them down. I was very disappointed to learn that the third book doesn't exist yet and probably won't for a while.
This is me, so I must complain that the last scene really belonged in the second book instead (the scene before it had me completely satisfied about the ending... adding another scene was disorienting rather than shocking).
This deserved a much longer, more detailed review. Perhaps later.
Reread October 2016:
I own Way of Kings as an ebook, which combined happily this year with a new commute and Kindle. This book lasted me more than a month of commuting both ways every day, which I'm going to interpret as a tribute to its length rather than my reading speed.
I'm sad to say that it wasn't nearly as good the second time. It makes me nervous to reread Mistborn, which was next on my commute list. It wasn't bad, exactly, just not awe-inspiring like it was the first time. It also made me realize that most of my favorite scenes are in fact from Words of Radiance, which makes me sad since I don't own that one on Kindle and my library doesn't offer it.
Honestly, this time around it was fairly forgettable. Oh well. Still excited for the third book.
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