Author: Brandon Sanderson
First Book: The Way of Kings
Much like Kingkiller Chronicles, this in-progress series is absolutely white-hot and has thousands of 5-star reviews on Amazon.com. Also like Kingkiller, if the current quality level is maintained Stormlight will rocket up the consolidated fantasy rankings chart in coming years. Sanderson’s storytelling model keeps the action moving while using periodic flashbacks to bring amazing depth to the characters. Protagonist Kaladin is one of the most inspiring leaders in all of Fantasy Fiction, and he may not even be the series’ best character!
Books one and two (Words of Radiance) have set the table for an epic so grand the theories and speculation in online forums are as rampant as they once were with ABC’s television series, Lost.
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From the Publisher: I long for the days before the Last Desolation.
The age before the Heralds abandoned us and the Knights Radiant turned against us. A time when there was still magic in the world and honor in the hearts of men.
The world became ours, and we lost it. Nothing, it appears, is more challenging to the souls of men than victory itself.
Or was that victory an illusion all along? Did our enemies realize that the harder they fought, the stronger we resisted? Perhaps they saw that the heat and the hammer only make for a better grade of sword. But ignore the steel long enough, and it will eventually rust away.
There are four whom we watch. The first is the surgeon, forced to put aside healing to become a soldier in the most brutal war of our time. The second is the assassin, a murderer who weeps as he kills. The third is the liar, a young woman who wears a scholar’s mantle over the heart of a thief. The last is the highprince, a warlord whose eyes have opened to the past as his thirst for battle wanes.
The world can change. Surgebinding and Shardwielding can return; the magics of ancient days can become ours again. These four people are key.
One of them may redeem us.
And one of them will destroy us.