Stormlight Archive

5 books in series
5 out of 5 stars 15,005 ratings

The Way of Kings Summary

According to mythology, mankind used to live in 'The Tranquiline Halls': heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by 10 angelic Heralds and 10 orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say). 

Today the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself - and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne. 

On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes, a young spearman is forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn't understand and doesn't really want to fight.

©2010 Dragonsteel Entertainment LLC (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited
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  • Book 1

    • The Way of Kings

    • The Stormlight Archive
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,217
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,646
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5,628

    According to mythology, mankind used to live in 'The Tranquiline Halls': heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by 10 angelic Heralds and 10 orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Patient Giant of the Fantasy Genre

    • By Simon on 08-01-16

    Regular price: £24.99

    • The Way of Kings

    • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: £51.39

  • Book 2

    • Words of Radiance

    • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5,025
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,746
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4,740

    Book two of the Stormlight Archive. From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding - again!…and very much worth the wait.

    • By Robyn on 24-03-14

    Regular price: £20.99

  • Book 2.5

    • Edgedancer

    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 416
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 386
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 385

    Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older - a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can't help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers. The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • So Burn Me as a Heretic!

    • By Simon on 19-10-18

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 3

    • Oathbringer

    • The Stormlight Archive, Book Three
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Length: 55 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3,346
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,149
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,152

    From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artefacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sanderson brewing up a hell of a storm!

    • By Simon on 22-11-17

    Regular price: £24.99