Stormlight Archive

4 books in series
5 out of 5 stars 10,399 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 ten angelic Heralds and ten 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 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,655
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,174
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4,162

    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 ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Philip from Winchester

    • By Philip on 08-06-11

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 2

    • Words of Radiance

    • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Length: 48 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3,743
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,545
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3,539

    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

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  • Book 3

    • Oathbringer

    • The Stormlight Archive, Book Three
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Length: 55 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2,001
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,885
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887

    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