Review by Ian
"The Way of Kings" is a novel written by Brandon Sanderson, a fantastic writer whose writing style revolves around in-depth development of the characters and of the world the story takes place in. The story and the series follow three main characters: Dalinar Kholin, the Blackthorn; Kaladin, a soldier that was sold into slavery; and Shallan Davar, a lighteyes who is attempting to save her house from debt.
What makes Sanderson’s writing stand out more than any other writer is
his development of characters and the world. Each book features a different person’s backstory. "The Way of Kings" features the story of Kaladin, which helps to explain how the world got to the point it was at at the start of the book. In addition, Sanderson chooses to include the parts where each character learns about new or ancient things in order to aid in the reader’s understanding of those things as well. The book also contains many chapters written from people who aren’t main characters to give some perspective on other parts of society or the world.
The main criticism I have for "The Way of Kings" and the entire Stormlight Archives is that it is long. "The Way of Kings" is over 1000 pages long, and although most of those pages are packed with interesting knowledge, there are times where the book feels like it starts to drag. However, I believe that overall the books are wonderful, and deserve a 4.5 out of 5 stars, and would recommend other readers check out the Stormlight Archives and other books or series by Brandon Sanderson.