Review: The Way of Kings (The Starlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson



Husband: “What is that book about?”

Wife: “Well, I’ve only read 500 pages so I’m not sure yet.”

Husband rolls eyes and says: “500 pages and you don’t even know what it’s about?”


Wife puts book down after finishing.

Husband: “Ok, now, what is that book about?”

Wife thinks for a few seconds then says: “Morality.  And a pending apocalypse.”

Husband shakes head and decides to just let it go.


The Way of Kings is the first in the Stormlight Archive.  Any of you that have read my reviews already know of my love for Sanderson’s Mistborn series.  I wasn’t sure what to expect of this 1000 page monstrosity.  Guess what?  It is in contention as my favorite read of all time.  What makes it so great?  Of course all the Sanderson norms – world-building, character development and excellent pacing.  But there is something else.  Something special that is almost intangible.  (I very much wanted to channel Obiwan as played by Ewan McGregor and say “elusive” in that accent but I digress.)  So, rather than spending a lot of time trying to describe and analyze, why don’t I just give you a few quotes?

“Money is behind every war…Religion is but an excuse. Or perhaps a justification.”

“People see in stories what they’re looking for, my young friend.”

“I told you, old friend…I said that honor of yours would get you killed someday.”

“Death is the end of all men!  What is the measure of him once he is gone?  The wealth he accumulated and left for his heirs to squabble over?  The glory he obtained, only to be passed on to those who slew him?  The lofty positions he held through happenstance?  No. We fight here because we understand.  The end is the same. It is the path that separates men.  When we taste the end, we will do so with our heads held high, eyes to the sun.” 

“I will protect those that cannot protect themselves.”

“Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination.”

This gets all the stars in the world plus about a million more.  Love it!

One thought on “Review: The Way of Kings (The Starlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson

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