The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

My prayers continue to wing out to anyone struggling in this COVID-19 world. I hope you are all staying safe. Our county just lost a 19 year old with no health problems to this horrible virus. This isn’t over by a long shot, sadly.

There’s not a lot we can do about that, except to pray and stay home and mask up. And wash our hands. What we can also do is feed our souls to stave off depression. And reading has been helping me with that a lot lately. I crave travel, but for now, I do it through books. And boy, did I just take an epic trip…

IMG_1143August’s reading challenge was fantasy, which is one of the top two genres I like to read. Romance is the other, of course. Most of the fantasy I read is YA, so I decided to stretch myself this month.


What It’s About:

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.

My Thoughts:

1,001 pages. No, I didn’t say 1,001 nights, as in Scheherazade. Pages. I wasn’t sure I could read a story this long.  But Brandon Sanderson pulled me in. Wow. I did find I was more vested in Kaladin’s story than any other character, but they were all compelling. As with any epic story, it was slow building. There was a lot of thread to tangle together to get to the end. And ending that is both solved and left hanging, since there’s a second book. Overall, I’d say this is a great read for fantasy folks. And it’s worth sticking it out for the long haul. I’m glad I read it.

I hope your month is less 2020 and more, well, any other year. Stay safe!

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