The Epic Seasons Bookclub! The past season (winter), we read Shogun by James Clavell, which was awesome, nehhhh?
And now the spring selection is The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.
But before we get into that, a quick refresher on what the Epic Seasons Bookclub is.
For this book club, you read 4 new books in 2017. That’s one book for each season – winter, spring, summer, autumn (in case you forgot). And each of those books is an epic.
You can check out the rationale for this bookclub idea here:
And now the spring selection. This is the big, chunky, magical yarn that’s gonna see us through the season.
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
I know some of you hardcore fantasy fans might think Brandon Sanderson is an obvious choice (as was Shogun by James Clavell) but…….
I have never read ANY Brandon Sanderson. I didn’t even know his name (or how crazy popular he is) until I searched for this season’s epic fantasy.
I’ve read a lot of books but, having never invested into fantasy beyond the genre’s staples (Tolkein, Le Guin, Martin), I just never stumbled across him. Plus, if you check out his work, it’s pretty involved and definitely appeals to the more seasoned fantasy connoisseur.
Despite Sanderson maybe being an “obvious choice”, I simply couldn’t resist picking up this book and getting lost in it. I read a sample chapter of The Way of Kings – said to be a great work for being initiated into Sanderson’s universe – and was hooked, blown-away, taken roughly and relentlessly.
Top tip: For some crazy reason, the ebook version of The Way of Kings is actually more expensive than the paperback. So do yourself favour and grab the hard copy!
Anyways, why The Way of Kings?
It fits the bill of the bookclub:
- Over 1,000 pages long and part of an on-going series.
- There are currently 3 books in the series and fans are rabid waiting for the next instalment (I love that feeling).
- It is AMAZING. I’ve already blitzed through the first chapters (losing sleep in the process) and I cannot believe the strength of world-building in this series. It is honestly unlike anything I’ve read before but if I had to give a general impression, it’s kind of like Tolkien + Sword Art Online + unbridled awesomeness.
About the book (from Amazon.com)
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. And the Voidbringers followed…
They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as 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 that blow through every few day a young spearman forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight.
What happened deep in mankind’s past?
Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?
If you need even more incentive to read The Way of Kings, just check out what some fans are saying about Sanderson:
- Brandon Sanderson: Heralding a New Era of Fantasy
- The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, did you like it?
- Just finished reading The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
So that’s the second pick of the Epic Seasons Book Club.
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