Stormlight Archive

4 books in series
5 out of 5 stars 4,742 ratings

The Way of Kings Publisher's 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 10 angelic Heralds and 10 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 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,845
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,717

    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 10 angelic Heralds and 10 orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Long - 45 hours and the first of 10 books!

    • By Jeremy on 24-04-2015

    Non-member price: $39.02

  • Book 2

    • Words of Radiance

    • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,539
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,444
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,440

    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
    • loved it

    • By Joshua on 28-04-2015

    Non-member price: $32.77

  • Book 2.5

    • Edgedancer

    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older - a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can't help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers. The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • personally not my favorite

    • By James on 01-03-2019

    Non-member price: $19.75

  • Book 3

    • Oathbringer

    • The Stormlight Archive, Book Three
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Length: 55 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,258
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,172
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174

    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
    • Goosebumps

    • By stephanie joanne on 20-11-2017

    Non-member price: $39.02