The Stormlight Archive

A friend of a friend introduced me to Brandon Sanderson’s work about two years ago and honestly since then I have consumed as much as possible. Out of all the numerous books and series that this prolific author has worked upon The Stormlight Archive really sticks out for me. This series is high fantasy at its finest, it has the grounded political intrigue of Game of Thrones and the far out swords and sorcery of Dungeons and Dragons. Set on the world of Roshar, a world periodically assaulted by ‘High Storms’, storms characterized by extremely violent weather patterns traveling from East to West. On Roshar the majority of the Fauna and Flora have evolved to survive these High Storms, thus many of the plants can retract into the ground and animals with large armoured sides tend to thrive. One of the most appealing aspects of this series is the originality. Unlike many fantasy series Sanderson does not reply on Elves and Dwarves to help round his world he instead has created his own races, each with their own distinct culture, it just helps make this world a little more complete.

“Ah, the outdoors,’ Shallan said. ‘I visited that mythical place once.”

This is a truly gripping series that has quite a few surprises in store of the readers, as usual I am trepidatious about saying to much about this series because I am scared of revealing too many spoilers, the only thing I will tell you is the series has a great host of characters, with Books one and two focussing primarily on the nobel everyman Kaladin and the strong willed one women crusade that is Shallan respectivley. That is the beauty of these stories not only do they cover people from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds but the characters gender does not stop them from achieving their goals. With book three, Oathbringer, coming out tomorrow there really is no better time to pick up book one, The Way of Kings and get stuck in.

“And so, does the destination matter? Or is it the path we take? I declare that no accomplishment has substance nearly as great as the road used to achieve it. We are not creatures of destinations. It is the journey that shapes us. Our callused feet, our backs strong from carrying the weight of our travels, our eyes open with the fresh delight of experiences lived.”
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

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