Quotes from The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

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“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“Life before Death.
Strength before Weakness.
Journey before Destination.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“To lack feeling is to be dead, but to act on every feeling is to be a child.”
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings


“Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“Somebody has to start. Somebody has to step forward and do what is right, because it is right.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“In the end, all men die. How you lived will be far more important to the Almighty than what you accomplished.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“Ah, the outdoors,’ Shallan said. ‘I visited that mythical place once.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“Strength does not make one capable of rule; it makes one capable of service.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

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“Authority doesn’t come from a rank.,” Kaladin said, fingering the spheres in his pocket.
“Where does it come from?”
“From the men who give it to you. That’s the only way to get it.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“The hallmark of insecurity is bravado.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“Overcome your guilt. Care, but not too much. Take responsibility, but don’t blame yourself. Protect, save, help- but know when to give up. They’re precarious ledges to walk. How do I do it?” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings


“An excuse is what you make after the deed is done, while a justification is what you offer before.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“I will protect those who cannot protect themselves.
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“Bitterness is repaid more often than kindness.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“Sometimes we find it hardest to accept in others that which we cling to in ourselves.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings


“Let your actions defend you, not your words.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“What is it we value? Innovation. Originality. Novelty. But most importantly…timeliness. I fear you may be too late, my confused, unfortunate, friend.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“Everything is a contest. All dealings among men are a contest in which some will succeed and others fail. And some are failing quite spectacularly.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“Well, I myself find that respect is like manure. Use it where needed, and growth will flourish. Spread it on too thick, and things just start to smell.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings


“I point out truths when I see them, Brightlord Sadeas. Each man has his place. Mine is to make insults. Yours is to be in-sluts.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“There is no greater indication of youth, perhaps, than the desire for everything to be as it should.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“Words aren’t meant to be kept inside, you see. They are free creatures, and if locked away will unsettle the stomach.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“Can’t be any harder than sitting here and having a staring contest with mortality.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings


Book Review: The Way of Kings

Hello dear readers, I have technically reviewed this book before on my blog, but I did the entire series in one review.

Now that the fourth book in the series; Rhythm of War (order through the link), is coming out in the fall, I knew I had to give each book the proper review it deserved.

Because of that, it’s time to review the first book in the series, The Way of Kings. I hope you enjoy because this book series is in my top three of all time.

Title: The Way of Kings
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Rating: ★★★★.5☆
Buy: The Way of Kings
Pre-order: Rhythm of War

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?


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Sanderson Magic System

It’s no surprise that Brandon Sanderson is my favourite author. I love the way he can craft such beautiful worlds based off of a simple thing like a magic system.

I would say that The Way of King’s is the best of his magic systems. Not only does it affect how some of the heroes fight, which magic systems are almost always used for, but it also affects the important details of the world; money, light sources, societal class, and scientific advancement.

I love a well developed magic system when all it does is allow characters to fight, but when it literally runs the way the world works, it becomes so much more interesting.

What’s the most beautiful about this magic system is that it is simple. Yes it can be built upon and developed the more we learn about the story, but the core principles of it are as simple as 1 + 1.


A Fraction of the World

I love exploring new worlds in books. It’s one of the reasons I love reading so much.

A lot, if not all, stories have a sliver of our world in them. That might be an inspiration of a name, a location, or even an event.

There’s plenty of that in The Way of Kings, and that’s why I love it. There’s class issues, slavery, issues related to the death and punishment, women’s place in the world, and plenty more.

The fact that a story can deal with issues like that while telling an epic tale amazes me.

What’s even more wonderful is that we are only discovering a fraction of the world. We get MAYBE a tenth of the entire story, and so much is left as a mystery to us.


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Mental Health is Important

Maybe I read a very narrow scope of books that don’t talk about mental health issues (other than books specifically about it).

It’s not an issue that is common in the books I read, but The Way of Kings touched it in a nice subtle way. It doesn’t outright state that one of the main characters has any mental health issues, but you see it in the way he interacts with the world and how his mind sees everything he does.

I don’t think there’s a perfect way to tell those stories, because it is a different experience for everyone. What is important is getting the idea out there, so that other people know that it is normal, even if it isn’t the same experience that they have.


Final Thoughts

The only thing I didn’t like about The Way of Kings was that I had a bit of a hard time following along at first. It had moments later on where I literally jumped out of my seat when I was reading, but it took me a while to understand the story.

Because of that, it took me a while to really commit myself to reading it, but when I did I was hooked.


What did you think of The Way of Kings?? If you love epic fantasy it needs to be on your TBR radar. The series just continues to get better. Make sure to follow me on social media for more book reviews!
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Best Quotes From Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Hello dear readers, I’ve combed through the internet to find you some of the best quotes from Calamity, by Brandon Sanderson.

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“Damn, I miss the internet. You could always find people doing stupid stuff on the internet.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Calamity

“My Megan is a sunrise, always changing, but beautiful the entire time.”
― Brandon Sanderson, Calamity

“You…can ride a bike, can’t you?”
“Sure I can,” I said, getting onto one of the squeaky things. “At least I used to be able to. Haven’t done it in years, but it’s like riding a bike, right?”
“Technically, yes.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Calamity

“We’re not moments, Megan, you and me. We’re events. You say you might not be the same person you were a year ago? Well, who is? I’m sure not. We change, like swirling clouds around a rising sun.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Calamity

“You want to fight a god? You’d better have one on your side too.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Calamity

“Failure is refusing to fight. Failure is remaining quiet and hoping someone else will fix the problem.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Calamity

“You know, the fact that you were educated in a gun factory kinda shows sometimes,” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Calamity

“People are people. Whatever happens, they make communities, struggle for normalcy.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Calamity

“Groovy? Is that some kind of code word?” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Calamity

“The comment quieted the room, like a sudden shout of “Who wants extra bacon?” at a bar mitzvah.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Calamity

“Keeping him in here is like snuggling up to a bomb, content that it’s not going to explode simply because you can still hear it ticking.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Calamity

“I felt cowardly, but part of being in a team was about recognizing when someone else could do a job better than you. And part of being a man was learning to let your immortal girlfriend take a turn being the heroic one.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Calamity

Book Review – Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Hello dear readers, I hope you are all doing well. Today I bring you the final book in The Reckoners’ Trilogy. If you haven’t yet, check out my review for the first two books; Steelheart and Firefight.

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When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.

David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when the Reckoners’ leader struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back. . . . 

But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics—Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.

Title: Calamity
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Rating: ★★★★.5☆

Buy it here.


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Good Guy Gone Bad

The main storyline in this book has what’s left of the Reckoners fighting against Prof and Calamity (the epic that started it all). Prof has obviously been a good guy since the beginning, but we knew he was hiding something. There was always something mysterious about him, but Calamity finally gives us a chance to explore it more.

I like Prof’s character. I think we get a good glimpse into his descent to the dark side.

This isn’t a trope that I usually come across, but I would argue it is one of my favourite ones, when it is done well.

Sanderson does it well in this case, making Prof go bad over three books instead of just one. His turn makes readers hurt that much more. The turn becomes more painful to his allies and the reader is right alongside them with their anxieties.


Megan and David Romance

Their romance actually seems to have a bit of ground in this book. The last two books seemed like David chasing after Megan like a lost puppy dog, and she was leading him on with a piece of steak tied to a string.

In Calamity, Megan gives David a chance, and we get to explore what the relationship is like, and it actually seems like it might work.

Their romance doesn’t seem out of place. It’s natural, and helps drive the story forward.


More Superpowers

Sanderson does a fantastic job of creating new Epics. Calamity doesn’t shy away from creating new Epics this late in the story, and giving us more depth to some Epics that we already knew about.

We also get the mother of all Epics: Calamity. We learn about Calamity and how the Epics were created. We learn the truth to what creates Epics, and how they can overcome their fears and weaknesses.

I think Sanderson does a great job of exploring this new power system in such a short amount of time.


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Ties in with other works

Sanderson has confirmed that all of his books are related; they’re all a part of the same universe or something. Personally I don’t catch the small moments where the connections are made, but reading people’s thoughts, it is truly magnificent that Sanderson is able to create such a beautiful book universe.


Final Thoughts

I love the Reckoners series, it is a great YA read, and you can finish it really quickly if you’re as hooked as I was into it.

Honestly the only thing that stopped me from giving this book five stars was the David Metaphor storyline. It had its moments, but at times it was annoying and eye-roll inducing.


What did you think of Calamity? If you were in that world, what type of Power would you like to have? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media!
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Book Review: Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Hello dear readers.

Brandon Sanderson has been my favourite author for a number of years now. I love his diversity of stories, the depth his writing goes to, and the characters he creates before your eyes. He has several series that I enjoy, and the Reckoners Series is one of those.

Steelheart was the first book in the Reckoners Series, and you can find my review of it here.

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Babylon Restored, formerly Manhattan, may give David answers. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David’s willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David’s heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic—Firefight. And he’s willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

Title: FIrefight
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Rating: ★★★.5☆☆


The Epics

With Steelheart now out of the way, I think Sanderson’s creativity really shines in Firefight. We got to read about quite a number of different Epics in Steelheart, but Firefight gives us some interesting ones, and lets us go more in depth with them.

Here are just a few of my favorites:

  • Regalia – Her powers included the ability to push large amounts of water and sustain the move, along with creating duplicates of herself via water and created tentacles that could be used to attack. Needed a small pool of water, at least 2 inches deep, to ‘see’ through the water.
  • Mitosis – A epic capable of splitting himself to create several clones of him. His weakness was music, and was the only epic that could be killed by his weakness alone.
  • Sourcefield – A epic capable of using electricity to teleport, fire at people and could even use it to destroy bullets coming towards her. Her weakness was koolaid.
  • Newton – Epic capable of force redirection. She was able to deflect anything away from her in any direction she wanted. Basically, if you tried to punch her, she would make the force from your punch hit you instead. In her meeting with Obliteration, he fired multiple bullets at her, which she stopped without rebounding. She had a minor second power of super-speed of up to sixty miles per hour. Her weakness was getting complimented.

There is a bit of ridiculousness to some of the Epics’ weaknesses, but it doesn’t seem out of place. Sanderson makes it so that it makes the Epics more relatable and it helps the reader feel more connected to a world with superheroes everywhere they turn.


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The Characters

Similarly to the Reckoners, we get a lot more depth to our main characters with Firefight, and that was both good and bad to me.

Some of the Epics and the side characters were really interesting, and the depth into their characters were actually a really nice addition to the world. They seemed to fit into it naturally.

It was David that ruined the book for me. In the first book he was interesting because he had a goal in kind: revenge. With that goal now completed, he becomes a lot less interesting, and a lot more annoying.

He comes of too chipper and childish, and he doesn’t seem to fit the world around him. He is a complete outlier, which doesn’t make sense considering the events before Steelheart, and during the book.


The Read

Firefight is a Young Adult book, so if you’re a half decent reader, you’ll get through it no problem. The YA writing style fits the story very well actually. The story of the Reckoners could be written in 800+ pages no problem, and I guarantee it would still be a fantastic read, but the quick writing style of YA fits it much better, because it’s almost exactly how David thinks.

He’s analytical, quick and to the point. He makes smart ass comments, but he doesn’t waste much time. There’s never a dull moment with YA books, and its the same with the Reckoners’ story.

Top 5 Tuesday: DEAR SANTA – I WOULD LIKE THESE 5 BOOKS!

This week’s Top 5 Tuesday comes from the one and only, Bionic Book Worm. This is the last Top 5 Tuesday of the year, and the topic is 5 books that I want to find under the tree.


Mistborn – Wax and Wayne Series

I bought myself the original Misborn Trilogy some time ago, and fell in love after the first book. I’m in the process of finishing the original trilogy, and would love to see a book or two from the second series under my tree.


The Rhythm of War

Though not technically released yet, I have heard that the fourth book in the Stormlight Archive’s series can be pre-ordered for its’ 2020 release. It is probably my favourite series right now, so if Santa didn’t get this for me, you can bet I’ll get it for myself.


10 Games to Play in Your Head by Yourself

I heard about this book through a YouTube channel that I watch, and it sounded like a really interesting concept. It’s supposed to help you pass the time, so I thought it would be perfect for me.


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The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

Good Mythical Morning is one of my favourite YouTube channels to watch, and the two hosts Rhett and Link wrote a book together, so of course I want to get my hands on it to read it!


Surprise Me!

I have actually received a few books that were given to me that I didn’t ask for, and I have enjoyed them quite a bit. Just because its not on my list, doesn’t mean I won’t like it. Some times a random book will be a terrific find.


What are some of the books you want to find under your tree this Christmas? Let me know in the comments.