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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Top 10 Tuesday Turns 10: Visiting Past T10Ts

Hello dear readers, today’s Top 10 Tuesday is a special one, because it is the 10th Birthday!!

Because it is the 10th birthday, make sure you go check out That Artsy Reader Girl, the creator and host of Top 10 Tuesday.

I figured since it is the 10th birthday, I would share 10 of my favorite Top 10 Tuesday posts that I’ve written so we can relive some of the best ones.

I hope you enjoy, and as always, make sure to follow me on social media.
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My Top 10 Protagonists

10 Settings I’d Like to See More Of

5 Characters I Would be Friends With and 5 I Wouldn’t

Top 10 Bookmarks


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10 Beautiful Book Covers I Own

Children’s Books I Remember Loving

10 Signs You’re a Certified Book Addict

10 Longest Books I Own


Bookish Things I Want at my Birthday Party

Best Closing Lines in Books


Short Update on My Life

Hello dear readers, today’s post will be short, I promise. I just wanted to give you a brief update on my life, since I think you are entitled to know what I am going through.

I have been lucky enough to have a new job that I just started this week. I know a lot of people are out of work right now, and many more are strapped for cash, but I have been lucky enough to be hired into a position with a really awesome non-profit where I live.

I have been working from home and will likely be doing that until September. It’s a bit odd getting used to that still, but I have figured out a good routine that keeps my mind spaces separate.

With a new job comes a lot of learning and a lot less time to myself. I have been trying my best to better my skills and focus on my work, and I plan to keep doing that for my job. This however will likely leave me with less time on social media through the day.


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I will try to engage with people in the morning before work and during my breaks, but otherwise the amount of social media time I will have will be drastically reduced. I’ve been taking up at 6:00 a.m. every day in order to do some writing. It’s not much, but I’ve been getting about 400 words done a day.

I plan to keep the frequency of blog posts the same, since I usually write those the night before anyways.

Anyways, that’s all really. I am staying safe and healthy, and doing my best to support BLM movements that I can afford to. The biggest thing is to read and learn. Learn what you can do better, learn how you can help, learn others’ pain.

When we understand others, even just a tiny amount, we better ourselves as humans and as a society.

My Very Own Blogging Award

Hello dear readers, I have a bit of news for you today that I hope you’ll enjoy.

One of my goals this year was to come up with a blogging award. Originally it was supposed to be an award to showcase a selfless blogger who is always there to share a nice word and who is always willing to help others.

I had ideas to get that idea rolling, but nothing solid yet, so I might just hold that in my back pocket till I can work out the kinks.

BUT in the process, I did come up with what I think will be a really fun award that will get people wanting to do book tags.

I won’t give away too much just yet, but the name of the award is the Avatar Blogger award.

If you know anything about the show Avatar, you might be able to figure out that you might need to master four different elements or something??? I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.

What I can tell you is that the first part of that Award will be coming out tomorrow…so stay tuned!

WWW Wednesday: April 28, 2020

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You all know the drill. Answer the three Ws and win a prize! Or so I’ve been told.

What did I finish recently?

It’s been a bit slow on the books lately, but I finished my elevator/walking the dog book this week. This was my first ever NetGalley book, so I will hopefully be posting a review in the next couple weeks!

The Jealousy of Jalice

What am I Currently Reading?

Currently I have two books and a manga ongoing, but I am less than 100 pages to go in Priory of the Orange Tree.

Tower of God Manhwa

Heir of Ashes

The Priory of the Orange Tree

What do I Plan on Reading Next?

Next in line I have a book tour for Harrow Lake, and a free kindle book I received called The Dragon Lady.

WWW Wednesday: April 28, 2020

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You all know the drill. Answer the three Ws and win a prize! Or so I’ve been told.

What did I finish recently?

It’s been a bit slow on the books lately, but I finished my elevator/walking the dog book this week. This was my first ever NetGalley book, so I will hopefully be posting a review in the next couple weeks!

The Jealousy of Jalice

What am I Currently Reading?

Currently I have two books and a manga ongoing, but I am less than 100 pages to go in Priory of the Orange Tree.

Tower of God Manhwa

Heir of Ashes

The Priory of the Orange Tree

What do I Plan on Reading Next?

Next in line I have a book tour for Harrow Lake, and a free kindle book I received called The Dragon Lady.

How Well Do I Know My Books with Kat @ Kbookreviews

Hello dear readers, I hope you are doing well.

This week I had the opportunity to collaborate with Kat @ Kbookreviews. She agreed to collab with me this week, and I cam up with a bit of a fun challenge for her.

I looked through all of Kat’s book reviews that she posted on her site, and came up with 10 questions for her to solve.

Each question had a one sentence (very broad) description of one of her books, and Kat had to guess what they were.

Before we get to the answers down below, make sure to check out Kat’s guesses.

Let’s see how she did, shall we?

Clue #1: A criminal lies their way into killing an old man.

Kat’s Guess: Mistborn: The Final Empire
Answer: Mistborn: The final Empire!

I thought I might stump Kat with this one, but she caught on to the “old man” trick that I tried to trick her with. She’s too smart for me. 1 / 1


Clue #2: Doomed for death, a man uses love to change his destiny.

Kat’s Guess: The Rage of Dragons/ Starless Sea
Answer: The Rage of Dragons

Though she gave two guesses for this one, her first guess was correct, so I’ll give it to her. I really didn’t think my clues were this easy. Good job Kat. 2 / 2


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Clue #3: When danger is your middle name, crime is definitely your game.

Kat’s Guess: The Lies of Locke Lamora
Answer: The Lies of Locke Lamora

This was a hard one for me to make, so I wasn’t surprised Kat knew this one. She probably got it right off the hop. 3 / 3 so far!


Clue #4:Does feeding the hungry make up for marking them for death? 

Kat’s Guess: Couldn’t think of one specific answer.
Answer: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

I’d never heard of this book before, but it sounds really good. I was hoping this one would stump her! 3 / 4


Clue #5: An innocent boy might not be as innocent as he seems. 

Kat’s Guess: The Devil’s Apprentice
Answer: The Devil’s Apprentice

Clearly I underestimated Kat too much. She knows her books way better than I would. 4 / 5


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Clue #6: A man visits his family home, and quickly wants to restore his hometown back to its glory. 

Kat’s Guess: Salem’s Lot
Answer: Salem’s Lot

I definitely thought Kat would get this one wrong! I thought I would trick her with the returning to his childhood home. Would have thought it would make Kat think of more of a happy book or even a romance.
5 / 6


Clue #7: A gun for hire has one eye on the next job, and the other on the attractive partner in crime. 

Kat’s Guess: The Unspoken Name
Answer: House of Ash and Brimstone

OOOH Sorry Kat! Gotcha. I thought this might be a tricky one, because it looked like this might apply to a couple books. I stumped you again! 5 / 7


Clue #8: Finally back from traveling, a new home and a pregnant sister might bring a woman to her limits. 

Kat’s Guess: The Lost Ones
Answer: The Lost Ones

I knew the pregnant sister would give it away. I was hoping there would be another pregnant sister book to stump her. Oh well. Good job Kat! 6 / 8


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Clue #9: A family’s name means they inherit the danger that comes with it. 

Kat’s Guess: A Throne of Swans
Answer: The Sisters Grimm

I think you had this one in mind Kat, but I got you! This was a bit of a tricky one though, so that’s okay. You’re still winning.
7 / 9


Clue #10: Traveling overseas, a woman needs to embrace her true self to survive and make it home.

Kat’s Guess: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro
Answer: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

I knew you’d get this one, and I will admit this is one of the few books in this collaboration that I have added to my TBR pile! 7 / 10


That’s it, that’s all! Congratulations Kat, you knew seven out of the 10 books, which is really good! I didn’t make this easy for you, but you did great.

Thank you again for the collaboration, this was a LOT of fun, and I hope next time I can trick you enough to make you get less than five!

If you’ve made it this far and haven’t checked out Kat’s page yet, please do! She has been a great inspiration for me and my blog, and if you don’t check her out I will be disappointed with you!