Friday, September 4

Book: The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson Click for more info

And so my journey into the works of Sanderson continues with the first part of The Stormlight Archives, a series that is considered by many to be the grand spine of the Cosmere. In fact I'd say as a story The Way of Kings is a bit of a drag, with the sheer size of the volume destroying any sense of VFM you might be looking to get out out it.

As a foundation of world-building, however ... well, I don't think I've read anything in modern times that has come close. The sense of scale here is wholly palpable, and it honestly feels like a book I should have been taking notes on while reading.

In fact if there's one complaint I do have, it's the sheer weight of encyclopedic knowledge spread throughout the book. References are made, allusions, uh, alluded to and callbacks abound, and I can't help but feel that I've missed loads of connections already - Harry Potter this is not.

And yet once you accept that the world in which the book is written is far larger than the pages that contain the ride becomes much more enjoyable for it.

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