THE STORY: They used to call Kaladin “Stormblessed,” because it seemed he was impervious to harm. Now enslaved as a bridgeman and treated as less than human, Kaladin has forced himself to forget the past. But Syl, a mysterious and capricious windspren, is convinced that he is the key to the salvation of his people. Meanwhile, Shallan, a young artist and historian hiding dark secrets, seeks to convince Princess Jasnah Kholin to accept her as a ward — only to steal her most prized possession. Highprince Dalinar Kholin struggles to accept the necessity of a war he no longer believes in, while seeking to save his nephew — the king — from unseen assassins. And amidst all, the Assassin comes, bearing ancient, terrible power.
RECOMMENDATION: A complex, detailed epic in the tradition of the Wheel of Time, this engrossing book is very well written. The characters are real and relatable, the magic system is one of the best I’ve read, and the wordbuilding is incredible.
MATURE CONTENT: mention of prostitutes/whores, violence, slavery, depression/mental illnesses, a character contemplates suicide
BOOKS IN THIS SERIES: Words of Radiance, Oathbringer, Rhythm of War
“What you saw belongs to you. A story doesn’t live until it is imagined in someone’s mind.”Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings
“What does the story mean, then?”
“It means what you want it to mean,” Hoid said. “The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think , but to give you questions to think upon. Too often, we forget that.”