The Way of Kings
The Stormlight Archive #1
This book really doesn't need another rave review. Its average rating on Goodreads is 4.59. But it was the best and most creative book I've read in a long time.
Any epic fantasy begins with the creation of a world. Brandon Sanderson is unbelievably good at worldbuilding, maybe the best there is, and even with an incredibly complex and detailed world, he managed to impart enough information in the first hundred or so pages for me to understand at least the basics. I still have many, many questions about the history and mythology of Roshar, but then, so do the characters.
The characters themselves were absolutely brilliant. Kaladin in particular has become one of my all-time favorites after watching his transformation from a slave to a leader. While I wasn't quite as stunned by Dalinar and Adolin's chapters at first, by the end I was just as desperate for more of them. And I liked Shallan's wit and stubbornness a great deal.
Yes, this book is 1000 pages long. But it was so good I read it in two days and am now waiting impatiently for the second in the series. The Way of Kings is everything I adore in epic fantasy. I couldn't ask for anything more but the rest of the tale.
Plot: 5 cupcakes
Characters: 5 cupcakes
Style: 5 cupcakes
Overall: 5 cupcakes