The Stormligth Archive (book 1&2) by Brandon Sanderson
So I decided to do a joined review for both of these since I’ve read them in a short span of time.
I enjoy Sanderson’s writing a lot. I was a bit perplexed by the change of pov occurring at the beginning of Way of Kings though (There’s like 3? 4? side character’s pov before getting to one of the main characters).
In the first book, the story moves really slowly. Things pick up a bit in book two, but I still feel like the 1300 pages were not justified. It’s like three “regular” novels worth of pages, but I didn’t feel like I read three times the story, just one story dragging down a bit.
The extensive worldbuilding is the main reason the story moves slowly. The world of the stormlight archive is fascinating, and many different kinds of magic are explored. There’s also a true diversity of cultures, and I really loved that aspect of it. Some of the norms in this world, such as women covering their left hand, made me think on our world’s custom, too (as any great book should, in my opinion).
I’m in love with Shallan and Jasnah. I’m pretty sure the reason I loved the second book more than the first is that we see way more of Shallan’s pov! I admire Dalinar, but I find his pov too slow at times. As for Kaladin, I can only take so much pain at a time (seriously, poor guy. He deserves better.) I really enjoy most of the secondary characters, too (some in a “love-to-hate” kinda way but still).
These are a very solid start to what I hope will be an absolutely epic series! They are a tad long for my taste (I could have done with 200-300 less pages in the middle of each book) but they are overall very good. I’m very excited for the next one!