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The way of kings. Book one, The stormlight archive

Author: Brandon Sanderson; Isaac Stewart; Ben McSweeney; Greg Call; Moshe Feder
Publisher: New York : Tor Fantasy, 2014, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction, American
Fantasy fiction
Epic fiction
Science fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brandon Sanderson; Isaac Stewart; Ben McSweeney; Greg Call; Moshe Feder
ISBN: 9780765376671 0765376679
OCLC Number: 855044329
Notes: Color maps on lining papers.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Bonus full-page illustration unique to this edition!"--Cover.
Credits: Illustrations, Isaac Stewart, Ben McSweeney, Greg Call ; edited, Moshe Feder.
Description: 1007 pages : illustrations, maps (some color) ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Brandon Sanderson.

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Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable. Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity. Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

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