I was writing a review for The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson, an epic fantasy series set in the world of Roshar. Three paragraphs in, I realized that I was just raving about how great it was, so I decided to make that list of awesomeness instead.
1. The characters.
Sanderson has a knack to create characters you would not only root for, but also love or hate passionately. And it’s not limited to the main characters. In fact, many people, including me, have secondary character as their favourite.
2. The number of pages.
If the earlier books in Game of Thrones series felt too short for you, or if you’re unfazed by the number of pages in the whole Lord of The Rings series, good news! Each book in this series (there are two books out so far) has over 1000 pages. ONE THOUSANDS. Even better news? There’ll be 10 books in the overall series, which means we could expect over 10.000 pages of awesomeness. *cries tears of joy*
But, if the number of pages seem scary to you, please do not let it stop you. You wouldn’t even realize that you’ve read that much, it’s THAT good.
3. The secret. The revelation.
Sanderson drops secret on you casually. Fall asleep on one paragraph and you might miss it until you encounter it again 500 pages later. Casual, sneaky revelations that blew people minds were revealed passingly. Good news is there are many of those. Good luck spotting all of them.
4. The theories.
How do fabrials work? How does one bond with a shardblade? If you like discussing theories and plot twists, you’re in luck. There are many Sanderson fans out there, and they even have an online forum where you can discuss plot twists and characters, and found answers to many of your questions. And believe me, you’ll have many of those when you finished reading the first two books.
5. The rating on goodreads.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to trust my fellow goodreads-er (goodreader? goodreadser?). Currently, the first book is sitting comfortably sipping wine on its shelf with 4.61 stars rating from over 100.000 votes, while the second one is a 4.76 star book from over 60.000 ratings. Sure, not all the reviews are positive, as in all things in life.
6. The multiple POVs.
Multiple POVs is definitely not a new thing, but rarely it’s executed as well as in this series. Besides the main characters, you also get interludes from other characters’ POVs. It’s said that these interludes provide introduction to characters that will play major roles in upcoming books.
7. The flashbacks.
In the beginning of every chapter, Brandon inserted a short paragraph which acts as citation from references in the series. Through these citations, you could learn a lot of things not mentioned in the main story, such as the different types of knights radiant (if you’re not interested to know about this, it’s because you haven’t read the book *winks*)
a.k.a Read and Find Out
On the other hand, I must warn you. The first couple of chapters might daunt you. There are so many new terms you have no idea of and these are just mentioned passingly without any explanation. My suggestion: keep calm and read on, you’ll understand these in time (or not. I still haven’t understood much of it, but it doesn’t make the series any less awesome).
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3 thoughts on “8 Reasons Why You Need to Read Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archive”
I still haven’t reviewed Words of Radiance in spite of my love of it for just this reason. I think my review of the first book may suffer from just that rambling problem you mentioned. I know my verbal recommendation to friends does.
Me: It’s set in this fictional world where there are massive storms that people predict with mathematical equations. The storms make gemstones light up, and there is this guy named Kaladin who was a surgeon before he was in the army and became a salve, and…
Yeah, the first couple chapters were particularly hard for me because it turned out I had listened to the first few on a road trip years ago and hadn’t asked to know what we’d been listening to afterwords. The whole time I kept wondering where I had heard this before, and if it was really that similar to something else I’d read before I figured it out.
Haha. My thought exactly. It’s so hard to summarize a book this epic (both in size and story).
I’ve read a review that mentioned the first few chapters will be confusing. That and my sister’s urging me to continue were basically the reasons I managed to not DNF the first book after the first two chapters.
Yes, there is just so much material. It’s hard to know where to begin.
If I hadn’t read several of the author’s other books before The Stormlight Archives I don’t think I would have continued, but because I had liked every single one of his books I had read previously, I decided to continue. For this reason I usually tell people to read one of Sanderson’s other books first.