Life Before Death

In case you didn’t catch the reference of the title, I just finished reading Way of Kings. And as per usual Brandon Sanderson hits it out of the park. So much so, that I’ve already started reading Words of Radiance.

The book is a long haul to read but well worth it. Personally, I love Kaladin’s story the most. I’m always a fan of a chosen one I guess. Which so far Kaladin definitely shows parts of. Plus it’s just great on a huge scale. Everything he has gone through in life so far; It’s quite the journey.

I find Sanderson’s way of storytelling in this novel interesting with Kaladin in particular. He has a lot of flashback moments which work well and keep a bit of mystery to the character. Though I found myself constantly wishing it weren’t done this way. I guess through reading this novel I realized that I’m not a fan of flashbacks. I rather watch the character grow from the start. Be a part of them through their entire journey I guess.

The other interesting storytelling technique Sanderson uses in the Stormlight Archives so far is chapters being from the point of view of a non important character. This intrigues me as a writer and reader. I know others have  done this too, but still it’s strange. And I can’t help but wonder what that lone chapter about the Spren studyier was all about. Unless I missed something.

Anyways,  9/10 in my book. Definitely go read it. I’m sure it will leave you,  like me, shouting the ideals of the knights radiant at the top of your lungs as you dance around a hotel room in your underwear wielding whatever object you can get your hands on like a spear.

-Your Stormblessed Writer

“Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination.”

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