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The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cannot adequately put into words how much I enjoyed this book. Such an epic read deserves a truly epic review, but I doubt that my writing will live up to such greatness. Seriously, I need more than five stars to describe the awesomeness of this story.

I originally bought it as a Kindle Daily Deal because I had enjoyed Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart so much. It sat on my Kindle for quite some time, as I knew it would be a commitment once I started it. I was finally prodded by my brother, who is not quite the voracious reader that I am, that it was the best book he’d read in a long time. That’s saying something.

Well, I was finally ready to start a new journey, so I took the plunge. I am extremely happy that I did, because this book has become one of my all-time favorites. Sanderson’s worldbuilding is incredible, noting the details of each creature, culture and region. It was a world familiar enough to our own to make it easily believable, yet it was entirely from Sanderson’s imagination. I loved watching how each character’s storyline was somehow woven with the rest, though I think Kaladin’s and Dalinar’s stories were my favorites overall. There were twists that even I didn’t see coming, and I’m usually pretty good at that sort of thing.

The world that Sanderson has created is borderline Tolkien in its greatness, not because it mimics Middle Earth, but simply because of its grand scale and detail. It’s the kind of book that I was almost anxious to finish just so I could start reading it again from the beginning.

All in all, it is an epic fantasy of amazing proportion, and I cannot wait to plow through the sequel. Sanderson, you are incredible. Anyone who enjoys fantasy, read this book. Heck, even if you don’t like fantasy, read it anyway. Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

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Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations, #1-2)Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Hadrian and Royce, two expert thieves for hire, find themselves framed for the murder of a king, they are thrust into a political conspiracy to keep the newly crowned king safe from assassins and even his own family.

This was a very enjoyable fantasy adventure, with several political twists and turns. I liked Hadrian’s and Royce’s characters immediately and enjoyed reading of their adventures. Each country was well thought out and the characters were real and relatable. I was impressed with the level of detail that went into crafting each city/region and the diversity of each realm. It felt fleshed out, as every province and land had their own customs and traditions. The political side of the story did not detract from the characters, which was nice, and while there were a lot of characters to keep track of, each one was a vital part of the storyline. This volume contains two separate books. Both were excellent, though I think I liked the second ever better than the first. The final chapters were so action-packed that I was glued to my Kindle until I finally finished the story.

I loved Royce. I think he was easily my favorite character. The banter that took place between him and Hadrian are some of the highlights of the story. Overall, highly recommended for adventure/epic fantasy fans. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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