It’s the first book in Sanderson’s massive Stormlight Archive series (and also the only one I’ve read to date). Several fantasy readers raved to me about this series so when I finished Malazan I thought it would be a good chance to dive into another epic journey.
Once again Sanderson’s world-building stands out. So much thought and craft went into creating Roshar, its environment, magic, political/religious systems, and history. Sanderson lets you explore and learn the world with far more nuance than he did in Mistborn. He doesn’t over-explain and trusts the reader to pick things up as he or she goes.
Things fit well, the characters were engaging and as the story moved to its climax, I found myself not wanting to put it down. My only complaints are minor. I thought it was slow at times with the three main stories all seeming like setup for what’s to come. As a novel, it resolves little and sets up a ton. For a series of 5 novels (or 10 depending on how you view it) this isn’t a big complaint, but I am used to Erickson’s ability to make each novel feel complete on its own. I still can’t wait to continue with this series. The love fantasy readers have for Sanderson is well earned.