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Fantasy F Fwwadmin June 20, 2016 3085
Massive fantasy epic begins here and is worth the read

I just finished the 1,001 page or 45 hours of the epic fantasy novel The War of Kings by Brandon Sanderson and I can tell you it was worth the time. The life of a bridgeman is usually short as they run unshielded directly into a storm of enemy arrows but Kaladin is about to change all of that.

Kaladin is the best character in the book which focused on the stories of four major characters. Kaladin was the son of a surgeon who ends up a slave and then a bridgeman. You quickly discover that Kaladin is very special and he plans to improve the lives of the bridgemen or die trying. The other three characters include a high prince, a young woman, and an assassin. The other three characters have some exciting moments especially at the end of the book but Kaladin really is the star of the book.

The life and often death of a bridgeman are really well written. The bridgemen begin as miserable men that don't even know each other's names since they all expect to die in the next bridge run. They have no shields and carry a large, heavy bridge directly against enemies releasing a hail of arrows at them.

The world is well defined with magical creatures that relate to either natural conditions such as rain and wind or emotions such as pain or glory. There are also powerful storms that feel like a character of their own. You also learn about the constant battles the high princes wage against a humanoid race blamed for killing their king.

I don't usually like books over 500 pages long but even at 1,000 pages I found myself wanting to continue to listen to this audiobook as the story is so well written and the characters are people that I cared about. I give this book five out of five stars and recommend it to all fans of epic fantasy. 

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