The Way Of Kings

The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

After feeling disappointment with the drawn out ending to Sanderson's Mistborn series (I still can't seem to bring myself to finish the last hundred pages of book three), The Way of Kings reminds fans of how strong Sanderson's writing can be and how good he is at worldbuilding.  Centered around four or five main characters, with a secondary cast of dozens, the author has created a universe rich in detail--if sometimes a little heavy on the over-noble battlespeak of some of its male leads--that unsettles in its alien culture, but never loses focus or leaps so far to as to abandon the reader.  I genuinely can't wait for the next installment, and am adding this alongside series by Peter Brett, Brent Weeks and Pat Rothfuss as must-read contemporary fantasy.