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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Stand Alone Fantasy Titles, August 2012

The Way of Kings is represented in the stand-alone category because even though it is the opening volume of the series known as The Stormlight Archive, at present it is the only volume in publication. Brandon Sanderson has hit a home run that doesn't just clear the wall, it leaves the stadium. The world of The Way of Kings is so marvelously detailed and interesting, and the story arcs each have their own hooks to pull you along until the moment when they cross paths. Though he's gained a lot of traction as the man tabbed to finish Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, Brandon Sanderson is a remarkably talented creator and the product of his own design is nothing less than first rate.