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Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings: The Photo Shoot

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(The cover, and my first attempt to recontextualize it in a heroic setting, using our living room dragon)
Unless you've been on the proverbial desert island the past couple of weeks, you know what hardcore heroic fantasy aficionadoes have known for awhile: that the heir apparent to Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, has a new book out, the first in the Stormlight Archive, The Way of Kings.

I don't think there's much I can add about the book itself given the media blitz for this one, except to note that it's a fan-satisfying 1,001 pages long and that Publishers Weekly describes it thusly: "In a storm-swept world where history has dwindled into myth, self-serving aristocrats squabble over mystical weapons that render their bearers immune to mundane attacks. The ambitious scholar Shallan learns unexpected truths about the present, the virtuous aristocrat Dalinar reclaims the lost past, and the bitter and broken slave Kaladin gains unwanted power."

However, I do have a copy, courtesy of its publisher, Tor, and I can at least show off some of the qualities of the novel through photographs. Because the fact is, even though it sports a kind of generic fantasy cover, the interior is just beautiful.

In particular, the endpapers, photographed here, are gorgeous, and reflect a style that probably could've been incorporated into the cover. Tor's made the book much closer to a collector's item, even in this general trade hardcover edition, as a result.

(Light streaming from kitchen window included for dramatic effect.)

(Some gorgeous colors here; our cats seemed particularly fond of this page.)

(One last attempt to pose the book for the photo shoot in an appropriate setting--beneath the amazing vines of an old wisteria in the front yard, but I'm not sure there's anything heroic enough in our neighborhood that'll do it justice.)


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I got a copy of the audiobook. 45 hours long. Until I get around to listening to it, I'm using it around the house as:
* doorstop
* meat tenderizer
* paperweight
* throwing at squirrels who invade the birdfeeder

I just finished the book yesterday. So, when is Volume 2 coming out?

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