Signed by Brandon Sanderson!
The Stormlight Archive, Book 1
Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Animals hide in shells, plants pull in their limbs, and cities are only built where the land offers shelter. Centuries ago, ten consecrated orders called the Knights Radiant protected mankind. They are gone, but their magical Shardblades remain. Kingdoms are traded for Shardblades; wars are fought for and won by them. A war that makes no sense is currently being waged on the Shattered Plains, where Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery.
Brightlord Dalinar Kholin leads one of the armies on the plains. Fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings, he begins to doubt his own sanity as he relives visions of the lost Knights Radiants from ancient times.
Shallan seeks to train under the eminent scholar Jasnah Kholin. Though she earnestly loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she studies and schemes, her research hints at the secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.