If you don't know much about The Way of Kings, you've come to the right place! I've attempted to gather together the most pertinent information on this novel. First of all, check out this introduction, written by Sanderson for tor.com.
As you can see, this novel (and series) has been a long time coming from Sanderson. With over fifteen years and a thousand pages invested between the covers, I am sure The Way of Kings will live up to everything I hope to find in a large-scale work.
Now go ahead and check out these Youtube videos - Sanderson talks about The Way of Kings (among other projects) and reads some excerpts.
Finally, feast your eyes on the full version of the cover art of the novel, done by Michael Whelan. Notice the giant storm clouds, cracked and scorched earth, and small crustacean-looking creatures at the man's feet. For more information, check out this interview of Whelan, also at tor.com.
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I think it is clear that I am very excited for The Way of Kings, and I hope this post starts you feeling the same way! Make sure to check back for subsequent First Impressions posts and my review!