With the monstrous success in the past decade or so, is it so surprising that authors are working to get movie deals? This brings a wonderful opportunity to new artists. It proves that the literary world is not dead. It takes a special kind of author to be able to handle this though. Recently, I have seen an IMDB page for “The Warded Man” which is based off a novel series called “the Demon Cycle” by Peter V Brett. You will be getting a review of the first book of the Demon Cycle in the coming days. I’ll just say right off the bat, it’s a great read. My hope is that Mr. Brett can handle the multimedia world, the same way that Brandon Sanderson has. If you don’t already know, Mr. Sanderson is involved in “Infinity Blade”. It is a book and video game that work great together. I do recommend that you take a look any time you see Brandon Sanderson connected to it.
So what’s the danger in working on media deals? Let’s take a look at a couple authors who have not done it right. I want to say, these writers are great and I love their books. I have great respect for them, but George RR Martin and David Farland (Wolverton) seem to have let the work towards media deals get in the way of their writing. Mr. Martin is well known for the amount of time it takes for him to complete a novel, which is so hard on “A Song of Ice and Fire” fanatics. Don’t get me wrong, he has paved the way for fantasy fiction authors to move into pop-culture, but can we get through the series with you as the author? Mr. Farland had been on a good run of releasing “Runelords” novels. Now that the ninth and final book in the series has come up, he seems more interested in a movie deal and other multimedia dreams than finishing his novel. To be fair, his son was in a terrible longboard accident a few years back. I truly feel for him and his family, but the book should have been done by that time. As you have seen, I have been in contact with David Farland and I have full faith that the ninth novel will be as brilliant as we have come to expect from his amazing writing style.
So what am I saying about writers trying to move beyond the pages? I’m saying that they should go for it! But when they do go all out, don’t forget the fans who have made them a household name. I have full faith that my favorite series will continue and be finished, even if there is a slight delay in their releases. Keep writing those great novels and turning them into other media authors out there!
I am glad to say that Brandon Sanderson is becoming one of the best authors of our time. The Way of Kings is an epich fantasy book that brings forth a sense of intellect, drama, action, and of course, an entirely new world and reality.
In the first book of the 10 book Stormlight Archive series, you are brought into the world of Roshar, which is plagued by High Storms that batter the landscape. Brandon Sanderson has created everything from lands and gods, to plants and animals. Reading this story is like being immersed into The Lord of the Rings on steroids.
It begins with a story from the assassination of the King. As usual, I’m not going to give you details.(I’m hoping you’re checking my review because you want to read the book). From there the story unfolds with amazing action sequences and twists and turns.(most of them near the end). I had a hard time getting through the first couple chapters of this book, but after sticking with it, I’m glad I did.
The book follows three main characters. Kaladin, who reminds me a lot of Kelsier from the Mistborn series, is a soldier/ surgeon. He is at continuous odds with himself. Not able to decide if he is blessed or cursed. The internal struggle throughout the book is riveting as the story continues on.
Shallan(cough cough, Vin, cough cough), is the daughter of a lord who is seeking out the sister of the king. She hides secrets and learns throughout the book. You really begin to care for the character during the story as she grows and changes. She has the least action in her story, but I found myself being pulled into her mind through Sanderson’s great writing style.
Dolinar, a “High Prince” and the murdered king’s brother, is also known as the Blackthorne. He is a mighty and honorable hero throughout the novel. He also has an interesting internal struggle. Is he going mad with age, or is he a prophet of the Almighty? It’s hard to decide as you read further into his story.
One of my favorite characters is barely seen in this book… but I’m sure he will be a big part of the series. He is Szeth-son-son-Vallano. He is known as a Truthless, and reminds me a lot of Sazed in Mistborn. He is a character who is in a constant silent battle with himself, as he does not control his destiny.
Make sure you give this book a chance, and do it soon.(Sanderson is like a robot, the way he puts out books). When you finish the book, make sure you read the beginning again. It is well worth it, since you actually know what is happening.
All in all, I give this book five out of five swords(Thinking about using that to rate books by… Thoughts?).
Since I recently mentioned Mistborn in a post about my favorite magic system, I decided it would be good to refer you all to a well written review of the first two books. It comes from a blog called From the Mind of Kevin. The following link is the review for book two, but if you look on his site you can also find the book one review. He does give spoilers though. (Thought I’d give you a heads up) Here is the link:
I have spent a lot of time reading some of the great fantasy novels of the past decade. I have been noticing, within these series, some innovative new magic systems. I want to hear your favorite system and why it is your favorite.
To get things started, I’ll share my favorite.
In the book series, Mistborn, the main magic is used by burning metals like a forge within one’s body. This allows the character to push or pull an ability. This was such an interesting power to learn about. Brandon Sanderson has a way of explaining the powers to make them seem plausible. For every metal that pushes, a counter metal pulls. The physics and geometry that you see while reading this book pulls you into the Mistborn world. You may wonder about metals, like lead and mercury, that can cause health problems. The author explains that too, by adding that those who do not have the ability could die by ingesting metals and even those with the power can become sick or die as well.
Share your favorite system and let’s start a discussion.