(the U.K. cover of the book)
As loyal readers may know, I am now in veterinary school and pretty much all of my time is being taken up by studying and sleeping. This serves all the more to emphasize that fact that I have been unable to put down this book. Something about Sanderson's writing style is so infectious that you always need to find out what is going to happen next. I am about a quarter of the way through the novel, and so far there have been bloody battles, dangerous hunts, catastrophic storms, and witty banter. The story begins with two main characters: Shallan, a young girl trying to decide between her calling of a naturalist and the devious plans of her family, and Kaladin, a young surgeon - turned soldier - turned slave, trying to fight his way back to the man he once was. These characters (along with many others) are set against a backdrop of a landscape that has evolved to survive during horribly devastating storms.
I don't want to give too much away, and there will be more details (never spoilers) in my coming review, but know this: I was instantly hooked into this book, and if you get any enjoyment out of reading a large novel filled with great characters and a detailed world, I think you may as well.