The Way of Kings is a rather thought-provoking, character-driven story that can stay with you for days after you've listened to/read it. This book got our family thinking about what it means to be a leader, the importance of honor, the importance of learning and how to learn, and the importance of self-sacrifice. A great part of the story is the codes that are meant for the knights. They are great truths. The codes are:
- Life before death - Seek to defend life, always. Never kill unnecessarily, and never risk your own life for frivolous reasons. Living is harder than dying. Live free.
- Strength before weakness - All men are weak at some time in their lives. Protect those who are weak and use strength for others. Strength does not make one capable of rule, it makes one capable of service. (The italicized part is my favorite!)
- Journey before destination - There are always several ways to achieve a goal. Failure is preferable to winning through unjust means. Protecting ten innocents is not worth killing one. In the end, all men die. How you live will be far more important to the Almighty than what you accomplished. (This italicized part is Scott's favorite!)
Yes, we loved this book. Yes, we recommend it. Thank Ben for recommending it to us! :-)