Like all first books of a long series - with new worlds, secrets, and rules - Way of Kings was a little slow-moving in the beginning as everything was laid out. And, at first, I felt there were quite a few too many characters to keep straight.
But once the story started to progress, it REALLY took off. And when the various stories started to point towards each other, everything just fell into place. I really like that the story didn't follow the usual structure of similar fantasy stories. A few things happened that I either didn't anticipate or that went the opposite of what I was thinking was going to happen. Really kept me guessing up until the end.
I would definitely recommend and I cannot wait for the next book in the series.