First I'd like to do a little dance to the tune "I'm done, I'm done, I'm done!" Because The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson is, after all, a 1,007 page book. Fortunately, it didn't feel that long, maybe more like 700 pages. Which is still long, but not as long... more like two regular novels rather than three.
The Way of Kings has three main characters: a general, a slave, and a scholar. It has religions, magics, science, history, visions, thieves, aristocracy, soldiers, slaves, characters who know too much, characters who know too little, romance, treachery, battles, betrayal, and so many twists you'll see some and think you're safe (you're not). I love the scholar, the heretic atheist Jasnah, and her apprentice, the questioning devout with an agenda Shallan. They're a brilliantly written pair of women, particularly Jasnah, who strikes the perfect balance of surety and uncertainty that is present in scientific thinkers of all ages.
This is a book that's obviously going to appeal to fantasy fans, especially those with a history of enjoying the epic fantasy sub genre (think door-stopper books). But I have a small plea, if I may: Try it. Yes, it's 1,007 pages. Yes, it's full-blown high, epic fantasy. Yes, it's the first of a ten(?) book series. Yes, there are some made up words and odd names. Despite all that, or perhaps because of the author's skill with those traits, it's a wonderful Story. No fiction or mystery or romance author world-builds like this and it reveals something subtle about the way you and I perceive life. Besides, if you don't like it, think of all the hassle you'll save yourself by not being able to buy the rest of the as yet unwritten, unpublished series!
My more complete review can be found here on Goodreads (minor spoiler warning).