I've read Elantris
and The Way of Kings
so far, and, while I really loved both, it seems like Sanderson is repeating a lot of stuff from one book to the other.
Guy cast into seemingly hopeless situation rallies other hopeless outcasts into improving their lot in life? Check.
Smart and smart-alecky princess in a foreign land is involved in a plot of intrigue? Check.
Tiny, floating magical sidekick who follows the hero around? Check.
Abuse of the peasant class by the aristocracy serves as a prominent theme? Check.
Person gains new followers to their cause by surviving a supposedly unsurvivable event? Check.
Setting is a kingdom during the early, unstable years of a new dynasty? Check.
Incompetent, paranoid king constantly has aristocrats scheming against him and each other behind his back? Check.
History of the world features extremely powerful beings who were once worshipped as gods but are now viewed with disdain/disgust/fear? Check.