Words of Radiance



From 1 New York Times Bestselling Author Brandon Sanderson, Words Of Radiance, Book Two Of The Stormlight Archive, Continues The Immersive Fantasy Epic That The Way Of Kings Began.Expected By His Enemies To Die The Miserable Death Of A Military Slave, Kaladin Survived To Be Given Command Of The Royal Bodyguards, A Controversial First For A Low Status Darkeyes Now He Must Protect The King And Dalinar From Every Common Peril As Well As The Distinctly Uncommon Threat Of The Assassin, All While Secretly Struggling To Master Remarkable New Powers That Are Somehow Linked To His Honorspren, Syl.The Assassin, Szeth, Is Active Again, Murdering Rulers All Over The World Of Roshar, Using His Baffling Powers To Thwart Every Bodyguard And Elude All Pursuers Among His Prime Targets Is Highprince Dalinar, Widely Considered The Power Behind The Alethi Throne His Leading Role In The War Would Seem Reason Enough, But The Assassin S Master Has Much Deeper Motives.Brilliant But Troubled Shallan Strives Along A Parallel Path Despite Being Broken In Ways She Refuses To Acknowledge, She Bears A Terrible Burden To Somehow Prevent The Return Of The Legendary Voidbringers And The Civilization Ending Desolation That Will Follow The Secrets She Needs Can Be Found At The Shattered Plains, But Just Arriving There Proves Difficult Than She Could Have Imagined.Meanwhile, At The Heart Of The Shattered Plains, The Parshendi Are Making An Epochal Decision Hard Pressed By Years Of Alethi Attacks, Their Numbers Ever Shrinking, They Are Convinced By Their War Leader, Eshonai, To Risk Everything On A Desperate Gamble With The Very Supernatural Forces They Once Fled The Possible Consequences For Parshendi And Humans Alike, Indeed, For Roshar Itself, Are As Dangerous As They Are Incalculable.Words of Radiance

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  • Hardcover
  • 1087 pages
  • Words of Radiance
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • English
  • 10 May 2017
  • 9780765326362

10 thoughts on “Words of Radiance

  1. says:

    Okay, this is finally happening I m ranking The Stormlight Archive as my number one favorite book series of all time, overtaking the throne previously held by Mistborn trilogy, and I don t think this will change anytime soon The Gods of the Cosmere knows how much I love the original Mistborn trilogy but Brandon Sanderson really raised the bar for the epic fantasy genre sky high with this series Words of Radiance, only the second book in The Stormlight Archive series and the sequel to The Way of Kings, managed to build upon almost everything done by its predecessor and improve every element necessary to become a masterpiece I m certain the title of this book almost literally reflects its content each word is structured to give radiance to your life simply from reading them.The story still told from multiple POV and while still remaining mostly character driven, it s much plot centered this time Starting with the countdown mentioned in the beginning of the book, you re made aware that there will be a lot of twists and turns coming The plot kept me glued to the book from cover to cover it was so addictive to read and I couldn t wait to know and see what happened with each page turned.As I mentioned before, each book will shift its focus on different specific main characters, and this time the focus rests on Shallan.Picture Shallan And The Chasmfiend, by emmgoyer7Sanderson again managed to make me love a character who I wasn t the biggest fan of in their first book appearance The first time this happened was with Steris from the Mistborn spinoffs, and now the same exact thing happened here with Shallan Her character development in this novel is stunning, to say the least She s funny, lovable, and intelligent it s also really intriguing to see her relationship development with Kaladin, Adolin, Jasnah and Pattern Her past is explored completely and the revelations in relating them to her current smile are very heartwarming.Even though there s a huge amount of development in and focus on Shallan, in my opinion the best storyline still comes from Kaladin s POV he s the main hero from The Way of Kings and from my perspective, the true main protagonist of this series After seeing his background and development fleshed out in the first book, it s really interesting to see how he develops into an even amazing character by the end of this one, and Stormfather he did Not only do the most intense and interesting plotlines come from his POV, but every single epic and badass moment literally involve his actions and existence.Picture Honor is dead but I ll see what I can do by VargasniThe world building level improves again as there are creatures, mythology, lore, and magic systems explored in this book The scale of the world remains as grand as ever, and by now I think I know about Alethkar, the Shattered Plains, than I know about my real country and its history I wish this is an exaggeration but it s not The magic systems this time are explored in much detail than in the previous book, especially in regards to the classes Windrunner and Lightweaver I won t give too many details on the magic system itself, because the book could do that for you To simplify it, Windrunners deal with manipulating gravitational pulls and Lightweavers focus on creating illusions A great example of the Windrunner ability could be seen from a PS4 video game called Gravity Rush Look it up if you want to strengthen your imagination, or if you think the magic system will confuse you somehow, but here s an image preview of what I m talking about.Knowing the premise of the magic systems and simply from looking at the front cover of the book, you can predict there will be epic action sequences There is much action this time and nothing can even compare to the climax of this book It s honestly one of the craziest and most epic climax sequences I ve ever read so far, even better than The Hero of Ages from the Mistborn trilogy or The Way of Kings. There are so many things happening in the last 150 pages of the book that I m surprised I could still write a review for this Remember my praise for the climax to The Way of Kings Well, this one is superior by far, so prepare yourself to be mind blown completely Here is the front cover of the Polish version of Words of Radiance if you need convincing.Like in the previous book, the only con I have about this book is again, it s not long enough and the sequel to this book is not out yet 1090 pages long and filled with a whopping 400k word inside, and yet when I flipped the last page and closed the book, I still craved for When the realization that the sequel isn t here yet dawned on me, I was crushed.Binge reading this series inflicted me with a symptom which I called The Stormlight Archive s Hangover Basically, it means I can t start another epic fantasy other than this series for a while without the implication of giving them an unfair rating My heart and soul still remain in Roshar, with the characters I care about deeply because of Sanderson s writing which always made every detail so vivid and immersive Words of Radiance is the perfect example of the kind of experience I m looking for in a book It s the reason why I read and why epic fantasy will always be my favorite genre The epic fantasy genre has The Lord of the Rings in the past, A Song of Ice Fire in the present, and for the future, this genre has The Stormlight Archive series to look forward to By the conclusion of this series, I m sure it will surpass both those series mentioned it already has for me The Stormlight Archive series is the mark of epic fantasy at its best There s absolutely no reason you should skip this series if you re a fan of epic high fantasy genre I really hope we could go through this series together, telling stories and living these tales with our future generations Side note I m really glad I read Warbreaker first before reading this as two specific characters from there made an appearance here You can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions

  2. says:

    Holy crap on a stick I bow in supreme awe.That s it.

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    This is it The review no one was waiting for First thing I must say, I have never given any book 5 stars Because that would mean it is perfect And that s a tall order But I couldn t give it any less Because it was phenomenal Like holy shit amazing On to the review Needless to sayspoilers ho The book was too large not complaining and there were too many insane parts definitely not complaining to do a blow by blow for each character So I ll stick with the best five Since it was obviously Shallans book, we will start with her 5 Mapping the shattered plains on the flyThis was a pure scholar moment One where every neurone lines up and the answer screams at you SYMMETRY And who would ve thought the inspiration would come from an assassin that almost killed her So there goes my theory that something landed in the centre and shattered the plains But alas it s merely another geometrically perfect natural occurrence that is so common place on Roshar Either way, proving every single scholar wrong in the space of 5 heartbeatsJasnah will be proud She basically walked in, said her piece, dropped the mic and walked off Great moment 4 How do you poop Not only was this a hilarious moment But it was a damn good question at the perfect moment Adolin is doing what he does Playing the brave soldier, impressing the ladies and everything is going as usual And then Shallan throws him a curveball She knew what she was supposed to ask but this was the man who she ll be spending her life with supposedly So she shows her true self And in my own humble opinion, because it is my review after all, that is the moment where Adolin begins to fall in love with her Aww3 Kaladins bootsAnother great moment for her We all know she s not one for confrontation or lying And when she does both it s gonna be damn good The whole part where she meets up with the con artist was interesting I wasn t a fan of her influence over Shallan because I could see this leading to losing her Radiance but she stayed cool and used her lessons for good And by good I mean petty larceny Then she killed and avenged her former teacher Stay classy Shallan 2 Becoming a spyBourne Identity mixed with high fantasy Learning espionage from herself and working for the Ghost Bloods to accomplish her own aims You have to respect that Have to respect her Also what the hell is the deal with MaskFace The way Shallan had her committed was genius Now she s a member and things are only going to get convoluted And that just makes me salivate 1 Finding UrithiruThe mythical city The focus of Jasnah s research Some guy walked there but you can t find it Kind of a slap to the face So much work was put into hunting down the last repository of untainted knowledge of the Desolations And she did Centre of the Plains, Shallan manages to find the key to the portal to the secret city and saves the army from destruction All By Her Self Number 1 moment indeed Because it was a whole thing The build up from book 1 Realising that they re buildings not rocks Realising the Shardblade was the key to opening the portal And realising a few other things I ve probably forgotten It was the culmination of a journey she started as a child And it was perfect In Way of Kings, Shallan was an interesting character A nice read but nothing special That all changed here A depth was added to her as the deepest darkest secrets of her life were laid bare And the true measure of her strength was made known Dalinar was as always the Blackthorn A great man and a true soldier After everything he has been through and has accomplished there is no one who will ever compare to him His top five Let s find out 5 Where is our honour This wasn t a big bit of his but it was important It was the moment he truly realised how far men had fallen It was the moment he realised that the head of his Knights Radiant was a little bitch Trying to jump in and save his sons sans plate and blade was pure Blackthorn Noble and brave and suicidal The right course of action was clear to him Had it been anyone else, Dalinar STILL would have tried to help But no one else would have You ve got a lot of work to do Blackthorn 4 Admitting his visionsAs Wit said, this was a powerful move Standard psychological tactics Embrace your weakness and make it your strength And what a place to do it Kings feast One giant Shardplated middle finger to the whole of Alethi royalty Like A Boss Once again a moment where he shows himself above the games and pettiness The only adult amongst children He raises the bar and invites people to join him 3 Banishing AmaramThis wasn t what we wanted to see but it will suffice for now Amaram Acting like he didn t slaughter the entirety of Kaladins squad just for a fancy piece of metal The look on his face at the duel when he realised who Kaladin was Priceless Then denying it and blaming Kaladin What a dick Didn t work did it you douche Dalinar figured you out And banished your ass That was a big moment Kal prepared to apologise for Dalinars sake Dalinar prepared to alienate an old friend because Kaladin was right Heartwarming as hell And it wasn t just an afterthought Oh no He set a trap Let s focus on that for a moment The Blackthorn A warrior Despiser of politics and intrigue Set a trap Is there anything he can t do No Moment over 2 Leading a force against the ParshendiDoes he have any idea where they are Does he have any idea how long he ll be gone for Does he have any idea what kind of forces they have Does he fuck But he doesn t need to know because he is the Blackthorn Bold move Risking the Highstorms and striking out at the heart of the Parshendi Fulfil the Vengeance Pact once and for all A move that would either see him rise to the top of Alethkar, or see his body fall beneath it Yet he didn t do it for the potential gain He did it simply because it needed to be done Deal with the Parshendi before the desolation comes Working with few resources against a deadline A necessary move to give them the best chance of victory Didn t quite work out as expected But he did what he could And that is why he was chosen to recreate the Knights 1 Bonding with the StormfatherThis was, without a doubt, an amazing moment The Stormfather himself The legend of the whole world Wherever the Highstorm lands, the Stormfather is known Charged by Honour himself to pass on the message He hates humanity He despises their weakness And what does Dalinar do to this most widely know of spren Binds him to his side in a moment that will never be forgotten No fanfare or anything, just business DalinarI salute you Now that we know the fates of the past spren, we know that this has never been done before Never in all the Desolations before has anyone bonded with the Stormfather Now the last Desolation is here and the Blackthorn will wield the Stormfather against the Voidbringers to reclaim the Tranquiline Halls Adolin Such a great guy Always trying to do the right thing Defend his father, his brother, his aunt, his king and his girl whoever it may be at the time Now for his best moments 5 Cologne In prison The fact that Adolin imprisoned himself in protest of Kaladins punishment was amazing Yeah we ve always known he was a good guy But this Kaladin threw himself into a Shard duel with nothing but a spear And earned Adolin s loyalty He couldn t overrule the king, obviously, but he did the next best thing The son of a Highprince In prison For a Bridgeman The honour is boundless Yeah he bathed So what He s not an animal 4 IronstanceThis refers to his first duel of the book When he decided to stop playing games These cretins were discrediting his family, his father and his house And Adolin showed him what happens when you do something so stupid You get a battering This was a no mercy moment and it was fantastic You could see Adolin accept the responsibility of guarding his family Standing up to take the weight on his shoulders The maturing moment Love it 3 Final battle This was a great moment Not the greatest But still awesome Leading a battalion against the first Voidbringers of the Last Desolation Too good The entire charge was amazing Going toe to toe with Stormform while the weather goes batshit crazy is a hell of a feat AND THEN he manages to sneak a thousand guys round the back of the enemies line and single handedly stops them finishing their devil song And while he s at it he kills their only Shardbearer All in a days work Brushes off shoulder 2 Killing that rat bastard SadeasWe all wanted it We all dreamed of doing it No one cried Everyone cheered When Adolin wrapped his hands around Sadeas neck and squeezed, we all went crazy Parades were thrown and champagne flowed down the street After what he did we all wanted him dead Preferably at Dalinar or Kaladins hands But given their new Radiant status it wasn t gonna happen Enter Adolin While I approve its gonna spell problems between him and Shallan especially since she is also a Radiant Drama But still, glad he killed him What I don t quite get is how Sadeas was that unstable The Radiants have returned, Everstorm has returned and he is standing in the lost city of Urithiru And he still wants to steal Dalinars power and position Idiot 1 4 on 1 duel.For me this was the greatest of all A duel between Shardbearers is an awe inspiring thing Then when Adolin proposed a 2 on 1 it was a thing of beauty We were all waiting for the craziness to begin Then it did 4 fully armed and armoured warriors standing in front of Adolin And we lost our shit I still remember Zahels words they re afraid of youshow them why And he did That was the best thing The honour The courage Anyone would have conceded the fight It would have been the obvious thing to do The smart thing But not the right thing Attacking like the Whitespine, he showed no mercy and gave no quarter And he held his own For a while at least Let s be honest, with those odds we all expected him to die but he survived And won Yes it was a group effort Kaladin fought like a mad man and Renarinwas there All in all Adolin s best scene Kaladinis Kaladin Need I say No I don t 5 Riding the RyshadiumThis was a really subtle scene First of all I d like to point out that one of the greatest warriors alive can t ride a horse Does that not seem odd I thought he was of a high enough nahn to get riding lessons but I guess not Back to the scene Despite the fact he had only started riding horses about an hour earlier he STILL went and rode the Ryshadium Well, he tried anyway But the biggest thing was that he laughed Genuinely For a few moments everything was forgotten and there was a simple joy in his life And for THAT I have made this a top five scene Because even the greatest need to laugh every once in a while 4 First flightWe all remember him practicing in the plains Lashing himself from side to side Jumping around like a monkey on meth And then he did it That which we have all been waiting for since we realised its possible He lashed himself upwards And he flew Oh my days was it amazing Rising into the sky Ascending unto the heavens Perhaps I m reading too much into this but it was superb Soaring through the clouds with Syl and a whole group of wind spren He was free of the shackles of gravity and understood that the limits of his power were of his own creation 3 Killing the ChasmfiendThis was a hell of a fight Two Knights versus one Chasmfiend I can t be sure but I believe that the Chasmfiend was actually Voidspren possessed A few choice moments during the fight, like the intelligence in its eyes and the red spren leaving it s body after But that s later Being hunted by a Chasmfiend through the cracks in the plains was amazing The sheer desperation of the chase was exhilarating The way Kaladin killed it was superb Sword to the brain From inside the mouth Chasmfiend steaks for all 2 Honour is dead This was without a doubt an amazing moment A surreal moment Surreal in that I actually believed I was on Roshar watching this duel happen, and I STILL didn t believe it was happening This scene has made it into the top 5 of 3 4 of the main characters And even though Shallan was there it was Pattern that did the work Plus she had better bits Leaping into an arena full of Shardblades is an act of supreme insanity Unless you are Kaladin Stormblessed With nothing than a spear he leapt into a battle where each man counts as a hundred But he is no man He is a Knight Weaving around strike after strike, he fought incredibly A force of nature, long forgotten, now returned Drawing Stormlight from his own reserves and the fractured plate itself Now let s be clear on one thing He was there as support He was there to distract one or two while Adolin beat the others That doesn t lessen his actions Throughout this book he has been wavering between what he wants to do and what he should do But when push comes to shove, he knows the right thing and he does it with no hesitation 1 Resurrecting his OathThis was an emotional bit Sounds weird but it was Just to be clear the number one Kaladin moment stretches from Elhokar was Dalinars Tien all the way to the renewal of his Radiance The revelation He s injured Weak, both physically and emotionally And it s raining Which is so very important Tien would always cheer his big brother up during the rains So in his vulnerable state it s no shock that he would think back to how his brother died How Kaladin failed Tien The guilt was weighing so heavily His spirit close to breaking as he tried to justify killing Elhokar Then the words come Not the Radiant oaths but these were arguably important The words he uses to justify killing the king were the same ones that turned the lifeless body of his innocent little brother into a military strategy And for the first time in a while, Kaladin was back He realised that he cannot be that man who decides who to save and who to condemn Then he realises that Dalinar loves his nephew like Kaladin loved Tien And after thatnothing need be realised Charging up to the palace Injured and weak All to save a man he despises Uses a spear to take out two armoured guards Finds Elhokar drunk and unconscious Manages to rouse him and runs straight into Moash Wearing the plate Kaladin gave him What a dick In Moash s defense, tenuous though it is, he did try to get Kaladin to stand down As far as Moash knows, nothing s changed But everything has changed Taylor Swift song Good song The battering Kaladin receives at the hands of those two is simply brutal Add that to his pre existing injuries and you wonder what is keeping this mans heart beating Moash wonders the same when in awe he asks Kal, how are you standing The answer He sees himself clearly Truly The pain burns the falsities away and Kaladin knows who he wants to be A true protector Syl and Stormfather arguing over him She claims him Say the words Kaladin Stretch forth thy hand I protect even those I hate so long as it is right There are no words to convey how insane I went at this point My kindle was set down while I cheered silently but hysterically Holy shit He led us on such a ride Even to the point of losing Syl But he pulled through He became a knight in truth And so concludes the top five for the main four What follows are writings on minor characters Szeth Ah man I feel so sorry for the guy Lied to by his people and forced to become a murderer His gentle nature broken by the weight of so many innocent lives All because the Shin didn t want to admit that maybe things were about to get bad Not only did they bury their heads in the sand but they decapitated the one guy who didn t DicksHis duels with Kaladin were amazing Not only because it was Radiant vs Radiant but because they finally showed him the truth That he was right all along Also Kaladin healing his dead arm The implications are staggering It was also good because that was probably the first assassination attempt where he failed to kill anyone Ok on the plains not so much The way he tried to kill Dalinar Lashing him upwards just enough to ascend That was amazing True it might be my inner psycho talking but come on And then it ends by him being resurrected to join the Knights Radiant as internal affairs With Nightblood Because that s gonna end well Tarovingian is a hell of a mystery A fluctuating intelligence level Obviously a gift from that Nightwatcher Who I maintain is a splinter of Cultivation But he s basically got a quantum diagram detailing the future and has folk acting on it to guarantee survival Not victory Survival So there s obviously a very large part of the diagram detailing the extinction of humanity Whilst reading a few questions came to mind is the desolation happening because Odium is returning if he is returning, why Honour is already dead and one must assume Cultivation is as well Why would he kill one threat and leave another how is being around Kaladin, awakening the Radiance in his bridge men can Kaladin use Stormlight to heal other people what does Taln reacting to Shallans magic mean how will Alethi society change now that the major players are now in Urithiru in the face of another desolation will the Radiants be welcomed are the Parshendi the voidbringers or is it the spren that inhabit them I will admit that my words did not do justice to these fine moments You want good words Read the book Until next time fellow Radiants.May the words be ever on your lips.

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    Re read on Audible Now I m ready for Oathbringer MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListHOLY CRAP ON A CRACKER I freaking loved this book I am going to give a crazy arse review that will probably only make sense to me and throw in some excerpts and pictures and who cares Almost everyone has read this right, right I love you Brandon Sanderson But now that I sit and think about it, I will most likely be dead before you finish the books I still love you though I still love all of the men of BRIDGE FOUR Here s a random EXCERPT Kaladin pressed the stone against the wall of the chasm, and it stuck there All right, he said, stepping back Rock jumped up and grabbed it, then dangled from the wall, bending legs below His deep, bellowing laugh echoed in the chasm This time, he holds me Sigzil made a notation on his ledger Good Keeping hanging on, Rock For how long Rock asked Until you fall Until I The large Horneater frowned, hanging from the stone with both hands I do not like this experiment any longer Let me just get this off my chest and out of the way I love Kaladin I loved him in book one, I love him in book two, I will love him for all time In the first book I wasn t really all that fond of Shallan, not that I really didn t like her, I just didn t care for her parts Probably because all of the action was with the boys elsewhere And in this beginning until half way through the book I didn t care too much for her parts either, although, they were a lot better than they were in the first book as she joins up with the gang This would include Bridge Four, the King, Dalinar, Adolin, the evil peeps and everyone else I particular fell in love with her character when her and Kaladin were stuck in a chasm together They had a wonderful banter together and had to get out of some sticky situations Kaladin also found out some very interesting things about her So now my opinion is that she s pretty damn cool and I want to read of what s going on with her I didn t care too much for Dalinar s son Adolin in the first book but he blew me away in this one He is a really good dude EXCERPT Kaladin reached the jailer, taking him by the arm What is happening The king put Dalinar s heir in here The king didn t have anything to do with it, the jailer said Brightlord Adolin insisted So long as you were in here, he wouldn t leave We tried to stop him, but the man s a prince We can t storming make him do anything, not even leave He locked himself away in the cell and we just had to live with it Impossible Kaladin glanced at Adolin, who walked slowly down the hallway The prince looked a lot better than Kaladin felt Adolin had obviously seen a few baths, and his prison cell had been much larger, with privacy It had still been a cell That was the disturbance I heard, Kaladin thought, on that day, early after I was imprisoned Adolin came and shut himself in.Kaladin jogged up to the man Why Didn t seem right, you in here, Adolin said, eyes forwarad I ruined your chance to dual Sadeas I d be crippled or dead without you, Adolin said So I wouldn t have had the chance to fight Sadeas anyway The prince stopped in the hallway, and looked at Kaladin Besides You saved Renarin It s my job, Kaladin said Then we need to pay you , bridgeboy, Adolin said Because I don t know if I ve ever met another man who would jump, unard, into a fight among six Shardbearers Kaladin frowned Wait Are you wearing cologne In prison Well, there was no need to be barbaric, just because I was incarcerated I m going back and forth with all of this too There is a point where Kaladin, Adolin and Dalinar are trying to fight this assassin from killing the king, but he is strong, so very strong Imagine the sweetness when Kaladin scared him off because he knew Kaladin was something else Syl, Kaladin s little Spren is in this too of course I love her so much She plays a vital part in this book Well, she s vital anyway and we get to learn about her So back when Shallan and Kaladin were kinda lost in the chasm s, Shallan sort of figured something out from her drawings and a whole group of her and some of the peeps go back there Kaladin is healing from an unfortunate event and I m so glad that changed in this book I was afraid Mr Sanderson might leave us hanging on until the next book BUT OMG, it was so EPIC to me when Kaladin saw the light so to speak I thought I was going to have a panic attack I was so excited He ended up fighting the assassin in an awesome showdown, people found some stuff, people died, and people found out some awesome stuff And there is messed up stuff to come they will have to fight in the other book That s a lot of stuff NEXT BOOK PLEASE

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    Kindle Daily Deal 01Nov18 for 2.99 at 3rd read even better than the last 2 Don t judge me I made it a full year before rereading this monster book and it is even better the second time through.Kalidan and Syl I still ship you.Buddy Read May 1st with many friends over at Sanctum of Fantasy My apologies in advance for the ridiculous amount of updates I m going to post for this book It cannot be helped as my fangirling refuses to be contained. Original review April 2014 Honor is dead But I ll see what I can do I stand in awe of fantasy writers that can make an entire new world, magic systems, cultures, history, lands and everything else that goes into making a great fantasy and fill it with so many details that while you are reading the story you can get so drawn in that you feel like you are there or that it is a real place Brandon Sanderson is one such writer I enjoyed The Way of Kings WoK and gave it a 4.5 rating Words of Radiance is even better and 5 stars just doesn t seem like enough The world is richer and we hit the ground running in this installment since the world has already been set forth Sanderson still built up on the foundation he already created in WoK and everything he added to it made if all the richer.Sanderson is maybe the best writer I have read at giving a lot of ups and downs throughout the story but saving up and building steam for that last 15 20% where the shit hits the fan and the intensity just skyrockets all the way to the end I was on the edge of my seat, reminding myself to read all the words and take my time but I was so excited to see what happened next that I found myself reading faster and faster as everything in the story was unfolding.Told from multiple POVs throughout the story gives the reader an all encompassing understanding of the world and the various interests and plots of gods and men Every new layer and character added something to the story The end of each part of the book had me struggling to take my time through the interludes as I couldn t wait to see what was happening with our characters A few of the interludes were from the Parshendi POV and gave an interesting understanding of the war, and the Parshendi s goals Some of the interludes revisited a few of the characters from WoK and made sense to me in how they fit into this story while I imagine others importance will make sense later.While WoK s was very much Kaladins story WoR is Shallan s I was a little worried about this as I didn t really like Shallan very much in WoKs She was na ve and came to steal for Jasnah for that very reason she was less likeable But she totally grew on me in this book as she really comes into her own and we have a chance to learn of her past She has been hiding from it for so long that it is hard for her to face I seek the truth, Shallan said Wherever it may be, whoever may hold it That s who I am I grew to really love her character She is full of banter and wit and gets herself in just as much trouble as she gets herself out of I had so much fun following her story as she travelled to the shattered plains and it was even fun once she met both Kaladin and Adolin I see the hint of a possible love triangle in there somewhere but thank god it hasn t hit yet I really enjoyed the time she spent with each of the men but her first meeting and later banter with Kaladin was some of the funniest dialogue in the book The only time you seem honest is when you re insulting someone The only honest things I can say to you are insults Oh Shallon does have a sharp tongue and it seems that she is unlike anyone else Adolin has tried to date before She has the princeling a little twisted up with what he should do The way that Shallon is able to affect the lives of those around her and change them for the better was amazing as well She was able to change the lives a few people extraordinarily and her new found abilities are extremely intriguing She does seem in a little over her head though.Adolin was also a character from the last book that I wasn t a huge fan of Compared to his father Dalinar and Kaladin he just wasn t that interesting to me Well that has totally changed in this book Adolin is than he seems for sure and as a few of the chapters are told from his perspective I really started to enjoy his character The lengths he goes to for the people in his family and for what he feels is right are fantastic But he still has the privileged air about him so he does it in the most comfortable manor possible Kaladin frowned Wait Are you wearing cologne In prison Well, there was no need to be barbaric, just because I was incarcerated Storms, you re spoiled, Kaladin said, smiling I m refined, you insolent farmer, Adolin said Then he grinned Besides, I ll have you know that I had to use cold water for my baths while here Poor boy Kaladin s arc is a journey of right and wrong, honor and betrayal, past and present He has a big boulder on his shoulder against all lighteyes based on is past Some warrant it and others do not But it is a journey a true hero must take if he is to be a hero I was happy I liked Shallan so much otherwise I might have got lost in Kaladin being a little bit of a downer through some of this He was lost in his hate at times, although warranted it was hard to journey that with him It was nice when a few people were able to drag him out of it I trust you It s a very strange sensation Yeah, well, I ll try to hold myself back from going skipping across the plateau in joy Adolin grinned I d pay to see that Me skipping You happy, Adolin said, laughing You ve got a face like a storm I half think you could frighten off a storm Kaladin really struggles with his vows and his relationship with Syl Did I mention that I really hope somehow someway that Syl and Kaladin a destined to be together That as their bond grows she will become corporeal in our world and they can have a romance, which is totally the girl in me talking I ship them so hard though It is my dream and it is farfetched but I want it anyway. DALINAR was my favorite character from the last book and he had a few moments in this one where I wasn t sure what to expect from him It seemed that he might not be up to the task at hand and then he would pull something unbelievable out I loved his pose and calm He is everything that a leader should be, that a king should be I always still seem to underestimate him and I am surprised by how he reacts to situations What you did tonight was clever, Wit said You turned an attack into a promise The wisest of men know that to render an insult powerless, you often need only to embrace it Sometimes he is played the fool but he recovers quickly and always moves in a positive direction no matter the cost to himself He is truly a good man doing the best he can for his kingdom and with so much stacked against him that can t be hard.He is the character that I worried for the most because that is who Szeth was sent to kill in WoK Any meeting they had was intense and the conclusions to both their arcs in this book were unexpected and left my jaw on the floor He fought as he wished he had all those years ago, for the chance he had missed In that moment between storms when the rain stilled and the winds drew in their breaths to blow he danced with the slayer of kings, and somehow held his own There are so many other characters that played great roles in this Rock, Teft, Lopen, Wit, Jasnah, Sadeas I hate that dude , Sebarial and Palona as well so many others, I couldn t possibly name them all.There are so many reveals that will play a big part in other books and some that were shocking in this one I was on a rollercoaster almost the entire book and so many characters had surprises in their arcs The epilogue had me jumping out of my seat with excitement What a fantastic way to end the story.All I know for sure at the end of this book is The Desolation Comes and it will be an epic journey that I can t wait to participate in.Initial mini review Squee.Happy DanceSquee some There were so many things I loved, and loved hating in this book OMG the ending and again the last 20% rocked my world the other 80% was great too.but the last 20% WOW

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    March 5th Done with first readthrough It was, in fact, perfect than expected I only cried a little bit mostly afterwards I just have this feeling of intense satisfaction.I will probably still wait to review until I ve read through twice I have a lot that I think I want to say but I haven t fully processed it.August 10 It s obvious to everyone that I m not gonna get around to a reread for a while, right Cool I ll do it eventually, because I have a lot to say about this book, but it ll take a lot time and energy than I have right now.4 MARCH 2014 IT S OUT I m going to leave this review up as is until I can replace it with an actual review of the book as I m going to be reading it twice one speed read before Sanderson comes to my area for a signing, one thorough re read afterwards that may be some time.18 December 2013 Review rewritten reorganized to be coherent and remove out of date info.19 January 2014 Links added for TOR released chapters There will be two chunks posted on the website before the book comes out.21 January 2014 First of those two remaining chunks released at noon EST I feel pretty comfortable saying we ll see the last set of chapters the ones Peter Ahlstrom has been hinting at by saying we haven t gotten the hooks yet at the same time on the 28th.28 January 2014 I was right Links updated below Note that now all the chapters we know to expect have been released this may be the end of preview material.RELEASE DATE March 4 This is pretty much set at this point.COVER FLAP DESCRIPTION can be found here If you re not sure who s who, title explanations are under the spoiler cut view spoiler the Windrunner is Kaladin, the Lightweaver is Shallan, and the Explorer is Eshonai We re pretty sure the Bondsmith is Dalinar I m hesitant to list that as an absolute ID because I still think he s a strong contender for being a Stoneward The Assassin, obviously, is Szeth hide spoiler

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    Words of Radiance is an absolutely marvelous continuation of the Stormlight Archive series As many of you know, it gets harder to review books in a series the further you get away from the first book Here I am at the end of only book 2 already over 2000 pages into this series or over 80 hours in my case and there is just soooo muchhhh storyyyy So naturally, it s tough to write a review without any spoilers BUT HERE I GO BECAUSE I CARE ABOUT ALL OF YOU So one of the things I appreciate most about Sanderson s style is how he unfolds the stories he chooses to tell No matter the scope, there s always a realistic scattering of situations that serve to grow the main characters in a way that feels very natural There s always a reliably steady build toward the culmination of events.Circumstances are not contrived, and I never have to worry about the author telling me how I should feel about his characters without also showing me why Dialogue is realistic, and I am especially fond of how much humor Sanderson worked into this installment I ve heard whisperings of those who think Sanderson s dialogue is cheesy, but I m a real fan of quick witted banter puns so a particular scene in the chasms really warmed my heart.I found myself extremely engaged with the Interludes for this installment The Interludes in Words of Radiance did a far superior job of developing the fringes of the story than in The Way of Kings It grows the span of the realm makes me feel like I m reading about a real place with real people real conflicts that don t always wrap themselves up into neat, solvable packages.As a whole, this series strikes a nice balance between politics magic, but I felt as though the politicking was a bit lacking in this novel Thankfully, this is mostly made up for by two elements 1 How strongly the Interludes contribute to the developing political atmosphere of Roshar.2 The captivating expansions of the magic system in relation to our main characters Some of the lack has to do with Dalinar s POV being almost entirely absent The novel switches back forth between Kaladin Shallan 99% of the time, and so we are largely excluded from Dalinar s part in the political game outside of brief snatches of his interactions with those two.Speaking of POV s, the unbalance here is something I mentioned in my review of The Way of Kings, but after reading Words of Radiance I think it s something I have come to terms with It was difficult for me to spend over a thousand pages without Dalinar, as he is my favorite character But I think Sanderson is expressing this story in the way that makes the most logical sense, and if that means spending 100 pages with Kaladin, then that s what it means Long story short, I was a lot less bothered this time around because I ve come to expect Sanderson will spend the time he deems necessary with each character after all the time I ve spent in the Cosmere universe, I will just trust him.Now we come to one of my absolute favorite elements of this novel, the action battle scenes They re just so energizing exciting to read Specifically I think a lot of us are impressed by the scene we ve affectionately dubbed Honor Is Dead Damn, friends. When I first listened to this scene, I had to stop my car on the side of the road just so I could completely lose myself in it There is literally no word appropriate for it than badass This scene is surrounded by many action sequences, all of which help my rapt attention I love reading Sanderson s combat, especially because it gives me the opportunity to see how beautifully he works in his own magic systems The experience is like a dance.Overall, small hang ups on POV s politics do not weigh enough to influence how much I enjoyed this story That s a huge part of Sanderson s appeal as a fantasy writer his stories are consistently satisfying, unique, and a hell of a lot of fun I m very specifically planning out when I will pick up Oathbringer, because once I finish I will have finished all I have left to read of the Cosmere I want to wait a couple of months before I dive in because I want to savor every moment of that book when I get to it plus I hear there s quite a lot of Dalinar so I m than ready for that Now before I close this review I want to mention something spoilery Please do not read past this point if you haven t read this series SPOILERS BELOW Alright so Jasnah Not for one second did I believe that she was dead I m actually really surprised the rouse of her death carried on for the whole book It was stressing me out how long it took her to show back up because she was just way too important to be taken down at the hands of an assassin I was worried Sanderson may wait until Oathbringer to bring her back around.Jasnah is, in my estimation, the best female character of the series so when she finally makes a reappearance I was annoyed than relieved because I couldn t believe she was also kept out of this story for so long Every time Shallan Navani had an interaction over Jasnah s death, I just rolled my eyes This obviously isn t a huge deal, I just wanted to rant about it for a moment

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    4 29 18 So far the graphic audio version of STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE has been fantastic, so I m hopeful that Kaladin will annoy me less this time crosses fingers Reviewed by Rabid Reads WORDS OF RADIANCE is the second installment of Brandon Sanderson s STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE series, and, unfortunately it fell a little flat for me.Don t get me wrong, I liked it This was one of those occasions when my rating steadily declined the I stewed about the ends and outs but immediately upon completion, I was all, Yeah Sanderson rocks again WOOT But then came the stewing .I had several significant issues with this book 1 Cosmere crossover misfire.The Cosmere is the realm in which many of Sanderson s different series take place There are different worlds for the individual series, but these worlds are all in the same universe I believe the ultimate goal is to begin a new series after the completion of its forerunners that ties the worlds together in a less tangential way.Anyway, there are Easter eggs aplenty for a savvy fanperson, and I was made aware that a couple of important characters from a different series played important roles in WoR.So I read the book from which these characters came just prior to starting to WoR and then I completely missed Crossover 1 s big entrance How is that even possible you ask, and that s an excellent question, b c, yes, I had just finished Crossover s book, and, yes, everything from it should have been fresh.BUT.Sanderson decided to disguise Crossover Changed his name and made him a Master of something he had previously only been good at In fact, in Crossover s book, he wins fights against skilled foe by distracting them, b c he knows he can t win if he plays fair.How are we supposed to recognize Crossover if he s in disguise Another excellent question The obvious answer would be to make a point of gestures or catch phrases Crossover became known for, or references to key ideas from the world we last saw him in and in a way Sanderson did this he made up metaphors that referred to the most obvious aspect of the magic system in Crossover s world BUT There were no such metaphors used in the actual book So despite the obvious nature of these colloquialisms, they flew right over my head, b c they weren t consistent to that world Add to that the fundamental alteration of Crossover s abilities, and I failed to see the point of having a crossover at all.And that annoyed me Greatly 2 My previously favorite character became a Grade A loser, whiny baby 3 I HAVE RULES.And Rule 1 was broken If you don t want to be spoiled, that s all I can say about it For the Sandersonites who demand to know my reasons for casting aspersions on their beloved namesake view spoiler I KNOW he wanted to make a point about the resilience of Surgebinders when he killed Jasnah, but he chose a crap way to do it The fact that he had to explain his intent in numerous posts and even wrote a Jasnah POV detailing exactly what happened only makes my point for me.I m glad Jasnah is alive.I think the point was an important one.I dislike the way he went about making it The end hide spoiler

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    Words of Radiance is the spectacular 2nd book in Brandon Sanderson s Stormlight Archive If you re looking for an epic fantasy series, the Stormlight Archive is it The world of Roshar keeps getting bigger and bigger and, at the same time, interesting Words of Radiance picks up right where Way of Kings ended, and like the first book it is a fun and satisfying journey The book will answer many of the questions you had after finishing Way of Kings while, of course, raising completely new questions I ve already reread this monster of a book 1,087 pages , but I ll need to be patient Some questions need to remain unanswered, I suppose, at least until I get to Othbringer

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    I mean, Sanderson always puts the word Epic in Epic Fantasy and at over 750 pagesthis is EPIC I LOVED the last book, I loved this one as well If you like Sanderson you ll love it, if you don twell, this is definitely Sanderson The same amazing characters continue from the last book, some Game of Thrones type twists that are shocking as well, and as always, the lore and magic system RULE Shallan continues to be an amazing character, and the growth of her abilities go into HELLA cool territory One thing There s something vaguely disquieting about the class system and weird racism in this book, with the light eyes and the Parshmen, that I can t put my finger on, anyone else feel that

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