Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive Series #2)

Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive Series #2)

by Brandon Sanderson
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Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive Series #2) by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive sequence began in 2010 with the New York Times bestseller The Way of Kings. Now, the eagerly anticipated Words of Radiance continues the epic story and answers many of your questions.

Six years ago, the Assassin in White, a hireling of the inscrutable Parshendi, assassinated the Alethi king on the very night a treaty between men and Parshendi was being celebrated. So began the Vengeance Pact among the highprinces of Alethkar and the War of Reckoning against the Parshendi.

Now the Assassin 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.

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.

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 more 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.

The doors of the Stormlight Archive first opened to us with The Way of Kings. Read that book – now available in all formats – and then Words of Radiance, and you can be part of the adventure every dazzling step of the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765326362
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Series: Stormlight Archive Series , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 1088
Sales rank: 57,578
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.70(d)
Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)

About the Author

BRANDON SANDERSON grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He had the honor of completing Robert Jordan’s classic The Wheel of Time® series and is the author of the bestselling Mistborn series.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like to think myself a well rounded reader. That said, this book absolutely blew me away. First, I like George R R Martin much as the next person but there's something droll about reading a series that portrays "real" human nature. I like to think not everyone is an incestous, gluttonous, traitorous, etceterous individual who lives specifically in the moral gray area. If you are considering reading this before the first novel in this series (I have no idea why you do that) STOP and read it. This installment is like a shardbearer fighting a bridgeman or a rhysadium racing a horse. I really loved this book. If you were afraid that Words of Radiance wouldn't measure up have no fear. The story continues in the shattered plains and beyond as the book picks up precisely where WOK left off. Like the previous novel, there is a flashback sequence which involves the manipulative, sometimes infuriating Shallan. It is difficult to even skim a summary because there is just so much information in this book, not to mention pages. I will say that I feared that there would be too many questions, not enough answers, too many new characters, etc... the typical concerns that stem from a series, particularly epic fantasy. However, there is a stunning ending along with more suspense and adventure and answers than you can shake a log at. However, however, however, you will still be begging for more more more. Please Mr. Sanderson may I have another? Seriously though, I'm not exaggerating when I say this is one of my favorite books. If the quality of the novels stays in pace this will be a monumental series. Real heroes in a world obsessed with darkness. Damn refreshing. But don't take my word for it, go to your local libra.... bookstore and get yourself a copy. PS. The hardcover is cool. The drawings are amazing. It's also cool on the nook because you can zoom in on said illustrations. Yeah I bought both versions, wanna fight about it? Just kidding I hate family guy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is supposed to be near to Brandon Sanderson's heart, the story he is most eager to tell, and as I read through, I felt that. It feels so complete and well rounded. There is clearly direction to the arc, and every moment is compelling. I've read nearly all on Brandons novels, and love his style, but this series is a statement for him. Clear as day, he has come in to his own and this series is the culmination of that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is phenomenal. It is a strong and satisfying continuation to The Stormlight Archive. The book is great all the way through. It is exciting and answers a lot of questions from book one and new questions from book two. It's an amazing novel that I highly recommend to people who have read The Way of Kings and like Brandon Sanderson's writing. There are some faults, but they're miniscule compared to the "awesomeness" of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time believing Sanderson could deliver on an experience that could come close to "The Way of Kings," but he did that and more. This epic sequel, with it's in depth characters and intense action sequences, had me jumping out of my comfy spot on my couch more than a few times. Sanderson expands on his original world that's shaped by land carving storms, tyrannical leaders, assassins, heart stopping duels, and magical heroes that make Gandalf the Grey look like a birthday party magician. Pick up this sequel and find out if honor is truly dead and if our heroes have what it takes to become the Knights Radiant! -Justin M
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply put, I have never read an author with as much talent as mr. Sanderson. His ability to make a system of magic intriguing as well as functional is simply unparalleled. My two favorite aspects of these books are: 1. His organization in tying relevant events in a meaningful way at the right moment in the story to make the ending a huge payout! 2. His ability to make me laugh! His sense of humor is the best. Witty and reserved for the perfect moments. I wish you all the success mr. Sanderson, you sure deserve it!!! Can't wait for book three. Ha!
BC1130 More than 1 year ago
This second book in the Stormlight series has exceeded my expectations. The continuation from book 1 to 2  flowed as smoothly as turning a page in a single novel. I dislike a series that tries to expand with a lot of extra characters and side stories (WOT for example) that have little to do with the main story. Thankfully, Sanderson hasn't done that and hopefully will not do that in future books. He gave us insights into other characters and side stories but somewhere in the telling they meshed with the main story. I also love a series where each book is it's own story with a beginning and an ending of events relating to and leading to the future conclusion. Both The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance are complete stories with satisfying ends while also showing there will be new problems for the characters in the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About this book is that it was so good, I couldn't put it down. Now I'm finished and have to wait another 2 years to find out the rest. Awesome story, great characters, cant wait for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think it was possible, but I loved Words of Radiance even more than I did The Way of Kings. And that is A LOT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this one...WOW... I know I'm going to have to re-read it a few more times to even begin to catch all the subtle and and Not-So-Subtle connections in this and the First Vol. I find more to love each reading! +Like the first book, there is also some truly "GORGES*" art in this one. ((* Sorry ' bout that totally uncalled for PUN!! ))
LadyoftheRings More than 1 year ago
Devastatingly Perfect There are very few books that leave me so devastated when it ends. The Way of Kings, something I was incredibly intimidated to read by its length alone, was one of these books. I had very high expectations for the second installment..and it surpassed all of them. What is so wonderful about this series is the profound depth to which I care about these characters. They're all unique, broken and so well conceived that I feel as though they're people I know and love. Its a testament to Sanderson's writing that he can capture the subtle nuances of personality. Each character's perspective is unique to themselves. I never want a specific character's point of view to end, being so wrapped up in their own story, yet as soon as the next one starts I am immediately engrossed. The twists and turns in the story were very unexpected, something so refreshing for such a saga as this series will eventually become. I loved how Sanderson gave the characters time to react to the first novel...instead of rapidly moving on towards the final conflict. We got to really see Kaladin (who instantly became one of my favorite characters ever) learn his abilities and stumble a lot before coming to terms with how his life has changed. We got to see Shallan flourish, and truly learn her background. That was always a point in the first novel I was wary about. I wanted to like and understand Shallan, but it just wouldn't come. Now I think she might just be the strongest character in the story, apart from Kaladin. One of the greatest dangers us readers have is finding a book so profoundly, existentially perfect that it overwhelms you when you finish...and the world keeps on going as if you didn't just experience so soul shattering. Lord of the Rings made me feel this way. Harry Potter made me feel this way. The Way of Kings made me feel this way. Finishing Words of Radiance has devastated me beyond words. I have never wanted a book to keep going more than this. I hate having to now wait years for the next installment, but I know it will not only be worth it, but worth feeling like the ground has fallen away. I not only recommend this series (and anything else written by the magnificent Sanderson) I think its a necessity for all fantasy and adventure fans. It'll leave you wishing you could be just as Radiant.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!!!! I want book 3, Stones Unhallowed, and I want it NOW!!!!!!
IanaKras More than 1 year ago
I discovered Stormlight Archives by a pure chance. And I'm glad that it happened now, when at least two volumes are available: I think I read somewhere that the gap between #1 and #2 was unbearably long... I do pray that the #3 will be forthcoming MUCH sooner. It was such a delight (especially since I "overindulged" on Wheel of Time series and came to "a very strong dislike" of it by the end of the series... (Just a note: I still own all of the 12 volumes - to those who would wage a war against such a proclamation...) Anyway, Brandon Sanderson is on my watch list now. I finished the Mistborn trilogy by now and Warbreaker, too. And still, Stormlight Archives are my favorite. I'm not going to write anything about the narrative here - read the book! You'll be delighted
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great read. I really enjoy Sanderson's writing style and have not read a book of his yet that i didn't enjoy. Words of Radiance was no different. I couldn't put this book down, every chapter left me wanting to know what was going to happen next. Some of the fighting scenes really captivated me, especially when he adds in surgebinding into those scenes to incorporate the characters' magical abilities. I think he answers questions i had left from the Way of Kings, but also left me with new questions i hope will get answered in subsequent books. I can't wait until book 3 comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brandon Sanderson's ability to write such well developed characters and world's is a magical ability all its own. The story is rich with lore, love, political intrigue and suspense. I couldn't put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome
Michael Sisco More than 1 year ago
Unlike most of my friends, I am a heavy reader and have been for years. I love fantasy and sci-fi, but this book is absolutely my favorite! Never have I been so captivated by a book that I reread it almost immediately. Since discovering this series I have been slowly working my way through the Cosmere, and I can say Brandon Sanderson is my favorite author and he deserves to be listed as one of the best! I am dancing around waiting for the next installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it. Great continuation of WOK. There was no boring parts to this book. I literally could not put it down. Cant wait for Stormlight #3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one and can hardly wait for the next one! Hopefully, we don't have to wait long fot Book Three!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Projectum. Kardia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. I literally couldn't put it down.
HSkel More than 1 year ago
Loved it more then the first
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
------------Brandon Sanderson has done it again!! Thank you for another great novel. Besides it being a bit too predictable, I would have to say that this one sure exceeded my expectations. A must read!
Anonymous 8 days ago
Brandon Sanderson is my fav route author and he doesn't fail to impress with this book.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Great book