Words of Radiance

Kobo ebook | March 4, 2014

byBrandon Sanderson

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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 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 Cosmere

The Mistborn series
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer (forthcoming)

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere Titles

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Reckoners

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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 ...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

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Customer Reviews of Words of Radiance


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps getting better! Another awesome sequel! One of my favourite book ever!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Really enjoyed the first book (The Way of Kings) and I found this book to be even better. Definitely recommended!
Date published: 2015-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put the novel down I thought the first novel was awsome until i read the second. Now i can't wait for the next one to come out.
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words of radiane This was such a wonderful story. Truley entertaining. I read the first book as well and loved both, if there was a third i would read that a well. I will miss all the characters.
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Epic story that builds on the first book. The large cast of characters are well concieved as is the story. Try the series and you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Words Of Radiance Well written, Sanderson has created a world and characters that make you crave the next chapter and the next book.
Date published: 2015-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words of Radiance Mr. Sanderson again weaves an intriguing tale. It meets and exceeds all of the things I love about fantasy novels. The world he has created is amazing. Looking forward to the next book.
Date published: 2015-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words of radiance Another outstanding read by Sanderson, a non-stop page turner!!!! Kept me up until dawn, day after day!!!!
Date published: 2015-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Absolutely a fantastic series. This book was a joy to read and a real page turner. Sanderson is a master of writing high fantasy and The Stormlight Archive is the best on the market. End of.
Date published: 2015-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't want to finish! One of my favourite writers - he's done it again: dragged me into his world and left me hanging. Can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am left stunned and in awe of what Sanderson accomplished here I finished the last 200 pages of Words of Radiance yesterday in style, stretched out on the back deck with that massive 1100 page hardcover resting heavily upon my chest. I don't often get to relax like that with a book, so it was nice to have the opportunity to properly enjoy the climax of Brandon Sanderson's latest. The only problem with finishing it like that (or at all) is having to somehow wrap my head around how to approach a review. Well, let's step back for a moment and put things into context. As excited as I was by the book's pending release, and as hard as I lobbed for an advance review copy, I was a bit hesitant about diving in. I thoroughly enjoyed The Way of Kings, and am a big Brandon Sanderson fan in general, but A Memory of Light left me with some concerns. I felt that was a big, bloated book that really struggled from the effort to stretch what Jordan planned as a final novel into a trilogy. As much as I knew that was likely more of a marketing decision than a creative one, I still came away from that book tired, frustrated, and disappointed. Even knowing that Words of Radiance was a personal epic, far closer to Sanderson's heart, I still had to wonder how much of that bloat and padding might be responsible for the book's size. I am delighted (not to mention astonished) to say that is most certainly not the case. Sandserson described Words of Radiance as "an entire trilogy of novels bound together into one volume" and that sums it up perfectly. Yes, an 1100 page novel is massive, but when you approach it as an omnibus edition of three smaller novels, you get a much better sense of just how carefully and tightly plotted the entire thing is. There's a lot going on, but very little in the way of wasted pages, and almost nothing of the narrative bloat I had feared. With all that's going on here, I won't even try to summarize or even touch on all the elements. Instead, I'd like to talk a bit about the pair of characters who lie at the heart of the story - Kaladin and Shallan - and the ripples they cast upon the larger sea of words. As heroes go, Kaladin is appropriately frustrating. It's hard to call him a reluctant hero, but that is (in essence) what he is. Yes, he's an eager soldier, a passionate leader, and proud warrior, but his past is constantly gnawing at him, preventing him from revealing too much of himself. He knows he's a hero at heart, and he longs to embrace that role, but he spends most of the book holding himself back. Rather than be frustrating, however, the ways in which Sanderson explores the internal dilemmas is fascinating. Yes, he still spends a lot of time wallowing in self-pity, but we get to watch as Kaladin's shell begin to show cracks, forcing him to confront those feelings while turning him into a far more well-rounded character than we've known in the past. Even more interesting is the way in which his loyalties are tested, with him honestly struggling between what he knows to be right, and what he wants to be right. His scenes with Shallan add some much-needed levity to his character; the ways in which is awkward sparring with Adolin evolves from mutual mistrust to almost friendship is a key element of the tale; and the finale in which he resolves his conflicted loyalties regarding Dalinar and Elhokar is nothing short of brilliant. I was a bit concerned for a while, when it appeared Sanderson was going to let him off the hook and free him from making the big decision, but when his relationship with Syl is significantly altered, it becomes clear that he is going to have to man up, own up, and suck it up in making the hard choices. Knowing that Shallan would be a main character here had me cringing a bit, as I didn't particularly care for her role in The Way of Kings, but she really steps things up here. She is a character who grows and evolves as well, most significantly through her role as the criminal conspirator, Veil. I wondered how Sanderson would approach her courtship with Adolin, and was pleasantly surprised to see that dance bring out new facets to both characters, making them both far more likable to the reader. As we find out, Shallan clearly has a massive role to play in the fate of the world, one that goes far beyond merely being Jasnah's student. Unlike Kaladin, she's very much an eager hero, anxious to prove herself and fulfill the work that Jasnah, regardless of cost, and that sets up a crucial series of events that really drive the climax into the next volume. Her presence changes the entire tone of the story, and helps to shift not just Dalinar's plans, but the entire plot, pushing things towards the long-simmering conflict we've been waiting to see realized. Although she comes to the plains as an outsider, she quickly immerses herself in her adopted world, insinuating herself into plots far and wide. Admittedly, I was concerned that her role Veil was just a convenient way to bring her up to speed with the politics of the camps but, as we find out towards the end, that role will have significant consequences in the next volume (and possibly beyond). As I mentioned earlier, her scenes with Kaladin are fantastic, and their flight through the chasms, chased by chasmfiend and highstorm alike, marks a turning point for all. She is also responsible for one of the grandest set-pieces in the entire saga to date, but to say much more about that would be to spoil the climax. Aside from the characters, I think what really amazed me here as the way in which Sanderson brings all the threads of the overriding mythology together. Up to this point it's all been hints, suspicions, and contradictory assumptions. We knew about the Spren, the Voidbringers, the Knights Radiant, the Parshendi, the Stormfather, the Shardblades, and so on, but it was never clear just what exactly they were or how they were all connected. The back story to all of that was a challenge, to say the least, but we start getting some answers (and some big answers) here. Clearly, there is still more to be revealed, but what Sanderson offers here is enough 'ah-ha' and 'oh, wow' moments to really flesh out the magic of the tale, and to drive home the true 'epic' nature of the narrative. Upon turning the final page, I was left stunned and in awe by what Brandon Sanderson accomplished with book two of The Stormlight Archive. Not only was Words of Radiance nothing like I'd feared, it was everything I hoped for . . . and far, far more. Sanderson really does take the story to the next level here, offering some satisfying resolutions to several story threads, while spawning (and twisting) new ones beyond its pages. Things happen here - events of consequence - all leading up to a climax that really does resolve the core plot line of this second volume in an incredibly satisfying manner. At the same time, we've only just skimmed the surface, and the final chapters ably demonstrate just how much more story there is to be fully revealed. At over 2100 pages into The Stormlight Archive, we have some clearly defined story arcs resolved, some stories well told, and more yet to be experienced.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! Awsome book, so many twists and epic fights
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words of radiance Great read.. Impatiently waiting for next book in series.
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Great character building and the world and magic system are tying together in unexpected and ingenious ways. I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entirely satisfying! If you haven't yet read any of Sanderson's books, start with the Mystborn books and eventually move towards the Stormlight Archive. And plan to sleep, eat and read for a number of days ... it's very hard to put the books down.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Excellent sequel. A little slow in some parts but contains all of the depth that I have come to expect of Sanderson.
Date published: 2014-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really really good Can not wait for the next book. Brandon Sanderson is now my favourite author!
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really really good An equal to the first. Epic story, I will be reading this over and over. Sanderson's ability to really understand human character and make you feel so engaged in their lives. The book is captivating, and does not disappoint.
Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good second outing Can't wait to read the next one
Date published: 2014-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic It kept you entertained from word one. An excellent read.
Date published: 2014-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Innovative and thoroughly original Brandon Sanderson is a talented creative writer, as evinced by his prior efforts like Mist born (& its sequels) and Warbreaker. He takes this to the next level in his newer series, The Storm light Archive, of which Words of Radiance is book 2 of an unknown number of books to come. He has created a detailed world that a reader will delve into more and more as he-she reads it; the sense of discovery as new powers, characters and new information about his bizarre but beautiful world are made known is powerfully poignant. As every book he has written so far has shown, he has a true gift for crafting magic systems that defy typical fantasy serieses blandness: each new envisioning is whole and rivettingly different from both his own prior systems, and those of other authors. The well written characterizations and excellent world building he has done in Storm light Archive, however, is his best to date. While the books-notably the paperback editions-are almost unwieldy in length, I'm sure most readers would rather pay once than twice-TWOK was almost 1200 pages in length, and Work here is likely as long (hard to tell in ebook format)-as I'm certain he could easily have released such a massive work in 3 or 4 novels instead to make the book binders' jobs easier. Or to gouge his readers, for that. The extreme length gouges only those on his end, not the reader. I just wish he wouldn't use "said" to describe every utterance. That's the only thing he does that I abhor.
Date published: 2014-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words of radiance A new classic series in fantasy literature. Brandon is an up and coming great author. Warning, this book will keep you up past your bed time.
Date published: 2014-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly anticipated book well worth it I really like Dalinar/Adolin's viewpoints in Way of Kings, but Shallan's arcs blew me away in this book. We learn a lot more about where she comes from, as well as the history and background of a few other key characters. There was a lot going on in the story, and though it wasn't difficult to keep track, there were a few odd moments where the pacing seemed off; or the timeline was going so fast that Sanderson didn't have time to explain and explore like he did in Way of Kings. Lots of things to love in this book, and enough material to go back and reread :D
Date published: 2014-04-03