Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson

Words of Radiance

By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2014-03-04
  • Genre: Epic
5 Score: 5 (From 3,170 Ratings)

Description

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.

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Reviews

  • It’s a slog, but still pretty good

    4
    By tomd181
    I don’t want to attempt to summarize this book in just a few words, since Sanderson has invented a seriously diverse and complex universe. Mostly, I want to ask if there are ever any editors involved in his process. I have read four of his books now. Each one has had the same issue: the first 80% (and he does not write short novels) will be Sanderson setting up about a million dominoes, many of them with similar names and motives. About the time that you may want to just give up, he knocks over the leading domino, and for the rest of the (many) pages, all hell will break loose. As he works to wrap up the story, which is always just one loooong chapter in an almost endless story, you will be forced to admit that this guy can write! Why isn’t there an editor demanding that he apply some discipline to the first 80%? The good news is that this book is an improvement over the first entry in this saga. The bad news is that he might need TEN books to tell his story. Yikes.
  • Excellent

    5
    By Reddttt
    Jumped right in after way of kings and diidn't want it to end. Don't know how this will be a movie. They better change their minds and make it a tv series.
  • Not looking forward to the 3rd

    5
    By Dave in State College
    I couldn’t put this one down, read it through a long weekend. I’ve been very unproductive since starting it, and had to finish it so I could get back to work.
  • If...

    5
    By J76goatboy
    If this book was an eggroll, I'd eat it, then order some more
  • Just too good to put down!

    5
    By SteeleDistilled
    Every chapter that Bounces from one character to the next makes you read 100 more pages just to get back to where it left off, except you feel this way with every character. So amazing!
  • just amazing

    5
    By Fred Gibson
    i can honestly say that this is one of the best books i've ever read, the world building and character development is perfect, you start to like them and start thinking in terms of their world almost without realizing it. you know it's good when you wish an 1000 plus page book was longer. great book, would recommend to anyone and excited for oathbringer later this year.
  • Genius!

    5
    By MatrixVoom
    Mr. Sanderson is one of the greatest literary authors of our time, forget this is fantasy. Epic, sweeping, emotional, world building, entertaining.... If this was not in the genre of fantasy, this book would be winning literary awards right and left!
  • Amazing!!!!!

    5
    By Highness isn't handbag 198
    Somehow, Brandon Sanderson has managed to turn a thousand page textbook into a gripping page turner. The book was exciting, insightful, and philosophical every page.
  • So much awesome

    5
    By Be kind reread
    I decided to start buying both the hardcover and the digital copies; it is that good that I want access everywhere I can spare the time to read.
  • Awesome!

    5
    By Spange2380
    I really had a hard time putting this down to go on with my life. Even the innovations in the story were so well written as to inspire creativity in my life. How can there possibly be more? I can't wait to find out.

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