Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, #2)
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Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2)

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In the first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war. Among those caught up in the conflict are Highprince Dalinar Kholin, wh...more
Paperback, 1088 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Gollancz
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Anila
March 5th: Done with first readthrough. It was, in fact, more 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.



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...more
Obaid Haroon
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201...

I don't know what was more intimidating, the size of Words of Radiance when I first beheld it, or the thought of having to write the review when I finished. I took me about seven days to read this giant tome, and then five more just to let everything sink in. So many emotions. So amazing. Even now, I don't know if I can completely separate my subjective feelings for this novel, simply because of the MAJOR soft spot I harbo...more
Eric Allen
Words of Radiance
Book 2 of the Stormlight Archive
By Brandon Sanderson

A Review by Eric Allen

The Stormlight Archive is a series, I have found, that is a love hate sort of thing. Either you love it, or you hate it. I’ve never talked to anyone that was anywhere in the middle. The first book, The Way of Kings, was hugely popular, making the top ten on the New York Times bestseller list, and has spawned its own little island in the vast ocean of fandom. But there have also been a lot of criticisms of...more
Lord Nouda
Way too damn short. 3rd book, y u no out yet?! T_T
Patricia
After reading other books by Brandon Sanderson (which is all im reading lately) Ive come to the conclusion that the first book is my favorite, maybe of all books of all time. I'm just really glad it will go on for 9 more and I keep track of his progress in writing the second one, which adds to the everyday anticipation. I'm pretty much in love with Kaladin's character and I cant wait to read what happens next!
Felicia
I mean, Sanderson always puts the word "Epic" in "Epic Fantasy" and at over 750 pages...this is EPIC.

I LOVED the last book, I loved this one as well. If you like Sanderson you'll love it, if you don't...well, 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...more
Luke
Disclaimers:

1. I haven't slept since the release, for obvious reasons (probably overzealous obsession), so I can not guarantee that this review will be as tidy as I usually like them, until I come back later to fix it. I will probably expand this at that time as well.

2. I'm an unabashed Sanderson fangirl (obviously I'm not a girl, but fanboy just sounds wrong-I don't wave palm fronds for Stormfather's sake). Take what I say with a grain of salt since I know for a fact that I have a hard time bei...more
Alex Telander
It is known as the sophomore slump, where the second book is not as good and simply doesn’t live up to the hype and success of the previous, first book. Generally this applies to a debut author book and its successor, and obviously Words of Radiance is not Brandon Sanderson’s second book (technically it’s his 11th adult novel), it is nevertheless the second book in his Stormlight Archive planned 10-book epic series. This is the series Sanderson has wanted to write since he was a teenager, and si...more
Milan
Just finished this now so I removed my "pre-reading" review.

Absolutely loved it! Was definitely worth the wait!

I did find Shallan a bit annoying at times but overall it was fantastic.

Love how the characters turn out to be more than the initial portrayals, complexity of their words and actions surprised me again and again.

Loved the twists in the plot, I've always had this knack of seeing where the story will go and I'm quite often right as I was about many things in this novel but there were also...more
Gary
This book was excellent from start to finish. This will most likely be the best book I read this year.
This story is rooted in the first novel and the character development begun there really pays dividends in this book as they take on a life of their own.
That is clearly one of the strengths this author has-the ability to make us care about his characters. The dialogue between them is interesting, and he manages to create a distinct voice and personality for each. Though this novel is a brick (we...more
Rob
Executive Summary: If you enjoyed The Way of Kings, I'd be really surprised if you didn't like this one as well. Mr. Sanderson does an excellent job building on the foundation he laid down in the first novel.

Full Review
This is a really hard review for me to write. I probably won't do the book justice. I'm very selective about which books I give 5 stars to, and even more selective about which books I deem favorites. When I read The Way of Kings it was easily added to both lists for me. And now...more
Rabindranauth
The Knights Radiant stand again.

Words of Radiance sees an escalation of everything that happens in The Way of Kings. Dalinar Kholin, the newly-titled Highprince of War decides it is time to fulfil the Vengeance Pact and bring an end to the war on the Shattered Plains. His plan is to lead an army to the heart of the Shattered Plains and force a final, decisive confrontation with the Parshendi. With his army decimated, he’s first going to have to recruit the other highprinces to his cause. The tim...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Apr 14, 2014 Robin (Bridge Four) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Lumatere Chronicles, Game of Thrones or In the Name of the Wind
“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...more
Armina

5 blazing, infused with Stormlight stars

I finished the book yesterday night in the wee hours. Didn't manage to summon the power to log in here and mark my final updates because I was lying in bed, listening to the last 3 hours on audio. Fell asleep and dreamed of blazing fireball of light and motion crashing into the ground, sending out a ring of Stormlight like white smoke! It was glorious and epic just like this entire book! I finally had to quit copying/highlighting every sentence that gave...more
Jonathan

I made the claim in 2012 that the book I most enjoyed reading for that year was the very first novel in Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series. It had a great scope, characters which I cared about (despite their lack of refinement), an incredible magic system and adrenaline fuelled action sequences. Dare I say it, Brandon Sanderson has gone one better with the sequel, in many different ways. And I'm not merely referring to the fact that this book is bigger (in word count) than the previou...more
Sense361
The series has 10 books in it. I have a feeling that I'll be old by the end of it.

This book was pure pleasure. After a long wait it didn't disappoint. Not one word out of place. The descriptions, dialogs and action come together in perfect tandem. The plot was amazing. Shallan and Kaladin, two of my favorites, develop their powers and play the politics.
This book answered a lot of my questions. Where the secret city is? What is the nature of the shards? What is the nature of spren? Who is the sto...more
David Sven
As good as if not better than the first book.

Most of what I could say about Words of Radiance I’ve already said about the first book so I’ll just link to that review here The Way of Kings review.

I will say I have grown more attached to Kramer and Reading as the audio narrators since book one – which is a good thing seeing the Audible version comes in at a whopping 48+ hours of narration – even at my usual 1.5 speed that’s still 32 + hours of real time.

Again, the disadvantage of audio is you don...more
Craig Mac
The first book was absolutely incredible. Though I have read many many books and like to think of myself as a book connoisseur, I can definitely say this is my favourite book of all time (second only to the Bible). I can't possibly wait and entire year for this book to come out.
Alex Ristea
Brandon Sanderson had huge shoes to fill (his own), and he didn't disappoint.

If you loved Way of Kings, you'll be happy to know that this series is now looking even more promising.

I feel that everyone has "their" fantasy series. Whether you grew up reading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, or [insert any number of fantastic works here], there are those books that you've followed through their whole run.

The Stormlight Archive may be that series for me. The one where...more
Gunner McGrath
The Stormlight Archive is fast becoming the single most incredible fantasy epic in existence. It stands on the shoulders of the greats that have come before it, and then leaps into flight from there.

This book delivers on all of the promises that The Way of Kings made, revealing secret plots and mythologies, developing characters, expanding scope, while simultaneously managing to leave us feeling like these two 1,000+ page novels were STILL just the beginning.

There is so much here to talk about...more
Aleksiel


Bravo, Brandon! I recommend this to G. R. R. Martin. Honestly, five books and still no winter at all? Not that Robert Jordan was much better at this...

Onward, then! To the review and some such nonsense.

Shallan managed to convince Jasnah, one of the most brilliant scholars in the world, to take her as a ward. In return Jasnah convinced her that the Voidbringers are a real threat and a Desolation is upon Roshar. Unfortunately, others haven’t been as easily persuaded and there is little time left....more
Lady*M
Alrighty then. One chaotic review coming.

I'll try for as little spoilers as possible, because I know you'll click on the tags regardless and because it's too early - many people are still reading it.

I'm rating the book four stars, with the understanding it would probably change on the second reading (which I might or might not start immediately), because I made two huge mistakes with this book.

First, I've read the blasted preview chapters (the first three in the book) several times which was why...more
Mark
In a surprising twist on my frequent reading experience, I ended up enjoying this book a lot more than I thought that I would. Maybe I've reached Stockholm Syndrome with Brandon Sanderson, or maybe he's gotten better. This second book certainly feels like a stronger effort than the first. It is a gigantic tome, but it doesn't feel like there is any filler, which was something that I felt about the first book.

Once again, one of the more impressive things about this book is the interior art. He ma...more
Marie
I have literally never written out a review but this book is my most anticipated book for 2014. I have read nearly everything Brandon Sanderson has published and am a huge fantasy fan and The Way of Kings has set a great tone for the future books in this series.
Jonathan
Jun 24, 2012 Jonathan marked it as to-read
I have never anticipated and hung on the release date of a book so much! Desperately want to read this book
Phrynne
What a book! What a fantastic book! I spent four wonderful days immersed in Sanderson's world surrounded by Knights Radiant, stormlight and spren. I want my own spren especially one like Pattern. How does Sanderson manage to invent such an incredible world and people it with such amazing characters? 1087 pages of pure reading delight. What on earth do I read after that!
Abigail
Mar 02, 2014 Abigail rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High Fantasy lovers
Well, I finished "Words of Radiance" at 2:15am. I ended up suffering the way all book lovers do between 'go to bed now' vs 'there's only 50 more pages, I need to finish!'

I spent today suffering from a book hangover. Other than being insainly tired (worth it), I find myself repeating "My friends have gone away!" and I feel this deep sadness that they are gone. Not because the book is sad but because the characters have been so much a part of my life for the last two months and I a part of theirs...more
Nita
I'm not going to talk about the plot at all really. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone. This is Shallan's book for flashbacks. I never disliked Shallan, but her story held my interest the least in The Way of Kings. I did come to appreciate her more in my re-read of that book. I loved her in this book. She just blossoms. She's clever and funny and I enjoyed her storyline very much.

Actually my least favorite character from The Way of Kings was Adolin with his attitude. But I liked him in...more
Leonie
I have to say that I loved this book! It was so good that I couldn’t wait to get to the finish to find out what happened, while simultaneously wishing for it never to end. One of the things that kept me so enthralled was the multiple subplots. Although this book was very much Shallan’s story, it still followed the other major characters in a very satisfying way. It also introduced several more minor characters in the form of interludes.

The story begins almost immediately after the conclusion in...more
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Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

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