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Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2)

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The eagerly awaited sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Way of Kings.

Having met the challenge of a posthumous collaboration with the great Robert Jordan to complete his classic, bestselling fantasy series The Wheel of Time® with three #1 New York Times bestsellers in a row, Brandon Sanderson is at last free to return to the decade-spanning task of creating his own
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Hardcover, 1087 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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John Paul Feehily I would strongly advise it. There are some brief recaps/introductions to what has happened previously, but these are aimed at those who read book #1 a…moreI would strongly advise it. There are some brief recaps/introductions to what has happened previously, but these are aimed at those who read book #1 a while ago and may need the reminders. This is a series of novels designed to be read in order. While they could be read out of sequence it would be very confusing and spoil the surprises of earlier books.(less)

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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.

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'l
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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
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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
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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
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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
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Apr 14, 2014 Robin (Bridge Four) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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Sally Howes
You know you've found something special when the first book in a series is excellent ... but the second book is even better. WORDS OF RADIANCE is one such second book, and is a strong indicator that the Stormlight Archive as a whole is going to be Brandon Sanderson's masterpiece. As an encore to the extraordinary and enthralling THE WAY OF KINGS, WORDS OF RADIANCE raises the bar to dizzying new heights. This book's depth, complexity, scope, and sheer heart and gutsiness make it a joy to experien ...more
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
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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
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Nermin
So it's been more than a year since I read the Way of Kings and I started reading this book 7 months ago which made me realize that I've actually forgotten a lot of stuff that happened in the first book. So I had to go back and read my review of the Way of Kings to refresh my memory. I remember I really enjoyed The Way of Kings but found it too flawed to consider it Sanderson's masterpiece. I disliked Sanderson's characterization, prose and long and many action scenes. I consider the Words of Ra ...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.
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
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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
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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.
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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
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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  ·  review of another edition
I have never anticipated and hung on the release date of a book so much! Desperately want to read this book
Chip
I read elsewhere that Sanderson had always wanted to write a sprawling epic fantasy, that the Stormlight Archive was that, and that he'd been working on it for decades. Unfortunately, what it has in length, it lacks in depth. Not as good, in any sense, as most of Sanderson's other stuff, and a disappointing read coming from him. It could stand a LOT of cutting, but that alone isn't enough. It lacks originality other than on a superficial level. Most if not all of the characters are fairly generi ...more
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!
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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 Dragonsb
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