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Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2)

4.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  72,030 Ratings  ·  5,419 Reviews
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
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Published March 4th 2014 by Macmillan Audio (first published 2014)
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Obaid Haroon
May 03, 2015 Obaid Haroon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

WORDS OF RADIANCE is the second installment of Brandon Sanderson's STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE series, and, unfortunately . . . it fell a little flat for me.

Don't get me wrong, I liked it. This was one of those occasions when my rating steadily declined the more I stewed about the ends and outs . . . but immediately upon completion, I was all, "Yeah! Sanderson rocks again. WOOT!

But then came the stewing . . .

I had several significant issues with this book:

1. Cosmere crossover m
Pierce Brown
Dec 02, 2014 Pierce Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap on a stick. I bow in supreme awe.

That's it.
Robin (Bridge Four)
May 25, 2015 Robin (Bridge Four) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lumatere Chronicles, Game of Thrones or In the Name of the Wind
Don't judge me I made it a full year before rereading this monster book and it is even better the second time through.

Kalidan and Syl I still ship you.

Buddy Read May 1st with many friends over at Sanctum of Fantasy

My apologies in advance for the ridiculous amount of updates I'm going to post for this book. It cannot be helped as my fangirling refuses to be contained.

Original review April 2014:

“Honor is dead. But I'll see what I can do.”

I stand in awe of fantasy writers that can make an e
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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
Apr 15, 2014 Felicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
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
Eric Allen
Apr 02, 2014 Eric Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lord Nouda
Way too damn short. 3rd book, y u no out yet?! T_T

Finally writing my say about this storming book after rereading it. I sometimes get speechless about the things I'm completely and utterly in love with and have to have more than enough time to gather my thoughts and compose something coherent.

First and foremost, what a great sequel to my favorite book! The Stormlight Archive series is by far Brandon Sanderson's best work. The character development is proportionate with the story development and its rare that an author is
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Because of a combination of stress, work, other books I'm aching to read and the fact that this one is not giving me anything right now, I've decided to put it temporarily on hold. But no need to worry; I will return to it when I can actually (hopefully) enjoy it!


I'll leave the pre-read review around for the irony:

After the short break between the books, I find myself in an almost perfect mood to read this. I stated
Mar 05, 2014 Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazing-books

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
Sean Gibson
Aug 07, 2015 Sean Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It’s always difficult to know where to start reviewing a book heavy enough to be used to squash small-to-medium-sized mammals (not that one would use the book for such a purpose, mind you, though I could have used it to get rid of the scarily large camel crickets in my basement…I hate cleaning guts off books, though). So, let’s try this:

Number of times I inadvertently uttered “Stormfather!” as an epithet whilst reading this book: 14

Number of times inadvertently uttering “Stormfather” a
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
Eon ♒Edgedancer♒ & part-time Warder ☯
May 20, 2015 Eon ♒Edgedancer♒ & part-time Warder ☯ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favourites
I find myself having put off writing this review for a few weeks now. I am still at a loss for words. How do I deliver an appraisal of a book so mind-bogglingly fantastic that anything I write will fall short of conveying the joy of reading it? Words of Radiance might as well be my description of this book and not the title.

WOR, being the second book in a ten book series called The Stormlight Archives, picks up right where The Way of Kings left off but does so at a faster pace. Where TWOK was a
If lightning struck in The Way of Kings, then Words of Radiance brought the thunder.


And yet another Sanderson novel makes it unto my favourites shelf. With the very shiny 4.76 stars rating, I came into this expecting A LOT. I got all of it and more. Words of Radiance delivered.

Sanderson capitalizes on the ground work and picks up all the plots provided by The Way of Kings (TWoK from now on), and introduces even more. He has structured the heck out of this series and
Franco  Santos
Debería escribir algo sobre este libro, pero todavía no lo supero. Denme tiempo: necesito recuperarme.
Still a series that has potential written all over it. The book is very enjoyable and I hope the events in it lead to Brandon Sanderson opening up his world more for his characters to play in in future installments.
The endings of the 5 parts in this book are all very exciting, but sometimes the build-up to achive that ending was a bit long-winded for me.
The flashback scenes in this one were handled better than in Way of Kings and I also connected more with some of the Interlude chapters, some o
Guys. GUYS. I think I have a new favourite series OF ALL TIME. Oh Storms!

What a story! After much indecision, on my part (about five minutes of it) I decided to jump into Words of Radiance or WOR mere moments after finishing The Way of Kings, which took me 6 weeks and 2 attempts. But, I was hooked. I couldn't wait to see what became of the strong and noble Dalinar (my boy!), brave and honourable Kaladin, Syl the philosopher, Shellan the misguided theif and loveable manwhore, Adolin.

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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
David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
Another wonderful and amazing buddy-read with the even more wonderful and amazing Branwen!

Dave's "Book, you have the right to a speedy trial" review

- Sanderson expands on his unique world from The Way of Kings with brilliant new concepts.
- Book manages to strike a chord with every single emotion (even a few I didn't know I had)!
- Delving into Shallan's past gives more depth to an already intriguing character.
- Every character (and there are oodles of them) adds to the story
Apr 04, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Probably actually a 5 but I have to take into consideration that it didn't start off too well for me. I WILL say though that kaladin and his story might be top 3 of my favourite story lines. Obviously this book is incredible. The ending and synergy of the characters and plot is just awe inspiring especially at the end of this second instalment. I will admit and accept the potential flak I will receive for saying this, but I don't like Shallan. She got better (obviously) as the story went on but ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Milan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 24, 2015 Luffy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must choose my words carefully here. I will see that no hyperbole will be wasted. No exclamation points abused. And no block letters misused. Words Of Radiance is a great book. Arise, Sir Sanderson.

It was a tall order to match The Way Of Kings. The sequel is hard to pin down. It's different from its predecessor. What benefits will you, my dear fellow readers, derive from any summation of this book? It's tantalizing for me to realize that most people will not even be aware or interested in th
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
Apr 21, 2014 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
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
Catherine Ford
Jan 24, 2016 Catherine Ford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This review also appears on my blog:

Again Sanderson provided us with a master piece, a damned long one! Again I wonder how on earth I am meant to give a review on such a massive book? I can merely scrape the surface and hope that it interests you enough to pick up the series. So here goes nothing! ;)

We pick up almost immediately after the end of The Way of Kings. In the first book, we focused on Kaladin's back story, in this one it is Shallan's. And let me
Strom Freaking Fathers this was Good.

Another Amazing installation in The Stormlight Archives. Guys I can't...there is no words to describe Branderson Sanderson's Awesomeness as an Author.

I'm literally and figuratively:
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After I finished reading this Gigantic Badass Masterpiece, I was like:
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I want to scream, shout and ramble about how awesome this is, but there is no one around to do so, but....Thankfully, that's why I joined shout *Ahhhhhhh* *Faints* *Runs around in Circles* this was F*
Jun 04, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2015
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
Published 2014, Tor Books
A short dual review for the first two books in this series is posted at: Slapdash & Sundry

Wow, I just can't even... this book. THIS BOOK. Sanderson, you converted me. I am now a fan of epic/high fantasy. Thanks for that. Like I didn't have enough to read that I'll never get to, now I've got an entire genre that I've always thought I should read but never really had too much of an interest. You know, super long books. Way t
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