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Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2)

4.76  ·  Rating Details ·  106,396 Ratings  ·  7,167 Reviews
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 an
Paperback, 1088 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Gollancz
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Dec 16, 2016 Petrik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: epic/high fantasy fans
Okay, this is finally happening. I’m ranking The Stormlight Archive as my number 1 favorite book series of all time, overtaking the throne previously held by Mistborn trilogy and I don’t think this will ever change. The Gods of Cosmere know how much I love the original Mistborn trilogy but Brandon Sanderson really raised the bar for epic fantasy genre sky high with this series.

Words of Radiance, being only the 2nd book in the Stormlight Archive series and serves as the sequel to Way of Kings, ma
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.
Obaid Haroon
Apr 28, 2013 Obaid Haroon rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
Robin (Bridge Four)
Mar 05, 2014 Robin (Bridge Four) rated it it was amazing
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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ 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
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
J.L.   Sutton
Dec 06, 2016 J.L. Sutton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Words of Radiance is the spectacular 2nd book in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive. If you’re looking for an epic fantasy series, the Stormlight Archive is it! The world of Roshar keeps getting bigger and bigger (and, at the same time, more interesting). Words of Radiance picks up right where Way of Kings ended, and like the first book it is a fun and satisfying journey. The book will answer many of the questions you had after finishing Way of Kings while, of course, raising completely new ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Felicia rated it really liked it
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
So I read this book so long ago and never wrote a review. Words won't suffice the way I feel about this book, I have been reading for a long time and this book is THE BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ IN MY LIFE. Seriously.. Nothing will ever compare to this series & I will wait everyday in suspense for book 3. Hurry the fuck up please KING SANDERSON I need more.




Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Mar 06, 2014 Eon ♒Windrunner♒ 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
Full review now posted!

I have a new favorite book, and it’s this one! Words of Radiance was powerful and moving and epic in both size and scope. There is absolutely no negative feedback I could give this book. I know I had some friends that were disappointed in how long it took me to read this, and the fact that I paused and read a few other books. But there’s a reason for that! When I truly love a story with all of my heart, I don’t want to the book I’m reading to end. So I’ll put it down and r
Eric Allen
Mar 17, 2013 Eric Allen rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 11, 2017 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
“For Oliver Sanderson, Who was born during the middle of the writing of this book, and was walking by the time it was done.”

Aww, I have never started a review with the book's dedication before, dedications are usually “read it and forget it” affairs, nice for the dedicatee, nothing to do with me. However, this one is charming and noteworthy in that I seldom consider how long it must take authors to write lengthy books. This dedication makes me appreciate the time and effort Brandon Sanderson put
Lord Nouda
Way too damn short. 3rd book, y u no out yet?! T_T
Apr 11, 2017 Philip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
4ish stars.

I should start by saying that this heifer took me right around ten months to finish with several periods of backburner status. Not that it wasn't good (the second half at least) but because it's such a big commitment! 1000+ pages! If my relationships with books were compared to romantic relationships, I'd be considered a huge hussy.

Bookxual Profile:
1) I don't have the kind of patience a long book requires. A book with 500 pages is really pushing it for me. I'm more of a 450 max kind o
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
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I freaking loved this book! I am going to give a crazy arse review that will probably only make sense to me and throw in some excerpts and pictures and who cares?! Almost everyone has read this right, right?

I love you Brandon Sanderson! But now that I sit and think about it, I will most likely be dead before you finish the books. I still love you though!

I still love all of the men of --->BRIDGE FOUR<---- Here's a random EXC

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
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
TS Chan
July 10, 2015: This update generally reflects my reread experience which was mainly done via audiobook. And it was utterly fantastic , as expected. With the luxury of reading and listening slowly, I was able to pick up on a lot more information, tidbits and easter eggs which I've missed during my initial rocket-fuelled pace. And while I used to groan and moan whenever I get to the Interludes, the reread of these sections made me appreciate how Sanderson dropped in some necessary worldbuilding t ...more
Group read with Fantasy Buddy Reads!

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
Sean Gibson
Mar 28, 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
This book feeds your soul. I am convinced that there is Stormlight stored in it pages that upon opening you can't help but absorb its greatness. So much epic-ness in one book should not be allowed, it is just not safe for the reader unless one is covered in Shardplate from head to toe to protect one's heart and brain. Dalinar, Kaladin, Syl, Shallan & Adolin with honorary mention to Wit & Szeth; you guys rocked my world. Sanderson has proven yet again that he is a master of words. Please
Jan 28, 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
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
Holden Johnson
Well... The epicness of this book was beyond even what I had anticipated, even with all the gushing by pretty much everyone i've met, heard of, or seen.

Most of this book felt like this was the finale, even though it's only book two of ten! Hopefully I live long enough because this was probably one of the best books i've ever read.

10/10. 5/5. whatever out of whatever.

Brandon Sanderson has a special talent. He has the ability to write phenomenal "middle" books. What I mean by that is that every bo
Apr 16, 2017 ChopinFC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sanderson
Full Review up....

" Where is our Honor? Honor is Dead."

STORMFATHER!!! There are times in my life where a handful of books have meant so much more to me, because they transcended its core literary value- and went beyond imagery, fantasy and enraptured me fully into the world and the story of the narrator. I believe Sanderson and his brilliant 'Word of Radiance' have accomplished this rare feat!


This book is a MASTERCLASS accomplishment in fantasy, in the likes of Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings'
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
Wow. Now that is why I love to read. This very book captures exactly what I love about the fantasy genre. Wow...

Lame review for a fantastic book. Cannot wait for the next one!
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“Why hasn't anyone killed him yet?”
“Dumb luck,” Wit said. “In that I’m lucky you’re all so dumb.”
“He saw it in her eyes. The anguish, the frustration. The terrible nothing that clawed inside and sought to smother her. She knew. It was there, inside. She had been broken.

Then she smiled. Oh, storms. She smiled anyway.

It was the single most beautiful thing he’d seen in his entire life.”
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