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Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2)

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance, Book Two of the Stormlight Archive, continues the immersive fantasy epic that The Way of Kings began.

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 mu
Hardcover, 1087 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Tor Books
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Kevin Read book 1 first! Why would you want to skip the first book? ... the first book is amazing!
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Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: epic/high fantasy fans
Okay, this is finally happening. I’m ranking The Stormlight Archive as my number one favorite book series of all time, overtaking the throne previously held by Mistborn trilogy, and I don’t think this will change anytime soon. The Gods of the Cosmere knows how much I love the original Mistborn trilogy but Brandon Sanderson really raised the bar for the epic fantasy genre sky high with this series.

Words of Radiance, only the second book in The Stormlight Archive series and the sequel to The Way o
Pierce Brown
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap on a stick. I bow in supreme awe.

That's it.
Obaid Haroon
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is it. The review no one was waiting for. First thing I must say, I have never given any book 5 stars. Because that would mean it is perfect. And that's a tall order. But I couldn't give it any less. Because it was phenomenal. Like "holy shit" amazing. On to the review. Needless to say...spoilers ho!

The book was too large (not complaining) and there were too many insane parts (definitely not complaining) to do a blow by blow for each character. So I'll stick with the best five. Since it was
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Re-read on Audible! Now I'm ready for Oathbringer! 😄

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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 m
Robin (Bridge Four)
3rd read even better than the last 2

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
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
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Words of Radiance is an absolutely marvelous continuation of the Stormlight Archive series.

As many of you know, it gets harder to review books in a series the further you get away from the first book. Here I am at the end of only book 2 & already over 2000 pages into this series (or over 80 hours in my case) and there is just soooo muchhhh storyyyy! So naturally, it's tough to write a review without any spoilers BUT HERE I GO BECAUSE I CARE ABOUT ALL OF YOU!

So one of the things I appreciate
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
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"...“As I fear not a child with a weapon he cannot lift, I will never fear the mind of a man who does not think.”..."

OMG!!! This was not just a book, it was a 4 day vacation to the world of Roshar, the complete package! It came with exotic locations, historical sites, a taste of the lives of all social classes including their cuisines and family traditions ("You're in my home now!" she said, and Lopen mouthed along with the words. "In a Herdazian woman's home, nobody's station means nothing b
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
1.) The Way of Kings ★★★★★

I am so sorry with how this review is like three weeks late! November just got so overwhelming for me with trips and other things, but I’m here now and happily ready to yell at you all about how this series is Brandon Sanderson’s magnum opus!

“Words are where most change begins.”

This is book two of The Stormlight Archive series. It has multiple points of view, but every one of the characters will somehow weasel their way inside of your heart. Like, I know I’m probab
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 25, 2014 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
J.L.   Sutton
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
TS Chan
Words. Of. Radiance.
- End of review -

Jesting aside, the title of the book does pretty much sum up the magnificence of this sequel to The Way of Kings. It should be the paragon of excellence by which all sequels should hold themselves to as it was the best second book of a series that I've ever read.

If you have read my love letter to The Stormlight Archive, you would know that I pretty much adore everything about The Way of Kings - the characterisation, the worldbuilding, and even the minimal p
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.




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
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Re-read 11/26/17:

I had made a last-minute decision to re-read this epic series on the strength of the third book coming out a few days ago and far from being overwhelmed (much), I was actually knocked over. :)

I think what I most liked about this one was the characterizations. Shallan has come so damn far, but compared to the first book, it's a toss-up who has gone farther. Kaladin or her. I mean, just in terms of personal growth rather than outright power, it's head-to-head. I love it. That's no
Shallan needs to fuck off not be in this series.
She was the only reason i couldn't give this absolutely fantastic book 5 stars. On the bright side at least we got her out of the way. Can't wait for Oathbringer AKA Dalinar's book. Anyone knows when we are getting Szeth's?
Eric Allen
Mar 17, 2013 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
Deborah Obida
Spoiler free review

I’m still lost for words about how to review this book. So I’ll just write anything that comes to my mind. This book was incredible, the world building, character development, writing style has lots of improvement from the first book and finally the amazing plot. I totally get why people love this book this much but I’m still torn between this and Mistborn, still don’t know which I love more, it’s a good thing I have a big heart to contain it all then. There is politics,religi
Lord Nouda
Way too damn short. 3rd book, y u no out yet?! T_T
Rereads done! Remarkably, I loved it even more this time. The Graphic Audio really elevated my reading experience and I just had a complete blast.
Read with BB&B from Oct 15-17 and from Oct 18-23
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Original Spoiler Free Review:
Date read: September 1-14, 2015
”I guess I’m just waiting [for the thunder]. It always follows after the lightning. Sometimes you have to wait, but eventually it comes.”

If lightning struck in Th
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
3.75ish 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.

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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 kin
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Stormlight Archive series is probably my favourite fantasy series of the lot. It has everything I want in a story. Good worldbuilding, cool magic, great characters, and a fast paced action packed plot that has a little bit of everything.

The story held up well during this reread of mine and although I lost the impact of most of the shock twists and turns and some of the tension of the action scenes I was still fully engaged by the story and the characters and lot in the awesomeness that is t
Helen 2.0
On the whole, my life is pretty uneventful. I do normal human things with other normal humans, feeling normal human emotions.

But sometimes, rarely, a book swoops in and uproots my life with a ship for which I would actually die. My poor Fangirl heart bleeds for that ship. You may catch me curled up in my bed for days in the fetal position, obsessively rereading the best scenes.

That ship, my lovelies, was Kal & Shallan for me.

He saw it in her eyes. The anguish, the frustration. The terribl
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sanderson
Impressions after 2nd time re-read

I honestly did not think any book would top the 'Way of Kings' but I was mistaken! Words of Radiance represents the top echelon of epic fantasy, creative writing , worldbuilding and character development! I'm speechless and in complete awe of Sanderson's imagination and artistry. The second time re-reading/listening through audiobooks was so much better! It allows me to connect all the dots and all the subtleties hidden within the writing. It was almost like

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
Petros Triantafyllou
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's somehow better than The Way of Kings, which was *perfect* to begin with.
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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.”
“Honor is dead. But I'll see what I can do.” 271 likes
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