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Words of Radiance, Part 1

(The Stormlight Archive #2, Part 1)

4.74  ·  Rating details ·  8,282 ratings  ·  458 reviews
The natural heir to Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series hit No.1 in the US and No.2 in the UK with the hardback release of the massive second volume, WORDS OF RADIANCE. Split into two volumes for paperback this is Part One of that second volume.

WORDS OF RADIANCE takes the reader even deeper into the lives of its characters as they fight for power,
Paperback, 653 pages
Published March 5th 2015 by Gollancz (first published March 4th 2014)
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Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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HOT DAMN that was good! So good that the word 'good' doesn't even come close to describing how good it was! I loved this book. I am such complete trash for the characters. Shallan will always be my fave because she is precious. I'm so nervous to continue this series because I feel like a lot of shit is gonna happen and it'll mess with my emotions. Still gonna pick up part two straight away though. CAN'T WAIT! ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-fell-in-love
SO GOOD!! Straight onto Part Two! Not looking forward to parting ways with these books. I don't want to wait for the release of the next book. I NEED IT NOW!! *cries* ...more
Melissa | melisthereader
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the first book I've read where two main characters have a conversation about poop x) Going to have a small pause before diving into part 2. I really love where the story is going now! All the bickering between the characters is gold. ...more
Dannii Elle
This is the first part of the second instalment in The Stormlight Archive series.

This is an accurate depiction of me trying to accurately describe how incredible this book is:

The first book was packed full of magical information for the reader and the characters to learn. I had assumed that the education in this series was complete but it proved to be only the beginning as even more background and history concerning the spren, the Knights Radiant and a whole host of other entities, as well as ho
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of epic fantasy
Recommended to Michael by: Many, many people
This gets 4.5/5-stars.

At the risk of being accused of getting the needle stuck; I'm less enchanted by Shallan than I am by Kaladin, Dalinar and Adolin. I love the fact that she's an artist (and a red-head, there's something incredibly alluring about fiery-red-hair) but I don't find myself in love with her character.

Adolin is growing on me but Dalinar and Kaladin are more interesting. I do so enjoy Kaladin's sense of honour and his determination to do his duty no matter what the consequences.

Kaladin and Adolin by Vialir

buddy read with the wonderful Yeganeh!

we're finally back into this massive series! Brandon Sanderson, one of the kings of epic fantasy, has managed to captivate me again with the first half of this tome, which is no mean feat, given i'm intimidated just by looking at the page count of Words of Radiance. our four main characters have finally managed to meet one another, which brings me great satisfaction, and i really look forward to seeing how Kaladin's relationship with both Shallan and Adolin
These SA books are like my drug!

Nothing compares to the happiness, excitement and adrenalin I feel when I’m reading them. Ugh!
I’ve become far too invested in this series and the characters.

Also where did my new love of Adolin come from?
Jonathan O'Neill
Review of 'Words of Radiance (Parts 1 and 2) Here. ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favourites
I was supposed to be asleep an hour ago, but I couldn't put this down. I don't know what else to say, aside from I adore this series.

As with The Way of Kings, I'm gonna wait until I've finished part two to write a review even though I still haven't put up my review for WoK yet lmaaaaao
Bec (becklebooks)
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This book made me laugh aloud. It was also brilliantly descriptive, built, and inspired anticipation and in some instances, dread, as I was reading it. A lot of things surprised me in this book; I adored it!! Onto the next installment!
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What can I say that is not already said about this book?

Brandon Sanderson is really a master of fantasy and you can't convinceme otherwise. So after the end of The Way of Kings I needed answers and jumped right into Words of Radiance. It started off with answering some questions and giving us more questions to think about. I enjoyed the politics of Alethkar and the rest of Roshar, it added an extra layer of possibilities and misfortune to come. Also, the fact it was building slowly but what is h
Roxana Chirilă
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The more books by Sanderson I read, the more I love his work. It's intricately created, with wonderful worlds created on clear, clockwork principles which are just *begging* to be discovered. His style may be simple, but the plots usually aren't, and that's a great combo when it comes to long stories.

Also, bless his prolific heart - he almost writes them faster than I can read them (no, not really, but I don't worry I'll run out of Sanderson soon).

Anyway, "Words of Radiance". "Words of Radiance
Reem Ghabbany
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“So yes, I, Adolin Kholin - cousin to the king, heir to the Kholin princedom - have shat myself in my Shardplate. Three times, all on purpose.”

Gosh, I love this series so much.
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: onmyshelf, 2020read
I really enjoyed reading this first part of Words of Radiance and - surprisingly - this was very much due to the fact that the author takes us back into Shallan's past and therefore her family dynamic is better explained. That was very enlightening as I understand her a lot better now and feel a lot more compassion towards her. I did not like her very much in the The Way of Kings nor understood her so that was helpful. She has gone through some serious s.... !! The other thing which I absolutely ...more
Patricia Crowther
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's probably worth remembering that this is just the first half of a much bigger book. But it's still a great first half. So much happens with a few surprises and we get a greater insight into Shallan's character and background. Based on how this ended part 2 promises to be epic!! ...more
Literary Han
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic, magic, adult, fantasy
Lia Silva
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Once again Brandon Sanderson shows his skill in worldbuilding and character development to make you beg for more. Slowly we get more backstory into Roshar shown to us, as well as fauna and flora, culminating in a massive display of worldbuilding but that you didn't even notice is being shown to you.

I adored the evolution of Shallan in this book, we have seen a little of it previously and now she is starting to properly embrace her power and step into her own personality. I also really enjoy rea
Courtney (bookplaces)
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Update: Finished Part 2, Loved It, All The Stars

LOVE!😍 I am going to wait until finishing part 2 to rate and review, but really enjoying the world development and having many of the main POV characters meet in the story. Going to read part 2 right now!
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The sun shined right though my window this morning, waking my body and mind up naturally. I had nowhere to be for the next hour, so I opened the blinds and curled up in bed to read, “Words of Radiance”. I typically do not read science fiction, yet it is my partner’s favourite novel, so I was intrigued as to why. I was on the last 70 pages of the book and it is a novel that once you pick up it is hard to put down. I understand now why my partner has a deep love and affection for the series. The n ...more
Hala Abdulaziz
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Man this was perfection.. well, near perfection, something happened and I’m still a little sad.
Anyway !
I don’t even know where to start...
This book made me sooooo happy in so many ways.. it warmed my heart soo many times and it kept surprising me.
The characters: Ugh I love the characters, at this point now that I’m familiar with them, I got to see different parts of them and see the good times, which again, warmed my heart so much.
The depth of these characters never fails to astound me.

Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I know it‘s just half a book, and I‘m rating it as what it is, but this one was a little bit too slow for me. I appreciate the world building and I feel like I have a much better connection to the characters now, after reading this, but I hope it picks up in the second half, as this one started to drag a little bit from the middle on. Nevertheless I still think this series is great, and I‘m going to start the next one as soon as I have it in my hands, which is rare for me and only happens i
Mark Harrison
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Too good. I have read great fantasy books and they are like a good long shower compared to Sanderson. This series is a long bath with wine and candles. Get immersed with the characters and the superb world building and just enjoy every page. Shallan is much more prominent in this part which is no bad thing but Kal remains my fave as he tries normality after the horror of bridge running. Just love the series.

Rep: mc with depression, bi mc with PTSD, gay side character with epilepsy

CWs: domestic abuse
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How can I not.... this series blows my mind... where does he get all his imagination? Brandon Sanderson is a true artiest it the way of writing!!!
Sami Lutui
Jan 30, 2022 rated it liked it
Slow and dense. Many memorable moments amongst a lot of world building. Similar to part 1 of the first book in that there’s a lot to chew, with no great conclusion. In other words, it feels and plays out like half a story (as is intended).

Plenty of plots and subplots which hopefully.. will end with a bang.
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
The start was action packed however the pacing did get a tad bit slow in the middle that I had to push myself but the ending has me going crazy! I feel like part 2 is going to be full of surprises! I don’t know whether I’m ready for it lol!

But on a side note, I’m completely in love with Adolin! He’s become one of my favs! And shallan is such a babe! I feel like she’s going places!
I guess I have to read ahead to find out!!!!
Feb 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-read, 2022
I'll review the whole book together when I finish the second part so look out for my review on that one, but so far, this is incredible, a step up from the first book, and I adore these characters so much! ...more
The Wulver's Library
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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