Words of Radiance: Book Two of the Stormlight Archive

· The Stormlight Archive Book 2 · Sold by Tor Books
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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 must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.

The Assassin, Szeth, is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin's master has much deeper motives.

Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path. Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.

Meanwhile, at the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive

The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners


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5.31K reviews
Deavin Carpenter
March 16, 2022
while the book on a whole was great certain parts lagged greatly. I understand the purpose of why some of these portions were necessary for story development, but at times it feels like beating a dead horse almost stopping me from reading. in fact I'd say it's taken me 3/4 years just to pick this series back up. so many different story archs is draining. however the ending was acceptable albeit very typical of this genre. hero is set to lose, and with some twist of words by the author they become strong enough at the exact moment needed
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April 23, 2016
I honestly expected this book to be half and half (half good half bad). That is usually the issue with books that have multiple main characters, but the words of radiance happens to do a good job of keeping you entertained. The magic system and battle scenes actually work well in this book. I expect nothing less than great from Brandon Sanderson and he does it again.
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Julie Powell
September 30, 2014
Everything we've been waiting for after the fantastic Way of Kings except for that ending. The ending felt rushed. All this effort to slowly build the characters and discover the radients and then that ending. Dalinar's story line and that of his nemisis was a little... pathetic. Seemed phoned in. I am still eagerly awaiting book 3 & continue to be a fan of all his work but I'd rather wait a ridiculous 10 years for the next book like Auel fans then get a half baked 'Stephen King' ending. Sad Face.
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About the author

Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn® trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time® sequence.

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