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Words of Radiance: Book Two of the Stormlight Archive

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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


Customer Reviews

1 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 19 September 2018
The making of a great series
By: A. Budi

I will not write a summary of the plot but suffice it to say it is jam-packed with exposition and events. Any average writer would have saved some of the chapter endings to cap a book entire - or a TV series season! A lot of them I could not predict - although a central element of Shallan's back-story became rather obvious by the time it was revealed. I remember thinking the final few pages of "The Way of Kings" were one knock-out punch after another - well, the final 200 pages of this book are one ferocious UFC prize-fight after another! Events that the author could have easily spent foreshadowing for another book or two at least *cough*likeRobertJordan*cough* happen in... See More

quick succession. The ending is indeed an ending and not a cliffhanger. It is clear that we are done with the primary setting of the first two books - the intriguing 'Shattered Plains'. A number of very interesting (almost soap-operatic) elements are in place that should fuel the next few books in other parts of the world.


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