Series: The Stormlight Archive #2
Published by Macmillan Audio, Tor Books on March 4, 2014
Genres: Adult SFF, Fantasy
Length: 48 hours, 15 minutes
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My Reviews in this series: The Way of Kings
The eagerly awaited sequel to the New York Times bestsellingThe Way of Kings.
Having met the challenge of a posthumous collaboration with the great Robert Jordan to complete his classic, bestselling fantasy series The Wheel of Time® with three #1 New York Times bestsellers in a row, Brandon Sanderson is at last free to return to the decade-spanning task of creating his own multi-volume epic, one that he hopes will make a comparable mark on the field. That epic is The Stormlight Archive and it began in 2010 with Tor’s longest, most elaborately embellished novel ever, The Way of Kings.
In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic
hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war. Among those caught up in the conflict are Brightlord Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his sister Jasnah, a renowned scholar; her student Shallan, a brilliant but troubled young woman; and Kaladin, a military slave who, by the book’s end, had become the first magically endowed Knight Radiant in centuries.
In Words of Radiance their intertwined stories will continue and, as Sanderson fans have come to expect, develop in unexpected, wonderfully surprising directions. The war with the Parshendi will move into a new, dangerous phase, as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains in a bold attempt to finally end it. Shallan will come along, hoping to find the legendary, perhaps mythical, city of Urithuru, which Jasnah believes holds a secret vital to mankind’s survival on Roshar. The Parshendi take a dangerous step to strengthen themselves for the human challenge, risking the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old. To deal with it all, Kaladin must learn to how to fulfill his new role as leader of the restored Knights Radiant, while mastering the powers of a Windrunner.
With this second book, the Stormlight Archive grows even more richly immersive and compelling. Sanderson’s fans, old and new, are likely to lift it at least as high on the bestseller lists as its predecessor.
Oh ye readers who have not experienced the marvels that are The Way of Kings you should literally rush to pick it up so that way you can move onto devouring Words of Radiance. Brandon Sanderson is a fantasy writing genius. All the ingredients were here to make more then a 5 star reading meal. You will glutton yourself on this world and these characters and come back for more. I had to immediately move onto reading another Sanderson book just to continue my reading high.
Seeing that this is the second book in his Stormlight Archive epic fantasy series you really should read The Way of Kings before reading this book otherwise you’ll be pretty lost. Do it, Do it – what are you waiting for?
The excellence continues where our amazing cast of characters are concerned. So many things happen (well of course it would it’s over 1000 pages long). Each of them have major developments where character and plot are concerned that I can’t even begin to describe because hey in this case I think just about everything would be a spoiler. I do have to say that I didn’t read anything that I would even consider complaining about. Even when I’m dished up those sad moments I drink them in like sweet sweet nectar. Sanderson doesn’t do anything without a reason!
I really can’t say much that hasn’t likely already been said before in regards to the gushing about the pure awesome of Words of Radiance so I’ll leave you with my reactions towards the end which happened something like this in quick succession:
CAN THIS GET ANYMORE FREAKING EPIC!?
MUUWHAHA I SUSPECT SOME GOOGLY EYES ARE GOING TO BE MADE
OH SNAP YES THAT REALLY DID JUST HAPPEN!
WHAT THE FUDGE!
OH NO HE DIDN’T – OH YES HE DID
FOR REAL! – FOR REAL, WOOT WOOT
OH YEAH YOU GO, YOU GO! *insane cackles of glee*
…and then my brain exploded a little. Ok maybe it didn’t really explode but that was one of the most action packed endings a reader could ask for without it being over the top. Sanderson has a way of giving you everything you didn’t know you wanted or needed in a reading experience and leaving you a pile of happy reader jelly afterwards. I was really worried there towards the end that I would be left on some crazy cliffhanger but I should have had more faith because he didn’t do that to me. Major things were resolved, awesome things were started or found and I have a sense of satisfaction that will hopefully get me through the wait til the next installment.
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