Words of Radiance

Words of Radiance

Book - 2014
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The war with the Parshendi moves into a new, dangerous phase, as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains. Meanwhile Shallan searches for the legendary city of Urithuru, and Kaladin, leader of the restored Knights Radiant, masters the powers of a Windrunner.
Publisher: New York :, Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780765326362
9780765365286
Branch Call Number: SANDE
Characteristics: 1087 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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bpbiblio
Jun 21, 2017

This is an excellent sequel to “The Way of Kings,” and in many ways better. Characters are fleshed out more, and we are given a fascinating look at how the sprens, Pattern and Syl, evolve as they interact increasingly with their bonded humans, Shallan and Kaladin. So unlike the first book in this series, there are less bloody battle scenes and more magic and character development. The mark of a great author is creating characters that the reader truly cares about. I found myself totally engaged again in Kaladin’s story and rooting for him throughout the book. Sanderson shows him to be a true hero, but also thoroughly human, with all the attendant flaws and potential for evil or good. I am eagerly awaiting the continuation of this story in the third book.

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ZE1TGE15T
May 28, 2017

Storms, this is a long one

I continue to like Sanderson's unique supernatural mechanics he employs in his writings. The shard pieces, the radiants, storms, and spren. All super cool. The characters were strong. There weren't an overabundance of hard to follow characters either. You get a good time to spend with your main characters in this book.

So what's keeping me from giving it a 5* rating?

A few things.

Though the characters are strong, I was sort of hoping to see more diversity of different perspectives. Different characters to see the story through. Maybe show whats going on behind the curtain a little, with the Ghostbloods, or Sadeas. Now, they did show some Eshoni (the Parshendi) perspective. Though that perspective was lacking, despite it having the skeleton of a really good perspective. They pointed to there being 10 radiants, however I was disappointed that some were really focused on, like Kaladin. Though others were mentioned very briefly.

I won't say that there were no surprises. However, for how long this book was, it got a little old being given the prelude to every event in this slightly drawn out story. What kept this from being worse is actually the good writing. If the writing wasn't capturing the imagination, this story would have been much worse, given it's structure.

There were some very cool interludes with intriguing side stories and fascinating atmosphere.

Really, I don't see Sanderson coming back to write sequels to this easily. Especially noting the amount of time he's waited, and the amount put into these Stormlight Archive beasts. It was nice getting more closure to these characters, and I enjoyed this story. However, I don't know if the set up for squeals was really strong. Also, I don't find myself desperately craving a sequel.

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p21743003632452
Feb 21, 2017

Very very addicting...it was an emotional roller coaster DXDX. The characters are so beautiful and the plot is so intricately woven (read the first book first to prevent spoilers). Sometimes, I think I hate Sanderson's characters but then I realize that just makes me love them more........Definitely a worthwhile read; only problem is that the third book is still in progress and the wait will kill you.

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brighellac
Sep 06, 2016

Very good. Very Long. Took me checking this beast out twice to finish it. Worth it but man is it long

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canasta
Sep 02, 2016

An excellent read, however I was a little annoyed from time to time by the author's habit of dropping apparently disconnected tidbits into the plot with a very long period elapsing before the dots were connected. Other than that I wait impatiently for the next episode.

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BoogeymanJack
Jun 28, 2016

All I gotta say is: where's the next book again? (I know it isn't out yet but still this series has me hooked something horrible.)

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DDTan
Dec 02, 2015

Epic Fantasy at its best. One of the best, if not the best fantasy book I've ever read, and I have to say I read a lot of fantasy. The author's attention to detail is extraordinary. The plot is complex but the author weaves it together like a master artist. The world the author has build is magnificent. The story is emotionally charged with heroic fights and proclamations of honor and sacrifice.

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dwu10
Jan 02, 2015

Excellent second book. Though it is a massive novel, I managed to stay interested almost the entire time as the characters were always doing something interesting or exciting.

The characters were interesting, the plots were complex yet believable, and the quality of writing was fantastic.

Very impressed and I liked Words of Radiance even more than Way of Kings.

4.5/5.0

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zuzana_novakova
Oct 06, 2014

this just blew me away.
(almost literally, with Kaladin being master of the winds or whatever plus all the storms.)
i can't even put into words how amazing it was.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 01, 2014

Amazing.Outstanding.Beautiful. This Novel is Outstanding. I am in awe. The previous novel was awesome, but this one is even better. It is so well written and Brilliant. The Stormlight Archive has for better or worse become the poster-boy for where (classic) epic fantasy is going. It's the evolution of the Tolkien-style fantasy -- a fantasy that was very much expanded and added to by Robert Jordan with The Wheel of Time. And now Brandon Sanderson is rebuilding epic fantasy in his image, updated for modern readers. It's a fantasy very much divergent from the style of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire which embraces the gritty conceit. Sanderson's style of epic fantasy strides the middle ground between Tolkien and Martin -- a bit of each, but not too much of either.
The Stormlight Archive (2 massive books into the whole 10 series) is a hugely epic series that's casting an eye on the Malazan throne for epicness. The first book pulls out all stops and makes a grand statement with the page count alone, being only a mere first 1000+ pages in a purported 10 book series. You can see why The Stormlight Archive is about as epic a fantasy as they come.
But not only epic, but also damn good. This is one of the best fantasy books to come out in the 2000's and certain one of the best fantasy of the past five years, hands down.
The Way of Kings does everything right as an epic fantasy. There's a world-ending plot in the backdrop, a cast of interesting characters that are starkly realized, a unique magic system, different races with a lot of tension between them, huge and epic battles, and some of the best action in the fantasy genre.
Characterization is also fantastic. Sanderson has done a particularly well job at building up the character of Kaladin, who spend the majority of the novel enduring the fantasy genre's worst Dirty Job ever. Through the nightmare that is Kaladin's life (and various flashbacks to his childhood), Sanderson does a great job explaining the character's motivations and present actions. These flashbacks are also used to great effect as a way to throttle up the dramatic tension as the story progresses. The action, when it happens, explodes and what a ride it is!
So if you are a fan of Sanderson's work, you love epic fantasy, or you just want to read one of the best damn fantasy books out there, The Way of Kings blows pretty much every other 'epic fantasy' competition out of the water, with the exception of Martin's works.
All in all, a fantastic start to what's looking to be a great epic series (a series that's looking to be far superior to The Wheel of Time).
The sequel, Words of Radiance, was a spectacular read that kept the strength of the first book for the most part. I don't feel it was as good, but there were certainly some very strong moments in the book.
If you are looking for epic fantasy, I can't recommend any other series over this right now. Start reading if you haven't already. There have been some excellent epic fantasy series (in the style of Martin, Jordan, and Sanderson) released the past couple years (The Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne, The Traitor's Son Cycle, The Powder Mage Trilogy, and The Shadow Campaigns of particular note), but so far Sanderson's series still remains at the top of the pile. Well done Mister Sanderson. Well Done!

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plevenmomiche
Jul 11, 2016

"Would you like to destroy some evil today?"

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pcrouch
Mar 16, 2016

"And while I am your friend, please understand that our goals do not completely align. You must not trust yourself with me. If I have to watch this world crumble and burn to get what I need, I will do so. With tears, yes, but I would let it happen." -Wit

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zuzana_novakova
Oct 06, 2014

then remind me to try to kill you once in a while," she snapped. "If i succeed, it will make me feel better, and if i fail, it will make you feel better. Everyone wins!"

--Shallan

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zuzana_novakova
Oct 06, 2014

"sad, i know," she said, feeling depressed, "it was beautiful."
"it would have been more beautiful if it hadn't tried to eat me."
from my perspective, Shallan noted, "it didn't try, it succeeded."
-shallan and Kaladin, after defeating the chasmfiend

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JihadiConservative
Jul 01, 2014

Violence: Not as bad as the first but its still there. Bloody battles, beheadings, somewhat gory swordplay. Some scattered intestines. The most violent scenes are with the assassin. Those scenes can be brutal.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 01, 2014

Coarse Language: uses of Ba*tard and w*ore

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JihadiConservative
Jul 01, 2014

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