Words of Radiance by Brandon SandersonFrom #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 Assassins 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.
Words of Radiance
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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.
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Maybe you're just familiar with his work from finishing up Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Whether you've been hyped for Words of Radiance or not, you are not prepared for how fantastic it is. Indeed, The Way of Kings was really a giant and to be fair, sometimes dawdling prequel to Words of Radiance , where this epic fantasy series earns its "epic. While Kings pulled together just a few of its protagonists together at the very end, three of the four main characters — General Dalinar, his son Adolin, and lowly bridgeman-turned-bodyguard Kaladin —are together from Chapter One, and the fourth — young scholar Shallan — doesn't take too long to arrive either. While Sanderson continues to build his characters and reveal who they are especially in the case of Shallan's past it still clings to one overarching plot the drives relentlessly to an ending that can only be described as, again, "epic. It's hard to describe how Words of Radiance achieves this without giving away spoilers, but suffice it to say that it is somehow a combination of politics, war, race, religion, secret conspiracies, magic, assassins, gods, and more, but in a way that somehow, against all odds, holds together. It's not a mess, and you can tell by how confidently Sanderson presents the interludes, following other characters scattered around his world — you might not know how they'll be involved in the future, but they're portentous, not frivolous.
Words of Radiance is an epic fantasy novel written by American author Brandon Sanderson and the second book in The Stormlight Archive series. It is preceded by The Way of Kings and followed by Oathbringer. In , it won the David Gemmell Legend Award for best novel. The release of the book was delayed due to Sanderson's commitment to writing the final book of The Wheel of Time. Initially, Sanderson planned that this volume would be named after the tome Shallan is given at the end of the first volume: The Book of Endless Pages. However, the name was changed after the editor commented "Uh, are you sure you want to name a very long, very thick fantasy book The Book of Endless Pages?
The ancient oaths have at last been spoken; the spren return. Men seek that which was lost. I fear the struggle will destroy them. It is the nature of the magic. A broken soul has cracks into which something else can be fit.