Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson

Words of Radiance

By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2014-03-04
  • Genre: Epic Fantasy
Score: 5
From 6,793 Ratings


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)
Dawnshard (novella)
Rhythm of War

The Mistborn Saga
The Original Trilogy
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Wax and Wayne
The Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
The Bands of Mourning
The Lost Metal

Other Cosmere novels
Tress of the Emerald Sea
Yumi and the Nightmare Painter
The Sunlit Man

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

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
Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians (with Janci Patterson)

Other novels
The Rithmatist
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds
The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners

Skyward Flight (with Janci Patterson)

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  • Truly excellent

    By Coleslawwed
    Fantastic world building by Sanderson!
  • Amazing

    By Suvadogg
    Fabulous! Never use to read fantasy adventure but he got me hooked!
  • The Thrilling Sequel

    By Old Man Jojo
    A real page turner. Don’t know how many times I’ve been late back to work from lunch because I’d “read a paragraph or two” that turned into 10+ pages. Life Before Death. Strength Before Weakness. Journey Before Destination.
  • Honestly iconic

    By lordlestibournes
    In this large, epic series that is the Stormlight archive, the journey of each character is so real and heartbreaking and beautiful. This book has so many incredible scenes and the world is so immersive and unique. I honestly can’t say much else without spoilers, but if you decide to pick up this book you will not be disappointed.
  • Irresistible characters

    By K59j
    Once again I found myself late at night wondering when Shallan and Kaladin would discover themselves, would Dalinar succeed, … I may have to take a break before the next one in the series so i can get some sleep.
  • Another fantastic book

    By Karpathios
    Truly one of the most engaging fantasy novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
  • Engrossing tale

    By Bizlaw
    Very well written, even if occasionally there are references that are not explained well. Interesting story in a different world, one which is depicted clearly by the author.
  • Amazing

    By 0245875788;!,74!,6:927;8
    This is literally the best book I’ve ever read
  • Stunning sequel!

    By Expert_Square_Dancer:)
    In THE WAY OF KINGS, we got to see some of Kaladin’s backstory, and we get to see Shallan’s in this book! We also get to meet Lift, who is my second-favorite character! (Kaladin is still my #1.) We get explore the world’s magic a bit more, which is always fun. “I am a stick.” We get to see the night Gavilar was killed from a different point of view. We get an awesome fight scene! “Honor is dead, but I’ll see what I can do.” Great second book; I devoured it! Not to be missed! (Oh yeah, and there’s a cool sword at the end. I mean the very end. Like, end of the last chapter. A VERY cool sword. Don’t miss it!)
  • Stop

    By Salamand3r1590
    Stop reading reviews, you obviously read the first book if you are here, get it already