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*Starred Review* The readers of Sanderson’s The Way of Kings (2010) may have been waiting for him to return to the Stormlight Archives from his labors in finishing the late Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time. The wait is now over, and devoted followers of fantasy on the grandest imaginable scale can make themselves comfortable and start reading. The world of Roshar is still very close to being a character in its own right (one thinks of Dune), as Sanderson has used the room afforded by a book of this size to build it in loving detail, including the fierce storms that make civilized life difficult even in peacetime. But the humans and the humanoid Parshendi are still fighting, although Brightlord Kholin is leading an army deep into enemy territory. His sister, Jasnah, is with him, seeking a legendary lost city that her student, Shallan, believes may hold the key to victory. Far below the level of the high command, the rising young slave warrior, Kaladin, learns that the Parshendi have a counterstrategy in preparation, one that portends the destruction of the world unless he can become the founder of a new order of the legendary Knights Radiant. Many readers will find Shallan and Kaladin the most absorbing of the major characters because they have the most to lose, but the characterization is on the whole as meticulous as the world-building. A very impressive continuation. --Roland Green


“I loved this book. What else is there to say?” ―Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind on The Way of Kings

“This is a great choice for fans of Robert Jordan and Terry Brooks.” ―Voice of Youth Advocates on The Way of Kings

“The best part…is the compelling, complex story of Dalinar, Kaladin, and Shallan as they struggle though emotional, physical, and moral challenges. Fans and lovers of epic fantasy…will eagerly await the next volume.” ―Library Journal on The Way of Kings

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Product Details

  • Series: Stormlight Archive, The (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 1088 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1St Edition edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765326361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765326362
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,731 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am in my seventies and hope that I live long enough to finish this great series. Ten books, please Mr. Sanderson, don't take as long to finish the series as this book did to finish. I know great books take a great deal of time to write but at my age, I don't know how much time I have left to enjoy pleasures such as these novels.

I am a voracious reader, mostly action, spy, counter terrorism etc. My daughter reads like I do and she reads these fantasy epics. Her son, my grandson, gave me a copy of the Way of Kings for Christmas 2012 saying it was his favorite book of all time, and he is a chip of the ole' block. He is a huge reader also.

I so enjoyed that book that I couldn't wait until this second in the series came out, bought it for my Kindle the day before and it was ready to read the next day.

I haven't finished it yet, but, almost. I have not been disappointed in any way except that I will soon be finished and then what? My daughter has suggested that I start on another of Mr. Sanderson's novels and I believe that is what I am going to do.

So, thanks to my grandson Victor and his mom, Stephanie, I am now a fan of fantasy fiction and especially, Brandon Sanderson.
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You read a book. It is highly diverting, incredibly entertaining. And then you move on... Not with this book. It gets inside of you! Roshar is one of the most original, unique, alien, and compelling fantasy worlds every created. And the characters that inhabit it are full-bodied, vibrant, and dynamic. Just when you think you've got someone figured out... Wham! another piece of the puzzle emerges, and everything you thought you knew shifts, realigns and refocuses. Then you see a bigger picture, and begin to grasp what you think these people and their world really look like. Then something else emerges, the puzzles changes, and new pieces fall into place. You would feel almost betrayed, if it wasn't so much fun! And then he does it again, and Again, and AGAIN!

Brandon's fiction is not just superb entertainment, it is great literature. It is an art form that teaches about love, hope, honor, betrayal, fear, anger, revenge, mercy, and justice. People might wonder about the many side-stories, interludes, and seemingly random snippets woven throughout Words of Radiance. Just you wait. The vague puzzle pieces from Way of Kings (Stormlight #1) are now (mostly) clearer, and those that are not, well, this is a 10-book epic. There are plot lines running the entire course of this series that are only just getting started.

I was there when Brandon released his first novel, Elantris. I remember walking up to him at a signing table in the BYU Bookstore, an author no one had ever heard of, and asking him what his book was about, His answer, not surprisingly, was read and find out. I devoured Elantris, and have since attended many of his release events and read every book he has ever published (and one or two that he hasn't). I have read more fantasy books than I care to count, and Brandon Sanderson is the real deal. Your grandkids are going to be reading these books, and I for one cannot wait to see where Mr. Sanderson takes us!
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It's safe to say that Words of Radiance has the most pre-release hype of any of Brandon's solo works to-date. And it makes sense. The Way of Kings was Brandon's best work at the time, and so everyone is wondering, will Words of Radiance live up to the high bar set by book one? This is a sequel that has a ton riding on it. After all, despite the first book's length, there's still so much more of Roshar to explore. There's so many places that The Stormlight Archive can go from here, that it has been hard to predict what would happen in this book, much less a few books down the line. Words of Radiance could fall on its face. So, does it live up to the hype?

Storms yes it does.

"Of course you'd like the book," you immediately say. "You're a 17th Sharder, you'll love anything Brandon writes." I'd say this is somewhat true. None of us would be here if we didn't like what Brandon's done, but when you are a hyper fan, you set these books up to a high standard. You can see flaws that no one else sees, simply because you are so invested.

For a while, I worried that Words of Radiance would end up like The Well of Ascension, which I have some problems with to say the least. I loved Well's ending (which made it entirely worthwhile), but rereading it is a slog for me. Well of Ascensionwas Brandon's first true sequel, and it shows a bit. Obviously, Brandon has grown a vast deal from almost a decade ago when that book came out, but it was still a worry. Sequels are not easy, to say the least, but it looks like finishing up The Wheel of Time really honed Brandon’s sequel chops.

I also worried because--and this may sound like absolute heresy to many of you--I didn't immediately love The Way of Kingswhen it came out.
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I wrote in my review on the Way of Kings that it was the first full introduction I had to Brandon Sanderson's work. And what an introduction! It was 1000 or so pages of "Hello, may I introduce what you've been looking for all your life although you didn't really know this is what you've been looking for until now." That book's magical ability to draw me in -- with its immersive power, with its fantastic world-building detail, its characters that covered the range of lovable to hateable to everything in between, its "omigod omigod omigod"-inducing plot and action-- totally dragged me into a whole new landscape of writing. I read somewhere that this was exactly what Brandon Sanderson was aiming for in this epic series, and I just want to say that he absolutely, breathtakingly nailed it.

Words of Radiance is everything that its predecessor was, and more. I also mentioned in my review for Way of Kings that it took me 500 pages to realize the treasure that I had in my hands. I can be forgiven because I'm a bit slow when it comes to humongous tomes like Way of Kings, and I'm not usually one to stay that long with so many pages unless I'm promised a payoff. And the payoff was rich indeed.

Words of Radiance hooked me from page 1. Scratch that. From the very cover. It may have been my expectations of a great read from an awesome author, or my excitement in waiting for what had been promised to be epic squared, that made me dive into the book with eager abandon. Well, my expectations were not only met, they were utterly demolished and reshaped. If I were to measure the number of squeals, cheers, outbursts of "wait, what?
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