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Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, Book 2) (Stormlight Archive, The) Hardcover – Lay Flat, March 4, 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm no book critic just a book lover. Who doesn't love a good story? I'm so happy to finally have started reading this author and I cannot wait to gobble up the rest of his... Read morePublished 1 day ago by nia s.
This book is a great epic fantasy read. Just like most of Sandersons works. Anyone that likes fantasy I highly recommend reading this one and the first book in the series.Published 1 day ago by Brenner Carson Finch
Great follow-up to Way of Kings. Can't wait for the next one!Published 4 days ago by Vicky from Texas
A good read for fans of Brandon Sanderson. You must read book 1 first though.Published 6 days ago by William J.
The plot is so intricate and well thought out. I have read most Brandon Sanderson books and these are by far my favorite!Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Once again, Sanderson creates the world you want to inhabit. Great story, fully developed characters. Leaves you wanting the rest of the story!Published 6 days ago by Bonnie B