Words of Radiance: Book Two of the Stormlight Archive (Mass Market)

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Brandon Sanderson returns to the world of Roshar (after releasing "The Way of Kings" four years prior) in the second installment of the Stormlight Archive: Words of Radiance.

Dalinar Kholin has narrowly escaped with his life after being left for dead on a field of battle by his supposed ally, Highprince Torol Sadeas. He takes the man who saved his life and that of his army, Kaladin, under his own command, making him head of his security detail. Amidst all of this, Dalinar continues on his task to bring the Highprinces of Alethkar together and avoid the fall of their country. "Unite Them" the voice of unkown origin thunders in his head, threatening to drive him to madness, "Unite Them". He is trying hard as he can, but he senses he is running out of time. For an unnamed cataclysm draws near and it seems Dalinar is the only one who feels it approaching. 

Kaladin and his Bridge Four crew no longer have to risk their lives running bridges for Sadeas' army, acting as live bait for enemy arrows. Under Highprince Dalinar, they are given all the amenities that come with a high ranking position in the Kholin army. Kaladin begins to explore the abilities granted to him by his honorspren, Syl, but continues to struggle with both his prejudice against the Lighteyes and his personal vendetta with Highlord Amaram. All this makes it very difficult to trust the words of Highprince Dalinar, despite the honor and nobility he exudes with seemingly no effort.  

Shallan travels with Jasnah Kholin on a voyage bound for the Shattered Plains in pursuit of knowldege regarding the mysterious city of Urithuru and the truth around the Voidbringers. But the voyage is soon attacked by a group of unkown assailants, and Shallan must continue the journey on land. Shallan is also the focus of this books flashback chapters, which I will not divulge the details of here. 

Like its predecessor, "Words of Radiance" is a daunting behemoth of a book with a total of 1303 pages! And it makes use of every single one. The worldbuilding and character work are as good as the first book, the story is arguably superior. this is a worthy follow-up to the Way of Kings and one of the rare sequels that surpasses its forbear. 6 out of 5 stars!!!

— From Perry's Picks

Description


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)
Oathbringer

The Mistborn trilogy

Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning


Collection
Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels
Elantris
Warbreaker

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

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners

Steelheart
Firefight
Calamity

About the Author


Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn® trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time® sequence.

Praise For…


“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

“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



Product Details
ISBN: 9780765365286
ISBN-10: 0765365286
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
Pages: 1328
Language: English
Series: The Stormlight Archive