Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson

Words of Radiance

By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2014-03-04
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 5
From 5,146 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)

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

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

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


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  • Awesome!

    By Findaddy16
    The way of kings and this book are two of my all-time favorites. Do yourself a favor and read them! God I hope there’s a movie or an HBO series on the Stormlight Chronicles. Great stuff.
  • Couldn’t stop reading...

    By Myrhillion
    It took a bit to spin up, but then I could not stop reading. Epic follow-up to way of kings, with some closure on a few threads.
  • Sanderson has done it again!!

    By Fheter3
    Storms! Sanderson Stormblessed has produced a fantastic follow-up to The Way of Kings. I cannot wait to continue the Stormlight Archives. Once again, well done!
  • One of the best books I’ve ever read

    By kiki8324
    By the time I get near the end, I tried to slow down my reading because I did not want this one to end! If done right this series would make a great TV show.
  • Amazing

    By ROMO.3
    This novel along with the other books in the Stormlight archive is magnificently captivating, and impossibly complex. I love all of Brandon’s books that are within the Cosmere!
  • Words of Radiance

    By MDoc66
    Absolutely loved it. It amazes me that the author can keep it all together.
  • Ending my frustration

    By Mista Finn
    Finally we get what is needed I will say no more it is amazing to grow with our characters
  • A truly imaginative body of work!

    By BlufireFPO9
    I happened to stumble upon my first book, Way of the Kings and have since just finished Words of Radiance! Both of these books have renewed my love of reading, my love of magic and its possibilities. An incredible journey through a world that continues to amaze. The way in which characters were developed is mind boggling, how each level of joy mixed with pain mixed with acceptance has created an immediate bond to each character through their journey. The journey is exciting and thrilling, a non-stop ride unbridled creativity. I dare not compare these writings to any other series of books similar for fear of downplaying the sheer genius of this body of work. This is what writers dream of writing. If it were possibly I would certainly be seeing Inspirationspren right now! I look forward to the next book the Oathbringer.
  • It’s a slog, but still pretty good

    By tomd181
    I don’t want to attempt to summarize this book in just a few words, since Sanderson has invented a seriously diverse and complex universe. Mostly, I want to ask if there are ever any editors involved in his process. I have read four of his books now. Each one has had the same issue: the first 80% (and he does not write short novels) will be Sanderson setting up about a million dominoes, many of them with similar names and motives. About the time that you may want to just give up, he knocks over the leading domino, and for the rest of the (many) pages, all hell will break loose. As he works to wrap up the story, which is always just one loooong chapter in an almost endless story, you will be forced to admit that this guy can write! Why isn’t there an editor demanding that he apply some discipline to the first 80%? The good news is that this book is an improvement over the first entry in this saga. The bad news is that he might need TEN books to tell his story. Yikes.
  • Excellent

    By Reddttt
    Jumped right in after way of kings and diidn't want it to end. Don't know how this will be a movie. They better change their minds and make it a tv series.