Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson

Words of Radiance

By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2014-03-04
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 5
From 5,883 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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  • Better than the first!

    By the idiot at school
    The first was absolutely amazing, so imagine how good this one is! ;) i had a book hangover after this that if it weren’t for the third May have died if boredom. Hope that summarizes how STORMING perfect this book is.
  • Fantastic

    By Kitofsky
    This is a fantastic work, by a master story teller and wordsmith. My only knock against it is it can be frustrating when POV changes at a cliffhanger. That is just personal preference, and truly speaks to how immersive these blended stories are.
  • Excellence

    By MistahC
    Storming Amazing
  • Amazing

    By MylesThiele
    Amazing lol. Only word I got.
  • Epic and amazing

    By Stormbending
    It’s worth every one of its seemingly millions of words! I loved this book!
  • Amazing

    By Chroniuminus
    As good if not better than the first. Captivating and addicting, I couldn’t tear myself away from reading. To put it bluntly I’m obsessed with these books
  • Beautiful Buildup to Something Amazing

    By HisMajestyClay
    I love this book with all my heart, the twists and turns along with the masterful storytelling and character development will lead to it's one-day classical status. I plan to read it again in the future!
  • Perfection

    By millayhefifth
    I mean if there’s a book and series to get totally lost in, this is it. Just what I was hoping to find in quarantine and the characters and story are perfection.
  • Words of Radiance

    By Jhiugykk
    Excellent book. Hard to put down !
  • Love it!

    By Oodd B Narr
    Can’t stop praising this series! Love it!