Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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From number one New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance, audiobook 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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|Listening Length||48 hours and 13 minutes|
|Narrator||Michael Kramer, Kate Reading|
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|Audible.com Release Date||March 04, 2014|
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- This book is simply too long. Theres no other way around it. I dont mind long books at all but it seems Sanderson is forcing these books to be long just so they can go along with his "masterpiece" narritive that he wants the stormlight archive to be. But, by adding meaningless chapters and slow dialog, he's actually hurting the series. This book could have easily been 300-400 pages shorter. I'm really OCD about not missing any information so i can be a know-it-all about any story i read but this book almost made me start skipping pages. Instead, i set it down for a couple of months and came back and powered through the rough parts. There are parts of Shallans story that are just SOOOOOO boring that it gets dreadful to read through. Shes a great character, dont get me wrong, but 75% of her story could have been cut out and summarized in this book. Thats including 90% of her flashback story.
- The dialog. Lets be honest, Sandersons dialog isnt his strong suit. This book just so happens to be filled with 100's of pages of pointless dialog of characters saying totally childish lines and simply not reacting like adults. Not to mention the "wit" of the witty characters just isnt there. There are definitely exceptions as there are pieces of dialog i do enjoy but for the most part its pretty weak.
- Sanderson has an epic story on his hands and it seems he has it well laid out and planned. Kaladin, Dalinar and Shallan are great characters and when this book heats up, it gets REALLY good. And while there may be a lot of bloat in this book, its not all in the same place so you get interesting parts throughout the book if you make it through to couple hundred pages of filler first.
- The magic system is great which is definitely Sanderson's strong suit.
- Another strong suit of Sanderson is his ability to push these books out in a timely manner. Im all in on the Stormlight Archive as long as he doesnt pull a Rothufuss or GRRM on us.
Overall i'd give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. I wish Sanderson would look at some of the many reviews like mine and take note. I have a feeling this series doesnt need to be anywhere near 10 books. I also have a feeling that Sanderson is going to force this series into 10 books by adding tons of filler instead of letting it freely flow into however many books it needs to be.
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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It's so massive, complex and absorbing and the depth is staggering. I just wish it was slightly more accessible; there are times when it makes Gardens of the moon look like paint by numbers.
I'm still unsure about the nature of Spren, shardblades, the heralds and so on but I think I understand what's going on slightly better. People have already mentioned that Sanderson would rather have you confused than bored and no doubt about it, you will not be bored.
As with the way of kings we follow Kaladin, Dalinar, Adolin and Shallan. It's such a pleasure seeing them all interact and we find out more about the latter's past. This is actually her book and she's great.
But complexity and ambiguity aside this is just amazing, the closing stages of the book are a revelation and I was stunned at some of the reveals.
What an amazing world. enjoy it.
It concentrates on a few characters, following events from their perspectives. Whereas Kaladin was, perhaps, the more major character of ‘The Way of Kings’ there is more emphasis on Shallan in this book. Thus, we find out much more about her life and background and she becomes more instrumental in events. As in ‘The Way of Kings’ much of the content comes from the perspectives of Kaladin and Dalinar. Though Dalinar this time shares some of the limelight with his son, Adolin, who becomes more of a fully rounded character during the course of this novel.
There is also still the occasional section/chapter from other perspectives, generally through the various interludes. This includes more from the tormented and dangerous Szeth building upon his portrayal in the previous book, a touch of insight into enigmatic Wit and the introduction of Eshonai to represent Parshendi interests. There is also an interlude that opts to focus upon Taravangian where we learn a lot more about him and his objectives, gaining a slight idea of how he fits into the return of the Knights Radiant.
‘Words of Radiance’ continues the superb world building begun in ‘The Way of Kings’. The world of Roshar is further embellished by the continual expansion of its geography and history (both its recent past and ancient myths).
Much like the first book, the bulk of the story is still concentrated around the civilisation of Alethkar and its people’s campaign upon the Shattered Plains. However, there are multiple teasing insights into other areas/states of Roshar that certainly leaves the reader wanting to learn more about these fascinating places and how they might eventually work into the greater story of ‘The Stormlight Archive’.
As with ‘The Way of Kings’ this is somewhat slower in pace than the bulk of Sanderson’s work as it concentrates on creating an in depth and elaborate world. That’s not to say that ‘Words of Radiance’ doesn’t contain some fantastically written action sequences. The last hundred or so pages are particularly gripping, both in terms of action and in the revelations they provide.
The division of the novel into two physical parts in the paperback edition is done at a somewhat better juncture than it was done in ‘The Way of Kings’. Although, it is still apparent that it is a forced rather than natural division, but that can’t really be helped.
An absolutely entrancing and rewarding novel that, like its predecessor, I’m sure I’ll be re-reading once the final volume of the series is published.
Words of Radiance is the second novel in The Stormlight Archive, and I read both The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance in the space of about a week, I was obsessed. The characters are fantastic. The world-building is amazing.
Sanderson holds closely to the adage, "Better for me to be confused for 10 minutes than bored for 5 seconds". There are times that you will not know fully the implications of something in the text until much later (some things from book one are resolved in book two, many hundreds of pages later), but this is fine because you know enough to get by until then.
Not only are these two books excellent, but they fit within the larger universe of Sanderson's novels (not all, admittedly, but many). The secrets of the Cosmere are only beginning to unfurl and I cannot wait to find out more.
Can't wait for Oathbringer, later this year!