Words of Radiance

Words of Radiance Summary

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

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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Book Reviews


Engrossing tale5 star

Very well written, even if occasionally there are references that are not explained well. Interesting story in a different world, one which is depicted clearly by the author.55


Amazing5 star

This is literally the best book I’ve ever read55


Stunning sequel!5 star

In THE WAY OF KINGS, we got to see some of Kaladin’s backstory, and we get to see Shallan’s in this book! We also get to meet Lift, who is my second-favorite character! (Kaladin is still my #1.) We get explore the world’s magic a bit more, which is always fun. “I am a stick.” We get to see the night Gavilar was killed from a different point of view. We get an awesome fight scene! “Honor is dead, but I’ll see what I can do.” Great second book; I devoured it! Not to be missed! (Oh yeah, and there’s a cool sword at the end. I mean the very end. Like, end of the last chapter. A VERY cool sword. Don’t miss it!)55


Stop5 star

Stop reading reviews, you obviously read the first book if you are here, get it already55


Perfection5 star

It’s the highest rated book on goodreads for a reason. Stop looking at these reviews and buy it already. Idiot.55

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Better than the first!5 star

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.55


Fantastic4 star

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.45


Excellence5 star

Storming Amazing55


Amazing5 star

Amazing lol. Only word I got.55


Epic and amazing5 star

It’s worth every one of its seemingly millions of words! I loved this book!55

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