Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
THIS BLEW MY MIND! Mistborn is nothing compared to this masterpiece. I cannot wait for the next book!
Again, I cannot help but compare this (The Stormlight Archive) to The Wheel of Time. Both being large, epic, fantasy stories. This is so much better. The story grips you without letting you go. The characters are intriguing and you cannot help but feel for them. The chapters between action in WoT are dull, but here your interest isn’t lost. If that isn’t proof of great writing I don’t know what is.
So, this is the second book in the series and it picks up right where the first left off. You follow the same characters (Kaladin, Shallan and Highprince Dalinar) as well as being introduced to new perspectives. To be honest I don’t want to say too much about the story, because spoilers, but know this, you can feel the build up throughout this book.
I really want to read this series in book form as well, since I now just listened o it. Might pick them up during fall, before the next one comes out in November.
“In the first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war. Among those caught up in the conflict are Highprince Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his neice Jasnah, a renowned scholar; her student Shallan, a brilliant but troubled young woman; and Kaladin, a military slave who, by the book’s end, was beginning to become the first magically endowed Knight Radiant in centuries.
In Words of Radiance their intertwined stories will continue and, as Sanderson fans have come to expect, develop in unexpected, wonderfully surprising directions. The war with the Parshendi will move into a new, dangerous phase, as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains in a bold attempt to finally end it. Shallan will come along, hoping to find the legendary, perhaps mythical, city of Urithuru, which Jasnah believes holds a secret vital to mankind’s survival on Roshar. The Parshendi take a dangerous step to strengthen themselves for the human challenge, risking the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old. To deal with it all, Kaladin must learn how to fulfill his new role, while mastering the powers of a Windrunner.”