Words of Radiance

words of radianceWords 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.”


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The Way of Kings

The Way of KingsThe Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was so good! It is huge, it is grand, and it is so good.

I cannot help comparing this to The Wheel of Time, and I have to say I like this a lot more. Sanderson really knows how to write something gripping.

To be honest I have no idea how to review this. The story is just so huge. Basically it follows three people on their different journeys, and all of them come in contact with something that shows history didn’t happen the way everyone thinks it did. This will change everything.

You fall for the characters. They are not perfect human beings, but that is what is so appealing. They have their own struggles, beliefs, and prejudices. Their story and growth is one you want to follow.

I listened to this on audiobook and can definitely recommend it. The narrators did an amazing job!

Speak again the ancient oaths,
Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.
And return to men the Shards they once bore.
The Knights Radiant must stand again.

Roshar is a world of stone swept by tempests that shape ecology and civilization. Animals and plants retract; cities are built in shelter. In centuries since ten orders of Knights fell, their Shardblade swords and Shardplate armor still transform men into near-invincible warriors. Wars are fought for them, and won by them.

In one such war on the ruined Shattered Plains, slave Kaladin struggles to save his men and fathom leaders who deem them expendable, in senseless wars where ten armies fight separately against one foe.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Fascinated by the ancient text named The Way of Kings and troubled by visions of ancient times, he doubts his sanity.

Across the ocean, Shallan trains under eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece Jasnah. Though Shallan genuinely loves learning, she plans a daring theft. Her research hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.


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The Autumn Republic

20883847The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The conclusion to The Powder Mage Trilogy, oh what an ending. I am questioning how I will talk about this without spoilers, but I’ll do it!

The first book started with the beheading of the king, and the struggle to create a democracy out of the kingdom’s ruins. Easier said than done.

The second book continued the story in such a strong way at the same time as it put down the groundwork for the third book. There are enemies all around.

This book brought the story to a climax I didn’t anticipate and kept you on the edge of your seat until the end. When looking at my Goodreads notes all I see from the second half of the book is something along the lines of “HOW WILL EVERYTHING BE TIED UP AT THE END?!” McClellan didn’t give anything away.

The characters you’ve grown to love – Tamas, Taniel, Adamat, Ka-Poel, etc. – continue to grow on you throughout this book. They are what carry this story. Well written, strong, struggling. To see their journey felt like a privilege.

Before I finish this I once more have to mention the world – I’ve said it in my previous reviews – loved to see some amazing fantasy not set in medieval times. One of the best series I’ve read (listened to) in a long time.

The capital has fallen…

Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing, his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away.

An army divided…

With the Kez still bearing down upon them and without clear leadership, the Adran army has turned against itself. Inspector Adamat is drawn into the very heart of this new mutiny with promises of finding his kidnapped son.

All hope rests with one…

And Taniel Two-shot, hunted by men he once thought his friends, must safeguard the only chance Adro has of getting through this war without being destroyed…

THE AUTUMN REPUBLIC is the epic conclusion that began with Promise of Blood and The Crimson Campaign.”


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A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and FuryA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my god. Oh. My. God. Oh my god!!

This book, what did I just read? The twists and turns. The story. The characters. I have laughed, been angry and felt both hope and despair. I understood Feyre in her choices and her feelings. I am impressed of her determination. Her growth.

Okay, calm down.

Sarah J. Maas has done something incredible in this. From the first page the story pulls you in and it doesn’t let you leave. She’s a master at creating characters you care about and stories you have no idea in which direction they will go. She is definitely the Queen of YA at the moment.

I will not go more into the story, since this is the second book in ACOTAR, but know this, it is so much better than the first one! Everything you think you know is put on its head. Definitely going to reread all of her books many times.

Thank you so much Klara @ RibbonReviews for suggestig doind this as a buddy read now in January! It would probably have taken me a lot longer to read the book otherwise^^

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart.

– Goodreads

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – The Original Screenplay

Fantastic BeastsFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best birthday gift ever! (I turned 22 yesterday.)

This book was incredible. It was like watching the movie once more. The voices, the surroundings, the feelings. It was beautiful. The movie was probably the best movie I’ve seen all year, and this book is one of the best books I’ve read all year.

It is not only the best book, it is also the most beautiful one! Just take a look at it. The design is on point! Exterior and interior both. This book is going on special display on my shelves.

I think a lot of people already know the story, Newt Scamander releasing a lot of magical beasts in New York, and if you’ve seen the movie you also know all the twists and turns of the story. It is a beautiful story that sets the foundation for something much larger. Can’t wait for the next movie.

To read the screen play was different, at the same time as it was the very same as watching the movie. To me, especially the plot surrounding Credence was much more disturbing to read than to watch. It was so well done in the movie bu I think I saw it much more graphically in my mind while reading. To also get small glimpses into Credence’s thoughts, or feelings, through reading made it touch me so much more.

That is all I am going to mention about the story. Just know, this really feels like a piece of J.K. Rowling’s writing.

J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.

– Goodreads

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