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Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive moves into a new, darker phase and in this, the second part of the second volume the Parshendi risk the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old as they attempt to strenthen themselves against the challange of the humans. This is epic fantasy of the highest order with an intricate and wonderful world forming the background to careful Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive moves into a new, darker phase and in this, the second part of the second volume the Parshendi risk the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old as they attempt to strenthen themselves against the challange of the humans. This is epic fantasy of the highest order with an intricate and wonderful world forming the background to carefully worked out magics and a plot of constant twists and turns. All played out by a cast of memorable characters. Immersive and compelling this is an epic fantasy for the 21st century.


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Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive moves into a new, darker phase and in this, the second part of the second volume the Parshendi risk the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old as they attempt to strenthen themselves against the challange of the humans. This is epic fantasy of the highest order with an intricate and wonderful world forming the background to careful Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive moves into a new, darker phase and in this, the second part of the second volume the Parshendi risk the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old as they attempt to strenthen themselves against the challange of the humans. This is epic fantasy of the highest order with an intricate and wonderful world forming the background to carefully worked out magics and a plot of constant twists and turns. All played out by a cast of memorable characters. Immersive and compelling this is an epic fantasy for the 21st century.

30 review for Words of Radiance, Part 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan O'Neill

    Words of Radiance (Parts 1 and 2) – 5⭐ The Way of Kings (Parts 1 and 2) – 4.5 ⭐ Our Stormfather, Who art in thy Tranquiline Halls, Hallowed be thy name; Thy Heralds come, Thy will be done On Roshar as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily Fried Cremling; And forgive us our Stage 5 Clinger Sanderson obsession As we forgive those who know not his writings; And lead us not into the Everstorm But deliver us from Odium. - Nelson Mandela I started reading again in May last year after close to a decade off Words of Radiance (Parts 1 and 2) – 5⭐ The Way of Kings (Parts 1 and 2) – 4.5 ⭐ Our Stormfather, Who art in thy Tranquiline Halls, Hallowed be thy name; Thy Heralds come, Thy will be done On Roshar as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily Fried Cremling; And forgive us our Stage 5 Clinger Sanderson obsession As we forgive those who know not his writings; And lead us not into the Everstorm But deliver us from Odium. - Nelson Mandela I started reading again in May last year after close to a decade off and, 48 books later, this is my first 5-star Fictional read. This book is absolutely incredible. I was going to give it 4.5 because, no, it’s not absolutely perfect, but nothing is, and I feel like this is damn close! I also think it’s possible that we have been offered such an embarrassment of riches by Sando that I may have just come to expect too much from the man, putting him at an immediate ratings disadvantage! As Wit/Sanderson himself states: “If you gain a reputation for being too good, too skilled, beware…. Give me an audience who have come to be entertained, but who expect nothing special. To them, I will be a god.” I won’t come at this like a regular review because there are just too many moving parts in this series at this point to avoid thesis-level ramblings. I’ll start with a couple of Key points, we’ll just assume that everything was essentially perfection and I’ll offer up a couple of negatives.… ‘k? I LOVE the abundance of Hoid in Stormlight! He’s constantly interfering with things throughout the Cosmere in seemingly trivial ways but never is it as prevalent as in ‘The Stormlight Archives’. His scenes are always revelatory and occasionally offer up fantastic philosophical musings. There are a couple of ‘Warbreaker’ Easter Eggs in this book that make it really worth your while to read ‘Warbreaker’ prior to ‘Stormlight’. They’re not major but just add a little somethin’ somethin’ to the experience! I really got on-board with Shallan’s POV in this book. To be honest, I’ve been on-board since about half-way through ‘The Way of Kings’. Under Jasnah’s tutelage, she really sheds, for the most part, the shit sense of humour that she has in the earlier part of the series and has some fantastic character development in this book. Now for a couple of minor negatives. I recently watched a live signing session of Sanderson on YouTube and he discusses an audience’s threshold for “crap” (i.e. Worldbuilding, character/relationship building and foreshadowing) and its effect on plot progression. Sanderson himself suggests, obviously, that he can get away with more than what a new author would because he has proven throughout his career that if you put up with the “crap” (which, for the record, I don’t believe to be crap at all) then there will always be a big payoff. While I agree completely, and personally believe, that this “crap” is where Sanderson thrives, it could be a massive turnoff for some. If 1000 pages of amazing worldbuilding/character development vs. 300 pages of action doesn’t sing out to you, then you might hate this. Like the first book, I found that I was really anticipating a lot of the big moments before they arrived and so, they were great, but weren’t really WTF moments. That’s not to say that certain things didn’t shock me but I always had the feeling that ‘something big’ was coming, and then it came and went and I was like, huh, ok, that was adequate… ***SPOILERS AHEAD*** There are two massive ‘Take-Backs’ in this book. The first is when Kal has his hand soul-severed by Szeth, which was like “Ooooh noo!”, and then just heals it. I’m glad he didn’t lose his hand but this amongst many other things have basically made it clear that he’s invincible. The second is the beautiful, majestic Jasnah Kholin and her Gandalf style return from, by the sounds of it, the Cognitive Realm? Again, I’m torn, because I love her character but I hate take-backs! The benefits of her returning, in terms of Cognitive-realm lore and worldbuilding, may outweigh the fact that I, as the audience, don’t fear for any of the Key characters anymore. They’re pretty much untouchable. But, as it stands, I think Sanderson just needs a liiiitle sprinkle of George RR Martin in his writing to up the stakes! Are these negatives deal-breakers? Hell no! Not by a faint breeze or a stormwind! As I mentioned earlier, we’ll just assume that everything else in this book was utter perfection and move along to our next book which will unfortunately, but inevitably, cower in the shadow of this masterpiece. Life before death, Radiants!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT ENDING?!!!! I NEED MORE. I NEED CLOSURE!!!! My mind is reeling! These books are godsend! Gosh, Sanderson just hits you with that avalanche ending! I was trying to read so fast at one point that I'm pretty sure I've missed some vital parts. Some plot points were left so open-ended. Frustrating, but it makes me all the more excited to see how they'll be developed in Book Three. WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT ENDING?!!!! I NEED MORE. I NEED CLOSURE!!!! My mind is reeling! These books are godsend! Gosh, Sanderson just hits you with that avalanche ending! I was trying to read so fast at one point that I'm pretty sure I've missed some vital parts. Some plot points were left so open-ended. Frustrating, but it makes me all the more excited to see how they'll be developed in Book Three.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    It ended. The book actually ended. How am I supposed to wait for the next one? What am I supposed to do with my life? Brandon Sanderson is a creative genius.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    This is the second part of the second instalment in The Stormlight Archive series. This is an accurate depiction of me trying to accurately describe how incredible this book is: The first book was packed full of magical information for the reader and the characters to learn. I had assumed that the education in this series was complete but it proved to be only the beginning as even more background and history concerning the spren, the Knights Radiant and a whole host of other entities, as well as h This is the second part of the second instalment in The Stormlight Archive series. This is an accurate depiction of me trying to accurately describe how incredible this book is: The first book was packed full of magical information for the reader and the characters to learn. I had assumed that the education in this series was complete but it proved to be only the beginning as even more background and history concerning the spren, the Knights Radiant and a whole host of other entities, as well as how to manage or use them for future purpose, was imparted. Much of this information was learnt through Shallan, one of the many protagonists that featured here. Shallan was present in the previous instalment yet her role in the overarching story-line remained unknown to me then. She was always an interesting character but here she came into her own, by overcoming the obstacles placed in her way, and became a truly lovable one. Not, however, one devoid of flaws, but this only made her more authentic and relatable. Kaladin was the other primary protagonist. He was the individual I originally most bonded with, and who now must only take a share of my affections. The responsibilities placed upon him at book one's close were heightened here and his character was far more overwrought and overburdened because of it. I shared new information with Shallan but how to utilise them came largely from Kaladin. This made both perspectives not only highly entertaining but also as key as each other in seeing the plot through to fruition. I remain as excited as ever to continue on with this epic fantasy adventure and am yet to find a Sanderson book that does not make my jaw drop open in awe of his brilliance.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I CANNOT EVEN DEAL!! What was that Ending?? How am I suppose to wait till November! This book is AMAZINGGG!! Brandon Sanderson you are a GOD!!! All I can say is if you have not read the Stormlight Archive books, what have you been doing with your life??

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hasham Rasool

    I love this book. Alhamdulillah I hope there will be no love triangle between Kaladin, Shallan and Adolin because lots of fantasy books do have love triangle like 'Twilight'. I love this book. Alhamdulillah I hope there will be no love triangle between Kaladin, Shallan and Adolin because lots of fantasy books do have love triangle like 'Twilight'.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This had so many good things about it but it was let down by the interludes, (IMO) and the author seems to have an aversion to killing off main characters. If everyone is immortal or can be brought back from the dead, then what's the point of the story? The author has created a marvellous fantasy world here but there are too many holes in things for me to love it. Travelling seems to be instantaneous; the assassin in white just appears out of nowhere as and when he feels like it and Kaladin does This had so many good things about it but it was let down by the interludes, (IMO) and the author seems to have an aversion to killing off main characters. If everyone is immortal or can be brought back from the dead, then what's the point of the story? The author has created a marvellous fantasy world here but there are too many holes in things for me to love it. Travelling seems to be instantaneous; the assassin in white just appears out of nowhere as and when he feels like it and Kaladin does it as well towards the end of this book. As much as I like Kaladin I was bored when he and Wit had a lengthy exchange about stuff that still didn't make much sense for me even afterwards. As for the exchange between Wit and a certain 'other character' (people who have read the book will know who I'm talking about) at the end; I was left baffled and confused and wondering why I'd bothered with the rest of the book. I don't mind being tricked or deceived but that ending just seemed to be to try to get me to read the next book. I will read it but only when I feel like it. As you can tell I am pretty underwhelmed by this one, and I have read that some people are bored while reading Oathbringer. Does it get better? Does Sanderson kill people off and leave them dead? Well, I'm still giving this 3-stars because Sanderson has a great imagination, (so please do read and enjoy this and his other books) but I won't be taking on his other series of books until he finishes this series. Thanks for reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jackson Sambora

    Words Of Radiance - Part 2 is some of the most well crafted fantasy fiction I've ever read. Top marks. *This will be a spoiler free review of Book 2 of The Stormlight Archive; Words Of Radiance.* First of all I want to mention that I believe Words Of Radiance works better read as a whole, rather than divided into it's two parts. That, or the divide came just a few chapters too early for me. Everything I felt was missing from Words of Radiance, Part 1 was given to me within the first few chapters o Words Of Radiance - Part 2 is some of the most well crafted fantasy fiction I've ever read. Top marks. *This will be a spoiler free review of Book 2 of The Stormlight Archive; Words Of Radiance.* First of all I want to mention that I believe Words Of Radiance works better read as a whole, rather than divided into it's two parts. That, or the divide came just a few chapters too early for me. Everything I felt was missing from Words of Radiance, Part 1 was given to me within the first few chapters of Part 2. I'm not sure if this was intentional or not. We had some of the best characterisation of the series take part within these pages and we were introduced to a couple of new faces that were a welcome addition to the ensemble (looking at Lift and Wyndle here, as well as a handful more). The characters arcs were melded together perfectly and interwoven in a way that left me feeling both cheated AND excited at the end of EVERY chapter - torn between wanting to stick with the current POV and looking forward to what our next character was up to. SO many questions were answered and we had some seriously satisfying revelations! The fight scenes were masterful, Adolin's duels were great to read and seeing Szeth and Kaladin in action is SO much fun. Shallan's flashbacks, despite being a little predictable, were very engaging and I look upon her in a much more favourable light now, after not being entirely convinced by her character during The Way Of Kings. I think that is partly because of her newly found independence, drive and motivation, but on this I shall say no more so as to avoid spoilers. Seeing Kaladin through the eyes of Shallan and Adolin was interesting too. Seeing how others, beside Dalinar, Gaz and the lads in Bridge Four, see him made ME view him differently. It was really well done. Although... his incessant hatefulness (despite current affairs) IS getting a tad old. Wit also has more of an open appearance in the latter half of this book and drops a boat-load of information regarding the wider Cosmere in a rare moment of liberal clarity from Sanderson. It really draws me in knowing there is SO MUCH more story to be told - so many more books to be read in this universe. It makes me really care and pay attention to every detail, although I am certain that I still overlook references and hidden easter eggs! The world building is as flawless as ever. We see a lot more of this magnificent world through the eyes of both new and familiar characters. During this part, more than all the others, I found myself checking the map at the front to help with the geographical placements of events, which is great in my opinion. It makes it feel so real. Anyway, I could rave about the brilliance of this series for ages. If you've read this far, thank you. And if you have yet to read these books... Just do it. Put the other books in your TBR pile aside and give these a try as soon as you can. You won't regret it. 5 stars for Sanderson. I am very much looking forward to both Edgedancer and Oathbringer! Happy reading folks!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Di

    O...M...G...this blew my mind! This was SO perfectly executed and at no point did I find myself questioning anything - not once! It was perfect. It was magnificent and what epic fantasy should be about. I am speechless. You just go and read the damn book lol, no chance I can give you a proper review sorry. My emotions are not manageable right now...thank you Mr Sanderson! Just one suggestion - can you stop filling the last 200 or 300 pages of your books with proper action every time because I ha O...M...G...this blew my mind! This was SO perfectly executed and at no point did I find myself questioning anything - not once! It was perfect. It was magnificent and what epic fantasy should be about. I am speechless. You just go and read the damn book lol, no chance I can give you a proper review sorry. My emotions are not manageable right now...thank you Mr Sanderson! Just one suggestion - can you stop filling the last 200 or 300 pages of your books with proper action every time because I have to put my life on hold as I just cannot stop reading?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nadine

    Updated Review - September 28, 2020 Words of Radiance his packed. It’s packed in terms of plot, character development, and world building. There isn’t a single moment in this 1000 plus page book that is filler. Every moment and every revelation is deliberate and serves a greater purpose. This is my first reread of Words of Radiance and what was most noticeable was Sanderson’s decisions he made in terms of plot early on in the novel as well as those he made regarding certain characters. Notably, K Updated Review - September 28, 2020 Words of Radiance his packed. It’s packed in terms of plot, character development, and world building. There isn’t a single moment in this 1000 plus page book that is filler. Every moment and every revelation is deliberate and serves a greater purpose. This is my first reread of Words of Radiance and what was most noticeable was Sanderson’s decisions he made in terms of plot early on in the novel as well as those he made regarding certain characters. Notably, Kaladin. Kaladin sucks in Words of Radiance. He’s a petulant child for most of the novel, though it is hard to fault him for this behaviour but it’s still annoying. Like my reread of The Way of Kings, I found a new found appreciation for the interludes and prologue. The insight into The Listeners is priceless and made me realize how excited I am for Eshonai and Venli’s flashbacks in Rhythm of War. I’m also incredibly excited for Dawnshard because I forgot how great Rysn’s interludes actually are. It’s funny how perspectives change. Shallan continues to be my favourite character. Words of Radiance is very much Shallan’s book and she owns every second of it. Her personal growth is heartbreaking yet exciting. Again, the Sanderson Avalanche strikes… Hard. There is so much going on at the end that it’s hectic and overwhelming, as it should be. There’s moment in particular that encapsulates the ending and that is (view spoiler)[ when Sureblood dies. Adolin is heartbroken and distraught. The way Sanderson writes Adolin’s feelings as he’s trying to process them in the middle of a full-blown war is perfection. It’s also the perfect representation of what it feels like to read a Sanderson Avalanche. (hide spoiler)] Overall, Words of Radiance is everything. It took me forever to write this pretty short review because Sanderson renders me speechless, even on reread. _____ Words of Radiance. Words of Fucking Radiance. Brandon Sanderson. Brandon Fucking Sanderson. The man is a genius. The man can write. The man has an imagination I’d love to be able to saturate myself in everyday all day. My review will never be able to do justice to the majesty that is Words of Radiance, but here goes nothing. Words of Radiance hits the ground running, but also finds the time and space to keeps certain things moving at a slower pace. One of the reasons I love Sanderson’s writing so much is his ability to write long mundane sequences within a huge epic story. Kaladin’s struggles from The Way of Kings continues in Words of Radiance, but in a completely different perspective. He’s challenged in ways he hasn’t been before leading him to decisions and actions he might not have otherwise made. Shallan’s successes and failings are put to the test as she’s also forced to make decisions and act as she might not have otherwise. Danilar and Adolin continue to make political plays while hoping to convince the other Highprinces of an unknown impending disaster. All of these storylines converge in the best ways possible. The interactions between the various characters are fantastic and had me gushing with delight. I will say that I did not particularly enjoy the Interludes. I know. How dare I? The problem I have with them is their placement. As soon as the story takes an interesting turn or I’m ultra invested in the characters, the Interludes are the next page. I will reread them, but in terms of my overall enjoyment of the novel they did ruin it slightly. Not enough for me to rate it anything less than five stars since I know how important they are to the overall story and world building, but I love Kaladin and Shallan more. Overall, I loved Words of Radiance. It has everything I love in Fantasy. Mundane story lines. Mystery. Epic world building. Magic. And a crazy ending making you desperate for the next book. Do yourself a favour and read this series. I promise you will NOT be disappointed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Malinda

    Holy moly. This book is amazing. Another precious gem from Sanderson.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    OH WOW! I can't wait until November to continue this series. This book was amazing and I lowkey can't deal. OH WOW! I can't wait until November to continue this series. This book was amazing and I lowkey can't deal.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Courtney (bookplaces)

    Wow Wow Wow😍😍😍 Brilliant. Although this is only book 2 in the series, I can guarantee that this will be a series I recommend over and over! This book was so enjoyable to read: Incredible World Building✔ Thorough Magic Systems✔ Complex Characters✔ Intricate Plot Weaving✔ Twists and Ending Shocks Galore✔ I highly recommend this book to all who love fantasy, unexpected twists, and well-written magic systems!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mishaal

    Okay this book was just amazing! The pace was really fast and happening which kept me going till 6 in the morning! Alot of my questions have been answered finally but then at the same time there are so many more! Lol The ending though! wow! I can't wait to start the Oathbringer! This series is one of the best ones I have read so far! The character development is just getting better and better! Okay this book was just amazing! The pace was really fast and happening which kept me going till 6 in the morning! Alot of my questions have been answered finally but then at the same time there are so many more! Lol The ending though! wow! I can't wait to start the Oathbringer! This series is one of the best ones I have read so far! The character development is just getting better and better!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melissa | melisthereader

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Probably the best book ever. I loved it so much!!! I am SO excited for Oathbringer. I need it now!!!! Also for those of you who have also read Warbreaker. Can we talk about Szeth's new sword and Zahel?? The Cosmere is making sense now. I am shocked and so mindblown. Probably the best book ever. I loved it so much!!! I am SO excited for Oathbringer. I need it now!!!! Also for those of you who have also read Warbreaker. Can we talk about Szeth's new sword and Zahel?? The Cosmere is making sense now. I am shocked and so mindblown.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Roxana Chirilă

    Bless Sanderson, this was *good*. "Words of Radiance" as a whole was great, but I'm amazed at how he manages to make the action pick up even more and become MORE exciting on the last hundred pages, up to the point where I almost skipped paragraphs to see what happens next. "The Stormlight Archive" is so rewarding - and the more Sanderson I read, the more I love his work. I love the way he builds worlds. I love the way he builds action, keeping things tense and exciting *now*, even as he builds to Bless Sanderson, this was *good*. "Words of Radiance" as a whole was great, but I'm amazed at how he manages to make the action pick up even more and become MORE exciting on the last hundred pages, up to the point where I almost skipped paragraphs to see what happens next. "The Stormlight Archive" is so rewarding - and the more Sanderson I read, the more I love his work. I love the way he builds worlds. I love the way he builds action, keeping things tense and exciting *now*, even as he builds towards bigger plots *later*. Well, eerrr, actually I guess he doesn't always do that, but he definitely managed to hit the right balance in "Words of Radiance". The whole thing is over 1000 pages long, but it goes by like a breeze. Anyway, I'm so excited for more, that I ordered the next book in the series before I was even done with this one. I can't wait for it to arrive.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Crowther

    Perfection. Right there!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    Book 2 done and truthfully I’m still processing. I didn’t quite enjoy this as much as I did The Way of Kings, partly because the book focuses quite a bit on Shallan’s story and I’m not all that crazy about her. She was so annoying ( actually rolled my eyes a time or two) and although she definitely improves from the first book, it’s a slow process and it seems to take a long while for her to get there. But all the characters have interesting arcs and growth and it was very satisfying to see it a Book 2 done and truthfully I’m still processing. I didn’t quite enjoy this as much as I did The Way of Kings, partly because the book focuses quite a bit on Shallan’s story and I’m not all that crazy about her. She was so annoying ( actually rolled my eyes a time or two) and although she definitely improves from the first book, it’s a slow process and it seems to take a long while for her to get there. But all the characters have interesting arcs and growth and it was very satisfying to see it all come together in the end. It’s an incredible world Sanderson has created with characters I would think about and worry for as I went about my day and as a reader that’s gold for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stars

    ⭐Now that I got my feelings sorted let's try to review it ⭐ So, now we're try to save kingdoms from falling in times of war while some are trying to sabotage them. All this is not clear, the motives of our main character seem like the right thing, but in any conflict both sides feel like they are doing the right thing, which is possibly the most terrifying part of this war. The interludes are so crucial please do not skip them. They might feel irrelevant in certain cases but I'm sure they will ma ⭐Now that I got my feelings sorted let's try to review it ⭐ So, now we're try to save kingdoms from falling in times of war while some are trying to sabotage them. All this is not clear, the motives of our main character seem like the right thing, but in any conflict both sides feel like they are doing the right thing, which is possibly the most terrifying part of this war. The interludes are so crucial please do not skip them. They might feel irrelevant in certain cases but I'm sure they will makes sense later in the series. While some are so relevant the rest of the book might not make as much sense without it. Fear not they don't explain everything and even if you read it cover to cover they is still so much that is unknown, and we have probably not seen the worst of it yet. I can't wait to read the rest of the series but I'm also scared 🥺🥺 My favorite parts are anything and everything about the Kholin's. I won't explain just read it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    5 Stars! With half an hour to go, I've actually done it and completed BOTH careers for my OWLS! O.W.L.S - Career - Auror Charms - Read a book with a white cover I am honestly drained from powering through this book, thoughts and feeling to come, but what an ending. To top it off, those last 30 pages... a lot happened and I am SHOOK! 5 Stars! With half an hour to go, I've actually done it and completed BOTH careers for my OWLS! O.W.L.S - Career - Auror Charms - Read a book with a white cover I am honestly drained from powering through this book, thoughts and feeling to come, but what an ending. To top it off, those last 30 pages... a lot happened and I am SHOOK!

  21. 5 out of 5

    charlotte,

    Rep: bi mc with PTSD, mc with depression, gay side character with epilepsy CWs: domestic abuse, murder

  22. 5 out of 5

    Darcey

    buddy read with the brilliant Yeganeh! thank you for forcing me to tackle this tome, sis❤ yesss this conclusion to book #2 in The Stormlight Archive was everything i needed! i got banter between Shallan and Kaladin (their sibling relationship is to die for), adorable romance between Adolin and Shallan, and kickassery from pretty much everyone. don't even get me started on my love for (most of) Bridge 4... i would die for those boys. Sanderson has, once again, managed to write a stunning epic fan buddy read with the brilliant Yeganeh! thank you for forcing me to tackle this tome, sis❤ yesss this conclusion to book #2 in The Stormlight Archive was everything i needed! i got banter between Shallan and Kaladin (their sibling relationship is to die for), adorable romance between Adolin and Shallan, and kickassery from pretty much everyone. don't even get me started on my love for (most of) Bridge 4... i would die for those boys. Sanderson has, once again, managed to write a stunning epic fantasy book with intricate characters, a mind-blowing plotline and worldbuilding that any reader would be fully impressed with. his writing is superb, and he deserves a medal for making such long books entertaining throughout!

  23. 5 out of 5

    daisy

    I'm dead and Brandon Sanderson killed me. In all seriousness, though, I honestly don't even know where to start with a review for this book. It was fantastic and might possibly be one of my favourite novels. Actually, probably not even 'possibly' - it's one of my favourite novels now. I need to type a review out, for this and for The Way of Kings, but for now I'll just say that I adore this book. Every book I read of his has me feeling more and more impressed and in awe of how seamlessly he pulls I'm dead and Brandon Sanderson killed me. In all seriousness, though, I honestly don't even know where to start with a review for this book. It was fantastic and might possibly be one of my favourite novels. Actually, probably not even 'possibly' - it's one of my favourite novels now. I need to type a review out, for this and for The Way of Kings, but for now I'll just say that I adore this book. Every book I read of his has me feeling more and more impressed and in awe of how seamlessly he pulls together all of these worlds and characters and magic systems. It's incredible. Also: THE (view spoiler)[NIGHTBLOOD (hide spoiler)] CAMEO HAS COMPLETELY RUINED ME. I can't believe that I didn't pick up on (view spoiler)[Zahel being Vasher (hide spoiler)] until after that cameo - all of those (view spoiler)[colour-related idioms and I still didn't realise!! I'm so damn glad I read Warbreaker before starting The Stormlight Archive, because that reveal made me throw the book across my bed lmao (hide spoiler)]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emilia Rosén

    ARGH! I LOVE IT! Need... more... or... will...perish. (ALSO, I ship Kaladin with Shallan so hardcore. I get that Adolin is the sweetest, funniest, handsomest guy on the planet, but they just fit together so nicely... I just want to force them to get together.. please, Sanderson?)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charm at Raptureinbooks

    There is a reason why Brandon Sanderson is one of my top authors. This book right here has once more solidified that decision. The man is a storming genius! Fantastic characters and world building

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pauline Fireheart

    One of the best book I have ever read. Full review to come (hopefully)

  27. 4 out of 5

    The Wulver's Library

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I may have jumped the gun and finished this book AND Edgedancer. I remember reading Way of Kings and being so enthused by it that I couldn’t stop either. WoR was even more awesome in many ways. We see our heroes back in action but this is Shallan’s book, however there are a lot of major characters involved. Bridge Four have earned their freedom and Dalinar is trying to be the man he was meant to be. Kaladin is trying to overcome his flaws and Shallan and Jasnah are beginning their journey, althou I may have jumped the gun and finished this book AND Edgedancer. I remember reading Way of Kings and being so enthused by it that I couldn’t stop either. WoR was even more awesome in many ways. We see our heroes back in action but this is Shallan’s book, however there are a lot of major characters involved. Bridge Four have earned their freedom and Dalinar is trying to be the man he was meant to be. Kaladin is trying to overcome his flaws and Shallan and Jasnah are beginning their journey, although Jasnah meets her demise on the ship and reluctantly dies. We are introduced to the perspective of the Parshendi and we follow Eshonai; a Shardbearer, who is attempting to find a new form and embrace this. Eventually, the Parshendi create the Everstorm, another storm that marks the beginning of the Desolation. We also experience their rich culture which is truly a hallmark to Sanderson. This book is definitely bigger than WoK which is always a plus when it comes to epic fantasy. The artistic drawings in this book is absolutely beautiful and compliment the story well. The portrayal of glyphs and Shardplate design are masterfully done and are always an integral and compelling break from the story. It’s a nearly flawless impressive world with even more impressive characters. Sanderson does an impressive job of bringing his characters to life and make us really feel something for them. He portrays cultures, years of history and numerous character back stories with precision and ease. He focuses on a handful of characters however also uses interludes to develop characters who have a much bigger part later. The dialogue is strong and the action sequences are breath-taking. The way that Sanderson portrays magic in his entire book strengthens on each take and is truly a fight to imagine. The series does take a lot of committed time however this is worth it. The ending of the story, and the revelation of Jasnah and Wit, is enough to make you a fan of the series and yearn for more. I truly believe, if this pace keeps up, that we are looking at one of the greatest fantasy literature ever written

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I'm beginning to understand the scope of this series. I knew when I started that Sanderson was planning 10 books but only now do I understand exactly what that means and I'm SO EXCITED. The pace of the first two has been near perfection and I'm so in love with almost everyone involved. Particularly Shallan and Kaladin (obvs). Thankfully I only have to wait until November for the third but after that... it's ASOIAF all over again. I'm beginning to understand the scope of this series. I knew when I started that Sanderson was planning 10 books but only now do I understand exactly what that means and I'm SO EXCITED. The pace of the first two has been near perfection and I'm so in love with almost everyone involved. Particularly Shallan and Kaladin (obvs). Thankfully I only have to wait until November for the third but after that... it's ASOIAF all over again.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    „He saw it in her eyes. The anguish, the frustration. The terrible nothing that clawed inside and sought to smother her. She knew. It was there, inside. She had been broken. Then she smiled. Oh, storms. She smiled anyway. It was the single most beautiful thing he’d seen in his entire life“ Two of my least favourite tropes ever were used in this book and there are some things that I don‘t really like (which I won‘t go into, because of spoilers) but I still have to give this 5 stars because I loved „He saw it in her eyes. The anguish, the frustration. The terrible nothing that clawed inside and sought to smother her. She knew. It was there, inside. She had been broken. Then she smiled. Oh, storms. She smiled anyway. It was the single most beautiful thing he’d seen in his entire life“ Two of my least favourite tropes ever were used in this book and there are some things that I don‘t really like (which I won‘t go into, because of spoilers) but I still have to give this 5 stars because I loved it so much, despite its flaws. It was fast paced, exciting and had some of my favourite character moments and interactions in the whole series. While it took me over a month to read Way of Kings Part 1, I finished this one in just 3 days because I couldn‘t stop reading. I even enjoyed the interludes, which were a bit hard for me in previous books. Some of the things I enjoyed most: - The fight scenes. As always they were super exciting and well done. - The dynamics and progression of the relationships between Adolin and Kaladin and Adolin and Shallan and - of course - Bridge Four. - Shallans plotline and her twisted character, I didn‘t like her in Way of Kings, but now that I know her better, I think she is one of the most complex characters. - Shallan and Kaladin in the chasms - I enjoyed reading that part a lot and think there was some great character growth, especially for Kaladin. - Some of the plot twists (definitely not all of them, especially towards the end but others blew my mind) Finally, here are some more qoutes: „I say that there is no role for women--there is, instead, a role for each woman, and she must make it for herself. For some, it will be the role of scholar; for others, it will be the role of wife. For others, it will be both. For yet others, it will be neither.“ „As I fear not a child with a weapon he cannot lift, I will never fear the mind of a man who does not think“

  30. 4 out of 5

    Naiké

    This was so so good! Highly recommend the audiobook it enhances the experience so much! The Stormlight Archive is such a good series! I loved the Way of Kings, but man this was even better! 🤩 I loved this even more because I already knew and understood the world now and I could focus on the amazing characters Sanderson created. My baby Shallan, I love that woman. And I love Jasnah so so much 🤩 These two together give the perfect scenes! I also LOVED the dynamic between Adolin and Kaladin in this boo This was so so good! Highly recommend the audiobook it enhances the experience so much! The Stormlight Archive is such a good series! I loved the Way of Kings, but man this was even better! 🤩 I loved this even more because I already knew and understood the world now and I could focus on the amazing characters Sanderson created. My baby Shallan, I love that woman. And I love Jasnah so so much 🤩 These two together give the perfect scenes! I also LOVED the dynamic between Adolin and Kaladin in this book 😍 Can't wait to read Oathbringer, I probably will next month! I also want to mention that I really like the fact that the books are split into 2 books. It's so much less intimidating to have 2 books of about 500/600 pages instead of 1 massive book!

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