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Words of Radiance

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Michael Kramer,Kate Reading
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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)
  • Oathbringer 

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
  • Collection
  • Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels:

  • Elantris
  • Warbreaker

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
  • Steelheart
  • Firefight
  • Calamity
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AMAZING.

If you love being drawn into a convincing and incredible new world, and crave to be caught up in the story and to care about the characters, this book is for you.

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A must read for any fantasy fan

I loved the entire series and this is no exception. I am not going to write a full review of the book and allow a reader to focous on parts of the book I didn’t enjoy. But I will say this if you are a fan of fantasy, and love audiobooks that suck you in with a deep story with character development that is so seamless it feels natural, and a narrator who is so skilled with voices that every aspect of the world comes alive then this is the book for you.

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Love!Love!Love!

It was so good! I was on the edge of my seat for so much of it!

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narrator is broken

Decent story with alot of potential tho it suffers when the author tries too hard to dabble in philosophy instead of sticking with fantasy. The pacing is slow and the general mood is depressing. I really like the world he created but not really the ppl as everyone in this world is prejudist or spiteful against some group or another to there own detriment.

The female narrator is inconsistent. Her impression of the sailors yaob and the captain for example changes from normal to heavily accented almost French between conversations. She made a large error as u cant change a characters voice once it's been established. Could u imagine if during a movie an actor suddenly started talking with a heavy accent half way thru a scene and that suddenly became his new voice for no reason? How this kinda stuff gets past production is strange. But it sours the performance.

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Excellent book and performances

The story begun in book 1 progresses further and we gain more knowledge of the vast world built be Sanderson. If you want end to end action this book won't be for you. You need patience and an interest in the details of this world to get through this massive effort. I loved it.

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Amazing!

Amazing, just amazing! Slow bit so so worth it, rare is a book that gets me on the edge of my seat!

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Starts out great and then drones from there

The further into all the book(s) I got the less I was interested. Initial concepts are creative and interesting. The rest of the plot becomes less fascinating.

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can't stop listening!

I can't believe I had to search to know about the Storm Archives, I'm on my 2nd book and it keeps getting better, the only downside is I won't be reading listening to any other genre for few months!

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Starts slow but man is the ending worth it. 10/10

Amazing how all of the narrative threads weave together by the end, the epilogue is mind blowing.

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Simply Epic

I don't often lay in bed listening to an audiobook till 7 in the morning, but when I do, it's the Storm light Archive.

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