In that 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 Brightlord Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his sister Jasnah, a renowned scholar; her student Shallan, a brilliant but troubled young woman; and Kaladin, a military slave who, by the book’s end, had 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 to how to fulfill his new role as leader of the restored Knights Radiant, while mastering the powers of a Windrunner.
I have been trying to write this review for 3 hours now. I just can't put down words about how amazing the world and book is. Sanderson is a world building genius. The thought he puts down into his worlds are inspiring. And this time around I realized something I had missed, most of his books are connected cos they are in the same universe, "the Sanderson universe", not called that, he even has a name. They are all different magic and such, but like I said, world building genius who created a universe.
Yes it is long, very long, very very long. But do not let that scare you. I got caught up in the world, I could not tear myself away from this book, it lay there radiant and called to me. I even cried at one point as the book tore a hole in my soul.
The book has 3 main POVs, and a few smaller ones. We follow Kaladin who is no longer a slave (and I am his fangirl). I loved his POV, and it was the POV that made me cry that one time.
Then we have Shallan, in this world the men fight, the women do everything else so she is smart and resourceful. Loves to think and draw. I remember that it took a while for me to really like her in book 1, but she sure has matured and I respect her now.
Then there is Dalinar, with the world on his shoulder, how I liked the end, go Dalinar.
Except for Shallan's part (as she is on her way) most of the book takes place in the shattered plains. We have fighting against the enemy, fighting among themselves and different factions trying to steer events or make things not happen. So I have NO idea who to trust of the strangers at this point, lots of shadowy figures. Lots of things I want to know.
Also there is a lot of artwork inside that truly lifts the book even higher.
The series is amazing, this book is amazing, did I say amazing already? I did? Ok, it's awesome. If you love fantasy you must read this book. If you love books, then read this book. It's masterful and I could not put it down.
Nice but the one of Shallan inside is really good, I have that one as my wallpaper.
Hardcover, 1087 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Tor Books
The Stormlight Archive #2