Series: The Stormlight Archive #2
Genre: High Fantasy
Size: 1088 pages
Availability: Paperback, Hardback, Ebook, Audiobook
The Knights Radiant are returning. The Everstorm looms ever closer. Is Roshar ready?
Let me tell you guys how much I love Words of Radiance. It took me 9 months to read, yet I still finished it. Why? I didn’t take so long because it was bad. Not at all. I took so long because I was having a lot of trouble in my life and books felt like too much of a chore at the time so I turned to video games as my escape instead which sucked up all of my reading time. However, I persevered through Words of Radiance because there was nothing else I possibly wanted to read while my life was being a bit crap. Because it’s that good, that even an epic reading slump wasn’t going to keep me away. It was such a massive comfort to me when I needed it. And when I finally got around to those last 100 pages (of 1088), I didn’t get to sleep until about 5 in the morning because I couldn’t just stop there. Sadly, I’m now suffering with PABD because I desperately need more! Alas.
Words of Radiance was only a little more action-packed than The Way of Kings (book one of the Stormlight Archive) was. While still a builder book, where The Way of Kings set up the world, magic system, characters, nature, and class system, Words of Radiance focused more on building up the main story of the series, as well as revealing a little more of the lore and history of Alethkar and beyond, even hinting to bigger events in the overarching Cosmere which we won’t read about for a long time yet. And if The Way of Kings was Kaladin’s book, Words of Radiance was Shallan Davar’s.
We learn all about the life and history of Shallan and how she came to this point. The things that make her such a fantastically well-rounded character. I do believe she wasn’t entirely popular in The Way of Kings but I’m fairly certain that after exploring her character in much more depth, she has a few more fans now. Though I shan’t be telling you why that is, as that would be spoilers and you’re going to read these books for yourself, after all, and let me tell you why.
No matter how large you think these books are, or how little may happen within the 2,000 pages, it still isn’t enough to satiate the desire for more. It might take you months to read one book, like me, but it’s still so worth it because reading these books is an experience. I had to keep reminding myself that this entire world and it’s characters and history are the complete fabrication of the Master Word Wizard that is Brandon Sanderson, so immersed in the story I was. I’m sure that Words of Radiance has many flaws, but to me, it is perfect. Well.. aside from the immense spine damage from attempting to hold it in front of me while reading in bed. Apparently thick tomes don’t appreciate being treated this way. And heck is it refreshing to read a high fantasy novel in this day and age that isn’t grimdark.
I urge you, if you like fantasy, push this series to the top of your to be read list. This is epic fantasy on a grand scale and an absolute must read.
You can read my review of The Way of Kings, book one in the Stormlight Archive, through the link down below, and read more reviews of Words of Radiance at The Bibliosanctum, On Starships and Dragonwings, and Staffer’s Book Review.
The Stormlight Archive:
1. The Way of Kings
2. Words of Radiance