Review: Words of Radiance

2020, REVIEW

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Stormlight Archive #2
Pages: 1087
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

Synopsis for book one

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed…

They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won.

Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne.

On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few day a young spearman forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight.

What happened deep in mankind’s past?

Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?

My thoughts

This is the second book in the Stormlight Archives series by Brandon Sanderson. The book is told in multiple POV’s and on different timelines – Flashbacks – each book flashbacks to a different characters back ground. Way of Kings – Kaladin Words of Radiance – Shallan
Shallan is fast becoming a favourite character of mine and I thought her development throughout this book was done really well. Kaladin has always been one of my favourite characters and this didn’t change in this book. I can’t wait to jump into Oathbringer so I can read more about him. I love the world Brandon Sanderson has built and I think he has done a really good job with the world building. I do find I struggle at the beginning to get into the story as it is a lot to take in but once I am in, I can’t put the book down. I read the last 700 page of this book in around 2 days.
I think I say this in every Brandon Sanderson review but he is one of my all time favourite authors.
I recommend this series to everyone.

what are your thoughts on this series so far. Are you excited for Rhythm of War coming out on November 17th in the Uk, let me know in the comments below.

-Happy Reading
xoxo