Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson

Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2)
By: Brandon Sanderson
Reviewed by Jeff
Published: March 4th 2014
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 1087
ISBN: 0765326361
Format: Hardcover

Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive sequence began in 2010 with the New York Times bestseller The Way of Kings. Now, the eagerly anticipated Words of Radiance continues the epic story and answers many of your questions.

Six years ago, the Assassin in White, a hireling of the inscrutable Parshendi, assassinated the Alethi king on the very night a treaty between men and Parshendi was being celebrated. So began the Vengeance Pact among the highprinces of Alethkar and the War of Reckoning against the Parshendi.
Now the Assassin 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.
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.
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. (Goodreads)
 Probably actually a 5 but I have to take into consideration that it didn't start off too well for me. I WILL say though that kaladin and his story might be top 3 of my favourite story lines. Obviously this book is incredible. The ending and synergy of the characters and plot is just awe inspiring especially at the end of this second instalment. I will admit and accept the potential flak I will receive for saying this, but I don't like Shallan. She got better (obviously) as the story went on but I just can't connect. And considering this book is by and large from her perspective, might be the reasoning behind the 4. She kind of a tiny bit reminds me of Sansa from GoT and I HATE Sansa with such fury. But alas I also must admit that this time in my life has been super busy with multiple things, so my reading dedication has been nil. End of the day another great Sanderson novel, glad to have conquered another behemoth read and looking forward to the next!
5/5 Carls

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