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Words of Radiance: Book Two of the Stormlight Archive

(2014)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Illustrator(s): Ben McSweeney
Isaac Stewart
et al
Editor: Moshe Feder
Publisher: Tor
Pages: 1007
Personal Rating: 10/10
Amazon: 5/5
Goodreads: 4.5/5
Bindings:Hard Bound
Series:
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Classifications:Fantasy
Action
Drama
Synopsis:
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 Assassinís 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.
Reaction:
Possibly my favorite of the series so far (with the first four books out). Sanderson does an excellent job creating very exciting and satisfying stand-up-and-cheer moments.