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Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2 Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 48 hours and 18 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 Mar. 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IN7Y5US
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Oh my goodness, where to start with reviewing this huge and fantastic book?

I will begin by saying that I loved this book the whole time I was reading it and the ending has made me so excited for the next book in the series. I know now that Sanderson will be able to make this into something completely brilliant because of how wonderfully this has all played out so far.

So, to begin, this book is a staggering 1087 pages long but as I said in my previous review of Way of Kings (WoK from now on), the page count is perfectly justified because truly the story is wonderful. I would highly recommend this series to anyone, especially if you have previously read and enjoyed any of Sanderson's work. It may be a lot of reading, but falling into the world of Roshar again is a fantasy I can't wait to experience in the next book.

The story continues to be told from a variety of different POVs including Shallan and Kaladin. These two have certainly become the main focus of this story which is understandable when you read the things that have happened to them and do happen to the across the course of the book. Along the way we meet some of out other characters from WoKs but we lose some and gain new ones too.

Again the story is divided into sections, 5 main sections and 4 Interludes sections. The main sections are where the real plot of the story is developing and we see our favourite characters conquering evil, battling inner demons and much more. The Interludes act more as context for the rest of the world, giving us an insight into how the actions of our main characters have affected the other areas of the world.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This did not disappoint, just as engaging as the first book. The plot developed with many unexpected twists and turns. The characterisation was deeply satisfying. Sanderson has created a fascinating and consistent world. Cannot wait for the next installment.
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By Mike on 29 Mar. 2014
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I can offer no other words than to say that this series is simply wonderful. I have not been as invested in any other series apart from the wheel of time and the kingkiller chronicles. Read. This. Series. You will not be disappointed.
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By PB TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 July 2016
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I hate this book also....

Much like the first it has ruined so many other series for me. Thankfully I started the series with the first and this title out, sadly I finished both within 4 days of back to back reading :/

Much like the first, its a continuation of the world and further development of the characters. The first titles very much focused on Kal and his back story, while this title focus's on the back ground of Shallan. That's not to say we see no development elsewhere, in fact a lot of the minor character from the first book have been expanded upon and characters such as Adolin and and his brother get a lot more detail fleshed out.

In this book we see the main cast coming to grips with who / what they are. The method and how it happens is intriguing as ever and very well written. We also see comprehensive detail on other totally independent characters who I suspect will play a bigger role going forward.

As ever, the world is well written and captured in such vivid detail, its easy to conjure how the places will look in your mind. The magic system is expanded upon and details are written and well fleshed out.

Much like the first, the traditional enemy's have logical and underlying motives for what there doing rather then being all out evil people which allows you to almost sympothaise with them.

Either way much like the first, this is a stunning entry into the series and I cannot wait for more. My only regret is learning about and picking up the series before we are even a quarter of the way through. Its going to keep me wanting more for the next half a decade I expect!
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Format: Hardcover
Read the first book, read this, and then cry with the knowledge that part 3 is still but a mote in Brandon Sanderson's eye. For more fiction of this quality however, I for one will be a very patient man.
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Five stars are not enough to rate this book.
It is the second book in The Stormlight Archive.
It is a fascinating epic story set on another world very different from ours.
The writing is excellent and made it impossible for me to put this book down.
This book,and The Way of Kings are large books,so quite a commitment to take on.
If you are a fan of Brandon Sanderson (I am,did you guess?) you will appreciate the work that must have gone into writing The Stormlight Archive.
Sadly,book three in the series is not out yet(I hope Mr. Sanderson is writing as fast as he can.)
I am eagerly waiting for book three.
If you're a fan of sci/fan,do yourself a favour and read this series.I love it.
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Format: Hardcover
Whopper of a book and almost every page is more than worth it. Very rare that you want a book to go on for longer than 1088 pages! As with all Sanderson books to date, it’s a gripping, immersive ride through a fantastically imagined world.

Picks up right from the end of the previous novel - we find Kaladin forging a new life as Captain of Highprince Dalinar’s personal guard, turning former beaten-down bridgemen into fearless & dependable soldiers. Dalinar continues to try and unite the highprinces against a coming mysterious threat, using his visions as a guide, and Shallan keeps journeying & studying with Jasnah to find out the enigma of the voidbringers & history of the Knights Radiant.

Things take a turn for the fantastic & both powers and horrors from the past come in to play, leaving a patchwork of broken heroes to try and save humankind. It’s really great - read it and enjoy disappearing into a world where you can root for truth & justice and all that!

It was over a year ago that I read the Way of Kings & loved it, and in testament to the strength of character development and an impassioned writing style, I immediately picked up all the previous threads and personalities of the main characters without any trouble (though I may have struggled to remember some of the bridgemen, who slightly merge in to one multi-faced character this time).

Every chapter has something to keep you interested, and it is impressive that Sanderson manages to give so much detail and time to each character arc without it feeling like filler. E.g.
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