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An excellent addition to Sanderson's world
on 30 April 2017
I think there are only a few writers who manage what Brandon Sanderson has done with this novel. It's not only one of the longest books I have read this year, by a huge margin, but it was completely riveting the entire time.
Words of Radiance is the second novel in The Stormlight Archive, and I read both The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance in the space of about a week, I was obsessed. The characters are fantastic. The world-building is amazing.
Sanderson holds closely to the adage, "Better for me to be confused for 10 minutes than bored for 5 seconds". There are times that you will not know fully the implications of something in the text until much later (some things from book one are resolved in book two, many hundreds of pages later), but this is fine because you know enough to get by until then.
Not only are these two books excellent, but they fit within the larger universe of Sanderson's novels (not all, admittedly, but many). The secrets of the Cosmere are only beginning to unfurl and I cannot wait to find out more.
Can't wait for Oathbringer, later this year!