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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
Tor Books (March 4, 2014)

In Tor’s longest, most elaborately embellished novel ever, The Way of Kings, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war. Among those caught up in the conflict are Brightlord Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his sister Jasnah, a renowned scholar; her student Shallan, a brilliant but troubled young woman; and Kaladin, a military slave who, by the book’s end, had become the first magically endowed Knight Radiant in centuries.

In Words of Radiance their intertwined stories will continue and, as Sanderson fans have come to expect, develop in unexpected, wonderfully surprising directions. The war with the Parshendi will move into a new, dangerous phase, as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains in a bold attempt to finally end it. Shallan will come along, hoping to find the legendary, perhaps mythical, city of Urithuru, which Jasnah believes holds a secret vital to mankind’s survival on Roshar. The Parshendi take a dangerous step to strengthen themselves for the human challenge, risking the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old. To deal with it all, Kaladin must learn to how to fulfill his new role as leader of the restored Knights Radiant, while mastering the powers of a Windrunner.

With this second book, the Stormlight Archive grows even more richly immersive and compelling. Sanderson’s fans, old and new, are likely to lift it at least as high on the bestseller lists as its predecessor.


On the one hand, it seems like we've been waiting for this second volume forever. On the other hand, it's hard to believe that the first book came out in 2010. I was actually a little bit wary of reading The Way of Kings when it first came out, not only because I didn't like the way the whole Mistborn saga ended, but because I knew Sanderson's work on The Wheel of Time would delay a subsequent volume. As it turned out, however, I enjoyed it immensely, so much so that can still recall pivotal scenes with absolute clarity several years later - which is something of an oddity for me. I may have to skim the first book to get a sense of where we left off, but Words of Radiance will be one of those books I deliberately lose myself in, late into the night, for a marathon read.

Should I be so lucky as to land an ARC, then I promise to whet your appetite as soon as the final page is turned!

8 comments:

  1. I just don't know. I enjoyed the first outing, but didn't fall in love with it. And Sanderson's style makes him a quick read. But I still don't know if I am ready to commit to another thousand pages. I may have to wait until the winter down time on this one rather than try to jump in early.

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    1. I have to admit,I like a big door-stopper of a book. Plus, like you say, he does make for a quick read.

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  2. I'm looking forward to this too. I love Sanderson, and The Way of Kings is one of my favorite books of all time. I have a feeling this book be well worth the wait. ~Mogsy

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  3. OOh nice! This is new to me but it sounds exciting!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  4. So, I haven't read Brandon Sanderson yet. I know, I KNOW. As a self-proclaimed lover of high fantasy, this is an atrocity of epic proportions. But it's on my to-read-ASAP list. I have recently acquired The Final Empire and Steelheart. So, as I said, I'm getting there, soon. In anticipation of these reads, I want to read everything else by him ever. Which is a lot.

    I'm sorry to hear that you weren't impressed with Mistborn's finale. It is refreshing, however, to know that The Way of Kings, despite being a 1000+ page door stopper is entirely memorable, which is, of course, a description often found synonymous with Sanderson's writings. I'm off to get a hold of The Way of Kings because I'm already anticipating Words of Radiance along with you!

    - Jessie
    My WoW - Jessie Marie Reads

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    1. My main problem with Mistborn (small spoiler here) is that my favourite character never made it beyond the first book. It completely changed the tone and feel of the next two books.

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  5. Awesome pick. Looks like you have 2 more months left of waiting,
    Here's WoW
    Doris @ OABR

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  6. this one sounds very intriguing! There is nothing I like more than a nice space opera

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