Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
“Honor is dead. But I’ll see what I can do.”
This one is long overdue. I have not posted a review in a while and why not come back with a bang and talk about my favorite read of 2016. The Stormlight Archive series was hands down my best read of 2016. I have been on a Sanderson binge once I finished Way of Kings and I am still going.
Words of Radiance continues the epic story where Way of Kings left off. It carries the same power that the first novel did and more so. This book kept me up for many late nights while I was completely immersed in the world. I would wait all day in anticipation to get a chance to read more. I love when I get that feeling about a story and so far Brandon Sanderson has captured me in that way for all of his works.
The characters are some of best written ones I have ever come across. I really feel captured and even inspired by the way Sanderson created them. Kaladin really struck home with me. Kaladin will be a part of me forever now. Watching his character progression throughout this novel was incredible. The man who grew into his powers during the first installment of the series lost them and had to redeem himself. The character arc is very rewarding to read. I really enjoyed getting into Shallan’s character and finding out more about her too. I enjoy all the characters, but I retain a particular fondness for Kaladin and Dahlinar. (Ok maybe all of them)
The magic system and plot keep growing as the story continues and a lot of very satisfying reveals happen during this novel. Sanderson’s works are a master thesis on satisfying endings. A lot of people give Stephen King flack for his poor endings, which I always thought were perfectly fine, until I got to read Sanderson. This may be a planned 10 book series, but so far each one has had a terrific conclusion.
I also received my personalized signed edition of Way of Kings for Christmas! (Thanks to my awesome girlfriend) It is the perfect addition to my collection. My phone’s wallpaper has been the cover of this book since I have finished it. Maybe that will change when Oathbringer comes out…
“As I fear not a child with a weapon he cannot lift, I will never fear the mind of a man who does not think.”