Words of Radiance – Brandon Sanderson

 

 

Genre: Fantasy 
Publisher: Gollancz

Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artifacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers which will threaten their integrity and their lives.

Huge, ideas-filled, world-spanning fantasy from a master of the genre.

Words of Radiance.
Words of Fucking Radiance.
Brandon Sanderson.
Brandon Fucking Sanderson.

The man is a genius. The man can write. The man has an imagination I’d love to be able to saturate myself in everyday all day. My review will never be able to do justice to the majesty that is Words of Radiance, but here goes nothing.

Words of Radiance hits the ground running, but also finds the time and space to keeps certain things moving at a slower pace. One of the reasons I love Sanderson’s writing so much is his ability to write long mundane sequences within a huge epic story. Kaladin’s struggles from The Way of Kings continues in Words of Radiance, but in a completely different perspective. He’s challenged in ways he hasn’t been before leading him to decisions and actions he might not have otherwise made. Shallan’s successes and failings are put to the test as she’s also forced to make decisions and act as she might not have otherwise. Danilar and Adolin continue to make political plays while hoping to convince the other Highprinces of an unknown impending disaster. All of these storylines converge in the best ways possible. The interactions between the various characters are fantastic and had me gushing with delight.

I will say that I did not particularly enjoy the Interludes. I know. How dare I? The problem I have with them is their placement. As soon as the story takes an interesting turn or I’m ultra invested in the characters, the Interludes are the next page. I will reread them, but in terms of my overall enjoyment of the novel they did ruin it slightly. Not enough for me to rate it anything less than five stars since I know how important they are to the overall story and world building, but I love Kaladin and Shallan more.

Overall, I loved Words of Radiance. It has everything I love in Fantasy. Mundane story lines. Mystery. Epic world building. Magic. And a crazy ending making you desperate for the next book. Do yourself a favour and read this series. I promise you will NOT be disappointed.

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