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Words of Radiance: Book Two of the Stormlight Archive

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Michael Kramer, Kate Reading

48 Hours 13 Minutes

Macmillan Audio

March 2014

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance, Book Two of the Stormlight Archive, continues the immersive fantasy epic that The Way of Kings began.

Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status 'darkeyes.' Now he must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.

The Assassin, Szeth, is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin's master has much deeper motives.

Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path. Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.

Meanwhile, at the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners

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  • Catherine Baxter

    This is by far my favorite of Brandon Sanderson's book. He is fantastic and cannot wait for the next. Michael Krammer and his wife Kate and fantastic amazing narrators. Please Brandon hurry up!

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  • Harley Blair Sr

    Just like all other Brandon Sanderson books I've read completely mesmerizing and captivating.

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  • Kristen Simler

    I was so excited for this second installment and was not disappointed in the least. I did struggle with kaladin's attitude throughout this book but loved everyone else. Sanderson is such s brilliant writer I cannot wait to see where he will take this story and all of the characters. The narrators were great and I am impressed that Kramer could keep all of his voices straight for each character.

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  • Austin M.

    I love Michael Kramer

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  • Chris Kraisser

    cannot wait to read the 3rd!!!

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  • Pierre T.

    Some of the story dragged but enjoyed the majority and the ending was epic per usual.

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  • Anonymous

    Delicious attention to detail and fraught with adventure.

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  • Nicholas C.

    I've been a big fan of Brandon Sanderson and his books for quite a while now. he is an amazing writer woth captivating worldbuilding and characterbuilding. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are phenomenal narrators who help bring these books to life even more. It truly is a rare combination to have such well written books matched with the perfect voice actors.

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  • Anonymous

    Just as good as the first book.

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  • Anonymous

    amazing just amazing all brandon sandersons book are just amazing !

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