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Words of Radiance

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Brandon Sanderson

Narrated By: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: March 2014

Duration: 48 hours 21 minutes

Summary:

The Stormlight Archive sequence began in 2010 with the New York Times bestseller The Way of Kings. Now, the eagerly anticipated Words of Radiance continues the epic story and answers many of your questions.

Six years ago, the Assassin in White, a hireling of the inscrutable Parshendi, assassinated the Alethi king on the very night a treaty between men and Parshendi was being celebrated. So began the Vengeance Pact among the highprinces of Alethkar and the War of Reckoning against the Parshendi.

Now the Assassin 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.

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.

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.

The doors of the Stormlight Archive first opened to us with The Way of Kings. Read that book - now available in all formats - and then Words of Radiance, and you can be part of the adventure every dazzling step of the way.

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  • Sigridur T

    Excellent like most Brandon Sanderson's work. I can't wait for his next book in this series.

  • Kristopher H

    One of my all time favorite books, by my favorite author, read by my favorite narrators. I love it.

  • Ibrahim A

    What an amazing book! I never thought that I would or could be excited about an audio book.

  • Brandon N

    Narration felt rushed, even through conversations. It's already 15 hours longer than most books, another 5 or 6 would not make a difference. Especially if it's well read. Really liked the book.

  • Michelle Curtis

    This is my favorite Sanderson series thus far and an excellent sequel to The Way of Kings. My only complaint is with the female narrator, who is so far below par to Michael Kramer's skill at narration that it's almost laughable. I do wish they would replace her instead of insisting upon carrying her along throughout this fantastic series. Kramer is an expert in his craft. She sounds like a third grader by comparison. Still, this is the only way I'm able to enjoy books anymore and this series is absolute gold. Sanderson is a true scholar of the human animal. That combined with his keen imagination and ability to paint a vivid picture for the reader make his works exceptional.

  • Arthur Keech

    Fantastic book! Narrators both did a good job, with believable but distinct voices for all major and minor characters.

  • Daryl Potts

    Excellent follow up to The way of kings. I will wait with great anticipation for Oathbringer. It cannot come soon enough.

  • 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!

  • Abel Vargas

    Can't wait for the next books of this series!!!!!!

  • 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.