When The Way of Kings published in 2010, I could not wait to read it!
I am a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson—both the writer and the man with the huge heart and quick laugh—and getting a chance to read his vision of the epic fantasy was high up on my list. I contacted Tor Books immediately and asked for a copy. An advanced reader copy showed up several days later and I dove into it.
Since then, Brandon has continued writing on various projects. But like many of his fans, I have had a hard time waiting for Words of Radiance, the sequel to The Way of Kings. Brandon has ten books planned in the Stormlight Archives and they are massive books, the best that is offered in the epic fantasy genre.
I knew I wanted signed copies of Words of Radiance for all of you, not only for those of you wanted signed books but to highlight this amazing series to those of you who have not read it!
And with artwork by Michael Whelan, how can we go wrong!
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
Hardcover: 1088 pages
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Signing Date: March 8, 2014
Having met the challenge of a posthumous collaboration with the great Robert Jordan to complete his classic, bestselling fantasy series The Wheel of Time® with three #1 New York Times bestsellers in a row, Brandon Sanderson is at last free to return to the decade-spanning task of creating his own multi-volume epic, one that he hopes will make a comparable mark on the field. That epic is The Stormlight Archive and it began in 2010 with Tor’s longest, most elaborately embellished novel ever, The Way of Kings.
In that first volume, 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 Urithiru, 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.