Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2 by Brandon Sanderson
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Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2 by Brandon Sanderson published in 2014 is the second book in the Stormlight Archive. Kaladin is expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave. Kaladin manages to survive and is given the command of the royal bodyguards which is an unusual and controversial decision for a low-status dark eyes for him. He is assigned the all-important task of protecting Dalinar and his family including the king from all dangers and most importantly from the threat from assassins. Kaladin also trains hard to master the powers of a Windrunner that are linked to his bond with the honorspren, Syl.
The dangerous assassin Szeth is active again and killing the kings across the world of Roshar by using his supreme powers. He is able to eliminate and thwart all the bodyguards using his powers. Szeth has his eyes set on prince Dalinar who is the power behind the Alethi throne. Szeth has his own deep motives for planning to assassinate Dalinar.
Shallan Davar and her mentor Jasnah Kholin are on a mission to the shattered plains to prevent the return of the voidbringers and the civilization-ending desolation which they will bring. Their ship is attacked en route and Jasnah could not survive the attack and Shallan after facing great difficulties finally reaches the shattered plains.
The Parshendi are making an important decision in the Shattered Plains and gamble with the supernatural forces which they had fled once. The Parshendi numbers have declined due to the continuous attacks faced by them from Alethi.
Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2 by Brandon Sanderson received positive reviews from the critics and readers. The author makes the plot moves forward swiftly and the characters and their powers evolve. The author develops the characters and their storylines magnificently and the readers will be feeling connected to the characters and immersed in their respective storylines.
The storytelling and the narrative is top class and the readers will be engaged throughout the book till the climax. The novel is truly epic and part of an epic fantasy series. The readers should not miss the novel and the entire series.