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Words of Radiance

(2012)
(The second book in the Stormlight Archive series)
A novel by

 
 
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)
Oathbringer (forthcoming)

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

Collection
Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels
Elantris
Warbreaker

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
Steelheart
Firefight
Calamity

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Genre: Fantasy

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March 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive Book Two
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 0-575-09904-6 / 978-0-575-09904-3 (UK edition)
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Title: Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, Book 2)
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ISBN: 0-7653-2636-1 / 978-0-7653-2636-2 (USA edition)
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Title: Words of Radiance: Book Two of the Stormlight Archive
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2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Words of Radiance Part One: The Stormlight Archive Book Two
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ISBN: 0-575-09331-5 / 978-0-575-09331-7 (UK edition)
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2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Words of Radiance Part Two: The Stormlight Archive Book Two
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 0-575-09332-3 / 978-0-575-09332-4 (UK edition)
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March 2015 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Words of Radiance: Book Two of the Stormlight Archive
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ISBN: 0-7653-6528-6 / 978-0-7653-6528-6 (USA edition)
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September 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive Book Two
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 0-575-09742-6 / 978-0-575-09742-1 (UK edition)
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October 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive Book Two: 3
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ISBN: 1-4732-0899-8 / 978-1-4732-0899-5 (UK edition)
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March 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive Book Two: 2
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November 2012 : UK Paperback

Title: Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive Book Two
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 0-575-09739-6 / 978-0-575-09739-1 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

March 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
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March 2014 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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March 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
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March 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Words of Radiance: Book Two of the Stormlight Archive
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 1-4272-3307-1 / 978-1-4272-3307-3 (USA edition)
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March 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
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March 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
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Kindle Editions

March 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive Book Two
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
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March 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, Book 2)
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Tor Books
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