Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Finally, finally got a copy of this from the library! The book was apparently lost for awhile so I had to wait until they bought a new one.
By the time I started this book it had been about a year since I had finished the first in the series, so it definitely took me awhile to remember who everyone was and what had happened in the first book. But it didn’t take me long to get sucked into the world. The Stormlight Archive has an intense world unlike any that I had read before, and I loved coming back to it in Words of Radiance.
The characters are all fantastic. I loved following Shallan and Dalinar, their arcs over the story are so satisfying. It was so interesting to finally take a look at Shallan’s backstory, though I admit that I called part of her whole mystery. And the whole idea between her relationship with the truth and lies was utterly fascinating. For me, Kaladin was the only character that I felt wasn’t quite as good as he was in the first book. He’s such a dramatic little dick in this story, which was amusing at times and annoying at others. But that said, I couldn’t put this book down and immediately requested the third from my library.
In the end I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.