Book Review – Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, #2)

There are several reasons that I love Sanderson’s writing, yet I am hard pressed to say exactly what it is that I love about the Stormlight Series. I think that it’s more than the level of detail in his world, although he does a great job with that. When confronted with books with as many pages as this one has, I get really picky about who the author is. It is a considerable time investment. The audiobook is 48 hours long. I am fairly worn out by this excursion, but I am excited to move forward to Oathbringer.
I have to admit that I had to take a break at some points, though. I got so emotionally tied to the characters, that I had to let myself settle down before I could continue the story. He isn’t nice to his characters and they don’t always do what you expect them, too. That is the way I like it, but it put me through such an emotional roller coaster that I had to pace myself.
He did a much better job describing and explaining the spren in this book. In the past I docked him for it in my personal rating system, but he broke the “show don’t tell” rule for very good reasons. To me it seems that he waited until the characters in the book started to pay attention to the spren before he started describing them. Otherwise, they were like the rain, something unworthy of discussion (or thought).
Anyway, just remembering things that happened in this series and how dynamic the world is, well, it’s truly fascinating. In a way, it’s amazing that with several books of this size, Sanderson doesn’t give away all the secrets of his world. I think that is one of the things I enjoy most about his works of art. Anyway, I’ll step off of my soap box, now. I love this guy’s writing.
I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.
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