Soundbite Sunday – Words of Radiance

August 3, 2014 Audiobook 3

9781427233080Title: Words of Radiance
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Narrators: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
Rating (Story): ★★★★☆
Rating (Narration):★★★★★

This is a book I would probably give 5 stars if I weren’t comparing it to the first book in the series, The Way of Kings. The plot is similarly complex, interesting, and expansive. There is once again great character growth, with personal plots nested within the overall story. The magic and worldbuilding retain their internal consistency. However, while I wouldn’t say this suffered too much from second book syndrome, I did feel as though less happened than in the first book.

More importantly, the first book had more really epic confrontations. I also felt as though the ending of this book trailed off a bit at the end instead of ending with a bang. The narration was still fantastic and by itself this was a great book. It just wasn’t quite as awesome as the first one.

3 Responses to “Soundbite Sunday – Words of Radiance”

  1. Anya

    I ended up feeling similarly, where I really loved Words of Radiance, but compared to Way of Kings it just set such a high standard. I have to admit that what I remember of the ending was epic and awesome with gods and such, but perhaps also getting the reference to what sword just cropped up helped me since I did a lot of squealing and flailing at that point >.>. It’s awesome to know the narration is great! But now I must ask, you’ve seen the illustrations right??
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    • DoingDewey

      I really liked that part too! I actually don’t think I’ve seen the illustrations but I’m looking them up now. Ooh, if you mean the ones from Shallan’s notebooks, those are awesome! So beautiful!