Profile: Epic Fantasy
After a seemingly interminable four years of waiting for Brandon Sanderson to wash his hands of the Wheel of Time, it is finally time to return to the series that got me hooked on Sanderson in the first place, The Stormlight Archive. The Way of Kings was a great novel that suffered most from being little more than a prologue to the rest of the series. But now the real story can begin.
Words of Radiance returns us to the world of Roshar, picking up almost exactly where The Way of Kings left off. The four main protagonists have been carried over, though Shallan has a much larger role in this book, and Szeth has fewer chapters. The events of Way of Kings have brought all the major players to the Shattered Plains where the Alethi campaign against the Parshendi is drawing to a close. At the same time, signs and portents of a great calamity begin to appear around Dalinar and Kaladin. Time is running out, the Alethi are on the brink of a civil war and the Assassin in White has returned to kill the last great leader in the east.