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review 2017-12-07 00:43
Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2)
Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive, The) - Brandon Sanderson

The world of Roshar thought it had survived its great cataclysm four millennia ago, but days are slowly counting down for when the next Desolation begins.  Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasy series’ second installment, World of Radiance, brings numerous characters together in the middle of the Shattered Plains as Roshar faces the beginning of the apocalypse as well the rebirth of it’s great heroic warriors that fought to save life.

 

Although the four main characters are once again front and center, but unlike the previous The Way of Kings it is Shallan Davar who dominates the majority of the book’s narrative either through her own point-of-view, flashbacks, or through the eyes of other major characters.  Shallan and Jasnah are headed to the Shattered Plains by ship when it is attacked, Jasnah murdered, and Shallan dissolves the ship to save the crew and herself using her recently discovered Radiant abilities.  Shallan continues to learn her new abilities as she travels through the Frostlands towards the Shattered Plain meeting several interesting people including Kaladin and the ringleader of Jasnah’s killers then takes her place as the agent of the group that killed her to learn what they know of the things Jasnah has been studying.  Once at the warcamps, Shallan juggles multiple balls that eventually leads her out into the Plains at a critical moment to save the Atheli army.

 

Kaladin, Dalinar, and Adolin take up the vast majority of the rest of the book, essentially interacting a lot with one another or with Shallan once she gets to the camps.  Kaladin’s is the major secondary arc of the book as he transforms the bridge crews into a guard force to protect Dalinar and his family while also continuing to deal with his issues with lighteyes and the responsibilities of his Radiant powers.  Using his new position as Highprince of War, Dalinar along with Adolin attempt to combat the political intrigue of Sadeas and attempt to end the war either through peace or crushing the Parshendi in battle.  Interlaced throughout the book are interludes that were dominated by the Parshendi general Eshonai and the Assasin in White, Szeth, whose own arcs help give an epic feel to the overall story while adding to the book’s main narrative flow.

 

While the length of The Way of Kings and the repetitive descriptions during scenes were my main complaint, Sanderson’s Words of Radiance were and wasn’t the same.  The length of the second book is something to give pause (1300+ pages), the repetitive descriptions during the same scenes were cut out and narrative replaced it.  Honestly, with more narrative then descriptions the length of the book becomes less noticeable especially once you’re a quarter of the way through the book but it’s always in the back of your mind.

 

Overall Words of Radiance is a very good book, building upon and improving over its predecessor and setting up anticipating for the read to see where Brandon Sanderson is going to take this series next.

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review 2017-11-28 00:28
Edgedancer, Stormlight Archive 2.5, by Brandon Sanderson
Edgedancer: From the Stormlight Archive - Brandon Sanderson

I've loved Sanderson's Stormlight Archive from the beginning, so when I heard there was going to be a bonus novella to the series I was excited. I usually don't appreciate sidebars to my epics, but I felt like I could trust Sanderson not to waste my time.

Edgedancer is not a waste of time. Surprisingly, it's required. Which has its own problems, but I was planning on reading it anyway so no harm done. A real highlight of Words of Radiance was the introduction of Lift, the cheerfully ignorant 'slick' thief. Edgedancer follows Lift across the continent and on an adventure with has a surprising impact on the rest of the series.

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review 2017-11-20 11:24
"Elantris" Brandon Sanderson
Elantris - Brandon Sanderson,Aleksandra Jagiełowicz

Nadrabiam zaległości i sięgam po pierwszą ksiażkę Sandersona. Skoro wskoczył juz to mojego TOP autorów to najwyższy czas aby poczytać wcześniejsze jego pozycje. Dlatego też wziąłem się za nowy świat i nowych bohaterów .Zobaczmy jak Sanderson pisał kiedyś.

 

Elantris to cudowne miasto w Arelonie, w którym mieszkają ludzie, którzy potrafią władać magią i tworzyć rzeczy niemożliwe. Raz na jakiś czas w nocy losowe osoby dostępują "uświęcenia" i mogą dostąpić zaszczytu zamieszkania w Elantris. Wszystko jednak się zmieniło 10 lat temu. Zamiast stać się świętymi, ludzie zaczęli zmieniać się w zmarłych, którzy jednak nie mogą umrzeć. Mają zachowaną świadomość, lecz ich serce nie bije. Wygladają jak trupy i nigdy nie przestają odczuwać bólu. Elantris wjednej chwili z raju zamienia się w miasto żywych trupów. Co gorsze, przemiany nadal zachodzą i raz na jakiś czas do miasta wrzucany jest kolejny nieszczęśnik,który nie miał szczęścia. W takim oto świecie poznajemy naszych bohaterów. Książe Raoden jest synem króla Arelonu. Jak się okazuje wysoko urodzonych przemiana nie oszczędza. W tajemnicy zostaje wrzucony do Elantris gdzie musi sobie poradzić w nowym otoczeniu. Książniczka Serene  z Treodu właśnie jechała do Raodena aby go poślubić wiążąc obydwa państwa sojuszem. Trochę się zdziwiła, gdy po przyjeździe okazało się, że jest wdową. Nie wyznano jej oczywiście jaka hańba dotknęła jej narzeczonego, łatwiej było upozorować śmierć. Ona też musi się odnaleźć w nowym kraju, w nowej sytuacji tym bardziej, że do miasta przybył Hrathen, wysoki kapłan obcej religii i imperium. Jest on trzecią osobą tej historii. Ma za zadanie nawrocić kraj na swoją wiarę, inaczej za kilka miesięcy jego władca najedzie i zniszczy Arelon. Albo przekona cały kraj do zmiany wierzenia albo zostaną wyrżnięci, niewdzięczne zadanie, prawda?

 

Wokół tej trójki kręci się cała historia, która jest bardzo wciągająca. Jest odkrywanie tajemnic umarłego miasta, są wątki polityczne i ukryte intrygi. każdy znajdzie tu coś dla siebie. Przytłaczać mozę trochę natłok postaci, które autor nam przedstawia. Po 3 dnia bez czytania byłem lekko zdezorientowany, ale szybko wróciłem na odpowiednie tory. Tak na prawdę, to nie mam za bardzo do czego się przyczepić. Z perspektywy jednak kolejnych powieści, widać, że jest to pierwsza książka Sandersona. Świat, który wykreował jest bardzo dobrze zaprojektowany, lecz nie jest tak monumentalny jak kolejne. W zasadzie to skupił się na jednym mieście, które ma związek z krajem. Później jego wizje są bardziej globalne. Również w bohaterach można się doszukać pierwowzorów późniejszych postaci. Któryś już raz zauważyłem, że Sanderson świetnie by się sprawdzał w pisaniu książek dla kobiet. Drogie panie, nie chciałybyście poczytać o księżniczce, która w dzień ślubu została wdową i przed nią nowe życie na nieznanym dworze? Podobnie jak w 'Siewcy" wojny kobieca postać jest bardzo mocno zarysowana. Mnie najbardziej do gustu przypadł czarny charakter, a więc Hrathen. Niby to ten zły, ale jednak ma szlachetne przesłanki i nie jest sztampowym złym gościem. jego postać ma bardzo wiele dylematów i dzięki temu przemawia do mnie.

 

"Elantris" to bardzo dobra książka w stajni Sandersona. Widać, że pisząc jej nie doszedł jeszcze do szczytu swoich możliwości, ale nie przeszkadza to w odbiorze. Dla każdego fana fantastyki polecam z czystym sercem. Odjąłem pół gwiazdki, bo znam jego późniejsze książki, w przeciwnym wypadku ocena była by na pewno wyższa

 

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text 2017-11-19 12:40
Square 16 completed!
The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson

Kwanzaa honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1. Is there any place in the world that doesn’t celebrate New Year’s Eve? But Hogmanay is the unique Scottish take on New Years Eve and Day and might be new to many of us, as might be St. Sylvester’s Day, the feast day of Pope Sylvester I, and Watchnight, a late-night Christian church service that starts late on New Year's Eve, and ends after midnight.

 

 


Book themes for Hogmanay / New Year’s Eve / Watch Night / St. Sylvester’s Day: a book about starting over, rebuilding, new beginnings, etc.. For this I read The Well Of Ascencion, which is all about the rebuilding of the society. Elend, with the help of Vin and the crew, has to create a new way of life for his citizens and start building a new society. I think it fits this task nicely :)


Tasks for Hogmanay / New Year’s Eve / Watch Night / St. Sylvester’s Day: I cannot do this one yet because I have to wait for January 1st but I really want to talk about it! (I would of course post picture when the time comes). It is a tradition where I live to eat choucroute (or sauerkraut, I don't know the proper term in English but it is kind of fermented cabbage) on January 1st. We eat it with sausages (frankfurter) and mashed potatoes and we have to put a coin (1 or 2€ wrapped in aluminium paper) underneath our plate, it is supposed to bring money during the year to come. We have done this as long as I know, we used to eat at my grandmother's before she passed away and now my mother always does it at home. It is one of my favourite time of the year, what better way to start the new year than with my family eating one of my favourite dish ?! Now, you'll think I'm from Germany, because it is a typical German dish, but I'm actually from Belgium but on the eastern side and we are really close to Germany so it must come from there (I'm not sure if German people do that, but it's really common in Liège, the region where I live). Can't wait for January 1st now!

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review 2017-11-18 12:23
#75 - The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson

I started the Mistborn trilogy earlier this year and I immediately fell in love with the world Sanderson created. It was also the first book by him that I read. I really wanted to learn more about the storyline and I was not disappointed by this second instalment.

 

The Well of Ascension is massive, there are more than 700pages and I'm not used to reading such long books. I much prefer smaller books because I don't like spending too much time on the same book. No matter how good it is, I get bored easily. I still really enjoyed reading this.

 

Vin is an amazing character, I like how she has doubts and flaws. She is probably the most powerful women in the world but she still doubts herself. I love that this aspect of her personality was so much developed. What is even more amazing about Vin is that she loves Elend, but her world does not consist of only him. She cares about herself and she knows she has important things to do (like saving the world or something). What really gets on my nerves in YA books is when female character relies so much on their love interest it is scary, so it was refreshing not to have to read about that. Vin is also one of the most selfless character ever without even knowing it.

 

As far as the other characters are concerned I still keep mixing them (apart from Sazed who is way more developed in this book). There are new characters as well and Allriane was really intriguing, I can’t wait to learn more about her in the next book.

 

I had fun reading this book and I definitely recommend this series if you haven’t read it yet. The fact that this book was so long was a problem for me, but the pacing was really well done, it’s just because of my personal tastes.

 

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