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Brilliant in every sense
, 28. Mai 2014
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Stormlight Archive 02. Words of Radiance (Gebundene Ausgabe)
It took me so long to read this book. I longed to read it and at the same time I dreaded it. I felt like I had to cherish each word or it would be over too soon. Do you ever recal feeling like that about a book that actually has 1080 pages? Well, I don't. But after about half of it, I just had to give in and rush through it because I couldn't bear the tension any longer. What a truly epic piece of fantastic mastery this is. I could never do it justice with my own lacking words. You must read it for yourselves!
I remember that it took me a very long time to get into this in the first book. The world-building was so gigantic that I didn't understand lots of things. But now my patience with the first book was rewarded because this time it felt like coming home right from the start. I knew the characters so well already and there was not one single boring page in this astonishing novel.
I don't know what makes this book so good. I've read lots of epic, awesome fantasy. And still it feels like I've never read anything SO creative and SO addictive and SO grand. Sometimes, Sanderson's imagination seems to be as vast as the universe to me. I truly don't know where this man gets his ideas from.
I really don't want to say much about the plot because then I would have to write a novella of my own and would spoil all the reading fun for you. But even though this is only the second book in a series where 10 books are planned, there are many secrets revealed and many questions answered. Naturally, new questions arise but thinking about how much more there is to come I cannot imagine where Sanderson could possibly go with his plot. The book left me satisfied for now and I think I can wait one more year for the next one which is actually freakishly quick in terms of fantasy publications.
When I had the first Interludes chapter coming up, I was sad because I didn't want to let go of Dalinar and Kaladin and Shallan. And it took only 2 pages and I was captivated by Eshonai. And I thought "Crap, now I have the Parshendi side of things. And it makes it a lot harder to dislike them. Ugh!!!". That's what I love about Sanderson's characters. They're so wonderfully complex, with heaps of mistakes and darkness inside of them. There is no painting in black and white here. And the Interludes show us quick glimpses into a lot of very minor characters who can offer a perspective on what's going on in the rest of Roshar when the main plot is focused on the Shattered Plains. It was a fascinating break and made me all the more impatient to get back to the main characters.
The first time Shallan and Kaladin meet is hilarious. No, wait, that's the second time. Or was it the third? Heck, I would have guessed that they would have some pretty intense dynamics going on between them but I never imagined THAT. Absolutely wonderful! I soaked up every conversation they had like a sponge.
And I also have to say a few words about the hardcover edition of this book. Now here's a book that is worth the higher price of a hardcover. The beautiful pictures of Shallan, the maps and explanations, the cover, everything is so wonderful. I'm glad I have it in my shelf to show it to everyone who's only slightly interested in this genre.
I can't wait for the next book. I'm definitely hooked now. I still have to finish lots of other grand epic series. (I still only have read three books of the Game of Thrones series and only one of the Wheel of Time and I also want to read Erikson, Hobb, Rothfuss and Goodkind.) But I'm so glad that I'm up to date with this series and I'm not entirely sure that the others I've named will live up to Sanderson.
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