Tor Books announced this week that #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson is now on tour in support of his new epic fantasy novel, the much-anticipated “Words of Radiance.” The novel is the second book in The Stormlight Archive series and follow-up to “The Way of Kings.”
Currently, “Words of Radiance” is ranked #3 at Nook, #5 at Kindle, #2 at Apple, and #7 at Kobo. Nook features WOR front and center on their homepage, Google Play gave it top homepage placement, and Kobo gave it the “Hero Spot” in their New Release email as well as top placement on their site.
In addition, Apple iBooks announced that WOR was selected as one of their Top 10 Best Books of March! Apple will be promoting this exciting news all week via their website, in consumer emails and devices, and throughout social media. @iBooks has already tweeted it to their 363K followers!
Tor Books has also teamed up with Brandon for a special die-cut card promo, where 1,000+ dedicated fans and booksellers will receive a collectible pop-out action figure of Szeth “The Assassin in White,” one of the main characters in the series.
Details for the 18-city national road tour can be found here: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/01/words-of-radiance-tour-schedule.
The plot synopsis for “Words of Radiance” is as follows:
Six years ago, the Assassin in White, a hireling of the inscrutable Parshendi, assassinated the Alethi king on the very night a treaty between men and Parshendi was being celebrated. So began the Vengeance Pact among the highprinces of Alethkar and the War of Reckoning against the Parshendi.
Now the Assassin is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin’s master has much deeper motives.
Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status “darkeyes.” Now he must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.
Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path. Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.
Meanwhile, at the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable.