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The Stormlight Archive

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The Stormlight Archive is an ongoing epic fantasy series by Brandon Sanderson. The series is estimated to require ten books to complete.[1] The Stormlight Archive is a Cosmere story set on the world of Roshar.

The order of the books is as follows[2]:

  1. The Way of Kings - Kaladin's flashbacks
  2. Words of Radiance - Shallan's flashbacks
  3. Oathbringer - Dalinar's flashbacks
  4. Rhythm of War - Eshonai and Venli's flashbacks[3]
  5. Stormlight Archive 5 - Szeth's flashbacks[4]
  6. Stormlight Archive 6 - Lift's flashbacks[5]
  7. Stormlight Archive 7 - Renarin's flashbacks[5]
  8. Stormlight Archive 8 - Shalash's flashbacks[5]
  9. Stormlight Archive 9 - Taln's flashbacks[5]
  10. Stormlight Archive 10 - Jasnah's flashbacks[5]



Each book will have one major viewpoint character, with the other major characters complementing that character. In The Way of Kings, the main character is Kaladin, with Shallan and Dalinar as the other major viewpoints. In "Words of Radiance" the main character is Shallan, with others as major viewpoints, and in "Oathbringer" the main character is Dalinar with others as other major viewpoints.

Each book will also focus on one specific order of the Knights Radiant, (likely it will always be the order of the main character). In "The Way of Kings", the main order is Windrunner, as Kaladin is the main character. In "Words of Radiance" the main order is Lightweaver, as Shallan is the main character, and in Oathbringer the main order is Bondsmith as Dalinar is the main character.

The second set of five books will be completed after the third Mistborn trilogy.[6] They are currently planned to have flashbacks from Jasnah, Lift, Shalash, Renarin, and Taln.[5] Brandon has made clear that a character can have flashback point of views, even if he or she is already dead, so the characters scheduled to have flashbacks in an upcoming book might still die before their book.[2]


The first book in the series, The Way of Kings, was published in 2010. The second book, Words of Radiance, was published in 2014. The third entry, Oathbringer, was released on November 14, 2017. The Stormlight Archive novella Edgedancer was released in 2016. Chronologically it takes place after Words of Radiance, showing some events that couldn't have been shown by any of the normal viewpoint characters in the other books.

Year Book Order Length Notes Refs
2010 The Way of Kings #1 Novel
2014 Words of Radiance #2 Novel
2016 Edgedancer #2.5 Novella Released as a part of the Arcanum Unbounded collection
2017 Oathbringer #3 Novel [7] [8]
2020 Rhythm of War #4 Novel [9]

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  • US/Canadian rights (#1-4) with Tor
  • Bulgarian rights (#1) to Артлайн Студиос (Artline Studios)
  • UK rights (#1-4) to Gollancz
  • German rights (#1-3) to Heyne
  • French rights to Calmann-Levy
  • Polish rights to MAG
  • Turkish rights (#1) to Akılçelen Kitaplar (Arkadas)
  • Spanish rights (#1) to Ediciones B
  • Chinese rights (complex, #1) to 奇幻基地 (Fantasy Foundation)
  • Chinese rights (simplified) to 史诗图书 (Epic Books)
  • Japanese rights (#1) to 早川書房 (Hayakawa)
  • Czech rights (#1) to Talpress
  • Italian rights (#1) to Fanucci[10]
  • Israeli rights to אופוס (Opus)
  • Russian rights (#1-3) to Азбука Аттикус (Azbooka)
  • Romanian rights (#1-2) to Editura Paladin
  • Danish rights (#1) to Ulven og Ulgen
  • Hungarian rights (#1) to Delta Vision


  • Way of Kings #7 NY Times best-seller
  • Winner of the 2010 David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel
  • The Way of Kings hit the Times list in mass market, debuts at #25 on the chart
  • Named one of the Best of 2010 by Fantasy Faction
  • Named one of the Best of 2010 by Ranting Dragon
  • Named one of the Best of 2010 by SFF World
  • Named one of the Best of 2010 by Goodreads[10]
  • Words of Radiance #1 NY Times best-seller[11]


The Stormlight Archive consists of three full novels and one novella.

Word Count 1,276,934
Page Count 3,588 Tor hardbacks
Chapter Count 350 Including prelude, 3 prologues, 37 interludes, and 3 epilogue.
PoV Characters 44
PoV Count 594


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