Summary:Words of Radiance/Chapter 4

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Chapter 4: Taker of Secrets
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Words of Radiance Summary
Follows Chapter 3: Pattern
Precedes Chapter 5: Ideals
Viewpoint Dalinar Kholin
Word Count 4,285


The next clue came on the walls. I did not ignore this sign, but neither did I grasp its full implications.

—From the journal of Navani Kholin, Jesesach 1174

Plot Summary[edit]

Tanatakes 1173

Dalinar is experiencing another vision. He describes how he is running through what he believes to be the Purelake along with about a dozen armed and armored men, though he notes that they are clad in ancient leather armor. At first he is unsure if they are running away from something or toward something until he notices a Fortress apparently made completely made out of onyx. His group meets up with another one lead by a Knight Radiant in deep red glowing Plate. Dalinar thus determines that this vision takes place before the Recreance. The Radiant informs them that Caeb thought he saw something and tells them to look around. When one of the men hears Dalinar mumbling to himself, as he describes what is happening, he tells Dalinar to look for a spren that isn't behaving the way it should. Since spren that were touched by Sja-anat are different. Dalinar repeats the word quietly hoping that Navani will record them, when he notices that the female Knight is talking apparently to nobody. As he looks around he sees a face of shadow with red eyes in the water. When he points this out to the others the Knight, after noting that this is Sja-anat's spy sends Kade to the checkpoint and tells the others to keep watching for the carrier. Dalinar chases after the spren while describing it, when it is suddenly joined by a six feet tall spren. As the second one dive into the rock Dalinar stumbles back. He gets pulled back further by one of the man as the ground starts to tremble. Dalinar watches as the spren, having somehow apparently animated the rock, starts to climb out of the rock with its new rockbody. The soldiers, recognizing it as a Thunderclast, start yelling for Hammers.




Dalinar is having a vision, perhaps of the Purelake.


  • The vision shows how Thunderclasts were created.
  • The first countdown appears (62 days).
  • The title is a reference to one of Sja-anat's titles in Mythica.

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