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Oathbringer

Series: Stormlight Archive, Book 3
Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
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The eagerly awaited sequel to the New York Times best-selling Words of Radiance, from epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson at the top of his game.

In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times best-selling Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar's blood-soaked past and stand together - and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past - even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC  (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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"Character development is at the heart of the book, and it is here that Kramer and Reading shine, with remarkably consistent and multifaceted characters that fuel the action of the story.... Adept pacing highlights both the intensity of hand-to-hand combat and quieter moments of sorrow and grief, fully realizing the intricate world that Sanderson has created." (AudioFile Magazine)   

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A little bloated but still good

I must say I’m a little disappointed. Every time shallan and adolin is in the same room I pretty much changed the speed to 1.5x and lowered the volume. Dalinar’s flashbacks are an ordeal too. The WoK is probably the best fantasy book I’ve ever read / listened to, and WoR not far behind, that’s why this book was a bummer for me. I’m still rating the story 3 stars because for all its faults, it’s still good. I hope there’s a lot more Kaladin going forward and please oh please, a lot less Shallan. Kaladin is the heart and soul of this series.

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Boring!!! VERY disappointed.

I couldn't finish it. 400 pages and I gave up. Loved Sanderson's other stuff but this is just horrible.

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Great book but can be slow

This is a decent book by Brandon, but the pace and constant description of feelings can be painful. If you read the first two books before this one you already know the hero's are painted as flawed. In this book he pushes that the hero's have weaknesses to much. It is nice when a writer takes the time to make characters relatable, but very aggravating, when they go on for hours about how much self doubt they have. If I wanted to listen to 55 hours of self doubt, I would read my diary over and over again.

There are some parts of the book which are pure genius but feel the momentum he built with the first 2 books stopped by minute 5. I am not sure how I feel now that I'm done with book 3. I need sometime to get joy back in my life before I read another Sanderson book.

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Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

Oathbringer is book three of five. The first five books in the Stormlight Archive tell their own story. Later, another set of five will tell another story. Sometimes all the heroes win in the middle, sometimes they fail. In this book, we have both wins and losses. In one book, you have three small novels going on, with important points of view from many people.

Sanderson dives deeper into the cultures of Roshar and the conflicts that have nothing to do with the “bad guys.” Instead many of the conflicts are inside different characters own heads and hearts. This aspect of the story will be hard for many fans. This aspect of the story is important. Awareness of bias and of mental health issues is important. It’s rare to see them addressed so directly in an adventure fantasy.

But in this book, Kaladin, the hero of book one and book two – is not the star. He has growth, but not the awesome growth of power leveling up I think many fans were hoping to read. Instead, Bridge 4 as a whole, is given more points of view and room to grow. Sometime these are painful in heart wrenching ways, but in beautiful character development ways.

Dalinar’s flashbacks will make you look at him differently. It will be hard to see a hero in such a different light. Journey before destination everyone. His journey is a strong one.

The ladies of the Stormlight Archive are given more room to grow here. But at times it is a backward growth. At others it is wonderful to see them breaking the molds of Voirn culture.

Once you turn the page on Part 5, get ready for a rush of a ride. You will not want to put the book down for the final act.

Many important magical questions are answered in this volume of the Stormlight Archive, but it raises more questions. Some of the questions answered, were not the ones many fans were hoping to see addressed, including myself. I hope readers will appreciate the story that was written, for what was written. Not criticizes it because it was not the story they were expecting. I know I love the book, even if there are a few bits I wish were different. But the characters are not perfect people. They would be less interesting if they were.

I love that that the art is included even for the audio book. That is an extra special treat. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do their typically awesome job narrating the books. I’m glad they kept the voices of the characters the same from the first two volumes of the books.

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Bloated and a bit of a let down

while is entertaining, felt like a lot of waiting for things to happen. Like the author wanted to write a big book, but didnt want to give away too much information and it just leads to a meh book. Hope book 4 is better

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Very disappointing

Brandon Sanderson cleverly dovetailed the story line with new information however the story was very arduous and slow. The action and excitement I’ve come to enjoy from his work was absent in this. To be honest, I got about 80% done and had to give up and quit. I couldn’t hold out for any longer.

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A mixed bag of brilliance, marred by missteps

Brandon Sanderson is one of the greatest story tellers writing today; and this series is his magnum opus. Book 3 is not the strongest of the series. But it still soars in many places, despite some missteps throughout.
Parts of this book left me cheering out loud! Parts of this book are truly awe inspiring.

Other parts had me shaking my head, as long established characters suddenly behaved in ways that contradicted everything the author has told us about them in the past.
For such an immense book, it surprised me how many times an obvious shortcut was taken in order to setup the next scene.

There was one long scene involving a female lead that had no purpose other than comic relief. This bungling, slapstick detour was so jarring, it was hard to return to the rhythm of the story. Worst of all, it felt amateurish, and just wasn't funny.

Almost every competent character had a moment of incompetence so glaring that it became obvious this was a deliberate gimmick. Possibly a recommendation from an editor, but taken too far?

But still, with all of that said, this is still a mostly brilliant story. The action scenes top any blockbuster movie put out this year.
It was filled with many pay-offs from the previous books, some of them setup so expertly that they still surprised me, despite the clues revealed before.

Like all of his books, this was also a vehicle for the author's social, political, and moral view of the world. Presented nicely as part of the story with not-too-much outright preaching.

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Good book.

A lot too go through for to me a somewhat unclimactic ending. Another book maybe?

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Good, but unfocused

With all the various new perspectives, what once felt focused now feels schizophrenic. The story, while good, tends to spend too much time jerking itself off to the setting.

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kinda some fluff in the middle.

was a good story. ready for the next edition. Thank you for the entertainment. Tsuss.

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