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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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Excellent. Well written and performed.

Well written and very enjoyable. Can be a tiny but wordy at times but during and action scenes or intense moments its welcome. I have enjoyed this series a lot. Thanks for keeping it clean also.

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A long slog through a decent but not great book.

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If your a fan of the first two books, it goes without saying that you have to read this one as well. It is worth the time but I agree with others that Sanderson tried to hard on this book and it just wasn’t as good as the first two. Kaladin was reduced to a minor role in the book which was disappointing and again, I agree with another reviewer who pointed out his character actually went backward in development. Delinar’s character was the main focus of the book but his character is just not that endearing and is kind of meh. The 3 main hero’s of the series, Shallon, Kaladin, and Delinar all continually suffered debilitating bouts of depression and self doubt at times of crisis. Instead of the tough get going, it was get the mentally weak a box of tissues. This was so consistant and similar between the characters it got old and tired. I might be a bit overly critical as over all it was a good book that was mostly entertaining but so much was left on the table. Still it helped me get through the commute and it was worth the credits.

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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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  • Eric
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Perfection in literature.

If you have read the first two books in this series, then you already know Brandon Sanderson is the greatest storyteller of our generation, and, one of the best to ever put pen to page. That is not grandiose hyperbole. It is understatement. So, now that my opinion on the author is clear, the book. The book is excellent! The pacing is great and the story progressed just the right amount for me. In my opinion, what Sanderson does the best of any writer I have ever read, is the tear-down and rebuilding of characters. I will say, that this book seems to spend more time making everything seem like it's getting worse and worse before finally we see positive change and victories for the main characters. Not really a negative for me but it does feel like there is no hope till nearly the end of the book. I am so glad Sanderson doesn't suffer from whatever George R.R Martin and Patrick Rothfuss have been afflicted with. I think we can reasonably expect the next book in 2-3 years, which is amazing considering he will also be churning out other incredible books and stories along the way.

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Another Sanderson Masterpiece

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was interesting to witness the surprising development of the characters and plot. Being unable to accurately predict drew me in even more intensely. Waiting for the next book will be challenging!

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Snoozefest. Still invested in series

I found this installment very slow and I don't know, the word hollow comes to mind. There was a lot that seemed to be missing from the relationships between characters like Kaladin and Shallan as well as Zeth and everyone. It took me weeks to finish this book. There was very little compelling me to keep listening.

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Not the best he has written.

I loved the first two books in this series but I had a hard time keeping my attention on the story. I went back many times and listened to parts again and again. There are great parts but there are more that just lag. This isn’t the best he has written.

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Way to long and confusing!!

I loved the first two books but this one had too many character introductions. I couldn’t get engaged with the story because of this. It was very confusing. I had to read parts of the book 3 times to make sure I understood what was going on. Then only to find another character was being into again and again. I’m thinking I will not continue this series.. I think the story could have been told with 65% less writing.

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First Stormlight Archive Book that Felt Long

This was the first Stormlight book that felt long. They’re all thousand-pagers, but this one dragged at times. It was also the first that didn’t end with something big & positive. Instead it felt dark, like when The Goblet of Fire changed the tone for Harry Potter books. The second book is my favorite so far. I liked all the new wrenches thrown in, like how his wife died. I have no clue what will happen next. Get here, 2019!

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It's soooooo long....

It just keeps going and going and going... Starts out slow... then slows down more in the middle... Hopefully in the next few weeks I'm able to finally get to the big ending everyone keeps promising...

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