In a war that makes no sense, ten armies fight separately against a single foe....
Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection is the first audiobook of short fiction by New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson....
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire....
A young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows....
The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn....
Warbreaker is the story of two sisters who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job....
To celebrate the book's 10th anniversary, Tor is reissuing Elantris in a special edition, a fresh chance to introduce it to the myriad listeners who have since become Sanderson fans....
In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world....
It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict....
Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval....
When Dante Galand was just a boy, his father, Larsin, sailed away to make his fortune. And never returned. Since then, Dante has become a great sorcerer. A ruler....
Captain Joe Farley and the crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways....
Plague strikes the city of Sarum, and the dead rise from their graves. The liche, Dr. Cadman, has discovered a long-hidden artifact and perverted its power for his own selfish ends....
World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist....
For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon....
A tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend....
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights....
Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading wool merchant in L'Excelsis, the capital of Solidar, the most powerful nation on Terahnar, he has spent years becoming a journeyman artist....
From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters and sheer addictiveness.
Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artefacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.
As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artefacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers which will threaten their integrity and their lives.
Huge, ideas-filled, world-spanning fantasy from a master of the genre.
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Such a great book! Brandon really outdid himself with this one. Narration performance from Michael and Kate is astounding as expected.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
had been waiting for this story for years. now in few day I have to wait for the next book for years again.. Great sequel and awesome narration.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Surpassed my expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
Expert narration by Kramer and Reading.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Brandon took his time crafting this masterpiece and it was well worth it, a perfect sequel, it answered my questions and left me with so many more amazing ones.
Only bad part is his writing takes so long I might die before he finishes the series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The Stormlight Archives are the best works of fantasy currently being written. The twists and turns of this book draw you in. This book kept me up at night, as I couldn't stop listening.
Excellent action in the last tenth of the book. Sanderson is normally slow paced, building up to the crescendo but this was like a spin bowler taking a long run up to deliver a good ball in the end...
Amazing book. The series is maturing as I am getting more invested in it. Has the potential to become the best fantasy series of all time if not already. Suggest people to read war breaker before this (3rd) book of stormlight series as it has some cross over characters.
I really like Brandon Sanderson's work. I don't think that this is his best work. At least it didn't quite come together for me. It is a very good story in an awesome universe but its not the awesome story I was hoping/longing for.
There are perhaps too many side stories that don't really add to the main plot or to the universe in general to warrant their place in the book resulting in some muddying of the main plot. One of the main protagonists (Kaladin) breaks in a way/through a means which seems inconsistent with the character that's been developed through the series; and the manner in which he comes back should have been with much more resolve like speaking the final oath yet that never happens.
The petty squabbling of the other rulers is overdone by making the nations one dimensional (only one has merchants, only one is good at administration, only one is good at fighting...) and the reasons for the breakdown of the coalition of nations are a bit weak given what they're fighting for.
Too many side questions are held on to for too long like "who are the void bringers?", "what is the real importance of an oath?", "who are these gods?, "what's the difference between lies and truth to shallon's cryptic sprin?", "just who is this wit character?" and the suspense dies a little from exhaustion in a book that's nearly two and a half days of listening time. And some parts of the plot don't make great sense, particularly the climax given that odium is able to foresee (some of) the future. Some parts of the plot could have been left to the readers imagination with a better result - in particular the trek through shadesmar (when you just know they're going to get to place they need to be just in the nick of time) which was little more than a side story around kaladins mental/emotional recovery.
The story seemed to be reaching its climax in the fight for the capitol but abruptly spirals down to start building up again in another twist. I think that plot construct wasted too much energy and the story was a bit tired afterwards.
As for the narrators, I wish they would spend some time together getting pronunciation identical and giving similar types of accents for the same character so its less jarring when a character speaks using a different narrator. This book isn't particularly bad but its still there so perhaps I'm overly sensitive to it from past experience.
These observations do not detract from a very good story that is well worth the price and well worth the listen, although I think its about 20% too long. They just stop it from being an awesome story. Sorry Brandon, you set the bar very very high and didn't quite get there this time. You gave me a dream that wasn't quite fulfilled in this story.
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I liked the book, but felt it was lacking compared to the first two volumes. A lot of the story seemed 'filler' and necessarily drawn out while waiting for other things to happen. Don't get me wrong there are a lot of great things about this book, especially with developing and delving deeper into the Stormlight world.<br/><br/>Just felt it left me 'wanting' for things to happen that didn't. I guess we'll be seeing these things happen in future Stormlight volumes, but still.
brandon sanderson amazes again. such a fantastic read with an epic climax and rich worldbuilding
When an author produces an audiobook of almost 50 hours in length and it's excellent from start to finish that's a hell of an achievement. When he releases a second such behemoth in the same series and it's just as good I'd label that as outstanding. Mr Sanderson of course thinks even bigger than that, he's apparently planning ten of these incredible publications! He really does put the epic into epic fantasy.
It's amazing to me that he has now produced three such excellent fantasy novels in his Stormlight Archive. If this author can complete this incredible work to such a high standard I would say he's knocking on the door of being considered one of the great authors! Maybe I'm biased but the scale of the achievement would be immense. The sheer depth of the world-builidng (geography, flora, fauna, politics etc), characters and the magic system is mind-numbing.
The narration is excellent from the usual duo with particular kudos to Michael Kramer. The sheer depth of the writing, involvement with the characters and Michael's superb delivery produced some genuinely breathtaking moments. At one point when news of a huge setback arrived I felt like I was standing next to Dalinar in that meeting chamber myself. Shivers down the spine.
Not surprisingly given the title Dalinar is a significant focus in this book and his back story is particularly effective and hard-hitting. He is a magnificent character of flawed nobility. Shallan also gets a lot of focus and I enjoyed her struggles with multiple personae.
Given all that I couldn't give this book anything but five stars but now for what feels almost like a bit of heresy. It is my least favourite of the three to date. I do love the fact that Sanderson tries to cover so many POVs in incredible depth, how he fleshes out the back stories and gives so much colour to his world. However, it does mean that the main story moves at an almost glacial pace and often just as it seemed that great things were occurring it would get sidetracked. I do actually think that this book could have done with a tighter edit, possibly around a 10 per cent trim to help it keep greater forward momentum. It just felt a little unbalanced to me especially as Kaladin my favourite character takes a step aside for much of this one. In many ways this volume feels like its purpose was to build a massive platform from which to really launch the main story line towards a spectacular conclusion over the remaining books. In that light I genuinely believe that this is on course to become one of the all-time great series.
If you are new to the Stormlight Archive please don't try and start here, there really is too much fantastic background and much of the nuance of this text will be lost to you resulting in a much drier experience.
So bravo Mr Sanderson. You truly are on track to produce one of the greatest fantasy literary achievements of all time. The challenge for me is living long enough to see the end of it!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
Wow! Another epic instalment to an epic story.
I had this on pre-order for months, and then took my time listening to it. I didn't want to miss anything....if you're a fan of the Stormlight Archive, this another instalment to savour. Sanderson at his epic best!
So much has happened since Book 1, that there is no way a newcomer to Stormlight could pick things up at this point. There are references to previous events, but this book isn't bogged down by rehashing what has gone before. At one point, I felt as if we were entering "padding it out" territory (my pet hate when it comes to books in a series), but when I stopped to consider, I realised that I was suffering instalment compression - and the action I was attributing to a previous book had actually happened in this book.....bottom line, there's a lot going on, and this book seamlessly picks up from the previous and the plots just thicken, and twist, and the characters develop even more depth etc. There might have been a few of scenes / areas which I didn't think particularly stacked, but not enough to even remotely damage my overall enjoyment of this book. (eg, I haven't quite got my head around Shadesmar and how humans and spren can be living there? A Google search shows there are better minds out there than mine who have explored this - perhaps I shall spend a few indulgent hours exploring this further)
What I always appreciate about these instalments is that each wraps itself up neatly. With Oathbringer too. Yes, there is more to come, and there are some nice hooks left open with new questions raised at the end, but I've not been left on a precipice in angst about who lives or dies. It's so clearly part of a longer story, but is completely satisfying in itself as an instalment. Thank you Mr Sanderson!!
I don't want to give too much away with this review. Besides I couldn't do it justice anyway. Instead, I will just say that if you're a Sanderson or Stormlight fan, you are unlikely to be disappointed. I am ready to put the next book on pre-order.......
(Narration also consistent with previous books which, if you're listening to them back to back, is important).
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Brilliant story with top class narration and good sound. Recommended for all fantasy fans anywhere.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Enjoyed it so much I listened to it again immediately after, best series I've ever read. Will listen again in a couple of months.
14 of 23 people found this review helpful
Magnificent as usual. Delivers perfection through each volume. I could listen to his books forever
Amazing narrators and a brilliant story, I was hooked and had to force myself to stop listening to focus on sleeping and work. Now I have to wait for the next one!
great book but some of the voices were a little different. can't wait for more
Sanderson seems to write his books in threes (i.e. The two Mistborn series) so I thought this was going to be the conclusion of the story. It isn't.
Amazing edition, great performance by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading (probably the best audio performances I've encountered have been by these two).
I can't wait for the next Stormlight Archive book. It can't come soon enough!!
An amazing addition to the archive, and an emotional rollercoaster ride as expected. thank you
This book is an emotional rollercoaster, you never know what is coming next and many sections feel as if you are part of the struggle within each of the characters.
Honestly, this is such a good book, this is the best Brandon Sanderson book that I have ever listened too, and I've listened all of them I think. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are as brilliant as ever in their narration, in fact quite possibly better, although I think rating the narration of experts in their field isn't easy, it's much easier to spot flaws in a narrators ability than to see exactly how an expert improves as time goes by without being an expert yourself, but this seems like some of their best work too.
As a final note, I would say is that this book has more references to other Cosmere regions than any other that I have listened too, if the Stormlight Archive is the first Cosmere series that you are reading/listening too then I would highly recommend making use of the time between listening to this and the next in the series to look into the Mistborn, Warbreaker and perhaps even the Elantris series of novels, but most definitly once doing that, as recommended by Brandon Sanderson himself at the beginning of the book, listen to Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, many of the stories within provide insight on the nature of the cosmere and there are huge spoilers for the other series in it so I'd recommend reading it only after you read all of the others mentioned, although perhaps before the Bands of Mourning, although that is also debatable. (p.s. Yes, I know how long that will take you, perhaps as long as it takes for Brandon Sanderson to write the next in the series, maybe even longer, this was your fault, you've opened the pandora's box of literature here!!)
Such an amazing third novel. If you liked the first two books you'll love this one more. We see further character development and more plots and twists. The narration by Michael and Kate completes the package here.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
good all the way through, great to get background and side stories too for the main characters
Love love loved this series, had to listen to it constantly until I’d finished it
Incredible. Couldn't put it down. Already keen for the next volume to be written. I highly recommend this book.
It is certainly long and slow, but what a well written book overall. Such a great development for the series and the Cosmere in general.
The author and narrators have turned this work into an art form. Definately in my top 3 favourite series on Audible!!
loved it just need him to write the other books faster the wait is killing me and other fan.
Magnificent read/listen. You won't be able to put all 3 in the series down.
Lovable characters, gripping plotline and sublime imagery.