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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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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.

30 of 36 people found this review helpful

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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.

25 of 30 people found this review helpful

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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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Great book for hardcore Sanderson Fans

My daughter who is a hardcore fan loved it. I was not nearly as impressed with the book. I felt that there was to much time spent exploring of the Sanderson universe or the Cosmere, as the fans call it, and not enough time on plot development. For me the first 4/5 of the book dragged. It did improve in the last portion of the book. But by the end of the book the characters were still in about the same place they were in at the beginning.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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I Will Read That Which is Awesome.

As a disclaimer, this 4-star reveiw is relative strictly to the remainder of the series. If you are new to the stormlight archive, begin with the first book, The Way of Kings, which is pretty much amazing beyond words. If you are choosing to continue the series from where you left off, here's a few general warnings (This review does not contain specific spoilers, unless you have not read TWoK or WoR).

1. Expect Exposition:

The first eight entire hours or so of the audiobook are, frankly, pretty boring. It picks up nicely after that point, but the story takes forever to start gaining steam. After the epic climax of the last book, the sheer amount of reveiw, summary, and reorientation is pretty bewildering, and felt a tad... too much. Be ready, because its worth it.

2. Is NOT a Post-apocalyptic Rosharian Action Novel:

At the end of WoR, the everstorm is sweeping accross the world and supposedly transforming placid parshmen into terrible, overpowered, hyperathletic, naturally armored, ruthless demons that can also shoot lightning. I opened this book with the expectation that violent battles and genocidal slaughters would be pretty much the norm right off the bat. That... Isn't what happened. Don't let it get in the way of enjoying the book.

3. Suspend your Disbelief:

The dangers and stakes of this series grow ever more cosmic in nature, to the point where in this last text, I personally had a really hard time undergoing an actual, concrete visualization of the threat through most of the work. In book one, it is the Parshendi arrows, hurtling toward you as you helplessly charge beneath your bridge. Doesn't get much more real than that. In book two, the danger is mostly from aformentioned Super Lightning Demons, which are a different kind of scary awesome. In book three, the overarching threats seem a lot more... Surreal, I guess. And just a little "evil dark lord ______" ish, where the true villain's only defining charactistic is that they're a really, really Bad Dude with Cosmic Powers. Not to be disparaging-- one thing I appreciate about Sanderson is that most antagonists (especially the minor ones) have very realistic, and often even nobel, aspirations.

All in all, the book was amazing, despite a few weaknesses. Sanderson continuous his tradition of majestic conflict, excellent charicterization, subtle and elegant foreshadowing, and a world as intricate and unique as it is grand. If you have not read the first book, know that the series as a whole is about seven and a half stars out of five, and that the four star reveiw is because I can't give it six out of seven and a half instead ;)

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Becoming a Pattern

First, this book has some great things written into it, if you're familiar with Brandon then you know what to expect. I spent a lot of this book wondering how The author can break his characters down any further, how much can he take away from them.

The book spends a few chapters going back to the past and to be honest it could have all been summed up in one chapter, but it was dragged out and exacerbated. Its nice to learn about one of my favorite characters, but every-time something gets good, just like the high storm you can feel the flashback chapter coming on.

Characters you thought got stronger in the last two books get a lot weaker, characters that confronted their past in previous books, didn't and issues get rehashed and emboldened. By the end of the book you almost wonder what else can be taken away from these characters.

Overall its still a good addition. Happy Reading!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The art of writing books...

... is not lost.

I read dozens of books every year, but since I read the first book from this series, I'm convinced that there are books, Brandom Sanderson books, and volumes from the stormlight archive. All in different categories.

A lot of people worked in this book, and it shows. Every and each character has a completely unique texture, and whenever the narrating voice follows a different character, it feels like stepping in the skin of a completely different person. I suspect that Sanderson gathered a crowd of average writers and asked each of them to build a character from stereotypes. And then he took great delight in methodically inverting each of those stereotypes. The end result, of course, is not an exploration in the recesses and darkness of the human soul, but rather a glorious flight between the airy cathedrals of possibility for it.

The scenery and settings in the book have a masterful shine that other authors seldom achieve when writing about mundane things from our own familiar world. I can't help but contrast Sanderson's style in those descriptions with "Le Père Goriot"... while in the later Balzac uses boring paintings with words to capture the thread of a story in clothing and furniture, Sanderson does the opposite by using characters and situations as living, moving reflecting surfaces for the world that surrounds them...

I would happily read more books like this one every year.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good performance, but story starting to slow...

It is starting to feel like he is sragging the story out a bit. It was not as fast moving, action packed, or exciting as previous books in my opinion.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Sanderson does it again

Sanderson is a madman, an evil genius that never ceases to take what we think we know about the Cosmere and turn it on its head. This story was incredible from start to finish in every aspect, and if you like delving into the particulars of the universe I'm sure you'll find the revelations therein to be mind alteringly fantastic. I laughed, I cried, and what makes these stories so incredible is how he manages to invest us in the characters so profoundly that the slightest victory and the smallest defeat are causes for immense joy and crushing sadness. Enjoy my friends, because this truly is a masterpiece.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful