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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.

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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.

47 of 63 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
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  • 11-21-17

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.

42 of 57 people found this review helpful

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Holds up to high Standards

When you've got standards set for you by some of the best books of all time, you've got a tough bar to meet. But Sanderson does it again, with none of the angsty hiccups from book 2. Well done good sir.

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DISAPPOINTED

I recommended the other two books to many friends and family and unfortunately I cannot recommend this one. The book was easy to put down for days and seemed just a long set up for a next book. This story focused too much on the human flaws and frailties of the main characters which is not that interesting or fun to read/listen. All victories were short lived with the next threat looming and that gets tiring after 55 hours. It might be that my expectations were too high after the first two books in the series which I had trouble putting down and wished for more. I prefer an epic tale of heroes with super skills and powers that have great adventures to a series of battles and failures. I still think Brandon Sanderson is a great writer and although I did not enjoy this book I certainly could not do what he does and create and write a story like his.

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Every series has "that" book

This book had allot of good parts but overall felt a little rushed especially towards the end. i have allot of questions after this book but they are more just "Why, that's dumb"? allot of missed opportunity for character development especially with Kaladin. I pray it's just "that book in the series" and we get back on track with book 4. still love the series just worried about the direction of it.

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Character Development Goes Astray?

Character development is great, but we should be past that by this point in the story. I have enjoyed this series, even though is is a slow mover. It often takes patience to listen through the slow, methodical soap-opera-like parts, hoping that the payoff will be worth it because of a greater understanding of why the characters do what they do, or why the much anticipated events mean so much to them and the world they populate.

This worked in the first two books, but at approximately 120 hours into this slow moving series I got bored. I found that I hadn't gotten back to it in several days and was no longer interested in doing so. Sadly, the writing lost momentum as what was once good character development turned into contradictory behavior on the part of people I had thought I had gotten to know.

Halfway through, I no longer had the patience to try to figure out why a character began acting oddly, or to rewind the recording to retrace what I had missed. I realized that my mind was tuning out the narrator as I performed my daily tasks, which were becoming more interesting than the book (not that anything in my life had changed). Based on 120 hours of previous experience, any thrilling action that might rekindle my interest could be a long time in coming. I decided that I had invested enough in this series, and it was time to move on.

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Honestly a little disappointed

I love Brandon and all of his work but this one felt a little forced, I felt he was trying to push the cosmere more than the story for oathbriger and found some key plot points a little dull. Still a solid book, just not the best of his work. You can only take so much self doubt from the same characters over and over and a eventual self Discovery and them overcoming there doubts and fears.

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completely destroyed the best characters

This book was every bit as awful as the first two were brilliant. So many new dead end plots and the story lines that hooked us in the first place were complete destroyed with meaninglessness. Hard for me to believe I waited 2 years for this.

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Still good but quality has gone down

I love Brandon Sanderson books but I will guiltily confess that I struggled to make it through this one. I wanted to like it but towards the end I felt like I was slogging through it for the sake of finishing. It reminded of the wheel of time series right before Robert Jordan died. I felt this way because 2 important characters from the previous book are removed very abruptly and that the story was being crushed under its own weight. Sorry Brendan but I hope the fourth book is better!

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Not On Par With The First Two Novels

Ok do not start this if you have not read the first two novels. And lower your expectations, especially if your favorite character is Kaladin (mine is). There is little of him and it is not a good arc.

Apart from that the novel is too long and not as emotional as the first two. Some parts of it are great, the Sanderson you know and love but some parts are just too long and go nowhere.

If your favorite character is Dalinar then you are in for a treat since this novel focuses on his past and he has a great arc.

All in all I'm stuck with this series and hope that the upcoming novels are either shorter or more emotional (similar to the first novel) or both.

The performances are excellent as always.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful