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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.

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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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  • Tim K
  • Surrey, BC
  • 02-04-18

Tedious

What did you like best about Oathbringer? What did you like least?

The premise of the book was great, and the end was decent. Liked the idea of the humans not necessarily being the heroes they thought they were.The rest was just tedious. I understood the characters after the second or third flashback, or other attempts to get me to understand. Became filler after a while. I really got tired of the Dalinar flashbacks in particular. Some were good, but too many had little point.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I love a good long book, but this was long without reason. Tedious is the best word I can use to describe it.

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

Kaladin is by far the best character, and Michael does his usual fantastic job. Kate Reading is such a perfect pairing in with MIchael. I really enjoy all her characters, but she really nailed Shallan in particular.

Do you think Oathbringer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I'm getting a bit tired of the seemingly endless layers of magic and universes. It gets to the point that nothing is impossible or final. No boundaries are no fun. No more books required for me.

Any additional comments?

Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite authors. I was so excited for this next book in the series, but by half way through I just wanted it to get to the point. I've listened to longer books and didn't want them to end, but not this one. Once again, tedious.

I probably would not have been so harsh on other authors, but Brandon Sanderson is one of the best there is. HIs bar is higher for me. Sorry, Mr. Sanderson.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Meh.

This is a decent book. Definitely the third best out of the three. Dalinar's storyline was fantastic, but Shallan's was nails on a chalk board at times. For the most part the rest of the book was good. There is a lot of lore and world building. I'd say as much as this is Dalinar's focused book it was just as much the stage setting world builder for the rest of the 5 part series(and probably the next 5 part series). Given that it can drag a little. Sanderson puts a lot of effort into character building in this one as well, however, maybe too much. It felt like every character was in the process of battling personal demons (like every character except Jasnah). This leads to a much darker tone than the last two. Between that and the attention to world building it can feel as if there isn't enough "oh snap" moments to balance it out. Besides my grips, the story and the "oh snap" moments were well written and made for a thoroughly entertaining listen.

My last grip has to be the narration. Michael Kramer was fantastic. One of the best I've ever listened to. For some reason he doesn't do the entire book, and instead they have Kate Reading do the female sections. I understand that can work out nicely and the contrast can be refreshing, but for whatever reason I just couldn't stand her sections (Espically when she had to do male voices). It is possible that I have this opinion becacuse the Shallan story in this book was what it was.

Anyways if you've read or listened to the first two you're already going to be getting this one so enjoy. If you're reading this and thinking of starting the series I highly recommend you do. This one might not be the greatest, but it builds off of the fantastic first two, and sets the stage for an epic conclusion.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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What Happened?!?

I don't write many reviews, actually might be my first, but listen to 30-40 books a year. I have never listened to a series where the first two books have been so well written, only to have the third book be such a disappointment!

Only way I would even consider someone listening to this is at 3 times audio speed and even then it would be tough. Why so much filler, like eating a jelly donut with all jelly and no donut, yuck. Have a great story / plot why not expand and or do more character development? You know how you have a book to listen to and you say, excited to start listening again, this one was more like having to renew my license at the DMV, Oh no, not again!

Anyone who gave this a favorable review must of gotten a coupon for a free dozen donuts or used it for a cure for insomnia!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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massive disappointment...

Sanderson I believe tried to hard with this book. In an effort to expand the world and the characters he successfully diluted everything that made these books good. The charecters constantly waffle on who or what they are. its clear sanderson had no idea where the they were going. Shallan is a nightmare and hardly worth killing. If you decide to get this book just skip her parts. You won't miss anything. The stormlight archive was one of my favorite series. So unique and rich... All that's gone now.

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A bit of a letdown

While there is much to enjoy in this, the 3rd book in the series, regrettably, there are whole sections that are distracting and some sections that seem intent of slowing the pace to the detriment of the novel.

The Good. This book vastly expands the world to include other regions and provinces along with in-depth descriptions of their societies economics, cultures and political systems. It also provides answers to many open questions that remained after the previous book. The focus on Dalinar was mostly well done (albeit, a bit tedious at times.) The reappearance of Jasnah was welcomed and she proved pivotal to the war efforts, as did Navani.

The Letdown. Kaladin's role, while still pivotal, was more to that of a support character and mostly one of a person in constant sorrow. Adolin morphed from that of an acclaimed battlefield warrior to that of a fashionista lapdog to Shallan.

The Bad. Shallan character continued it distracting and mostly uninteresting one of being an insecure, albeit brilliant, young adult and eventually morphed into a neurotic schizophrenic with her Three Faces of Shallan personas.

I very much enjoyed both Kate Reading and Michael Kramer performances even though her Shallan parts were difficult to get through, though, considering the character as written, I'm unsure any other narrator could have done any better with Shallan.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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not his best work

long time Sanderson fan but I had a very difficult time getting through this book. I eagerly awaited this book in series and was disappointed by the structure of this book and how hard it was to stay engaged due to the disjointed manner in which things jumped around. Sanderson might be writing for genX now with short attention spans now I don't know but I feel let down. I have many of his books and this is the only one that i didn't absolutely enjoy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing and boring

I liked the first book in this series but struggled to get even halfway through this one. I did not finish this book. It was frustratingly boring.

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Very disappointing entry into the archive

This book was like an uphill battle from start to finish. I'm surprised I even bothered to finish it at all. Too many POV's and the bulk of them were just filler. Plot was weak. Did enjoy getting answers to some of the major questions in the series. Even if those answers were just weak plot twists. Probably done with the series after this one.

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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.

60 of 75 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.

52 of 70 people found this review helpful