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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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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 62 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.

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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Throwing in the towel, series went downhill

Really enjoyed the first book, couldn't wait for the second. But when you have to wait years for Sanderson to write sequels because he's writing books in other series then it gets frustrating. The second book showed signs of weakness but I decided to give Oathbringer a shot, largely due to The Way of Kings. But after 55 hours I was more confused than anything. Also, so much writing is just a waste. Why we have to listen to the preface to each chapter is beyond me.

The only benefit I got out of Oathbringer was a badge from Audible for surviving a 50+ hour book.

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Sanderson at his worst

I really like Brandon Sanderson's work and loved the first two books in this series. This book was different. He tried to cover too much ground, while getting mired in superfluous detail. The constant shifting from present to past and back, while changing characters and locations and introducing different races or deities, made listening to this book extremely difficult. The story became bogged down halfway through and difficult to follow. I waited three years for this confusing mess. With the next one due in another three years, this will be my last purchase in this series....

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too rushed for how long it is

I was so excited to read this book. I plowed through this behemoth in record time. after I finished, I realized I was unsatisfied. Sanderson does an amazing job of exploring Dalinar's past, but all the other characters barely seem to progress. Also, he spends a lot of time bringing other characters into the limelight. I'm sure he knows what he's doing, but I just felt like this book was bloated with little resolution. I gotta have more Kal-bell!

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Not quite up to the hype

I love Brandon Sanderson's skill as a writer, but there is a reson why literature is not written by a committee. This has been worked so much with a focus on fact and matching up various threads that I feel that some of the driving passion was lost. It might be more engaging than a text book but at times, it struggles to have more soul than one.

Both narrators are well renouned and skilled as well, but I think that they too had difficulty with some of the tedium.

This may have been one of the most involved pieces of work put together by this team of artists, but I do not think it is one of thier best.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Too much

Tried too hard. Put way too much complexity in the book. Too many time changes. Ugg- story fell apart.

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Not up to expectations

I listened to the first book a third time, and the second book a second time in advance to downloading the newest addition to the series. I am a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson. But, I am disappointed in this story. I felt there were inconsistencies in the story line, and key elements of the story we're simply glossed over as a matter of convenience. Example:. In the first two books, nobody in the 'current' timeline knew what a Desolation was... In this installment, they are all experts. Changing key elements of a story like that is insulting to the reader/listener.... "Oh, they won't notice ". Bottom line: Disappointing addition to an potentially excellent epic.

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